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

Rank: 11
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Swift County: Almost there

Swift County ranks 11 for broadband access and 64 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered between 97-99 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2019. They have 117 households without access to broadband at that speed. There is a slight dip in access this year but it is within a margin of error and may simply reflect a more granular look at access. 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
Swift 6.2 4,693 97.5 117  $         1,091,122.50

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

Swift County’s partnership with Federated Telephone, supported by a MN State grant, has provided nearly ubiquitous coverage. Swift has also been working with the Blandin Foundation as Blandin Broadband Community.

They are so close; they have earned the green code. Hopefully the TDS deployment will reach the last few homes they need to connect.

Broadband Access:

  2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 97.5 99.5 99.5 99.6 64.15 30.41
25/3 (2022 goal) 97.91 99.54 99.54 99.64 99.64 78.95

Digital Equity:

Swift County ranks 64 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

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

Past grants:

  • 2015 – Federated Telephone Cooperative – Swift County FTTP 2015 – Grant award: $4,950,000
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on broadband in Swift County (http://tinyurl.com/zfptnnz)
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 11 (down 6)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 6.2

Det 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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