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Marshall County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #41 of 87
85.3%
#54 of 87
71.6%
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: 61 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Marshall County has seen consistent, incremental improvements in broadband coverage, and they have benefited grants almost every year grants were available. That trend has continued this year; they will benefit from a grant received by Wikstrom Telephone. They have a way to go but they seem to be on a steady path.

What we learned in the past:

Marshall County has benefited from five state grants:

  • 2017 – Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband – GRANT $1,307,785
  • 2016 – GARDEN VALLEY TELEPHONE COMPANY RURAL THIEF RIVER FALLS EAST – GRANT: $2,027,035
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY (WITH BEAMCO, INC.) RURAL ALVARADO – GRANT: $43,481
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY WIKTEL NW MN – GRANT: $950,823
  • 2014 – Wikstrom Telephone, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau Broadband Extension – Award $425,000

Marshall is getting FCC funding over the next 10 years. In April (2019), Vast Broadband launched Gigabit access in Marshall, Pipestone and Worthington counties.

Update from 2020:

Marshall County will benefit from a Border to Border grant awarded in the last round:

  • Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project – GRANT $1,151,526
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 316 unserved locations in areas of Kittson, Marshall, Lake of the Woods, Pennington, and Roseau Counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Wikstrom Telephone will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. This project will provide service to an area with 1.6 subscribers per route mile of cable, in some cases extending from routes placed under the 2016 and 2017 Border to Border State Grant program. Broadband service is the key to economic development, successful education services for children, and allows at-home health care monitoring in this remote area.
  • Total eligible cost is $2,558,946
  • Local match is $1,407,420

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Household Density

2.2

Number of Providers

3

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 84.0% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 72.4% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 66.0% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 41.4% 59.3%
statewide
Other 1.9% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 01

MN House: 01A

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