(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.
|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|
|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%|
- 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 (http://tinyurl.com/joutu2h)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 14 (down 3)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 6.7
- Districts: CD 7
- 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)