|Year||25/3 Mbps||100/20 Mbps|
#73 of 87
#62 of 87
#57 of 87
#64 of 87
#78 of 87
#48 of 87
#73 of 87
#39 of 87
Rank: 71 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Martin County has seen an increase in broadband coverage in the last year, yet a slip in ranking, which means they are improving but not as fast as other counties. They will see improvements based on a recent MN Border to Border grant award. And the county was named a Telecommuter Forward, which indicates an interest in broadband use and deployment.
What we learned in the past:
Martin County was a 2015-2016 Blandin Broadband Community and through that partnership they had a feasibility study done in 2017.
Martin County has benefited with three state grants:
- 2017- BEVCOMM (Granada Telephone Company) — Granada Rural Final – GRANT: $202,410
- 2016 – GRANADA TELEPHONE COMPANY (DBA BEVCOMM) SOUTH RURAL GRANADA – GRANT: $157,920
- 2016 – MARTIN COUNTY (WITH FRONTIER) RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE – GRANT: $1,677,823
Update from 2020:
Martin County will benefit from a Border to Border grant awarded in the last round:
- BEVCOMM (Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company & Easton Telephone Company) – Rural Faribault County Project – GRANT: $579,781
This last mile project will upgrade approximately 112 unserved and six underserved households, 50 unserved farms, and eight unserved businesses in areas of Faribault and Martin Counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and Faribault County Economic Development Authority, BEVCOMM will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Sustainable broadband adoption will transform these unserved areas into highly-productive rural communities.
- Total eligible project cost is $1,449,451
- Local match is $869,670
Martin County was names a Telecommuter Forward community, which indicates an interest in promoting access and adoption.
Number of Providers
As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Martin County has worked with the Blandin Foundation.
Has Received MN Grant(s)
There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.
U.S. Congress: CD 1
MN Senate: 23
MN House: 23A