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Marshall County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2019 #87 of 87
56.11%
#66 of 87
53.08%
2018 #82 of 87
50.84%
#54 of 87
48.2%
2017 #85 of 87
33.49%
#78 of 87
9.2%
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Rank: 66 (out of 87) for broadband 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Marshall County is not poised to meet the state speed goals for either 2022 or 2026. They have received several grants that have helped get service to the area. Part of the problem is that they started with low access to 100/20 Mbps. The good news is that access to 100/20 Mbps is nearly keeping pace with access to 25/3 Mbps. So the access they are getting is good, but it’s slow going and that is creating a culture of broadband haves and have-nots. They need to continue to get funding to meet the speed goals.

Marshall County has benefited from five state grants:

  • 2017 – Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband – GRANT $1,307,785
    Serving 300 unserved homes and 31 unserved business locations in Kittson, Marshall, and Roseau counties with  service levels to 1 Gbps down and up.
  • 2016 – GARDEN VALLEY TELEPHONE COMPANY RURAL THIEF RIVER FALLS EAST – GRANT: $2,027,035
    Serving 330 unserved households, 23 unserved businesses, and 2 community anchor institutions in rural Thief River Falls in northwestern Minnesota with service levels to 1 Gigabit per second up and down.
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY (WITH BEAMCO, INC.) RURAL ALVARADO – GRANT: $43,481
    Serving 11 unserved households and 1 unserved business in the Alvarado area, in a remote part of Marshall County with service levels to 1 Gigabit.
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY WIKTEL NW MN – GRANT: $950,823
    Serving 236 unserved households and 26 unserved business in rural sparsely populated areas in Kittson, Marshall, Roseau, and Lake of the Woods counties with service levels to 1 Gigabit.
  • 2014 – Wikstrom Telephone, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau Broadband Extension
    Award: $425,000. Total project cost: $943,827. Impact: Service to 73 unserved and 43 underserved homes in Kittson, Marshall and Roseau counties

Marshall is getting FCC funding over the next 10 years. In April (2019), Vast Broadband launched Gig access in Marshall, Pipestone and Worthington counties. It will be interesting to see the impact that will have on the overall county strides toward 2026 speed goals.

Marshall County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Wikstrom Telephone Company applied to upgrade service in Marshall. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)

Find more articles on broadband in Marshall County.

Household Density

2.2

Number of Providers

3

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 01

MN House: 01A

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