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Goodhue County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2019 #59 of 87
79.44%
#36 of 87
79.44%
2018 #52 of 87
77.1%
#47 of 87
55.99%
2017 #34 of 87
87.46%
#34 of 87
60.33%
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Rank: 50 (out of 87) for access to broadband at 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Goodhue County has a way to go to meet the 2022 or 2026 state speed goals. They have good broadband – in that everyone who has access appears to have access to speeds of 100/20 Mbps but only 80 percent of the county has access. They need more of what they have.

Red Wing, in Goodhue County, was a 2015-2016 Blandin Broadband Community, and has done some innovative programming through Red Wing Ignite, a local organization with national ties.

Goodhue has benefited from several state broadband grants:

  • 2017 – Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Wanamingo – GRANT $768,600
    Serving  597 unserved households, 76 unserved businesses, and 4 unserved community institutions in the City of Wanamingo in Goodhue County in southeastern Minnesota with service levels up to 1 Gbps up and down.
  • 2017 – New Ulm Telecom, Inc. – White Rock Rural East FTTP – GRANT $411,704
    Serving 22 unserved households and 88 unserved businesses in the White Rock area in the northern half of Goodhue County in southeastern Minnesota with services to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2026 state speed goal.
  • 2016 – NEW ULM TELECOM, INC. GOODHUE-BELLECHESTER – GRANT: $ 332,328
    Serving 15 unserved households, 46 unserved businesses and 25 underserved households, 43 underserved businesses, and 1 underserved community anchor institution in the city limits and surrounding area of Bellechester in Goodhue County in southeastern MN.
  • 2015 – New Ulm Telecom Goodhue Fiber Project
    Grant award: $115,934
    Building middle mile and last mile infrastructure in Goodhue County, Goodhue Township, near the city of Goodhue to provide state speed goal broadband service to 24 households, businesses, and community institutions.

Last year, Goodhue was part of Blandin Foundation’s report on the community return on public investment in broadband, noting the following investments have been made in the community:

Using formulas devised to measure impact of broadband access, Goodhue has the potential to realize:

  • A combined household economic benefit of broadband of $32,774,600

  • A combined increase in residential real estate value of $104,825,572 annually

They are doing good things in Red Wing and Goodhue county (such as a recent $750,000 national award for innovation) but they need to reach the areas without broadband to ensure that the whole county benefits.

Goodhue County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Nuvera and BEVCOMM applied to upgrade service in Goodhue. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)

Find more articles on broadband in Goodhue County.

Household Density

24

Number of Providers

12

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

See Blandin Foundation’s matrix of community broadband adoption projects:
https://blandinfoundation.org/content/uploads/vy/BBC_2015-16_Project_Matrix.pdf

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 2

MN Senate: 21, 58

MN House: 21A, 21B, 58B

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