Washington County Broadband Profile 2021: Green rating: Ranking out 15 of 87

Rank: 15
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Washington County: nearly there with a grant in process

Washington County has some suburban areas and some rural areas. So, some areas attract providers while other areas need incentive. They will likely need incentive to get the last 4 percent of the county covered. But there are some opportunities

Washington County will benefit from a MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

  • Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Scandia – GRANT $78,824 This last mile project will serve 78 underserved households and one underserved business in remote neighborhoods of Scandia in Washington County.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Washington is $50,898,622; broadband is one possible use.

Washington 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) 96.02 95.8 95.8 96.1 94.97
25/3 (2022 goal) 97.88 98.45 98.44 97.21 96.52

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%
Washington 94.6 87.6 3.2 70.3

Past grants

  • 2019: Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Scandia Project – GRANT $510,358

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Washington County (http://tinyurl.com/z4dwzyy)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 15(down 3)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 254.43

Details:

  • Districts: CD 2, 4, 6
    Senate: 38, 39, 43, 53, 54
    House: 38A, 38B, 39A, 39B, 43A, 43B, 53A, 53B, 54A, 54B
  • 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)
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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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