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Kandiyohi County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #52 of 87 74.82%
2020 #49 of 87 73.78%
2019 #48 of 87 72.89%
2018 #86 of 87 10.64%
2017 #79 of 87 8.14%
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Rank: 53 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Kandiyohi County has been working on better broadband for years. They saw a big improvement in 2019, but have been stagnant since. They came close to getting better broadband with CTC and a grant but that didn’t work out in the end.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Benton is $7,930,170; broadband is one possible use. They have already elected to use some in Prinsburg.

The influx of funding is an opportunity for Kandiyohi to really invest; the question is whether they can convince the whole community to buy in. For now, they remain code yellow.

Past Grants:

  • 2016 – FRONTIER KANDIYOHI INITIATIVE – GRANT: $1,015,275
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2017, Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC) was awarded a $4.94 million grant to improve serves in New London, Spicer and Willmar, and Frontier was awarded a grant of $1.02 million to improve service in rural Kandiyohi County. Unfortunately, the CTC project did not work out.

Find more articles on broadband in Kandiyohi. (http://tinyurl.com/z9wk7bm)

Household Density

20.65

Number of Providers

14

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 89.8% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 74.3% %
statewide
Smartphone 7.2% %
statewide
Tablet 58.4% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 17

MN House: 17A, 17B

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