Murray County Broadband Profile 2022: Red rating: Ranking out 81 of 87

Rank: 81
Code:  Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Murray County: getting state and local investment just need more

Murray County ranks 81 for broadband access and 70 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 50 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since we started tracking. They have 2133 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $19.8 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
Murray 6.1 4,388 51.38 2133  $       19,841,044.08

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

  • Woodstock Telephone Company – Lake Sarah Township FTTP – GRANT $1,333,199

In 2018, with support from the Blandin Foundation, released a feasibility study that was not promising; it indicated that it is not economically feasible to build fiber everywhere. Subsequently, they are left looking at hybrid models, trying to convince the state to increase the 50 percent match or find another solution. Last summer (2022), the county committed $500,000 to support the broadband project that ended up receiving a border to border grant.

They are working, they just need to keep working and because of it the main code red standing.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 51.38 54.37 51.59 51.59 50.78 41.65
25/3 (2022 goal) 57.5 58.05 65.2 65.37 51 50.47

Digital Equity:

Murray County ranks 62 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profilev)

Murray County ranks 70 out of 87 for computer ownership. 88.3 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

MN State Grants awarded in 2021:

  • Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company (Lismore Broadband) – Iona FTTP – GRANT  $219,714 This last mile and middle mile project will serve approximately 100 unserved locations including 75 households, nine businesses, 13 farms, and three community institutions within the town of Iona.
  • MN State Grants awarded in 2021: Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company (Lismore Broadband) – Iona FTTP – GRANT  $219,714 This last mile and middle mile project will serve approximately 100 unserved locations including 75 households, nine businesses, 13 farms, and three community institutions within the town of Iona.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Murray County (http://tinyurl.com/j9sr5gf)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 81 (down 4)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 6.1

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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