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Carlton County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #79 of 87 52.08%
2020 #77 of 87 52.02%
2019 #73 of 87 47.57%
2018 #44 of 87 58.22%
2017 #40 of 87 52.32%
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Rank: 79 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Carlton County is one of several counties that is served primary with one national provider, who may not be as invested locally as a local provider or cooperative. They recognize the need for improvement; they need to find a way to make it happen.

Their access to broadband hasn’t changed substantially since we have been tracking. County Commissioners have recognized the importance of better broadband. Local media has also written about the need for better broadband, especially since the pandemic. Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Carlton is $6,956,960; broadband is one possible use.

Unfortunately, local recognition of need is not enough to make a difference when a community is served by a provider that is not engaged. Perhaps, the advent of federal funding (ARP and Capital Project Funds) might spur interest in providers that haven’t been interested or spur a community to look at solutions outside of their community. But that is a hard lift and therefore they maintain their red code.

They may benefit from intervention, such as the Blandin Accelerate program, a process to spur community acquisition and deployment of federal and state broadband funds, to find an alternative solution.

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Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 87.4% 93.6%
Desktop or Laptop 72.8% 80.6%
Smartphone 7.5% 7.7%
Tablet 55.3% 63.8%
Other —% %

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2017 – Carlton County w/ Frontier – Phase I: Cromwell/Kettle River – GRANT: $569,058

Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa – Big Lake Road Project – GRANT $602,916

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 11

MN House: 11A

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Overlapping MN Reservations

Fond du Lac Reservation

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