Faribault County Digital Equity Profile – ranked 57

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.


Faribault County ranks 57 out of 87 counties for digital equity. Looking at the individual tracks below, Faribault is middle or the pack or slightly below average ranking for most things. But the lowest ranking is for access to broadband at speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. Broadband subscription rates are also ranked low but that makes sense if the connectivity is not optimal. Because federal funding is focused on access and adoption, this is an opportunity for the county to look at both but broadband deployment is still going to be a priority. Encouraging subscriptions will help a provider recoup costs and increase communitywide use.

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)

Faribault County Ranking
Access to 100/20 68
No bachelors 63
No HS degree 45
Below 150% poverty (last 12 months) 61
Below poverty (last 12 months) 58
Disability 33
No computer 57
No broadband access 32
No subscription 62
Overall average 57

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:


Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative
(507) 625-6169


Regional Development Commission

This entry was posted in MN Broadband Equity Profiles 2022 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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