Lake of the Woods County Broadband Profile 2020: Red rating: Ranking out 55 of 87

Rank: 55
Code: Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Lake of the Woods County: Big leap in last year

Lake of the Woods has been working on broadband for several years. They have received Border to Border grants. They were a Blandin Broadband Community. In 2019, Wikstrom Telephone received a Border to Border award and it seems like that is making a difference. Their percentage covered increased by 20 percent this year.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Lake of the Woods is $725,350; broadband is one possible use. That may help. Perhaps they could build on the momentum and use that money to invest in better broadband.

Due to their recent increase and the opportunity to invest, Lake of the Woods is not a code yellow community.

 

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 74.31 53.93 50.47 0
25/3 (2022 goal) 74.55 57.42 50.47 50.61

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%
Yellow Medicine 82.7 76 5.6 54.9

 

Past grants:

  • 2016 – SJOBERG’S INC. ROSEAU AND LAKE OF THE WOODS COUNTIES — GRANT: $354,740
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY WIKTEL NW MN – GRANT: $950,823
  • 2019: Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project – GRANT $1,151,526
    Checklist:
  • Find more articles on broadband in Lake of the Woods County (http://tinyurl.com/gpfu7dd)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 55 (up 17)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 1

Details:

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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