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Jackson County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2023 #78 of 87 62.34%
2022 #76 of 87 61.98%
2021 #65 of 87 68.84%
2020 #59 of 87 68.84%
2019 #55 of 87 68.84%
2018 #33 of 87 68.79%
2017 #26 of 87 68.9%

Jackson County Stuck Near the Bottom of the Ranking

Jackson County ranks 78 for broadband access out of 87 counties. They have 62.34 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have 11709 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $15.9 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Jackson hovered at 68 percent coverage from 2017 to 2021 but saw a decrease in the last year to 61.98, which may reflect an increase in granularity of reporting. This year there is slight improvement that aligns with the 2022 decrease. In 2023, Federated Rural Electric got a  $7 million Border to Border grant to serve 480 households, businesses, and farms in Jackson County.

It looks like improvements are being made and the recent Federated grants may help start a momentum, but they stay at their red ranking with less than 70 percent coverage.

Jackson County is in a potentially precarious position because looking at access in Chippewa County using the FCC National Map there is a big discrepancy between wireline access (61.47 percent coverage) and wireline with fixed wireless (89.57 percent). Minnesota doesn’t currently take fixed wireless into consideration when defining areas eligible for grants; the federal government does include access to fixed wireless. That could make a big difference to who is eligible for BEAD funding.

Jackson County residents were awarded 27 line extension funding requests, which means state funding will subsidize last mile broadband extension to their homes.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2023 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 85.6% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 76.3% 83.2%
Smartphone 68.5% 90.1%
Tablet 54.0% 65.8%
Other 4.9% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2010 – Southwest Minnesota Broadband Services (SMBS) received ARRA funds to deploy fiber to the home in Jackson and other counties. Through SMBS, Jackson County was also part of the Blandin Broadband Communities initiative in 2015-2016

2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects; it includes projects from this area.

2023 – Federated Rural Electric Assoc. – Jackson County Fiber-To-The-Premises – GRANT $7,068,222

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 21

MN House: 21B

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