Lake County ranks 14 (out of 87) for broadband speeds 100/20: code green

Lake County is poised to meet the state broadband goals for both 2022 and 2026 but much depends on the success of the  new management who recently took over the county network.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Lake 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 93.40 94.30 94.32
25/3 (2022 goal) 93.86 94.30 94.30

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

In 2010, Lake County got an ARRA award of $66.3 million to improve broadband access in their area; about $10 million of the award was an outright grant; the rest was a low-interest loan. There were bumps along the road to getting fiber to the community and bumps remain. As it stands today, there are portions of the county that are not yet served with fiber. In the summer of 2019, the Lake County network was sold to Zito media for $84 million. They are a small cable and data operator based in Pennsylvania with operations in 17 states. The company has said that their focus is to connect as many customers as possible.

Time will tell if the new management is looking to invest in the area; there is certainly local demand.

Lake County was a 2013-2014 Blandin Broadband Community (BBC) and they were featured in a report on the community return on public investment in broadband, which found…

following investments have been made in the community:

  • $56.3 million ARRA loan
  • $10 million ARRA grant
  • $17 million county investment
  • $118,170 from Blandin Foundation for Broadband Adoption
  • Total: $83,418,170

Using formulas devised to measure impact of broadband access, Lake County has the potential to realize from this investment:

  • A combined household economic benefit of broadband of $13,695,550
  • A combined increase in residential real estate value of $38,547,421


  • 100/20 ranking: 14 (down from 11)
  • 25/3 ranking: 21
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 1.6
  • Number of providers: 7


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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