Crow Wing County Broadband Profile 2022: Green Rating: Ranking out 28 of 87

Rank: 28
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Crow Wing County: Need a push to get ubiquitous broadband

Crow Wing County ranks 28 for broadband access and 22 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 87 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2018. They have 5192 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $48.2 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
Crow Wing 35.9 41,568 87.51 5192 $48,284,141.76

Crow Wing will benefit from a border to border award announced in December 2022:

  • Tri-Co Technologies, LLC dba Crosslake Communications, $343,552.00

Crow Wing County has shown an interest in hiring support to deploy better broadband and in working with a local provider to find a way to deploy broadband.

Crow Wing County is getting a skeptical green code; they have been stuck at less than 90 percent since 2019 but the county and a local provider have shown a greater interest in deploying broadband in the last year and that could propel them to get ubiquitous broadband.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 87.51 86.38 86.6 88.04 41.66 33.13
25/3 (2022 goal) 89.54 90.01 90.61 92.84 92.29 87.78

Digital Equity:

Crow Wing County ranks 22 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Crow Wing County ranks 12 out of 87 for computer ownership. 95.4percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

    2015 – Consolidated Telecommunications Company – Fort Ripley Phase II
    Grant award: $759,525
  • 2014 – Consolidated Telephone Cooperative, Region 5 Virtual Highway Project – Amount $2 million
  • 2020: CTC (Consolidated Telephone Company) – Fort Ripley/Executive Acres Project – GRANT $830,587
  • Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) – Stark-Ross Lake Area – GRANT $350,805 This last mile project will serve approximately 180 unserved locations in a portion of Ross Lake Township in Crow Wing County.
  • Crosslake Communications – O’Brien/Goodrich Lake Fiber Project – GRANT $618,970 This last mile O’Brien/Goodrich Lake Fiber Project will serve approximately 232 unserved households in Crow Wing County.


  • Find more articles on broadband in Crow Wing County. (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 28 (up 2 places)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 35.9


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)
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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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