Dodge County ranks 41 (out of 87) for broadband access to 100/20: code red

Dodge County is not on track to meet either the 2022 or 2026 speed goals. The numbers over time are too unreliable to gauge a history, but they need a real effort to get to goal speeds.

They are in better shape for the 2026 goal since the percentage covered is fairly close for both speeds.

One benefit of having comparable levels of access  to both 100/20 and 25/3 is that part of the community will not need to deal with legacy broadband;  at least part of their job is done.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Dodge 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 77.08 74.59 94.9
25/3 (2022 goal) 82.78 76.40 99.37

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Dodge County benefited from two MN broadband grants:

  • 2017 – KMTelecom – Rural Kasson Fiber Build – GRANT $606,108
    Serving 149 unserved households and 9 unserved businesses in the rural Canisteo and Ashland Townships located south of Kasson in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota. KMTelecom will improve broadband service levels to 1 Gbps down and 1 Gbps up, exceeding the 2026 state speed goal.
  • 2016 – KMTELECOM RURAL MANTORVILLE – GRANT: $764,663
    Serving 195 unserved households, 9 unserved businesses, and 1 unserved community anchor institution near Mantorville in east central Dodge County, with a small section of west central Olmsted County, in southeastern Minnesota. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, KMTelecom will improve unserved levels to 1 Gigabit per second up and down, exceeding the 2026 state speed goal.

They hosted a broadband meeting with the FCC in June 2019.

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

Checklist:

  • 100/20 ranking: 41 (down 15 places)
  • 25/3 ranking: 50
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 16.9
  • Number of providers: 9

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, Red 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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