Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 27
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.
Freeborn County: Stalled access at 84 percent access
Freeborn County’s broadband upgrade and expansion seems to have stalled. There is a recent change in a local provider; another provider getting some ongoing financial support but otherwise little seems to be brewing on the horizon. To meet the State speed goals, the community may need to become more active.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||84.51||83.88||34.18||94.59|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||87.94||87.92||84.31||99.44|
|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%|
What we learned in the past:
Freeborn has benefited from three MN broadband grants:
- 2017 – BEVCOMM (Cannon Valley Telephone) – Freeborn Southwest Rural Final – GRANT $122,460
- 2016 – CANNON VALLEY TELECOM, INC. (DBA BEVCOMM) RURAL FREEBORN – GRANT: $150,700
- 2015 – BEVCOMM Cannon Valley Telecom – Rural Freeborn Fiber-to-the-Premises Project – Grant award: $149,625
Freeborn is also getting almost $2 million in FCC funding but that is over the next 10 years.
Update from 2020:
Part of Freeborn County was served by Jaguar, which was acquired by MetroNet in July (2020). MetroNet claims they will invest $150 million to grow their Minnesota market.
The DHS/MNIT owned-and-operated telepresence network provides secure, encrypted, HIPAA compliant connections to over 6,000 users South Central Minnesota. Spurred by COVID, Freeborn is one of several counties that have agree to extend use of the network to serve more people via telepresense, which indicates an interest in expanding use of broadband as well as deployment.
- Find more articles on broadband in Freeborn County. (http://tinyurl.com/hw7ptnz)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 27 (down 2)
- Has worked with Blandin: no
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
- Household density: 18.2
- Districts: CD 1
House: 27A, 27B
- 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)