|2021||#56 of 87||73.96%|
|2020||#56 of 87||70.03%|
|2019||#53 of 87||69.94%|
|2018||#59 of 87||42.74%|
|2017||#66 of 87||28.83%|
Rank: 56 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Morrison County has been actively engaged in seeking better broadband for several years, including as part of the Resilient Region as a Blandin Broadband Community. They have benefited from grants most years that they have been available and will benefit from two Border to Border grants they received in the last round. They have a way to go to meet the 2026 speed goal but each year they seem to make improvements.
Morrison County will benefit from a few MN State Grants awarded in 2021:
Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Ramey Phase 2 Project – GRANT $338,011
This last mile project will serve 119 unserved locations in the Ramey telephone exchange located in portions of Lakin and Mount Morris townships in Morrison County and a small portion of Dailey and Page townships located in Mille Lacs County.
Sytek Communications – Morrison/Todd/Stearns County FTTP Project – GRANT $1,048,668
This last mile project will bring service to 130 locations in Southwest Morrison, Southeastern Todd and Northeastern Stearns counties.
Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Morrison is $6,475,009; broadband is one possible use.
Federal funding provides a potential for all of the counties to invest in broadband. It seems as if counties that have been working with the Blandin Foundation or otherwise been involved with broadband are more likely to make that choice. Morrison County has a history with Blandin and that’s why they are code yellow.
Find more articles on broadband in Morrison County (http://tinyurl.com/hxkk5ur)
Number of Providers
As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Has Received MN Grant(s)
2017 – Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Rice Ramey – GRANT $765,015
2016 – BENTON COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE COMPANY BUCKMAN – GRANT: $276,230
2014 – Consolidated Telephone Cooperative, Region 5 Virtual Highway Project – Amount $2 million
2019: CTC (Consolidated Telephone Company) – Fort Ripley/Executive Acres Project – GRANT $830,587
2019: Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Ramey Phase I – GRANT $936,759
U.S. Congress: CD 8
MN Senate: 09, 15
MN House: 09B, 15B