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Meeker County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2022 #61 of 87 72.85%
2021 #77 of 87 53.86%
2020 #75 of 87 53.86%
2019 #74 of 87 45.08%
2018 #57 of 87 45.08%
2017 #57 of 87 38.13%
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Rank: 61 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Meeker County ranks 61 for broadband access and 50 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have had steady increase in access since 2017 with 72;85 53 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2022. They have 5527 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $51.4 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Meeker County will benefit from a few border to border grants announced in December 2022:

  • Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Big Swan Lake – GRANT $94,182
  • Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Collinwood Lake – GRANT $104,337
  • Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Dunns & Richardson Lakes – GRANT $80,202
  • Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Lake Erie – GRANT $19,093
  • Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Long Lake – GRANT $29,702 (Learn more)

Last year, Meeker Cooperative built fiber to the home in Litchfield.

Meeker County has been engaged in broadband expansion for years. In  2017, Meeker County released a broadband feasibility study, with Blandin Foundation’s support. They released an update in 2018.

They are starting to get the push necessary to get them ubiquitous broadband so they have upgrades from code red to yellow. In fact, they saw the one of greatest increases in county ranking this year! Up 11 places!

Digital Equity:

Meeker County ranks 50 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Meeker County ranks 41 out of 87 for computer ownership. 91.1 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Household Density

16.4

Number of Providers

19

As of 2022 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 85.3% 95.5%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 75.0% 83.2%
statewide
Smartphone 69.7% 90.1%
statewide
Tablet 52.1% 65.8%
statewide
Other 3.1% 2.3%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

MN State Grant awarded in 2021: Meeker Cooperative Light & Power Association (Vibrant Broadband) – Lake Koronis – GRANT $41,927 This last mile project will serve approximately 28 unserved and seven underserved locations in Union Grove Township in Meeker County.

2019 – Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Hutchinson W Project – GRANT $346,282

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 16, 17, 29

MN House: 16A, 17A, 29A

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