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.
Dakota County ranks 1 out of 87 counties for digital equity. What do you say about the number one county? They have ranked well in everything. They are a (mostly) urban and suburban county. They have a Dakota County Broadband Board; they are organized and thoughtful. They work with other counties and they share what they know. They are in a position to advise and be a part of many regional projects.
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||10|
|No HS degree||5|
|Below 150% poverty (last 12 months)||6|
|Below poverty (last 12 months)||8|
|No broadband access||7|
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)
- Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District (ISD #191)
Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle
- Farmington Area Public Schools (ISD #192)
Superintendent Jason Berg
- Hastings Public School District (ISD 200)
Superintendent Robert McDowell
- Intermediate School District 917
Superintendent Dr. Michael Favor
- Inver Grove Heights School District (ISD 199)
Superintendent David Bernhardson
- Lakeville Independent School District 194
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Emily McDonald Superintendent Dr. Doug Van Zyl
- Randolph School District (ISD 195)
Superintendent Michael Kelley
- Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District (ISD #196)
Superintendent Mary Kreger
- South Saint Paul School District (Special School District #6)
Superintendent Dr. Brian Zambreno
- West Saint Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District (ISD #197)
Superintendent Peter Olson-Skog