Jackson County Broadband Profile 2022: Red Rating: Ranking out 58 of 87

Rank: 58
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Jackson County: stuck in a quagmire

Jackson County ranks 76 for broadband access and 36 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They hovered at 68 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up from 2017 to 2021 but saw a decrease in the last year to 61.98, which may reflect an increase in granularity of reporting. They have 1860 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $17.3 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
Jackson 6.8 4,891 61.98 1860  $       17,293,891.26

Last winter (Feb 2022), Jackson County heard about Federated Rural Electric’s plans to expand broadband in the county. It’s not a definite step but it’s a step in the right direction. But they lack of other evidence of progress keeps them at code red. Also, they saw the one of greatest drops in broadband ranking – down 11 spots.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 61.98 68.84 68.84 68.84 68.79 68.9
25/3 (2022 goal) 63.8 69.86 70.05 70.42 68.83 68.9

Digital Equity:

Jackson County ranks 36 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Jackson County ranks 49 out of 87 for computer ownership. 90.5 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

  • In 2010, Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) received ARRA funds to deploy fiber to the home in Jackson and other counties. Through SMBS, Jackson County was also part of the Blandin Broadband Communities initiative in 2015-2016
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Jackson County. (http://tinyurl.com/h3vyqx9)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 76 (down 12)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yea
  • Household density: 6.8

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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