|Year||25/3 Mbps||100/20 Mbps|
#80 of 87
#69 of 87
#81 of 87
#51 of 87
#77 of 87
#53 of 87
Rank: 69 (out of 87) for broadband speed 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Murray County is not poised to reach the state broadband goals for 2022 or 2026. However, they are supporting Lismore’s 2019 state broadband grant proposal, which would help.
Murray has benefited from one state broadband grant:
- 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile
Grant award: $808,080
This project is a Middle Mile broadband infrastructure buildout to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 southwestern Minnesota counties : Blue Earth, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood, Renville, Sibley Swift, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine.
In 2018, with support from the Blandin Foundation, released a feasibility study that is not promising…
Our analysis shows that it is not economically feasible to build fiber everywhere in the rural parts of the county using the existing Border-to-Border grant program—the 50% grant matching in that program is not high enough to create a sustainable network. However, it would be possible to fund fiber using these grants if the percent of the grant matching is increased above the 50% level used in awarding these grants today. It might also be feasible to build the fiber in stages over multiple years to get the needed grant funding.
It is likely to be a challenge for a service provider to building fiber today since almost all of the rural area is served with newly-built fixed wireless technology that is capable of delivering speeds of at least 25 Mbps download. Any potential fiber provider is going to worry that many households will be satisfied with that level of broadband speed.
Bearing that in mind in September 2019, Murray County committed up to $200,000, which could be taken from the county’s Economic Development Authority revolving loan fund, to support Lismore Coop’s grant application to the state fund.
Murray County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Lismore applied to upgrade service in Murray. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)