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Dakota County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2022 #14 of 87 96.82%
2021 #11 of 87 97.75%
2020 #8 of 87 97.42%
2019 #7 of 87 97.56%
2018 #40 of 87 64.89%
2017 #32 of 87 64.18%
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Rank: 14 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Dakota County ranks 14 for broadband access and 1 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 97 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2019. They have 5516 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $51.3 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Dakota County will benefit from two border to border awards announced in December 2022:

  • JTN Communications, $113,076.00
  • Spectrum Mid-America, LLC managed by Charter Communications Inc., $98,750.00

Dakota County has a broadband board and staff who focus on creating better broadband. Last year, the Institute for Local Self Reliance reported on Dakota County’s successful policies conducive to collaboration and reinvestment, with the result being a host of benefits which includes significant public savings for internal operations and better connections for community anchor institutions. However, residential access isn’t as good as it could be.

The Dakota Broadband Board released a report in July (2021) on the state of broadband, noting that over 17 miles of fiber were added to the network as a result of DBB projects in 2020. They outlined plans for the future and have been looking for fiber contractors, which is a sign of progress.

Having a plan and a strong history of success, it seems likely that they will get to ubiquitous broadband and that is why they are getting a code green.

Digital Equity:

Dakota County ranks 1 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Dakota County ranks 6 out of 87 for computer ownership. 97 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 94.1% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 87.5% 83.2%
Smartphone 82.3% 90.1%
Tablet 66.0% 65.8%
Other 3.6% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2020 – Charter Communications – Rosemount North Project – GRANT $499,072

2020 – Dakota County approved $800,000 in CARES Act funding for broadband.

Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Webster Rural FTTP – GRANT $431,260 This last mile project will serve 103 unserved and 178 underserved locations in Wheatland and Webster townships in Rice County, Eureka and Greenvale townships in Dakota County, and New Market and Cedar Lake townships in Scott County.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 2

MN Senate: 20, 41, 52, 53, 55, 56, 57, 58, 65

MN House: 20A, 41B, 52A, 52B, 53A, 53B, 55A, 55B, 56A, 57A, 57B, 58A, 58B, 65B

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