Skip to Main Content

Freeborn County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
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%
Coverage map graphic

Rank: 32 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Freeborn County’s broadband has been stagnant since 2019. But activity is starting again. MidCo is extending fiber to parts of Dodge County.

Freeborn County will benefit from a MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

  • 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.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Freeborn is $5,872,813; broadband is one possible use.

The influx of money and engaged providers has bumped Freeborn County up to code yellow.

Past grants:

  • 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
  • Freeborn is also getting almost $2 million in FCC funding but that is over the next 10 years.

Find more articles on broadband in Freeborn County. (http://tinyurl.com/hw7ptnz)

Household Density

16.66

Number of Providers

12

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 86.8% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 71.1% %
statewide
Smartphone 8% %
statewide
Tablet 55% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 27

MN House: 27A, 27B

Find Your Representatives

arrow icon pointing up Back to Top