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Morrison County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2023 #48 of 87 82.53%
2022 #51 of 87 77.57%
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%

Morrison County: Steady Progress But Recent Grant Might Help

Morrison County ranks 48 (up three) for broadband access out of 87 counties. They have 82.53 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have 2602 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $24.1 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Morrison County has seen steady but incremental improvement since we started tracking. They been actively engaged in seeking better broadband for several years, including as part of the Resilient Region as a Blandin Broadband Community and in 2022, Officials from Morrison County and the city of Little Falls met to talk about broadband options.

Benton Telephone has applied for funding in the latest (and open) round of Border to Border broadband funds. The seem organized enough to take advantage of federal (BEAD) funding coming in the next few years but until that starts to happen, they retain their yellow ranking.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2023 · Source: MN DEED

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2014 – Consolidated Telephone Cooperative, Region 5 Virtual Highway Project – Amount $2 million


2017 – Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Rice Ramey – GRANT $765,015

2019 – CTC (Consolidated Telephone Company) – Fort Ripley/Executive Acres Project – GRANT $830,587

2019 – Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Ramey Phase I – GRANT $936,759

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.

2022 – Morrison County will benefit from a ReConnect grant through Upsala Cooperative.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 05, 10

MN House: 05B, 10A, 10B

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