(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)
Renville County: Hovering near the bottom of the ranking list
Renville County has been working on better broadband for more than 10 years. They are a part of the original RS Fiber team. Border to Border grants have helped support incremental improvement. They received an award in the last round.
Renville 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 Renville is $2,821,495; broadband is one possible use.
Renville County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They just need to show the determination they had when RS Fiber was formed. They are a code yellow community.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||70.86||63.23||59.06||51.78||50.43|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||74.48||67.74||61.9||55.06||59.27|
|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%|
- 2016 – RENVILLE COUNTY HBC & RS FIBER – GRANT: $807,966
- 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
- 2014 – R-S Fiber Cooperative, FTTH Project – Award: $1 million.
- 2019: Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson W Project – GRANT $346,282
- 2019: Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Renville Project – GRANT $230,835
- Find more articles on broadband in Renville County (http://tinyurl.com/hfazdvf)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 63 (up 2)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 5.78
- Districts: CD 7
Senate: 16, 17
House: 16B, 17A
- Find your reps
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)