Renville County Broadband Profile 2022: Red rating: Ranking out 67 of 87

Rank: 67
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Renville County: Feels like being stuck

Renville County ranks 67 for broadband access and 66 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have stayed stagnant at 70 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2021. They have 2019 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $18.8 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
Renville 7.0 6,913 70.79 2019  $       18,779,371.89

Renville will benefit from TDS deploying fiber to 3,700 properties in Kandiyohi, Stearns, Renville and Swift Counties.

Renville County has been working on better broadband for more than 10 years, but they seem to be stuck, which is why their code has gone from yellow to red.

Broadband Access:

2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 70.79 70.86 63.23 59.06 51.78 50.43
25/3 (2022 goal) 73.41 74.48 67.74 61.9 55.06 59.27

Digital Equity:

Renville County ranks 66 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Renville County ranks 74 out of 87 for computer ownership. 88 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

  • 2016 – RENVILLE COUNTY HBC & RS FIBER – GRANT: $807,966
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2014 – R-S Fiber Cooperative, FTTH Project – Award: $1 million.
  • 2019: Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson W Project – GRANT $346,282
  • 2019: Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Renville Project – GRANT $230,835
  • MN State Grant awarded in 2021: Minnesota Valley Telephone Company (MVTC) – Rural Franklin Fiber Project – GRANT $226,800 This middle and last mile project will serve approximately 45 unserved locations in the City of Franklin and the townships of Sherman, Eden, Camp and Birch Cooley in Redwood, Renville and Brown counties.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Renville County (http://tinyurl.com/hfazdvf)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 67 (down 4)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 7

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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