Meeker County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 72 of 87

Rank: 72
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Meeker County: stalled but recent grant might help

Meeker County has been engaged in broadband expansion for years. In  2017, Meeker County released a broadband feasibility study, with Blandin Foundation’s support. They released an update in 2018.

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

  • Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Lake Koronis – GRANT $41,927 This last mile project will serve approximately 28 unserved and seven underserved locations in Union Grove Township in Meeker County.

They will benefit from a MN Border to Border grant awarded in the last round. The project is small, but hopefully will start a quest for more improvement. Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Meeker is $4,503,764; broadband is one possible use.

Meeker County needs a major push to get to better broadband; they are code red.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 53.86 45.08 45.08 38.13
25/3 (2022 goal) 62.46 71.72 71.45 98.58

Computer Access:

County Households with computer …with desktop or laptop …with a smartphone …with a tablet et al …with other
State of MN 90.3% 81.1% 76.5% 59.3% 3.5%
Meeker 85.3% 75.0% 69.7% 52.1% 3.1%

Past grants:

  • 2019: Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson W Project – GRANT $346,282


  • Find more articles on broadband in Meeker County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 72 (up 2)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 14.65


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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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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