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Blue Earth County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #39 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%
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Rank: 40 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Blue Earth County saw a big leap in access in 2019. Since then they have been stagnant, although they saw a small increase this year, getting them over 80 percent.

In 2020, they unveiled a feasibility study that said it could cost more than $35 million to install 1,067 miles of fiber to connect all rural areas of Blue Earth County, excluding the Mankato area and larger cities such as Lake Crystal and Madison Lake. A combination of wireless networks and fiber, about 161 miles in total, would cost about $11 million to install.

That feasibility study gives them a blueprint of plans to use to apply for federal funding being made available post- pandemic, including the Capital Project Funding and American Rescue Plan. Projection for allocation of ARP funds in Blue Earth is $13,120,883; broadband is one possible use. Working on the feasibility indicates a renewed community focus on broadband. That is why their ranking is bumped from red to yellow.

Past Grants: none

Find more articles on broadband in Blue Earth County. (http://tinyurl.com/j5pe9kr)

Household Density

34.24

Number of Providers

13

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 94.3% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 83.8% %
statewide
Smartphone 6.6% %
statewide
Tablet 57.8% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 19, 23

MN House: 19A, 19B, 23A, 23B

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