Mahnomen County ranks 86 (out of 87) for broadband 100/20: code red

Mahnomen County is not poised to meet the speed goals for 2022 or 2026. They are near the bottom of the list and without a concerted effort they will not come close.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Mahnomen 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 17.31 13.53 13.03
25/3 (2022 goal) 89.87 76.93 72.42

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Mahnomen has decent coverage for 25/3 access, which may leave residents to think that they are not in need of improvement, but they are not in line to meet the 2026 goals.

They have benefited from one MN broadband grant:

  • 2017 – Garden Valley Telephone Company – Bejou – GRANT $1,304,421
    Serving 214 unserved households, 17 unserved businesses, and 7 unserved community anchor institutions in Bejou and surrounding rural areas within Mahnomen County, including portions of the White Earth Reservation with service levels to 1 Gbps down and 1 Gbps up.

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


  • 100/20 ranking: 86
  • 25/3 ranking: 34
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 3.5
  • 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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