Kanabec County Broadband Profile 2021: Red Rating: Ranking out 87 of 87

Rank: 87
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Kanabec County: ranking last due to barriers

In October I was in a meeting with folks from Kanabec County and just last month in the MN Broadband Task Force, because they are constantly working on better broadband. As someone said, sometimes it’s been to be lucky than good. They are living that. A team from Kanabec has been working with the Blandin Accelerate program, which has been helping them learn and act for better broadband.

Much of the 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.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Kanabec is $3,168,461; broadband is one possible use.

The community of Kandiyohi deserves better than code red. Their situation is outside of their control in many ways. Perhaps they will choose to use more ARP funding to partner with a provider; that would help. Their code red status will help them explain the severity of their standing to policymakers.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 26.24 26.41 26.93 38.54 26.07
25/3 (2022 goal) 60.34 60.75 66.05 67.07 34.04

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%
Kanabec 85.9 70.7 8 50.9

Past grants:



  • Find more articles on broadband in Kanabec County. (http://tinyurl.com/gvyes6n)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 87 (same3)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 11.85


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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