Pennington County Broadband Profile 2021: Green rating: Ranking out 10 of 87

Rank: 10
Code: Ranking
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Pennington County: Still on top 10 list

Pennington County has done well with engaged providers and successful Border to Border grants.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Pennington is $2,738,293; broadband is one possible use.

Pennington County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They are so close; it might not take much. They are code green.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 98.19 96.95 96.18 90.75 9.63
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.37 98.53 97.21 91.78 91.78

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%
Pennington 88.1 76.4 5.4 51.7

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Sjoberg’s Inc. – NW MN Rural Broadband – GRANT $307,088
  • 2016 – CENTURYLINK THIEF RIVER MIDDLE MILE – GRANT: $1,324,400
  • 2016 – GARDEN VALLEY TELEPHONE COMPANY RURAL THIEF RIVER FALLS EAST – GRANT: $2,027,035
  • 2019: Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project – GRANT $1,151,526

Checklist:

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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