|2021||#6 of 87||99.25%|
|2020||#5 of 87||99.25%|
|2019||#6 of 87||98.79%|
|2018||#8 of 87||96.3%|
|2017||#6 of 87||96.35%|
Rank: 6 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Beltrami has seen no improvement in service in the last year, but they were already better than 99 percent covered. Beltrami is the home county to Paul Bunyan Telephone, a cooperative that is focused on Gigabit service to their customers/stakeholders. They are lucky, having an engaged provider is the easiest way a community can improve broadband access.
FirstNet, a public safety network, has come to Beltrami. That might help extend cell coverage or create opportunities for redundancy.
Beltrami has a green ranking because they are more than 99 percent served. They might now focus on use. Beltrami was found to be one of the top 10 MN counties for highest digital equity needs, based on access to broadband, digital training and accommodations to increase access during COVID. And the computer numbers below indicate that they are below average for access to devices.
Number of Providers
As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Has Received MN Grant(s)
2020: Paul Bunyan received a MN Border to Border grant to bring fiber to the Leach Lake Indian Reservation and the southeast Beltrami.
U.S. Congress: CD 7, CD 8
MN Senate: 02, 05
MN House: 02A, 05A