Pope County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 54 of 87

Rank: 54
Code:  Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Pope County: near bottom of the broadband ranking

In 2017, Pope County unveiled a feasibility study that found that installing fiber everywhere in the county would cost about $29.3 million.  Last year, policymakers have publicly recognized the need for improved broadband, especially during COVID. So broadband is part of the community conversation.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Pope is $2,181,674; broadband is one possible use.

Pope County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They are a code red community.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 74.48 73 68.92 23.67 24.33
25/3 (2022 goal) 82.95 80.81 76.99 61.27 62.73

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%
Pope 86.4 75.3 5.9 57.3

Past grant:

  • 2017 – Hanson Communications – Minnewaska Area FTTP – GRANT $4,996,791


  • Find more articles on broadband in Pope County (http://tinyurl.com/hx7q9fd)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 54 (down 3)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 6.33


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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