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 Upper Sioux Community
Info on Access/Households:
- Number of households (2010 estimate): 48
- Percent Wireline Broadband 2022 speed goal (25/3): 0
- Percent Wireline Broadband 2026 speed goal (100/20): 0
I have been looking at wireline (not wireless) access for each tribal area; the map shows the same. For most communities the difference has been slim to none. That’s not true for Upper Sioux. Here is how they do for
- Percent Fixed, Non-Mobile Broadband (25/3): 100
- Percent Fixed, Non-Mobile Broadband (100/20): 52.48
The Upper Sioux community is mostly in Chippewa County but sneaks over to Yellow Medicine as well. LTD Broadband provides fixed wireless speeds beyond 100/20 in Chippewa and Yellow Medicine Counties. Advantenon provides service in Yellow Medicine.
Most communities strive for fiber access but the Upper Sioux has ubiquitous access to speed goals for 2022 with a technology that will scale to 2026 speeds. They just need to work on those upgrades.