Traverse County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 78 of 87

Rank: 80
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Traverse County: on bottom 10 list for broadband

With a population density of 2.6, Traverse is unlikely to get better service without community engagement. In 2018, they made a deal with a wireless provider; the county helped them to get started and set up. The provider has been successful but the connections available do not meet the 100/20 Mbps or 25/3 Mbps speed goals. But as someone from the county pointed out at the time, it was better than what they had.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Traverse is $632,063; broadband is one possible use.

Todd County may 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 especially with state and federal funding on the horizon. They are a code red community.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 50.97 50.97 49.39 45.62 45.37
25/3 (2022 goal) 67.87 67.25 67.25 66.14 45.37

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%
Traverse 87.4 71.8 8.8 53.7

Past grants



  • Find more articles on broadband in Traverse County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 80 (down 2)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 2.25


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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