Norman County Broadband Profile 2020: Red rating: Ranking out 73 of 87

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 73
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.

Norman County: recent progress but needs more

The good news for Norman County is that they are out of the bottom ten counties for broadband access. They moved the needle from 20 percent to 54, which is impressive but still a long way from the 2026 goal. They have a few providers in the county that have been innovative and shown an interest in working with communities. If the county wants to see progress, they many need to engage with those providers.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 54.44 20.62 20.55 20.52
25/3 (2022 goal) 66.63 98.45 98.02 37.67

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%
Norman 79.1% 69.2% 61.6% 47.7% 3.3%

What we learned in the past:

Norman County does not have many wired providers, but they do have a few that offer 2026 speeds (Garden Valley Telephone Company and Halstad Telephone Company). They will need to work to get these providers to expand service or work with others to upgrade their service to meet the needs of the county.

Update from 2020:

No broadband news reported from Norman County since the last profile.


  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 73 (up 8)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 3.3


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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