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.
Ramsey County ranks 13 out of 87 counties for digital equity. Like other urban counties, Ramsey ranks well with technology access and use but ranks lower in other demographic tracts, such as population living below the poverty level (ranks 83) and lack of high school degree (77). This might be an opportunity to develop or expand programs that help residents use technology to access formal education or workforce opportunities.
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||14|
|No HS degree||77|
|Below 150% poverty (last 12 months)||81|
|Below poverty (last 12 months)||83|
|No broadband access||11|
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)
- Mounds View School District (ISD #621)
Superintendent Chris Lennox
- North Saint Paul-Maplewood Oakdale School District (ISD #622)
Superintendent Christine Tucci Osorio
- Northeast Metro 916 Intermediate School District
Superintendent Val Rae BoeDirector Daniel Naidicz
- Roseville Area Schools (ISD #623)
Superintendent Dr. Jenny Loeck
- Saint Paul Public Schools (ISD #625)
Superintendent Dr. Joe Gothard
- White Bear Lake Area School District (ISD #624)
Superintendent Dr. Wayne Kazmierczak