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Koochiching County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2022 #63 of 87 72.3%
2021 #60 of 87 72.85%
2020 #60 of 87 68.6%
2019 #47 of 87 73.41%
2018 #28 of 87 73.44%
2017 #27 of 87 68.55%
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Rank: 63 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Koochiching County ranks 63 for broadband access and 78 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They had incremental increases for a while but leveled off this year at 72.3 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have 2050 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $19 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Koochiching County has been working on getting better broadband for a while. They have learned a lot about options working with the Blandin Foundation. But I haven’t seen as much lately and I haven’t seen recent increase of grant award, which is why their code has been bumped from yellow to red.

Digital Equity:

Koochiching County ranks 78 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Koochiching County ranks 71 out of 87 for computer ownership. 88.2 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2022 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 82.5% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 70.3% 83.2%
Smartphone 60.5% 90.1%
Tablet 50.3% 65.8%
Other 3.1% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2015 – Midcontinent Little Fork Middle Mile – Grant award: $277,448

Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Minnesota Fiber Project– GRANT $2,562,916

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 03

MN House: 03A

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