(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.
|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|
|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%|
- 2016 – BENTON COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE COMPANY BOCK – GRANT: $510,000
- 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
- Districts: CD 8
Senate: 11, 15
House: 11B, 15A
- Find your reps
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)