Mahnomen County Broadband Profile 2020: Red rating: Ranking out 53 of 87

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 53
Code: Red

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.

Mahnomen: Needs help, needs increased engagement

Mahnomen County has seen a huge increase in access from 17 percent to 57 percent since the last report. That is likely due to the $1.3 million MN broadband grant Garden Valley Telephone received in 2017. They need another shot in the arm to get closer to the goal of ubiquitous coverage to 100/20 Mbps. One of the big issues in Mahnomen is the low population density. Even for an engaged provider, it’s difficult to make a business case to serve 3.5 households per square mile.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 57.82 17.31 13.53 13.03
25/3 (2022 goal) 81.58 89.87 76.93 71.95

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%
Mahnomen 76.8% 58.3% 59.8% 42.4% 3.5%

What we learned in the past:

Mahnomen has benefited from one MN broadband grant:

  • 2017 – Garden Valley Telephone Company – Bejou – GRANT $1,304,421

Update from 2020:

No broadband reports from Mahnomen County since last report.


  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 53 (up 33)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 3.5


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 (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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