The numbers available make it difficult to assess exactly where Brown County is and in which direction they are going. What is clear is that the access to 100/20 hasn’t changed much since 2017. In 2017, they were likely in the top 10; today, the rest of the state is catching up with them. It will take a concerted effort for Brown County to move ahead in the rankings.
|Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date|
|100/20 (2026 goal)||74.50||73.76||72.89|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||83.66||96.31||95.92|
Brown County has benefited from two MN state broadband grants:
- 2107 – New Ulm Telecom, Inc. – Hanska A&D FTTP – GRANT $324,894
Serving 9 unserved households and 38 unserved businesses in the Hanska area south of New Ulm near the border of Brown and Watonwan Counties.
- 2016 – NEW ULM TELECOM, INC. HANSKA – GRANT: $ 200,397
Serving 14 unserved households and 32 unserved businesses in Lake Hanska Township in Brown County and Riverdale Township in Watonwan County.
A few years ago, there appeared to be a lot of broadband activity in Brown County. They are near Sibley and Renville Counties, which have been very active in improving access but there hasn’t been much action evident in Brown County in the last year.
Brown County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Minnesota Valley Tel. Co. (MVTC) and Nuvera applied to upgrade service in Brown. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)
- 100/20 ranking: 44 (up 17 places)
- 25/3 ranking: 48 (slipped 33 places)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 17.4
- Number of providers: 13
- Find more articles on broadband in Brown County. (http://tinyurl.com/z2wwkye)
- Districts: CD 1
- Find your reps
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)