(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)
Becker County: stuck in the middle?
Becker County ranks 48 for broadband access and 34 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have more than 78 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have 4228 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $39 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.
|County||Housing Unit Density||Number of Housing Units||100/20 Mbps||houses unserved||Cost to close the gap|
Becker County has 92 percent access to slower Internet speeds (25/3) and 78 percent access to 100/20. (As the chart below indicates.) The gap is concerning, especially since it first showed up last year. This means someone has invested in improvement but they did not invest in speeds that will meet future needs. Also they rank 48 for broadband access and 38 for digital equity; those are very middle of the road scores. A concern is that there’s no local champion or drive for better broadband.
Good news is that local provider Arvig committed to spending almost $20 million on upgrades in Becker, Otter Tail and Redwood Counties.
Becker County gets a cautious yellow code; they are close and are getting closer but there isn’t a great drive for more.
|100/20 (2026 goal)||78.45||73.42||73.41||6.22||12.95||6.58|
|25/3 (2022 goal)||92||92.53||78.99||91.36||88.94||69.41|
Becker County ranks 38 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)
Becker ranks 34 out of 87 for computer ownership. 83.7 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.
- 2016 – PAUL BUNYAN COMMUNICATIONS HUBBARD, BECKER & ITASCA COUNTIES – GRANT: $1,742,232
- Arvig (Loretel Systems, Inc.) – Cormorant Lakes Area Project – GRANT $430,780
- Find more articles on broadband in Becker County. (http://tinyurl.com/jkah37b)
- 100/20 Mbps ranking: 48 (up from 57)
- Has worked with Blandin: yes
- Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
- Household density: 13.6
I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:
- Red (yikes)
- Yellow (warning)
- Green (good shape)