Mille Lacs County
|Year||25/3 Mbps||100/20 Mbps|
#46 of 87
#67 of 87
#76 of 87
#49 of 87
#78 of 87
#47 of 87
Rank: 67 (out of 87) for broadband at 100/20 speeds Megabits per second (Mbps)
Mille Lacs County is not poised to meet the broadband speed goals for 2022 or 2026.
Mille Lacs County has been working on broadband for a while. They were part of the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) initiative from 2012-2014 when much of the community admittedly went from not knowing what broadband was to needing it. In 2015, they released a feasibility study.
Mille Lacs County benefited from one state broadband grant:
- 2016 – BENTON COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE COMPANY BOCK – GRANT: $510,000
Serving 337 unserved households, 37 unserved businesses and 1 community anchor institution in the city of Bock and portions of Hayland and Borgholm Townships in Mille Lacs County with service levels to 100 Mbps download and 20 Mbps upload.
They applied for more funding in 2017 but didn’t get it. They need to continue to build partnerships and apply for future funding.
Mille Lacs County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Advantenon applied to upgrade service in Mille Lacs. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)