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Benton County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2022 #25 of 87 89.94%
2021 #24 of 87 90.25%
2020 #21 of 87 89.36%
2019 #21 of 87 88.18%
2018 #75 of 87 25.83%
2017 #74 of 87 14.28%
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Rank: 25 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Benton County ranks 25 for broadband access and 30 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 89 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2019. They have 1742 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $16.2 million get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Benton County will benefit from a border to border grant announced in December 2022:

  • Benton Cooperative Telephone Company, $1,512,951.00

Two years ago, Benton County moved the broadband needle from 26 to 88 percent for access to 100/20 Mbps after benefitting from two MN Border to Border grants. Change has been minimal since that time.

Benton receives a yellow ranking but it’s very close to green. Hopefully the Benton Cooperative deployment will keep going – maybe there’s a Phase 3 to the Phase 1 and 2 segments that have been funded in the last round of border to border grants.

Digital Equity:

Benton County ranks 30 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Benton County ranks 18 out of 87 for computer ownership. 93.7 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Household Density

41.9

Number of Providers

15

As of 2022 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 89.3% 95.5%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 76.8% 83.2%
statewide
Smartphone 74.8% 90.1%
statewide
Tablet 54.2% 65.8%
statewide
Other 3.6% 2.3%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

2014 – CenturyLink Foley, Benton County–Balkan Township – Award: $382,883.

2017 – Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Rice Ramey – GRANT $765,015

2017 – Palmer Wireless – Duelm Hwy 95 – GRANT $162,814

2020 – Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Ramey Phase I – GRANT $936,759

Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Ramey Phase 2 Project – GRANT $338,011

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 6

MN Senate: 10, 13, 14

MN House: 10B, 13B, 14B

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