Dakota County ranks 7 (out of 87) for broadband access at speeds of 100/20: code green

Dakota is poised to meet the broadband speed goals for both 2022 and 2026. They saw a great increase in access to speeds of 100/20 since the last mapping.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Dakota 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 97.56 64.89 64.18
25/3 (2022 goal) 98.46 97.54 98.47

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Dakota County has been working for years building a public network that connected government builds with a plan to opening up the network to third party providers. Over the years they have been generous in sharing administration forms and plans to help other communities looking to build better broadband.

They also benefit from being a metro county with higher population density, which makes it easier for a broadband providers to make a business case to offer faster services.

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


  • 100/20 ranking: 7 (up 33 places)
  • 25/3 ranking: 11
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 258.9
  • 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 (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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