Rice County ranks 28 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20: code yellow

Rice County could reach the state broadband goals for 2022 and 2026 with a concerted effort. The momentum and growth in the last year is part of optimism of reaching the goals.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 82.47 32.63 48.85
25/3 (2022 goal) 92.36 93.20 87.37

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

The anomaly in mapping is due to broadband provider Nuvera delving deeper into the DLS stats. So they really did experience an overwhelming upgrade throughout most of the county with broadband.

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


  • 100/20 ranking: 28 (up from 74)
  • 25/3 ranking: 27
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 43.2
  • 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 (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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