Red Lake County Broadband Profile 2021: Green rating: Ranking out 18 of 87

Rank: 18
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Red Lake County: Well served and in a position to pull for more

Red Lake County has nearly ubiquitous access to 25/3, which means they didn’t need to think about broadband for a while. But they also just saw an increase from 83 to 93 percent access to 100/20. They have never received a state broadband grant. They have service providers that are engaged with providing service with minimal community support.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Red Lake is $786,442; broadband is one possible use.

They are in an enviable position with their providers but they are also in a position to use their ARP funding to invite providers to do more. They are code green.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 93.85 83.18 83.17 83.17 48.01
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.99 99.86 99.99 99.99 99.99

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%
Red Lake 84.9 69.3 5.8 58.9

Past grant:



  • Find more articles on broadband in Red Lake County (
  • 100/20 ranking: 18 (up 8)
  • 25/3 ranking: 1
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 3.58
  • Number of providers: 4


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 (, 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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