Clay County ranks 29 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 broadband: code yellow

Clay County may reach the 2022 speed goals but seems unlikely to meet the 2026 goals that being said, they have made bold leaps in the past. They will need another leap to get to the 2026 goals.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Clay 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 82.32 82.52 74.13
25/3 (2022 goal) 95.82 95.45 83.15

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Back in 2010, Clay County made the list of the nine unserved counties in Minnesota based on the FCC Annual Broadband Report, which defined broadband as 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. Clearly Clay County has improved since then. Maybe proximity to North Dakota has helped, but again they will need a push like they had 10 years ago.

In 2018, Red River Valley Coop got $1.5 million USDA loan going into the area for smartgrid development; perhaps that investment can be used to leverage future broadband builds. Short of that, the county will need to mount  a concerted effort to close the gaps to the 2026 state speed goal.

Clay County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Arvig applied to upgrade service in Clay. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)


  • 100/20 ranking: 29 (down 10 places)
  • 25/3 ranking: 18
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 21.2
  • Number of providers: 9


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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