Sibley County Broadband Profile 2022: Red rating: Ranking out 74 of 87

Rank: 74
Code: Red
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Sibley County: stuck at 65 percent coverage

Sibley County ranks 74 for broadband access and 52 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered from 62-65 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2018. They have 2218 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $20.6 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
Sibley 10.7 6,454 65.63 2218  $       20,629,630.14

Sibley County has been working on better broadband for more than 10 years. They have been a Blandin Broadband Community. But their connectivity has been stagnant since 2018. There hasn’t been a demonstration of recent engagement with broadband, which is why their code has gone from yellow to red.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 65.63 65.29 62.86 62.87 62.84 51.01
25/3 (2022 goal) 69.76 70.05 74.29 73.59 63.47 71.27

Digital Equity:

Sibley County ranks 53 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Sibley County ranks 60 out of 87 for computer ownership. 89.2 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants

  • 2017 – Winthrop Telephone Company, Inc. – Cornish Township FTTP Project – GRANT $365,895
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2014 – R-S Fiber Cooperative, FTTH Project – Award: $1 million.
  • MN State Grant awarded in 2021: 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


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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