Redwood County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 85 of 87

Rank: 85
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Redwood County: Hovering near the bottom of the ranking list

Redwood County has been working on broadband for many years; they were a Blandin Broadband Community in 2013. They have benefited from a few broadband grants, including the most recent round but they have a long way to go.

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

  • Minnesota Valley Telephone Company (MVTC) – Rural Franklin Fiber Project – GRANT $226,800 This middle and last mile project will serve approximately 45 unserved locations in the City of Franklin and the townships of Sherman, Eden, Camp and Birch Cooley in Redwood, Renville and Brown counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Redwood is $2,942,128; broadband is one possible use.

Redwood County might benefit from intervention, such as the Blandin Accelerate program, a process to spur community acquisition and deployment of federal and state broadband funds, to find an alternative solution. That might help them to invest the ARP funding in broadband. They are code red.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 40.04 36.48 33.56 33.56 34.37
25/3 (2022 goal) 76.12 44.59 70.94 72.07 41.51

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%
Redwood 85 72.6 8 51.6

Past grants:

  • 2017 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Milroy Broadband Project – GRANT $742,365
  • 2016 – ARVIG – REDWOOD COUNTY TELEPHONE MIDDLE MILE FIBER EXTENSION – GRANT: $27,998
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2019: MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Rural Lucan Fiber Project – GRANT $635,400

Checklist:

  • Redwood County has worked with the Blandin Foundation
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 85 (up 1)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 6.74

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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