(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)
Brown County: Improvement will be expensive, but they are looking
Brown County has seen only very incremental broadband increase since 2017. In 2020, after receiving a state broadband grant, Nuvera reported that construction had begun on in rural areas of Sleepy Eye, Hutchinson and Mazeppa. An enhanced fixed wireless solution was also installed in rural New Ulm by St. George. That network was recently announced.
In December 2020, local legislators (Rep. Paul Torkelson, R and Sen. Gary Dahms, R) met to talk about broadband. So, it is at least on the radar. Also projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Brown is $4,850,148; broadband is one possible use.
Brown County will benefit from a MN State Grant awarded in 2021:
- Minnesota Valley Telephone Company (MVTC) – Rural Franklin Fiber Project – GRANT $226,800. This middle and last mile project will serve approximately 45 unserved locations in the City of Franklin and the townships of Sherman, Eden, Camp and Birch Cooley in Redwood, Renville and Brown counties.
Brown County gets a red because while legislators are interested and there is a provider that is engaging in the area, there doesn’t seem to be a lot more buzz or activity to improve broadband.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||75.99||74.6||74.5||73.76||72.89|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||84.66||83.67||83.66||96.31||95.92|
|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%|
- 2107 – New Ulm Telecom, Inc.– Hanska A&D FTTP – GRANT $324,894
- 2016 – New Ulm Telecom, Inc. – Hanska – GRANT: $ 200,397
- 2019: Nuvera Communications, Inc. – New Ulm SW Project – GRANT $385,600
- Find more articles on broadband in Brown County. (http://tinyurl.com/z2wwkye)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 47 (down 3 places)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 15.92
- Districts: CD 1
- 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)