Skip to Main Content

Cook County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #18 of 87
#14 of 87
2019 #12 of 87
#13 of 87
2018 #18 of 87
#10 of 87
2017 #23 of 87
#12 of 87
Coverage map graphic

Rank: 14 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Cook County has had almost 95 percent broadband coverage at speeds of 100/20 Mbps since we started tracking progress. Despite being so close to the prize, they are dropping to a yellow status, because without renewed attention on broadband expansion, reaching the state goal won’t happen.

What we learned in the past:

Cook County suffered for years because all telecommunications depended on a single fiber line. In 2008, dial-up was still the only choice for many residents. A grant from Blandin Foundation and a matching contribution from the County, along with additional support from Arrowhead Electric Coop, funded a feasibility study to examine the problem and potential solutions.

Based on the results of the feasibility study, the Cook County Board of Commissioners took up the idea of developing a fiber network. The Board passed an ordinance in 2009 declaring that a broadband network was in the best interests of the County and created the Fiber Optic Network Commission. 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.

Update from 2020:

Cook County was declared a Telecommuter Forward community, which indicates an interest in promoting broadband use as well as deployment. Cook County also has a passionate champion for online communication, Anne Braatas. She has been working with kids (grade 4-12) on online marketing and communications projects.

Find more articles on broadband in Cook County.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 89.4% 90.3%
Desktop or Laptop 82.6% 81.1%
Smartphone 64.2% 76.5%
Tablet 53.0% 59.3%
Other 5.8% 3.5%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


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

Has Received MN Grant(s)


Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 03

MN House: 03A

Find Your Representatives

Overlapping MN Reservations

Grand Portage Reservation

arrow icon pointing up Back to Top