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Carlton County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2022 #83 of 87 48.71%
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: 83 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Carlton County ranks 83 for broadband access and 84 for digital equity out of 73 counties. They have gone from almost 53 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up to less than 50 percent. This is likely due to greater granularity in reporting, but is not positive. They have 8046 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $74.8 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Carlton County will benefit from two border to border grants announced in December 2022.

  • Mediacom Minnesota LLC, $801,834.27 – for a project with a cost of $2,719,526
  • Consolidated Telephone Company (CTC) was one of the grant recipients, receiving $4,857,030 in funding (to cover St. Louis, Carlton, and Cass counties)

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. The County has shown an interest in investing federal (ARPA) money; they need engaged providers.

Carlton County access to broadband hasn’t changed substantially since we have been tracking.

Carlton County receives a red code because they have so far to go to get ubiquitous coverage. They have received some good news but the $2.7 million project they will see soon is a far cry from the $75 million estimated investment required.

Digital Equity:

Carlton County ranks 73 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Carlton County ranks 35 out of 87 for computer ownership. 91.5 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2022 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 85.1% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 73.5% 83.2%
Smartphone 71.0% 90.1%
Tablet 54.1% 65.8%
Other 2.2% 2.3%

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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Fond du Lac Reservation

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