(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)
Chippewa County: stagnant access just over 80 percent
Chippewa made great strides a few years ago when they went from 25 percent coverage to more than 80 percent. In 2018, they completed a feasibility study. They have applied for funding but have not received it. Chippewa County is part of the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC), which released a report saying that access to broadband was the number two issue in the area.
Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Chippewa is $2,288,537; broadband is one possible use.
Chippewa has greater access than other counties, but they seem to be bumping up against issues that aren’t going away. That is why they are getting a red code.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||82.67||83.55||81.7||24.8||24.45|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||86.26||85.23||83.23||72.33||72.28|
|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%|
- 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile, Grant award: $808,080
- Find more articles on broadband in Chippewa County. (http://tinyurl.com/htwz58a)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 37 (down 8)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 7.97
- Districts: CD 7
- 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)