Mower County Broadband Profile 2021: Yellow rating: Ranking out 35 of 87

Rank: 35
Code:  Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Mower County: needs help but has potential partners

Mower County saw a great leap in access in 2019 and they have had steady growth since. They received a grant in the last round.

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

  • KMTelecom – Rock Dell Southwest Fiber Build – GRANT $404,709 This last mile project will serve approximately 96 unserved households, 70 farms and five unserved businesses in rural Vernon Township in Dodge County and Sargeant Township in Mower County.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Mower is $7,769,778; broadband is one possible use.

Mower has some engaged providers in their area. They have received their first MN broadband grant. That might spark an interest in investing ARP funding on broadband. The opportunity is there; they are code yellow.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 84.95 79.03 78.56 23.31 90.2
25/3 (2022 goal) 90.13 81.14 85.22 78.47 94.78

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%
Mower 87.9 71.9 8.3 55

Past grants:

none

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Mower County (http://tinyurl.com/j9sr5gf)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 35 (up 5)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 21.5

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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