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Kandiyohi County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #29 of 87
88.97%
#49 of 87
73.78%
2019 #42 of 87
86.23%
#48 of 87
72.89%
2018 #51 of 87
77.2%
#86 of 87
10.64%
2017 #46 of 87
77.25%
#79 of 87
8.14%
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Rank: 48 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Kandiyohi County has been working on better broadband for years. In 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.

Earlier this year, the Willmar and Kandiyohi County Economic Development set out to get a feasibility study done to prepare to apply for a Border to Border broadband grant.

What we learned in the past:

Kandiyohi County has been working on improving broadband for years. They have hosted meetings with policymakers and partnered with several providers. Kandiyohi has benefited from state broadband grants:

  • 2016 – FRONTIER KANDIYOHI INITIATIVE – GRANT: $1,015,275
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

Then in 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.

Update from 2020:

Late in 2019, Meeker Cooperative announced a new service, Vibrant Broadband, which is approximately 50 Mbps upload and 8 Mbps down to several counties, including Kandiyohi.

In early 2020, the Willmar and Kandiyohi County Economic Development Commission said that they would start a broadband feasibility study with the intention of applying for a Border to Border grant this year (2020).

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Household Density

19.4

Number of Providers

14

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 88.3% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 75.5% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 73.0% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 55.9% 59.3%
statewide
Other 4.9% 3.5%
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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