Isanti County Broadband Profile 2021: Red Rating: Ranking out 81 of 87

Rank: 81
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Isanti County: stalled at 50 percent – they need help

Isanti County is served by one large national provider. That may be a bottleneck to better access in those areas, because as we have noted in the past, lack of competition can impact the drive for improvement.

We don’t hear much from Isanti. To see improvement, they will likely need to come together as a community to seek better broadband.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Isanti is $7,873,344broadband is one possible use. Unfortunately, money to invest may not be the right tool if they provider isn’t engaged.

Isanti maintains their red code. They may need intervention, such as the Blandin Accelerate program, a process to spur community acquisition and deployment of federal and state broadband funds, to find an alternative solution.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 50.21 48.63 48.05 56.62 49.29
25/3 (2022 goal) 78.5 76.77 73.5 73.67 53.52

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%
Isanti 90.3 78.6 5.8 60

Past grants:

none

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Isanti County. (http://tinyurl.com/gozt2ka)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 81 (down 1 place)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 34.53

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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