McLeod County Broadband Profile 2022: Yellow rating: Ranking out 54 of 87

Rank: 54
Code: Yellow
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

McLeod County: maybe the tide has turned

McLeod County ranks 54 for broadband access and 32 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have gone from 58 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2021 to 75.48 percent access this year. They have 3879 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $36 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
McLeod 31.3 15,820 75.48 3879  $       36,075,295.20

McLeod County will benefit from a few border to border grants announced in December 2022:

  • Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Belle Lake and Hutchinson East FTTP – GRANT $1,840,250
  • Mediacom Minnesota LLC – Swan Lake – GRANT $99,156 (Learn more)

Last year was the first time McLeod benefited from a border to border grant but they have more coming for 2022. In April 2022, area leaders met with the Office of Broadband Development to talk about broadband; they have a momentum going and that’s why their code has gone from red to yellow. In fact, they saw the second greatest increase in county ranking this year! Up 20 places!

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 75.48 58.09 56.13 58.59 58.57 56.92
25/3 (2022 goal) 81.07 82.86 87.32 81.01 83.53 98.58

Digital Equity:

McLeod County ranks 32 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

McLeod County ranks 39 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:

  • MN State Grants awarded in 2021: Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson SE FTTP – GRANT $169,369 This last mile project will serve 42 unserved and five underserved locations in the Hutchinson area of McLeod County.
  • Winthrop Telephone Company, Inc. – Bismarck & Transit Township FTTP Project – GRANT $716,000 This last mile project will serve 148 unserved and six underserved locations, including homes, businesses and farms, in Bismarck, Transit and Round Grove townships in Sibley and McLeod counties.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in McLeod County (http://tinyurl.com/hx65gqh)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 54 (up 20)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 31.3

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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