Anoka County: ranks 8 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 Code: code green

Anoka County is poised to make both the 2022 and 2026 speed goals with just a little effort.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Anoka 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 97.47 97.86 96.1
25/3 (2022 goal) 98.8 98.87 97.56

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Anoka County is a metro county. The population density makes a market solution to broadband possible in most of the county. The received federal (ARRA) funding in 2013, that helped with a 287-mile broadband network that includes connecting 145 government locations.

In 2016 they benefited from a MN state broadband grant:

  • 2016 – BENTON COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE COMPANY RAMEY – GRANT: $225,100
    This last mile project will serve 122 unserved households and 5 unserved businesses in the rural Ramey, MN exchange. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Benton Cooperative will improve unserved levels to 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload, reaching the 2026 state speed goal, increasing opportunities for educational access for all ages, telemedicine, telecommuting, and improved business development. Total eligible project cost is $776,220. Local match is $551,120.

Despite being in good shape, the folks in the county are still doing what they can to narrow the digital divide. In 2019, Libraries without Boundaries, Anoka County Libraries and the Department of Education held a meeting in a manufactured (mobile) home park to talk about how to better serve the needs of residents with improved access to library services and broadband.

Checklist:

  • 100/20 ranking: 8 (down 3 from 2018)
  • 25/3 ranking: 10 (no change)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 271.7
  • Number of providers: 6

Details

I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:

  • Red (yikes)
  • Yellow (warning)
  • Green (good shape)
This entry was posted in County Profile 2019, Green by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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