Grant County Broadband Profile 2022: Yellow Rating: Ranking out 50 of 87

Rank: 50
Code:  Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Grant County: code changes from red to yellow with steady progress

Grant County ranks 50 for broadband access and 33for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have seen steady progress since 2018 leading to 77.71 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2022. They have 703 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $6.5 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
Grant 5.5 3,155 77.71 703  $         6,540,220.35

They will benefit from a border to border grant announced in December 2022:

  • Runestone Telephone Association, $2,493,637.00 (to serve Grant, Stevens and Traverse counties)

Grant County is one of the few that I hear little about throughout the year; yet they increased access by more than 10 percent last year and this year. In fact, they saw the one of greatest increases in county ranking this year! Up 11 places! That is why their code has changed from red to yellow. One concern is their high percentage of households with access to 25/3; that means that some households with lesser digital equity interest will be satisfied with poorer access, at least for now. But they have a momentum going and hopefully that will help them continue to see changes.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 77.71 71.99 60.3 43.02 39.93 39.93
25/3 (2022 goal) 96 95.44 88.22 87.85 87.85 75.73

Digital Equity:

Grant County ranks 49 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Grant County ranks 33 out of 87 for computer ownership. 91.7 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Grant County. (http://tinyurl.com/z9n7ea6)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 50 (up 11)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 5.5

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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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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