Earlier this year, the Office of Broadband Development released data and maps on broadband coverage of tribal areas. The numbers are high level or maybe more reflective than exact but it’s a great start on getting a handle on what’s happening in tribal areas. I thought I’d do a profile of each area, much like I have done for Minnesota Counties. Here is Prairie Island Indian Community
Info on Access/Households:
- Number of households (2010 estimate): 62
- Percent Wireline Broadband 2022 speed goal (25/3): 50.16
- Percent Wireline Broadband 2026 speed goal (100/20): 50.16
The good news is that the broadband that’s available to Prairie Island residents is good. The bad news is that only half the community is served. Prairie Island is located in Goodhue County. HBC has done some work with the community. There are several providers that offer broadband at speeds of 100/20 or better in the county, although that doesn’t mean they serve the whole Prairie Island community. But where there is competition nearby, there is a better chance for expansion.
The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort and Casino. That is likely a good anchor customer for a broadband provider and I suspect the homes close to the casino are served.