Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 32
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.
Wright County: stalled at 80 percent coverage
Wright County is home to Monticello, one of the much-discussed municipal broadband networks. Monticello built their own fiber network – but in process, the incumbent also built a fiber network and even sued the city. But it has worked out in the end, as reported by Monticello’s City Planner Jeff O’Neill on Munitnetworks’ podcast (September 2020).
Wright County has benefited from MN Border to Border grants in the past and they will benefit again as a project in their area received funding in the last grant award. Hopefully that will be enough to kick start an effort for great expansion.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||82.51||81.02||80.61||29.26|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||89.69||91.07||87.89||81.17|
|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:
Wright County is home to Monticello, one of the much-discussed municipal broadband networks. Monticello built their own fiber network – but in process the incumbent also built a fiber network and even sued the city.
Wright County has benefited from a broadband grant:
- 2017 – Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Annandale East – GRANT $537,050
Update from 2020:
Winona County is looking at options, such as wireless for broadband deployment. They have also been working on adoption; Winona Engage created a Facebook page to help the community stay connected during the COVID shut down. Within 48 hours, they have 3,000 members.
Wright County will benefit from a MN Border to Border grant project funding in the last round.
- Meeker Coop. Light & Power Assoc. (Vibrant Broadband) – Lake Louisa/Lake Marie Project – GRANT $297,940
This last mile project will upgrade approximately 206 unserved locations in rural South Haven in Wright County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Vibrant Broadband will improve broadband service levels up to 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Building a fiber-to-the-premise high-speed broadband services network that will assist households, businesses and farms in the proposed grant area by providing access to critical school e-learning applications, making agricultural operations more efficient and enhancing crop production through enabled precision agriculture tools, and providing effective telemedicine options that offset rising health care costs. The broadband network will improve the lives of all the citizens of the area, lessening the “technological divide” between urban and rural areas.
- The total eligible cost is $993,134
- Local match is $695,194
- Find more article on Wright County https://blandinonbroadband.org/?s=%22wright+county%22&submit=Search
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 32 (up 1)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 62.2
- Districts: CD 6
Senate: 15, 18, 29, 30
House: 15B, 18A, 29A, 29B, 30A, 30B
- 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)