|2021||#73 of 87||58.09%|
|2020||#72 of 87||56.13%|
|2019||#63 of 87||58.59%|
|2018||#43 of 87||58.57%|
|2017||#36 of 87||56.92%|
Rank: 74 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
McLeod County’s ranking has been slipping over the years. Their percentage covered has been stagnant. But this year they have received their first State broadband grants; maybe the tide is turning for them.
McLeod County will benefit from a few MN State Grants awarded in 2021:
Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson SE FTTP – GRANT $169,369
This last mile project will serve 42 unserved and five underserved locations in the Hutchinson area of McLeod County.
Winthrop Telephone Company, Inc. – Bismarck & Transit Township FTTP Project – GRANT $716,000
This last mile project will serve 148 unserved and six underserved locations, including homes, businesses and farms, in Bismarck, Transit and Round Grove townships in Sibley and McLeod counties.
Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in McLeod is $6,961,226; broadband is one possible use. That would go a long way to helping them get better broadband coverage. They are at code red.
They may benefit from intervention, such as the Blandin Accelerate program, a process to spur community acquisition and deployment of federal and state broadband funds, to find an alternative solution.
Past grants: None
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Number of Providers
As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Has Received MN Grant(s)
U.S. Congress: CD 7
MN Senate: 18
MN House: 18A, 18B