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Clearwater County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #4 of 87
#22 of 87
2019 #4 of 87
#18 of 87
2018 #5 of 87
#13 of 87
2017 #4 of 87
#23 of 87
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Rank: 22 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Clearwater County seems to have benefited from a Garden Valley Telephone Company upgrade in 2018. At that time, they look poised to meet the 2026 speed goals but not much has happened since.

AT&T launched a new FirstNet cell site in Clearwater County in 2020. That cell site may have spurred some improvements, or it may have taken advantage of existing infrastructure. The mapping available precedes the cell site announcement so it’s difficult to tell. But it seems likely that AT&T would include a local infrastructure upgrade, which we may see reflected in next year’s map.

What we learned in the past:

Clearwater has been well poised for broadband for several years, but there has been little improvement in the last couple years. There is almost ubiquitous coverage for 25/3 Mbps access, but they need more to reach the 2026 goals. In 2018, Garden Valley Telephone Company received a $20 million loan from the USDA to deploy fiber in Polk, Clearwater, Pennington, Marshall and Red Lake counties. That may be the leap the county needs to close the gap for the 2026 goal.

Last year, we saw that much of the County is served by one large national provider. That may be a bottleneck to better access in those areas, because as we noted last year, lack of competition can impact the drive for improvement.

Update from 2020:

AT&T launched a new FirstNet cell site in Clearwater County.

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Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 80.8% 90.3%
Desktop or Laptop 66.3% 81.1%
Smartphone 61.0% 76.5%
Tablet 47.4% 59.3%
Other 2.5% 3.5%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 02

MN House: 02A, 02B

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Overlapping MN Reservations

Red Lake Reservation

White Earth Reservation

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