|2022||#29 of 87||86.36%|
|2021||#32 of 87||85.89%|
|2020||#27 of 87||84.51%|
|2019||#25 of 87||83.88%|
|2018||#71 of 87||34.18%|
|2017||#11 of 87||94.59%|
Rank: 29 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Freeborn County ranks 29 for broadband access and 58 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 85 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2019. They have 1925 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $17.9 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.
Freeborn will benefit from a ReConnet grant announced in September 2022:
- The investment, provided through the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s ReConnect program, will help connect over 6,000 people, 150 businesses, and 680 farms across Freeborn, Morrison, Stearns, Houston, and Todd counties.
Freeborn County’s broadband has been stagnant since 2019. But activity is starting again. The influx of money and engaged providers has bumped Freeborn County up to code yellow last year and the ReConnect grants helps them keep it.
Freeborn County ranks 52 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)
Freeborn County ranks 58 out of 87 for computer ownership. 89.4 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.
Number of Providers
As of 2022 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Has Received MN Grant(s)
2017 – BEVCOMM (Cannon Valley Telephone) – Freeborn Southwest Rural Final – GRANT $122,460
2016 – CANNON VALLEY TELECOM, INC. (DBA BEVCOMM) RURAL FREEBORN – GRANT: $150,700
2015 – BEVCOMM Cannon Valley Telecom – Rural Freeborn Fiber-to-the-Premises Project – Grant award: $149,625
Winnebago Cooperative Telecom Association – SE Faribault/W Freeborn County FTTP – GRANT $953,842 This last-mile fiber optic project will bring service to 319 unserved locations, including 289 homes, 16 businesses, 11 farms, and three community anchor institutions in the townships of Clark, Foster, Kiester, Seely, Alden, Carlston, Manchester, Mansfield, and Pickerel Lake located in Southeastern Faribault and Western Freeborn counties.
U.S. Congress: CD 1
MN Senate: 23
MN House: 23A, 23B