Rock County Broadband Profile 2021: Green rating: Ranking out 1 of 87

Rank: 1
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Rock County: Rocking it at Number One – again!

In 2014, Rock County Broadband Alliance received a MN Border to Border grant to bring Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to almost all of Rock County. The community worked with the cooperative. They worked on deploying broadband. They became a Blandin Broadband Community and they worked on broadband adoption.

They continue to work on better use and adoption of broadband.

Never mind green code, Rock County is the gold standard.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 99.93 99.93 99.93 99.93 66.32
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.93 99.93 99.93 99.93 68.17

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%
Rock 88.7 75.9 4.2 58.4

Past grants:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2014 – Rock County Broadband Alliance (RCBA), FTTP Project – Award: $5 million.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Rock County (http://tinyurl.com/jjeesst)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 1 (no change)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 7.53

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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