Winona County is not poised to meet the broadband speed goals for either 2022 or 2026 unless they build a momentum comparable to the momentum they had 20 years ago.
|Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date|
|100/20 (2026 goal)||86.43||86.31||81.17|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||86.56||86.48||92.13|
Winona has benefited from several broadband grants:
- 2016 – WINONA COUNTY PICKWICK AREA – GRANT: $416,640
Serving 88 unserved households, 89 unserved businesses, 2 unserved community anchor institutions, and 23 underserved households and 23 underserved businesses within Wilson, Homer, Richmond, Pleasant Hill, and Wiscoy Townships in Winona County with service levels to 1 Gigabit speed.
- 2015 – Hiawatha Broadband Communications – Winona County Whitewater Area
Grant Award: $247,000
Serving 418 passings including 135 households, 70 businesses and 5 community anchor institutions in in Elba and Norton Townships including Whitewater State Park.
- 2015 – Winona County Hiawatha Broadband Communications – Cedar Valley Area
Grant award: $314,450
Serving 256 households, 117 businesses and 3 community anchor institutions in area lies south and west of Winona from Hwy 61 along the Mississippi River to I-90.
Winona County was part of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) starting in 2010, a Blandin-led and federal (ARRA) funded digital inclusion project. So there has been a focus on broadband for a decade. In fact, Winona is the home of Luminet, a early broadband provider that eventually because Hiawatha Broadband and then Schurz Communications.
Unfortunately, Winona has not kept pace. They need to build a momentum to get them on track to meet the speed goals.
- 100/20 ranking: 24 (down from 15)
- 25/3 ranking: 41
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 30.4
- Number of providers: 14
- Find more articles on broadband in Winona County (http://tinyurl.com/hqsckxg)
- Districts: CD 7
Senate: 21, 28
House: 21B, 28A
- 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)