McLeod County Broadband Profile 2020: Red rating: Ranking out 70 of 87

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 70
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.

McLeod County: no grants, needs help

McLeod County’s ranking has been slipping over the years. Their percentage covered has dipped as well. They have never received a MN Border to Border grant. Looking at recent history it appears as if their greatest strides forward have been through RS Fiber and Meeker Coop expanding service. If they want to meet the 2026 goal, they will likely need to mobilize to make a plan for better service.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 56.13 58.59 58.57 56.92
25/3 (2022 goal) 87.32 81.01 83.53 98.58

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%
McLeod 88.2% 79.9% 71.2% 56.1% 3.8%

What we learned in the past:

In summer 2019, RS Fiber announced completed construction of gigabit Fiber to the Premise networks in 10 communities located in Renville, Sibley, McLeod, and Nicollet Counties of west central Minnesota.

Update from 2020:

Late in 2019, Meeker Cooperative announced a new service, Vibrant Broadband, which is approximately 50 Mbps upload and 8 Mbps down to several counties, including McLeod.


  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 70 (down 6)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 28.9


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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