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Cook County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2023 #26 of 87 90.36%
2022 #22 of 87 90.95%
2021 #16 of 87 94.5%
2020 #14 of 87 94.5%
2019 #13 of 87 94.5%
2018 #10 of 87 94.5%
2017 #12 of 87 94.46%

Cook County: Stalled With Pretty Good Coverage

Cook County ranks 26 (down 4) for broadband access out of 87 counties. Cook County has 90.36 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have 483 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $4.5 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Cook County has had more than 90 percent broadband coverage at speeds of 100/20 Mbps since we started tracking progress, thanks to a federal ARRA funding in 2010. There was a dip in coverage last year, likely due to increased granularity of mapping.

Cook County is so close but with little evidence of concerted effort to increase coverage, they retain their yellow ranking.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2023 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 89.4% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 82.6% 83.2%
Smartphone 64.2% 90.1%
Tablet 53.0% 65.8%
Other 5.8% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


See MIRC project matrix for more details on Cook County’s broadband adoption efforts

Has Received MN Grant(s)


2010: Cook County formed a partnership with Arrowhead Electric Cooperative, which applied for and was awarded over $16 million in federal stimulus grants and low interest loans to build a fiber-to-the-home broadband network throughout Cook County.

In addition, Cook County awarded Arrowhead Cooperative a $4 million grant from the 1% sales tax fund.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 03

MN House: 03A

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