Olmsted County ranks 15 (out of 87) broadband speeds 100/20: code green

Olmsted County looks poised to meet both the 2022 and 2026 speed goals, although they will need to work to get there. They saw a huge increase in access to 100/20 in the last year; hopefully they can build on that progress.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Olmsted 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 92.66 41.29 34
25/3 (2022 goal) 94.63 93.70 93.27

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Olmsted has benefited from a MN broadband grant:

  • 2016 – KMTELECOM RURAL MANTORVILLE – GRANT: $764,663
    Serving 195 unserved households, 9 unserved businesses, and 1 unserved community anchor institution near Mantorville in east central Dodge County, with a small section of west central Olmsted County, in southeastern Minnesota with service levels to 1 Gigabit.

There are two factors that seem to have led to increase in 100/20 access – the KMTelecom grant and Mediacom’s  2017 announcement it would expand service to Chatfield, Dover Township. That indicates that there are at least two providers in the area interested in providing 100/20. The county needs to encourage those providers to expand or other providers to upgrade to the state goals.

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

Checklist:

  • 100/20 ranking: 15 (up from 62)
  • 25/3 ranking: 19
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 87
  • Number of providers: 14

Details:

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)
This entry was posted in County Profile 2019, Green by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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