Koochiching County Broadband Profile 2021: Yellow Rating: Ranking out 59 of 87

Rank: 59
Code: Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Koochiching County: incremental increases

Koochiching County has been working on getting better broadband for a while. They are well organized and engaged through Koochiching Technology Initiative (KTI); they have been a Blandin Broadband Community working on promoting better broadband use with other Arrowhead Regional leaders.

Midco activated more than 200 additional miles of fiber to create a Northern Minnesota fiber ring that adds diverse network paths for both Ely and International Falls. That will help Koochiching County.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Benton is $7,930,170; broadband is one possible use.

Koochiching has been working on broadband. They have learned a lot about options working with the Blandin Foundation. The have the potential of an influx of funding; they just need to influence that impact on broadband. For now, they remain in code yellow.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 72.85 68.6 73.41 73.44 68.55
25/3 (2022 goal) 80.2 81.57 81.22 73.5 68.6

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%
Koochiching 85.6 72.1 5 55.1

Past grants

  • 2015 – Midcontinent Little Fork Middle Mile – Grant award: $277,448
  • Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Minnesota Fiber Project– GRANT $2,562,916


  • Find more articles on broadband in Koochiching. (http://tinyurl.com/gom8mqy)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 60 (down from 1)
  • Has worked with Blandin
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant
  • Household density: 1.57


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)
This entry was posted in MN, MN County Profiles 2021 by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s