Steele County ranks 22 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20: code red

Steele County is not poised to meet the MN broadband speed goals for either 2022 or 2026. Their numbers aren’t too far off the mark, but there is limited community involvement and visible momentum in that direction.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 86.86 56.61 95.64
25/3 (2022 goal) 88.44 87.79 99.86

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Representative Daniels is a spokesperson for broadband, but action is limited.


  • 100/20 ranking: 22
  • 25/3 ranking: 35
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 33.1
  • Number of providers: 7


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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