Rock County Broadband Profile 2022: Green rating: Ranking out 3 of 87

Rank: 3
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Rock County: Nearly perfect

Rock County ranks 3 for broadband access and 84 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered at 99 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since their major upgrade in 2018. They have 4 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $39,000 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
Rock 8.7 4,222 99.9 4  $              39,264.60

Rock County has been knocked out of first place but that’s only because two other counties have done even better. But I feel like Rock County is going to find a way to get the estimated $39,000 to connect the last four homes in their community and that’s why they get the code green.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 99.9 99.93 99.93 99.93 99.93 66.32
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.9 99.93 99.93 99.93 99.93 68.17

Digital Equity:

Rock County ranks 21 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Rock County ranks 30 out of 87 for computer ownership. 92.2 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
  • 2014 – Rock County Broadband Alliance (RCBA), FTTP Project – Award: $5 million.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Rock County (http://tinyurl.com/jjeesst)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 3 (down 2)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 8.7

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)
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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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