Chippewa County Broadband Profile 2021: Red Rating: Ranking out 37 of 87

Rank: 37
(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.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
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

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%
Chippewa 83.2 68.5 8 51.2

Past grants:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile, Grant award: $808,080


  • Find more articles on broadband in Chippewa County. (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 37 (down 8)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 7.97


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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