Hubbard County Broadband Profile 2020: Yellow Rating: Ranking out 18 of 87

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 18
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.

Hubbard County: recent, great improvement

Hubbard County had a great leap in access in the last year. It would be nice to see them keep up the momentum. They received nice recognition for use of broadband in providing services to veterans, but no reports on deployment efforts.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 91.39 74.21 46.61 46.43
25/3 (2022 goal) 91.47 97.97 95.65 87.42

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%
Hubbard 87.8% 77.2% 68.1% 53.6% 2.2%

What we learned in the past:

Hubbard County has benefited from two MN state grants:

  • 2017 – Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Fiber – GRANT $802,620
  • 2016 – PAUL BUNYAN COMMUNICATIONS HUBBARD, BECKER & ITASCA COUNTIES – GRANT: $1,742,232

Update from 2020:

The Hubbard County Veteran Services Office (VSO) is only the second in Minnesota to offer telehealth appointments to local veterans, which is a good indicator that the county is focused on use as well as deployment.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Hubbard County. (http://tinyurl.com/hy7et5e)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 18 (up from 45)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 8.7

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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