McLeod County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 74 of 87

Rank: 74
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

McLeod County: maybe the tide has turned

McLeod County’s ranking has been slipping over the years. Their percentage covered has been stagnant. But this year they have received their first State broadband grants; maybe the tide is turning for them.

McLeod County will benefit from a few MN State Grants awarded in 2021:

  • Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson SE FTTP – GRANT $169,369 This last mile project will serve 42 unserved and five underserved locations in the Hutchinson area of McLeod County.
  • Winthrop Telephone Company, Inc. – Bismarck & Transit Township FTTP Project – GRANT $716,000 This last mile project will serve 148 unserved and six underserved locations, including homes, businesses and farms, in Bismarck, Transit and Round Grove townships in Sibley and McLeod counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in McLeod is $6,961,226; broadband is one possible use. That would go a long way to helping them get better broadband coverage. They are at code red.

They may benefit from intervention, such as the Blandin Accelerate program, a process to spur community acquisition and deployment of federal and state broadband funds, to find an alternative solution.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 58.09 56.13 58.59 58.57 56.92
25/3 (2022 goal) 82.86 87.32 81.01 83.53 98.58

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%
McLeod 89.3 79.1 4.2 58.8

Past grants:



  • Find more articles on broadband in McLeod County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 74 (down 4)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 28.14


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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