Big Stone County Broadband Profile 2021: Green Rating: Ranking out 9 of 87

Rank: 9
Code:  Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Big Stone County: rank 9 but stalled

In 2018, after partnering with Federated Telephone Cooperative on a successful MN Border to Border grant, Big Stone County moved to top 10 ranking for access to 100/20 Mbps broadband. Their broadband access remains the same; their ranking slips only because other counties are doing even better.

They receive a green code because they have over 99 percent covered but they will likely need a good push to get to ubiquitous broadband.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 98.6 98.6 98.91 98.91 70.12
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.48 99.48 99.58 98.91 70.12

Computer Access:

County Households with computer …with desktop or laptop …with ONLY  smartphone …with a tablet et al
State of MN 93.6% 80.6% 7.7% 63.8%
Big Stone 92.4 80.6 4.1 55.5

Past Grants:

  • 2014 – Federated Telephone Cooperative, Big Stone County


  • Find more articles on broadband in Big Stone County. (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 9 (down 2)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 3.87


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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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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