I want to talk to your county or tribal community about broadband and its impact on your COVID response – interested?

As part of the Minnesota Broadband Profiles this year, I would love to talk to counties about their COVID experience based on broadband situation. I have one question only:

Is broadband helping or hurting your community’s ability to function during the pandemic? Generally, do you feel like broadband has been a help or a hindrance?

I would set up and record a Zoom call to include with the 2020 County Broadband Profiles. (You can check out the 2019 Profiles if you are unfamiliar.)  There are 87 counties and 11 tribal communities in Minnesota. My goal is not to talk to all of them. (Although I could.) My goal is to talk to the folks who will make it easy for me. So if you’re the economic developer, county commissioner or anyone with enough passion to get a few folks together for a call – I’m happy to talk to you and schedule something. (atreacy@treacyinfo.com)

Two requests:

  • Looking for multiple people to participate per county
  • Hoping for one local lead (so one point of contact for me)

My deadlines aren’t set in stone but I’m aiming to connect with people by July 31 and would love to schedule videos by Aug 17. I focus on county and tribal community because that is how the MN broadband maps come out.

2020 MN Broadband County Gig ranking. From 99 to 0 percent coverage. How do you rank?

The new MN County broadband maps are now up on the Office of Broadband Development websites- showing percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. Earlier I looked at how counties ranked for access to 25/3 (the 2022 MN State speed goal), to 100/20 (the 2026 speed goal) and now Gig access!  (You can download the full spreadsheet of MN county details for speeds or 100/20 and Gig.)

We haven’t looked at Gig access in the past so I’m just going to put it out there and say congrats to the top of the list and good luck to the folks are the bottom. (You can also download this info in a spreadsheet – which will likely be better formatted.)

County Gig Access Ranking
Beltrami 99.23 1
Stevens 96.79 2
Cook 94.5 3
Lake 93.23 4
Clearwater 89.32 5
Red Lake 83.18 6
Kittson 80.11 7
Lac qui Parle 78.96 8
Winona 76.16 9
Wadena 73.86 10
Steele 72.23 11
Wabasha 65.78 12
Itasca 62.89 13
Dodge 60.49 14
Grant 60.3 15
Goodhue 54.9 16
Hubbard 53.79 17
Big Stone 52.94 18
Rock 47.94 19
Cottonwood 47.58 20
Swift 47.52 21
Sibley 46.43 22
Crow Wing 43.99 23
Marshall 43.05 24
Mahnomen 43.01 25
Houston 41.17 26
Polk 40.95 27
Norman 40.08 28
Pope 35.34 29
Morrison 35.06 30
Todd 34.15 31
Becker 33.69 32
Olmsted 32.48 33
Freeborn 30.24 34
Cass 30.14 35
Rice 30.12 36
Roseau 27.93 37
Waseca 26.88 38
Douglas 26.61 39
Wilkin 26.04 40
Fillmore 26 41
Renville 25.87 42
Carver 24.3 43
Mower 23.29 44
Lincoln 19.73 45
Pennington 18.72 46
Otter Tail 18.38 47
Watonwan 17.17 48
Clay 15.6 49
Le Sueur 15.46 50
Hennepin 15.41 51
Traverse 14.57 52
Pipestone 12.47 53
Nicollet 11.99 54
Blue Earth 11.73 55
Aitkin 10.97 56
Stearns 10.34 57
Wright 9.66 58
Nobles 9.62 59
Koochiching 7.5 60
Chippewa 7.47 61
St. Louis 7.15 62
Chisago 6.79 63
Scott 6.77 64
Lyon 6.72 65
Dakota 4.94 66
McLeod 4.74 67
Carlton 4.01 68
Lake of the Woods 3.82 69
Meeker 3.19 70
Sherburne 3.09 71
Murray 1.88 72
Benton 0.79 73
Brown 0.78 74
Anoka 0.27 75
Washington 0.18 76
Yellow Medicine 0.17 77
Jackson 0.13 78
Isanti 0.12 79
Faribault 0.09 80
Ramsey 0.06 81
Kanabec 0 82
Kandiyohi 0 83
Martin 0 84
Mille Lacs 0 85
Pine 0 86
Redwood 0 87

2020 MN Broadband County Ranking for speeds of 100/20 – how do you rank?

The new MN County broadband maps are now up on the Office of Broadband Development websites- showing percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. Earlier I looked at how counties ranked for access to 25/3 (the 2022 MN State speed goal) soon I’ll look at Gig access. You can download the full spreadsheet of MN county details for speeds or 100/20 and Gig.

Here I look at how counties rank for access to 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up (the 2026 speed goal).

Top 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 100/20 (drum roll please)

  1. Rock 99.93
  2. Ramsey 99.84
  3. Lac qui Parle 99.57
  4. Swift 99.5
  5. Beltrami 99.25
  6. Hennepin 98.97
  7. Big Stone 98.6
  8. Dakota 97.42
  9. Anoka 97.14
  10. Pennington 96.95

The counties in bold are returning to the Top 10 list. Pennington is a new addition; they replace Stevens, which comes in at number 11 with a percentage of 96.79. Congrats and nice work to these counties‼

Bottom 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 100/20 (starting with worst)

  1. Kanabec 26.41
  2. Redwood 36.48
  3. Yellow Medicine 37.71
  4. Pine 39.13
  5. Lincoln 40.42
  6. Faribault 40.56
  7. Aitkin 46.66
  8. Isanti 48.63
  9. Todd 49.12
  10. Traverse 50.97

The counties in bold are returning to the Bottom 10 list. I want to congratulate the counties that are off the bottom 10 list!!

