Winona County ranks 24 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20: code red

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
Winona 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 86.43 86.31 81.17
25/3 (2022 goal) 86.56 86.48 92.13

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Winona has benefited from several broadband grants:

    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


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

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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