Jackson County Broadband Profile 2021: Red Rating: Ranking out 58 of 87

Rank: 58
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Jackson County: coverage stalled at 69 percent

Jackson County has been stalled for as long as we’ve been tracking. They benefited from an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant in 2010. They benefited from a Border to Border grant in 2015.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Jackson is $1,909,571; broadband is one possible use.

Jackson may see an influx of funding in the future. This could jumpstart them back into being broadband leaders. For now, however, they remain at code red.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 68.84 68.84 68.84 68.79 68.9
25/3 (2022 goal) 69.86 70.05 70.42 68.83 68.9

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%
Jackson 88 77.4 5 58.1

Past grants:

  • In 2010, Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) received ARRA funds to deploy fiber to the home in Jackson and other counties. Through SMBS, Jackson County was also part of the Blandin Broadband Communities initiative in 2015-2016
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080


  • Find more articles on broadband in Jackson County. (http://tinyurl.com/h3vyqx9)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 65 (down 7)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yea
  • 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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