Sherburne County ranks 49 (out of 87) for broadband at 100/20: code red

Sherburne County is not poised to meet the MN broadband goals for either 2022 or 2026. Their numbers are actually pretty good, but they have seen only incremental improvements in the last few years. They need a renewed concerted effort to improve if they want to meet the state broadband goals.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 72.36 67.11 28.02
25/3 (2022 goal) 91.63 89.23 84.55

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Sherburne County has benefited a few MN state grants:

  • 2017 – Palmer Wireless – Sherburne County Road 3 – GRANT $110,661
    SErving serve 20 unserved households and 10 unserved businesses, and one underserved community institution in Sherburne County with speeds of 1 Gbps download and 500 Mbps upload.
    Serving 17 underserved businesses and 1 underserved community anchor institution in the Big Lake, MN, industrial park on the east edge of town, adjacent to US Hwy 10with service of  100 Mbps by 20 Mbps. The project will bring fiber-to-the-premise technology to the businesses, seeking to replicate the success of the 2014 Border-to-Border broadband grant project with the Becker Industrial Park, to make a positive impact on the economic health of Big Lake and the businesses in the park. Total eligible project cost is $211,600. Local match is $120,612.
    Serving 14 unserved businesses and 1 unserved community anchor institution on the east side of St. Cloud, MN with services to 1 Gigabit.
  • 2014 – Palmer Wireless, Becker Industrial Park
    Award: $151,934. Total project cost: $303,870. Impact: service to 21 underserved businesses in the Becker Industrial Park and 12 vacant city-owned lots covering 70 acres.

Sherburne County  was a 2015-2016 Blandin Broadband Community.  They also worked with  Blandin  on trying to improve their connectivity. Their connectivity is not bad, but it hasn’t improved much in the last few years.

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


  • 100/20 ranking: 49 (down from 36)
  • 25/3 ranking: 30
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 67
  • 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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