Nobles County Broadband Profile 2021: Yellow rating: Ranking out 39 of 87

Rank: 39
Code:  Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Nobles County: steady progress but needs to continue

Nobles County was a Blandin Broadband Community (BBC); they have deployed lots of broadband adoption programs. They have benefited from past MN Border to Border grants.

They have pretty good coverage But they have been hung up at 81 percent since 2019.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Nobles is $4,194,811; broadband is one possible use.

Nobles County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. Their history with the Blandin Foundation might help them prioritize broadband. They are a code yellow community.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 81.24 81.24 77.66 77.18 59.25
25/3 (2022 goal) 83.71 83.54 80.89 79.24 75.69

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%
Nobles 87.5 69.4 8.8 54.2

Past grants

  • 2016 LISMORE COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE NOBLES COUNTY BROADBAND – GRANT: $2,944,578
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Nobles County (http://tinyurl.com/j52xvxu)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 39 (down 6)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 11.79

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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