|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%|
Rank: 51 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Morrison County ranks 51 for broadband access and 66 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have see steady but incremental improvement since we started tracking, landing at 77.57 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2022. They have 3605 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $33.5 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.
Morrison County will benefit from a ReConnect grant through Upsala Cooperative.
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.
Officials from Morrison County and the city of Little Falls met last summer (2022) to discuss ways in which they would work together for better broadband. That didn’t work out for the first round of border to border funding but the second round applications are open now.
Morrison is stays at a yellow code, because while they have seen consistent improvement, they need more.
Morrison County ranks 66 out of 87 for computer ownership. 88.6 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.
Number of Providers
As of 2022 · 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
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.
U.S. Congress: CD 7
MN Senate: 05, 10
MN House: 05B, 10A, 10B