Every year, the Blandin on Broadband blog does County Broadband Profiles (and will do again when the new maps come out) but given federal opportunities are making it possible to get funding for access and adoption, I thought I’d try to present information for counties to assess their digital equity standing (see table below) and give options for who to contact locally for more information.
Carver County ranks 2 out of 87 counties for digital equity. Carver County ranks well for most tracts listed below. The one exception where they do not do as well (compared to the rest of the tracts) is access to broadband (rank 9) and access to broadband at speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. (Last year, they ranked 25 for broadband access, which for a county close to the Twin Cities is not great.) They may want to focus on improving access to infrastructure.
Scroll down for details and suggested resources for more information.
Blandin Foundation is using the Microsoft Digital Equity Tool to determine needs by county and make high level recommendations for next steps to consider based on the data. (With special thanks to Carter Grupp, Broadband Coordinator Broadband Coordinator at American Connection Project for Otter Tail County.) Visit the tool if you want to look up more statistics on your community.
Demographic Data and Ranking (out of 87)
|Access to 100/20||15|
|No HS degree||2|
|Below 150% poverty (last 12 months)||1|
|Below poverty (last 12 months)||1|
|No broadband access||9|
The map below shows digital inequity by census tract. The bluer the better; yellow and orange colors indicate more inequity. This map can be helpful in figuring out which parts of your county need the most help.
So where do you go to talk to people in the county about digit equity plans? Good places to start include:
- Metropolitan Library Service Agency(MELSA)
- Central Public Schools (ISD #108)
Superintendent Timothy Schochenmaier
- Eastern Carver County Schools (ISD #112)
Superintendent Lisa Sayles-Adams
- Waconia School District (ISD #110)
Superintendent Brian Gersich
- Watertown-Mayer School District (ISD #111)
Superintendent Darren Schuler