Lyon County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 38 of 87

Rank: 38
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Lyon County: Incremental upgrades

In 2017, Lyon County went from zero to more than 70 percent broadband coverage at speeds of 100/20 Mbps. A feasibility study in 2018 indicated that it was too expensive to build Fiber to the Home (FTTH) even with the help of a Border to Border grant.

But they have seen an incremental increase in the last year and a recent state broadband grant sets them up for more.

Lyon County will benefit from a  MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

  • Woodstock Telephone Company – Lynd FTTP – GRANT $325,548 (Lyon County) – This middle and last mile project will serve 203 underserved households, three underserved businesses and three underserved anchor institutions in the City of Lynd in Lyon County.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Lyon is $4,940,525; broadband is one possible use. Allocating some of those funds would help; there’s no indication one way or another for that happening therefore they remain a code red community.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 82.31 79.92 81.89 72.77 0
25/3 (2022 goal) 84.52 85.82 85.8 80.71 72.37

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%
Lyon 91.5 80 6 58.7

Past grants:

  • 2017 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Milroy Broadband Project – GRANT $742,365
  • 2017 – Woodstock Telephone Company – Balaton FTTP – GRANT $413,009
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080


  • Find more articles on broadband in Lyon County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 38 (down )
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 13.96


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 (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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