Carver County ranks 23 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 broadband: code yellow

Carver County is a fairly metro county so the market will take care of most of the county but they will need help in areas with lower population density. It seems likely that they will meet the 2022 speed goals; the 2026 goals are not as certain.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Carver 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 92.14 89.81 98.51
25/3 (2022 goal) 98.8 98.87 97.56

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Carver County has had the underpinings of a strong broadband county since 2013. They received ARRA funding for Carverlink, a publicly owned 89-mile base ring with 33 miles of lateral lines. It was completed in Fall of 2013.

Carverlink has left them in good shape, but not enough has happened since then. They will need to make a concerted effort to get to ubiquitous coverage.

Carver County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Jaguar Communications and Winsted Telephone Company applied for a state grant to upgrade service in Carver. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)


  • 100/20 ranking: 23 (up 6 places)
  • 25/3 ranking: 28
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 87.4
  • Number of providers: 16


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)
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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