|2022||#71 of 87||67.03%|
|2021||#68 of 87||66.71%|
|2020||#62 of 87||68.24%|
|2019||#64 of 87||55.22%|
|2018||#48 of 87||54.8%|
|2017||#39 of 87||54.06%|
Rank: 71 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Martin County ranks 71 for broadband access and 60 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have hovered around 67 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since 2020. They have 3214 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $29.9 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.
Martin will benefit from a border to border grants announced in December 2022:
- Bevcomm – Rural Faribault and Martin Counties Fiber Expansion Project – Phase Three – GRANT $1,444,030 (serving Faribault and Martin Counties)
In July, the Ceylon City Council has given Federated Broadband $1 million in Community Development Block Grant/CARES for Fiber to the Home.
Hopefully, these projects will spur more momentum for better broadband but until there’s a greater demonstration of that, they stay at code red.
Martin County ranks 60 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)
Martin County ranks 45 out of 87 for computer ownership. 90.8 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.
Number of Providers
As of 2022 · 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)
MN State Grant awarded in 2021: BEVCOMM (Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company, Easton Telephone Company & Cannon Valley Telecom) – Rural Faribault County and Martin County Fiber Expansion Phase 2 Project – GRANT $1,182,818 This last mile project will serve approximately two unserved households, 203 underserved households, 46 underserved businesses, and 181 underserved farms in portions of Faribault and Martin counties.
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
BEVCOMM (Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company & Easton Telephone Company) – Rural Faribault County Project – GRANT: $579,781
There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.
U.S. Congress: CD 1
MN Senate: 21, 22
MN House: 21B, 22A