Houston County Broadband Profile 2021: Red Rating: Ranking out 51 of 87

Rank: 51
Code:  Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Houston County: recent incremental change

Houston County broadband has improved incrementally in the last year, likely due to a MN State Broadband grant with AcenTek in 2019.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Houston is $3,607,355; broadband is one possible use.

They have seen improvement but without receiving a grant last year and a history of not much change, it seems unlikely that they will get to ubiquitous broadband and so they are code red.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 75.26 69.66 67.81 66.63 65.08
25/3 (2022 goal) 92.86 77.1 72.94 71.29 72.23

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%
Houston 88.5 78.6 4.8 56.3

Past grant:

  • 2019: AcenTek – Rural Houston Exchange FTTH – GRANT $2,895,318


  • Find more articles on broadband in Houston County. (http://tinyurl.com/zst4kf5)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 51 (up 6 places)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 5.52


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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