Lyon County Broadband Profile 2022: Red rating: Ranking out 34 of 87

Rank: 34
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Lyon County: Incremental upgrades

Lyon County ranks 34 for broadband access and 28 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have had incremental improvement landing at 84.27 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2022. They have 1759 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $16.3 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
Lyon 15.5 11,180 84.27 1759  $       16,355,110.20

The Mayors of towns In Lyon met with Senator Klobuchar in January and October 2022. They have been talking about federal funding but there hasn’t been a lot of evidence of improvements, which is why they still live with the red standing.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 84.27 82.31 79.92 81.89 72.77 0
25/3 (2022 goal) 85.29 84.52 85.82 85.8 80.71 72.37

Digital Equity:

Lyon County ranks 28 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Lyon County ranks 27 out of 87 for computer ownership. 92.9 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

  • Woodstock Telephone Company – Lynd FTTP – GRANT $325,548 (Lyon County) – This middle and last mile project will serve 203 underserved households, three underserved businesses and three underserved anchor institutions in the City of Lynd in Lyon County.
  • 2017 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Milroy Broadband Project – GRANT $742,365
  • 2017 – Woodstock Telephone Company – Balaton FTTP – GRANT $413,009
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080


  • Find more articles on broadband in Lyon County (
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 34 (up 4)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 15.5

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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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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