Stevens County Broadband Profile 2022: Green rating: Ranking out 11 of 87

Rank: 14
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Stevens County: Good coverage but need a bump up

Stevens County ranks 13 for broadband access and 25 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 96-97 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since we started tracking. They have 123 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $1.1 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
Stevens 7.3 4,213 97.08 123  $         1,144,082.28

Stevens County has been involved with broadband for years – going back to working with Blandin Foundation-led, Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (2009-2012) effort.

They have been stalled at 97 percent. Stalling isn’t good but the percentage is so high, they have to rank a green code. But to get to goal they need a final push.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 97.08 96.79 96.79 96.74 96.74 96.73
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.31 99.22 99.22 99.22 99.22 99.21

Digital Equity:

Stevens County ranks 25 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Stevens County ranks 23 out of 87 for computer ownership. 93.2percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Advantenon – Rural Grant, Stevens and Wilkin Counties – Grant $316,554
  • 2014 – Otter Tail Telcom, Swan Lake West – Award: $438,937.

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Stevens County (http://tinyurl.com/joutu2h)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 13 (up 1)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 7.3

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)
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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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