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Lincoln County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2022 #2 of 87 99.99%
2021 #7 of 87 99.03%
2020 #84 of 87 40.42%
2019 #76 of 87 39.21%
2018 #66 of 87 39.21%
2017 #54 of 87 40%
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Rank: 2 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Lincoln County ranks 2 for broadband access and 65 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They went to 99+ percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up last summer and have improved since then. They have 0 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost nothing to ubiquitous broadband in the county. However, they rank 65 for digital equity so they could focus on use with any public funding.

With help from the Blandin Foundation, Lincoln released a feasibility study in 2018, which indicated Fiber to the Premise would cost $8.5 million in eastern Lincoln County. They worked on a grant application that did not get funded but the county decided to move ahead on their own.

Last fall, ITC announced a fiber-optic expansion to the City of Ivanhoe in Lincoln County. Along with ITC’s investment in the fiber-optic expansion, this project is funded by the City of Ivanhoe and Lincoln County. And they have been working on improving digital equity with help from the Blandin Foundation.

They continue to earn their green ranking.

Digital Equity:

Lincoln County ranks 65 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Lincoln County ranks 77 out of 87 for computer ownership. 87.3 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 79.0% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 71.1% 83.2%
Smartphone 61.6% 90.1%
Tablet 47.3% 65.8%
Other 2.6% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


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

2014 – Interstate Telecommunications Cooperative (ITC), Hendricks Town FTTP – Award: $700,000.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 21

MN House: 21A

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