Fond du Lac Reservation Broadband Profile: 66 percent access to 100/20

Code: Green
Population: 1530
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Fond du Lac Reservation has seen some success in deploying better broadband in the last year. They went from almost 20 percent access to speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 up to 66 percent; and access to 25/3 went from almost 31 percent to almost 84.

Access to Fixed, Non-Mobile Broadband
Name %Broadband (25/3) 2021 %Broadband (25/3) 2019 %Broadband (100/20) 2021 %Broadband (100/20) 2019
Fond du Lac Res 83.81 30.96 66.4 19.5

Fond du Lac has been working on better broadband since 2006, often while working with the Blandin Foundation on programs to improve broadband use. In 2018, they set out to provide fiber-to-home (FTTH)  to more than 1,800 homes, and anyone who lives in the network’s roughly 120-square mile service area, by 2020 — both band members and non-members alike using funding from the USDA. (There are 1530 households on Fond du Lac, according to 2010 Census.) The network went live in 2019 and continues to expand.

In 2020, the Band received a $602,916 MN Border to Border grant to help upgrade its infrastructure to serve 37 new households and 99 underserved customers, including properties on the reservation, western Cloquet and Perch Lake Township. That deployment would not yet be reflected in the maps or data on the reservation.

The tribe is making continuous investment and improvement on the broadband network with a focus on FTTH.

Fond du Lac
(get 2020 map)

Map Key:

  • Served: Green
  • Underserved: Purple
  • Unserved: Pink

I am doing the annual look at broadband in tribal areas – 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)
This entry was posted in MN, Tribal Profiles 2021, Tribal Programs by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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