Scott County ranks 18 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20: code yellow

Scott County is in a position where they could make the MN broadband goals for 2022 and 2026 with concerted effort.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 89.15 88.61 88.38
25/3 (2022 goal) 96.43 94.50 93.77

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Scott County started in 2007 with a 94-mile fiber-optic ring, At the time it was the largest government-owned high-speed network in the state, and one of the largest in the nation. In 2014, county officials  detailed the advantages of the network…

We (Scott County) saw disparity between cost and access. A T1 in SE Scott was about $5500/years; in NE Scott it was $900/year. This project means we now buy it for about $30/year. Scott County Government now pays $35,000/year less for better broadband now.

Scott County has benefited from one MN broadband grant:

  • 2017 – Jaguar Communications – Sand Creek Township Area Broadband Project – GRANT $192,405
    Serving 118 unserved households, 18 unserved businesses, and 3 community anchor institutions in the Sand Creek Township area of Scott County by constructing fiber to the premises.

Scott is a fairly metro county; the market will probably take care of much of the county, but parts of it will take an effort.

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

Checklist:

  • 100/20 ranking: 18 (down from 14)
  • 25/3 ranking: 17
  • Has worked with Blandin
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant
  • Household density: 122.4
  • Number of providers: 10

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)
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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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