Grant County Broadband Profile 2021: Red Rating: Ranking out 61 of 87

Rank: 61
Code:  Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Grant County: quietly increasing broadband access

Grant County is one of the few that I hear little about throughout the year; yet they have increased access by more than 10 percent this year.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Grant is $1,158,233; broadband is one possible use.

There is an opportunity for an influx of funding. It’s difficult to know what will happen. One strange issue is that they are well served at the slower speed of 25/3, which means many residents may be complacent, but it does not build for the future or attract new people of business. They remain code red.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 71.99 60.3 43.02 39.93 39.93
25/3 (2022 goal) 95.44 88.22 87.85 87.85 75.73

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%
Grant 89.4 73.9 8.9 54.3


  • Find more articles on broadband in Grant County. (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 61 (up 7)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 4.18


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 (, 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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