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Olmsted County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2019 #21 of 87
94.63%
#15 of 87
92.66%
2018 #21 of 87
93.7%
#62 of 87
41.29%
2017 #17 of 87
97.75%
#62 of 87
34%
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Rank: 15 (out of 87) broadband speeds 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Olmsted County looks poised to meet both the 2022 and 2026 speed goals, although they will need to work to get there. They saw a huge increase in access to 100/20 Mbps in the last year; hopefully they can build on that progress.

Olmsted has benefited from a state broadband grant:

  • 2016 – KMTELECOM RURAL MANTORVILLE – GRANT: $764,663
    Serving 195 unserved households, 9 unserved businesses, and 1 unserved community anchor institution near Mantorville in east central Dodge County, with a small section of west central Olmsted County, in southeastern Minnesota with service levels to 1 Gigabit.

There are two factors that seem to have led to increase in 100/20 Mbps access – the KMTelecom grant and Mediacom’s 2017 announcement it would expand service to Chatfield, Dover Township. That indicates that there are at least two providers in the area interested in providing 100/20. The county needs to encourage those providers to expand or other providers to upgrade to the state goals.

Olmsted County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, BEVCOMM and KMTelecom applied to upgrade service in Olmsted. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)

Find more articles on broadband in Olmsted County.

Household Density

87

Number of Providers

14

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 25, 26

MN House: 25A, 25B, 26A, 26B

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