Todd County ranks 79 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20: code red

Todd County is not poised to meet the MN state speed goals for either 2022 or 2026.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 38.68 17.58 2.86
25/3 (2022 goal) 71.91 67.96 46.01

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Todd County has benefited from a MN broadband grant:

  • 2017 – WCTA (West Central Telephone Association) – Northern Todd County – GRANT $902,695
    Serving 209 unserved households and 6 unserved businesses within portions of Staples Township and Villard Township in Todd County with service levels to 1 Gbps down and 1 Gbps up.
  • 2014 – Arvig (Mainstreet Communications LLC), Sauk Lake area
    Award: $536,702. Total project cost: $1.07 million. Impact: Service to 217 unserved premises.

Todd County was part of Region 5 (the Resilient Region) focusing on broadband improvements and was a Blandin Broadband Community.

Working with the Blandin Foundation, Todd County has been focused on better broadband for a long time. They may get some help in the near future. In May 2019, CTC announced plans to build out to Todd County. That would help a lot and might build momentum.

Todd County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, West Central Telephone Association (WCTA) applied to upgrade service in Todd. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)

Checklist:

  • 100/20 ranking: 79 (up from 81)
  • 25/3 ranking: 72
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 10
  • Number of providers: 9

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, Red 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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