Dakota County Broadband Profile 2021: Green Rating: Ranking out 11 of 87

Rank: 11
Code:  Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Dakota County: Has plan, will succeed

Dakota County has a broadband board and staff who focus on creating better broadband. Last year, Charter received a Border to Border grant to upgrade broadband in Dakota County and County Commissioners recently approved the use of CARES Act funding on broadband improvement.

A recent report from the Institute for Local Self Reliance points out Dakota County has succeeded because of policies conducive to collaboration and reinvestment, with the result being a host of benefits which includes significant public savings for internal operations and better connections for community anchor institutions. However, residential access isn’t as good as it could be. Dakota’s next challenge is to leverage its network to bring much more investment to areas without broadband availability or areas with only one high-speed ISP.

The Dakota Broadband Board released a report in July (2021) on the state of broadband, noting that over 17 miles of fiber were added to the network as a result of DBB projects in 2020. And they outlined plans for the future.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Dakota is $83,205,981; broadband is one possible use.

Dakota County will benefit from a MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

  • Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Webster Rural FTTP – GRANT $431,260 This last mile project will serve 103 unserved and 178 underserved locations in Wheatland and Webster townships in Rice County, Eureka and Greenvale townships in Dakota County, and New Market and Cedar Lake townships in Scott County.

Having a plan and a strong history of success, it seems likely that they will get some funding for broadband and that is why they are getting a code green.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 97.75 97.42 97.56 64.89 64.18
25/3 (2022 goal) 97.98 98.31 98.46 97.54 98.47

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%
Dakota 94.7 86.9 3.4 68.5

Past grants funding:

  • 2020: Charter Communications – Rosemount North Project – GRANT $499,072
  • 2020: Dakota County approved $800,000 in CARES Act funding for broadband.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Dakota County. (http://tinyurl.com/hxslue9)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 11 (down 3 places)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 287.08

Details:

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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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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