Washington County ranks 12 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20: code green

Washington County is poised to meet the state speed goals for 2022 and 2026; but they will need to make a concerted effort to get there.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Washington 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 95.80 96.10 94.97
25/3 (2022 goal) 98.44 97.21 96.52

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Washington County has some metro areas and some rural areas. Unlike some of the more rural counties there is a business case for providers to come into the Washington County market. They are also fortunate in that they have been part of multi-county government networks led by Dakota County that provides a middle mile base from which other providers can build.

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

Checklist:

  • 100/20 ranking: 12 (down from 9)
  • 25/3 ranking: 13
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 207.8
  • Number of providers: 12

Details:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Washington County (http://tinyurl.com/z4dwzyy)
  • Districts: CD 2, 4, 6
    Senate: 38, 39, 43, 53, 54
    House: 38A, 38B, 39A, 39B, 43A, 43B, 53A, 53B, 54A, 54B
  • Find your reps

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, Green by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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