Minnesota Broadband County Profiles: Coming Soon

I am working on the final version of the annual Minnesota Broadband County Profiles. I wanted to warn folks who get email updates, that you’ll be getting a lot of emails in the next day or so. I’ll try to queue them for off-hours. Also – wanted to give a sneak preview what I’ve been learning.

First here are some overall observations:

  • 24 counties are green code
  • 25 counties are red code
  • 38 counties are yellow code
  • 26 counties have not worked with Blandin
  • 6 counties that have not benefitted from border to border grants: Blue Earth, Lake, Norman, Ramsey, Red Lake and Traverse.
  • 24 counties have better than 90 percent coverage
  • 82 counties have better than 50 percent coverage
  • 5 counties have worse than 50 percent coverage

Here are the top ranked counties:

County 100/20 Mbps Rank
Red Lake 100 1
Lincoln 99.99 2
Rock 99.9 3
Lac qui Parle 99.86 4
Ramsey 99.63 5
Pennington 99.4 6
Wadena 98.88 7
Beltrami 98.86 8
Clearwater 98.85 9
Hennepin 98.69 10

And here are the bottom ranked counties

County 100/20 Mbps rank
Yellow Medicine 58.17 78
Cass 56.37 79
Norman 55.52 80
Murray 51.38 81
Isanti 50.09 82
Carlton 48.71 83
Redwood 48.35 84
Todd 47.52 85
Pine 35.1 86
Kanabec 23.46 87

It’s great to celebrate the top ranked counties but sometimes I think we learn at least as much from the counties that see large swings in their ranking. Interesting to look at what helps move them forward and what holds them back.

Our most improved rank counties include:

2021 rank 2022 rank Delta
Faribault 84 62 22
McLeod 74 54 20
Red Lake 18 1 17
Kittson 42 27 15
Houston 51 38 13
Grant 61 50 11
Meeker 72 61 11
Roseau 34 23 11
Traverse 80 70 10

Our biggest drop in rank counties include:

2021 rank 2022 rank Delta
Cass 71 79 -8
Nicollet 45 53 -8
Jackson 65 76 -11
St. Louis 44 57 -13
Kandiyohi 53 69 -16
Lake 19 36 -17
Sherburne 23 40 -17
Wright 31 49 -18

 

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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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