  • Becker from 87 to 50 (with 73 percent coverage up from 6 percent last year!)
  • Otter Tail from 82 to 64 (with 66 percent coverage)
  • Norman from 85 to 73 (with 54 percent coverage)
  • Mahnomen from 86 to 53 (with 72 percent coverage)

Finally my favorite statistic – the most improved counties.

Top 10 Most Improved County by ranking

  1. Becker improved by 37
  2. Mahnomen improved by 33
  3. Hubbard improved by 27
  4. Roseau improved by 10
  5. Isanti improved by 8
  6. Kittson improved by 8
  7. Norman improved by 8
  8. Grant improved by 7
  9. Clay improved by 6
  10. Lac qui Parle improved by 6

You can download a spreadsheet of ranking for 2019 and 2020. Or see the full list below. I know the table will not transfer well to the website BUT it will be searchable.)

Rank 2020 Ranking 2019 Change in rank
Aitkin 81 80 -1
Anoka 9 8 -1
Becker 50 87 37
Beltrami 5 6 1
Benton 21 20 -1
Big Stone 7 5 -2
Blue Earth 42 39 -3
Brown 47 44 -3
Carlton 76 73 -3
Carver 20 23 3
Cass 66 68 2
Chippewa 29 31 2
Chisago 52 51 -1
Clay 23 29 6
Clearwater 22 17 -5
Cook 14 13 -1
Cottonwood 62 59 -3
Crow Wing 26 21 -5
Dakota 8 7 -1
Dodge 43 41 -2
Douglas 56 56 0
Faribault 82 77 -5
Fillmore 75 70 -5
Freeborn 27 25 -2
Goodhue 46 50 4
Grant 68 75 7
Hennepin 6 4 -2
Houston 57 57 0
Hubbard 18 45 27
Isanti 80 72 8
Itasca 28 27 -1
Jackson 58 55 -3
Kanabec 87 84 -3
Kandiyohi 48 47 -1
Kittson 35 43 8
Koochiching 59 46 -13
Lac qui Parle 3 9 6
Lake 15 14 -1
Lake of the Woods 72 65 -7
Le Sueur 54 52 -2
Lincoln 83 76 -7
Lyon 36 30 -6
Mahnomen 53 86 33
Marshall 61 66 5
Martin 71 64 -7
McLeod 70 63 -6
Meeker 74 74 0
Mille Lacs 69 67 -2
Morrison 55 53 -2
Mower 40 36 -4
Murray 77 69 -8
Nicollet 41 37 -4
Nobles 34 40 6
Norman 73 85 8
Olmsted 16 15 -1
Otter Tail 64 82 -2
Pennington 10 11 1
Pine 84 81 -3
Pipestone 37 35 -2
Polk 17 19 2
Pope 51 54 3
Ramsey 2 2 0
Red Lake 30 26 -4
Redwood 86 83 -3
Renville 65 62 -3
Rice 31 28 -3
Rock 1 1 0
Roseau 38 48 10
Scott 19 18 -1
Sherburne 49 49 0
Sibley 67 61 -6
St. Louis 39 38 -1
Stearns 33 32 -1
Steele 25 22 -3
Stevens 11 10 -1
Swift 4 3 -1
Todd 79 79 0
Traverse 78 71 -7
Wabasha 63 60 -3
Wadena 13 16 3
Waseca 45 42 -3
Washington 12 12 0
Watonwan 60 58 -2
Wilkin 44 34 -10
Winona 24 24 0
Wright 32 33 1
Yellow Medicine 85 78 -7

2020 MN Broadband County Ranking for 25/3 speeds – how do you rank?

The new MN County broadband maps are now up on the Office of Broadband Development websites- show percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. It’s always interesting to use the new maps to see how the counties rank. Who is in the best shape in the short and long term? In this post I look at how counties rank when looking at access to 25 Mbps down and 3 up, which is the MN speed goal for 2022. (I will do another post that looks at 2026 goals of 100 Mbps down and 20 up and one on Gig access.) And I will compare to 2019 ranking.

Top 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 25/3

  1. Red Lake 99.99
  2. Rock 99.93
  3. Ramsey 99.86
  4. Clearwater 99.74
  5. Lac qui Parle 99.57
  6. Swift 99.54
  7. Beltrami 99.49
  8. Big Stone 99.48
  9. Hennepin 99.40
  10. Stevens 99.22

Great to see the top 10 with more than 99 percent coverage. The counties in bold were on this same list last year. Congrats to LqP for joining the list; it wasn’t much of a climb for them but nice all the same.

Bottom 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 25/3 (starting with worst)

  1. Redwood 44.59
  2. Todd 53.73
  3. Lake of the Woods 57.91
  4. Yellow Medicine 59.83
  5. Pine 60.24
  6. Kanabec 60.75
  7. Lincoln 60.91
  8. Fillmore 61.52
  9. Meeker 62.46
  10. Aitkin 63.62

Again the counties in bold were on this list last year. Both Redwood and Todd were listed at having greater coverage last year. I will dive into that when I look at County Profiles but it seems like perhaps providers are looking in greater granularity at the coverage this year or maybe updates were made to maps based on challenges from last year.

I want to cheer the counties who got off the bottom 10 list:

  • Marshall from 82 to 74
  • Murray from 81 to 78
  • Renville from 79 to 76
  • Martin from 78 to 38!!

You can download the full spreadsheet of MN county details or check out the table below. (I know the table will not transfer well to the website BUT it will be searchable.) Continue reading