|Year||25/3 Mbps||100/20 Mbps|
#14 of 87
#85 of 87
#11 of 87
#80 of 87
#83 of 87
#71 of 87
Rank: 85 (out of 87) for broadband speeds 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Norman County is likely to meet the state speed goals for 2022 but not for 2026. They are in a precarious position because they are well situated for access to 25/3 Mbps and have dismal access to 100/20 Mbps. In order to not be left behind by 2026, they’ll have to work hard against a false sense of accomplishment.
In 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) included Norman County as one of the few non-competitive counties in Minnesota for broadband access; which means half the locations with demand for the services don’t have a competitive provider located within at least half a mile, or 75 percent of the census blocks don’t have the presence of a cable provider.
Norman County does not have many wired providers, but they do have a few that offer 2026 speeds (Garden Valley Telephone Company and Halstad Telephone Company). They will need to work to get these providers to expand service or work with others to upgrade their service to meet the needs of the county.