Nicollet County could be poised to meet the broadband speed goals for 2022 and 2026. Although it will take a concerted effort.
|Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date|
|100/20 (2026 goal)||78.42||33.29||54.54|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||82.68||83.91||83.42|
Nicollet County has benefited from a state broadband grant:
- 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile
Grant award: $808,080
This project is a Middle Mile broadband infrastructure buildout to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 southwestern Minnesota counties: Blue Earth, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood, Renville, Sibley Swift, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine.
It’s difficult to get a clear picture of Nicollet’s progress toward the speed goals given the dip in 2018 – caused by provider Nuevera going more granular with its DSL data – but it looks like Nicollet is experiencing momentum toward reaching the state’s speed goals.
Mediacom announced upgrades in 2017. Consolidated Communications announced improvements in 2018. County Commissioners have recognized the need for better broadband. In 2019, RS Fiber completed construction of a gigabit fiber to the home networks in ten communities located in Renville, Sibley, McLeod, and Nicollet Counties of west central Minnesota.
- 100/20 ranking: 37
- 25/3 ranking: 51
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 26.1
- Number of providers: 12
- Find more articles on broadband in Nicollet County (http://tinyurl.com/h3zwpbd)
- Districts: CD 1
- Find your reps
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)