Chippewa County Broadband Profile 2020: Yellow Rating: Ranking out 29 of 87

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 29
Code: Yellow

Annually, Blandin Foundation pulls together data from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and broadband news to gauge progress toward the state broadband goals (25 megabits per second download/3 Mbps upload by 2022 and 100 Mbps/20 Mbps by 2026). Leaders can use this information to improve broadband access and use in their communities. To see how the state is doing overall, or to compare counties, visit the Blandin Foundation interactive map. Or check out past years’ reports: 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Chippewa County: has plans, needs funding

Chippewa made great strides a few years ago when they went from 25 percent coverage to more than 80 percent. They have been stalled for a while but late in 2018, they completed a feasibility study and have been trying for a Border to Border grant since then. They likely will need funding but even having a plan in place can help initiate progress.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 83.55 81.7 24.8 24.45
25/3 (2022 goal) 85.23 83.23 72.33 72.28

Computer Access:

County Households with computer …with desktop or laptop …with a smartphone …with a tablet et al …with other
State of MN 90.3% 81.1% 76.5% 59.3% 3.5%
Chippewa 83.7% 69.9% 66.7% 49.2% 2.6%

What we learned in the past:

In 2015, Chippewa was one of twenty counties in southwestern Minnesota to benefit from a state grant:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile, Grant award: $808,080

With financial support from Blandin Foundation, in 2018, Chippewa County released a feasibility study that details a plan for the future, assuming they were able to get a state broadband grant. They did not get funding from the MN Border to Border program – at least not yet.

Update from 2020:

While hopeful, the county did not get their Border to Border project funded in the last round.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Chippewa County. (http://tinyurl.com/htwz58a)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 29 (up 2)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 8.9

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)
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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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