Mower County ranks 36 (out of 87) for broadband at speeds of 100/20: code yellow

Mower County is in danger of not making the speed goals for either 2022 or 2026. It seems as if they may have some momentum going but it’s difficult to tell with mapping anomalies. The recent approval of the Mid Continent Telephone Company (Midco) state grant application will help.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Mower 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 78.56 23.31 90.2
25/3 (2022 goal) 85.22 78.47 78.39

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

The numbers for Mower County are skewed, especially for access to 100/20 – in due because mapping in 2017 included fixed wireless access this year includes only wireline. But it makes it difficult to assess growth.

In 2017, Mediacom announced that part of Mower County (Adams, Brownsdale, Le Roy, Lyle, Waltham) are part of its Gigabit upgrade. That may explain some growth.

In Aug 2019, Mid Continent asked Mower County to support their application for a Minnesota Broadband grant to extend/expand broadband in the area. Mower agreed to support it…

With a vote of approval during Tuesday’s county board meeting, Mower County is on a higher-speed trek to gaining rural broadband access to all of its residents.

The Mower County Board unanimously approved a resolution, along with a letter of support for Mid Continent Communication (MIDCO) choosing the county as a project site to receive high-speed internet access for 9,371 places for optical fiber and terrestrial fixed wireless access, in a 5-0 vote.

This is a multi-county application.

Also, Mower will be getting FCC funding over the next 10 years.

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


  • 100/20 ranking: 36 (up from 79)
  • 25/3 ranking: 45
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 22.2
  • Number of providers: 12


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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