Kandiyohi County Broadband Profile 2021: Yellow Rating: Ranking out 53 of 87

Rank: 53
Code: Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Kandiyohi County: they persist

Kandiyohi County has been working on better broadband for years. They saw a big improvement in 2019, but have been stagnant since. They came close to getting better broadband with CTC and a grant but that didn’t work out in the end.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Benton is $7,930,170; broadband is one possible use. They have already elected to use some in Prinsburg.

The influx of funding is an opportunity for Kandiyohi to really invest; the question is whether they can convince the whole community to buy in. For now, they remain code yellow.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 74.82 73.78 72.89 10.64 8.14
25/3 (2022 goal) 88.68 88.97 86.23 77.2 77.25

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%
Kandiyohi 89.8 74.3 7.2 58.4

Past Grants:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2017, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC) was awarded a $4.94 million grant to improve serves in New London, Spicer and Willmar, and Frontier was awarded a grant of $1.02 million to improve service in rural Kandiyohi County. Unfortunately, the CTC project did not work out.


  • Find more articles on broadband in Kandiyohi. (http://tinyurl.com/z9wk7bm)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 53 (down 5)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 20.65


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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