Stevens County Broadband Profile 2021: Green rating: Ranking out 14 of 87

Rank: 14
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Stevens County: Good coverage but need a bump up

Stevens County has been involved with broadband for years – going back to working with Blandin Foundation-led, Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (2009-2012) effort.

They have been stalled at 97 percent, which is quite good, unless you like in the underserved 3 percent. A little push might help them get to ubiquitous broadband.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Stevens is $1,901,619; broadband is one possible use.

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

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 96.79 96.79 96.74 96.74 96.73
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.22 99.22 99.22 99.22 99.21

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%
Stevens 87.8 78.4 5.2 55.2

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Advantenon – Rural Grant, Stevens and Wilkin Counties – Grant $316,554
  • 2014 – Otter Tail Telcom, Swan Lake West – Award: $438,937.


  • Find more articles on broadband in Stevens County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 14 (down 3)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 6.7


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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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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