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Blue Earth County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2023 #61 of 87 76.46%
2022 #41 of 87 81.88%
2021 #40 of 87 80.76%
2020 #43 of 87 77.81%
2019 #40 of 87 77.91%
2018 #83 of 87 14.13%
2017 #37 of 87 55.6%

Blue Earth County: Middle of the Pack

Blue Earth County dropped from rank 41 to 61 for broadband out of 87 counties. They have se76.46 percentage access to 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2019. They have 5301 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $49.1 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Blue Earth County seems to have gone backwards this year. Percentage of access has dipped five percent. I suspect that is due to map corrections, perhaps after challenges. They aren’t in line for any grants in the works.

Blue Earth County had a broadband feasibility study done in 2019. They might do well to loop back to that study for ideas of what to do to prepare for future funding. They are getting a red ranking because they have moved backwards and there doesn’t seem to be a current push to move forward. Their ranking dropped 20 points and that was the steepest drop this year.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2023 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 91.6% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 84.6% 83.2%
Smartphone 77.0% 90.1%
Tablet 53.7% 65.8%
Other 3.4% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile Grant award: $808,080

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 15, 18, 22

MN House: 15B, 18A, 18B, 22A, 22B

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