Goodhue County Broadband Profile 2022: Red Rating: Ranking out 47 of 87

Rank: 47
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Goodhue County: still holding onto haves and have-nots

Goodhue County ranks 47 for broadband access and 11 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have seen incremental progress over the last three years leading to 78.56 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2022. They have 4473 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $41.6 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
Goodhue 26.7 20,864 78.56 4473  $       41,601,146.88

Goodhue will benefit from federal funding announced in March 2022:

Goodhue County should also benefit from a $4 million grant Red Wing Ignite received to encourage broadband-based entrepreneurship and innovation. It won’t necessarily build broadband but it should increase demand.

Rural Goodhue County been lagging behind Red Wing, a hotspot of gigabit access for too long, which is how they find themselves in code red. Progress is being made but it’s still slow going, especially for a county with such a high ranking (11) for digital equity.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 78.56 76.09 75.15 71.84 55.99 60.33
25/3 (2022 goal) 81.78 81.66 83.9 79.44 77.1 87.46

Digital Equity:

Goodhue County ranks 11 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Goodhue County ranks 38 out of 87 for computer ownership. 91.4 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Wanamingo – GRANT $768,600
  • 2017 – New Ulm Telecom, Inc. – White Rock Rural East FTTP – GRANT $411,704
  • 2016 – NEW ULM TELECOM, INC. GOODHUE-BELLECHESTER – GRANT: $ 332,328
  • 2015 – New Ulm Telecom Goodhue Fiber Project – Grant award: $115,934
  • BEVCOMM (Pine Island Telephone Company) – NE Pine Island Fiber Project Phase I – GRANT $222,222
  • Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Goodhue Welch FTTP – GRANT $340,790 This last mile project south of Welch will serve 100 unserved and 15 underserved locations in Goodhue County.
  • Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Goodhue West FTTP – GRANT $532,232 – This last mile project will serve 148 unserved and two underserved locations in Goodhue, Zumbrota, Minneola, and Belle Creek townships in Goodhue County and Chester Township in Wabasha County.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Goodhue County. (http://tinyurl.com/z3jwte4)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 47 (down 15 places)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 26.7

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)
This entry was posted in County Profiles 2022, MN 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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