Hubbard County ranks 45 (out of 87) for access to broadband at 100/20: code yellow

Hubbard County looks likely to meet the 2022 goals and less likely to meet the 2026 goals. They are caught in a situation where they may appear to be in good shape because access to 25/3 is good but they are not on track for the 2026 goal. That  said, they have made good strides in the last year moving from 46 percent to 74 percent access to 100/20. They could do it again.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Hubbard 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 74.21 46.41 46.43
25/3 (2022 goal) 97.97 95.65 87.42

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Hubbard County has benefited from two MN state grants:

  • 2017 – Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Fiber – GRANT $802,620
    Serving includes 657 unserved households, 29 unserved businesses, and 5 unserved community institutions, and 130 underserved households, 13 underserved businesses, and 1 underserved community institution near the communities of Park Rapids, Bigfork, and Side Lake, MN, to locations in St. Louis, Itasca, and Hubbard Counties in northern Minnesota with service exceeding the 2026 state and current federal speed goals.
    Serving 785 unserved households, 26 unserved businesses, 2 unserved community anchor institutions and 143 underserved households and 2 underserved businesses in a multi-county region in north central Minnesota with service exceeding the 2026 state speed goal of 100 Mbps by 20 Mbps.


  • 100/20 ranking: 45
  • 25/3 ranking: 14
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 8.7
  • Number of providers: 8


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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