Yellow Medicine County Broadband Profile 2021: Red rating: Ranking out 83 of 87

Rank: 83
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Yellow Medicine County: still bottom 10 ranking

Yellow Medicine actually increased broadband by 11 percent, which boosts their ranking to 83; unfortunately that still leaves them in the bottom 10 ranking. But there may be some opportunities for improvement.

Yellow Medicine County is getting more FTTH fall 2021 from Arvig; it will serve 170 locations in the Wood Lake exchange and 162 in Echo exchange.

Also federal funding may be available. Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Yellow Medicine is $1,883,001; broadband is one possible use.

Yellow Medicine 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. They are a code red community.

Broadband Access:

2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 48.81 37.71 38.86 37.72 19.28
25/3 (2022 goal) 64.65 59.83 68.31 46.91 20.42

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%
Yellow Medicine 87.2 76 5.6 54.9

Past grants:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080


  • Find more articles on broadband in Yellow Medicine County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 83 (up 2)
  • Has worked with Blandin
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant
  • Household density: 5.02


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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