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Otter Tail County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #66 of 87 67.02%
2020 #65 of 87 65.55%
2019 #82 of 87 35.34%
2018 #87 of 87 2.36%
2017 #84 of 87 1.75%
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Rank: 67 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Otter Tail County is seeing steady, incremental improvement to their broadband access, likely because they have also benefited from a number of MN Border to Border grants.

They have seen a greater increase in access to 25/3, which can be detrimental for long term planning. Going from nothing (or very slow) to 25/3, customers will be comparatively pleased, which may reduce their interesting in investing in a more long-term solution. Also, it is interesting to see a provider upgrade to only 25/3.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Otter Tail is $11,393,425; broadband is one possible use.

Otter Tail County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband; this is where the increase in access to 25/3 might get in the way of popular opinion on the choice. They are code red.

Past grants:

  • 2017 – Arvig – Pelican Rapids rural non-ACAM – GRANT $633,642
  • 2017 – Otter Tail Telcom LLC – Red Oak Drive – GRANT $173,683
  • 2017 – WCTA (West Central Telephone Association) – Wadena Rural Phase III – GRANT $874,581
  • 2016 – OTTER TAIL TELCOM BATTLE LAKE – GRANT: $ 238,170
  • 2016 – OTTER TAIL TELCOM FERGUS FALLS AREA – GRANT: $ 279,271
  • 2016 – WCTA WADENA RURAL NORTH — GRANT: $718,850
  • 2015 – Otter Tail Telcom Fergus Falls 864 – Hwy 59 – Grant award: $295,432
  • 2015 – Otter Tail Telcom Hwy 59/94 PRT to POM – Grant award: $164,207
  • 2014 – Otter Tail Telcom, Stuart Lake – Award: $105,364.
  • 2014 – Otter Tail Telcom, 245th – Award: $108,553.
  • 2019: Otter Tail Telcom LLC – Long and Fish Lakes Project – GRANT $156,954
  • 2019: Arvig (Loretel Systems, Inc.) – Cormorant Lakes Area Project – GRANT $430,780

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Household Density

11.36

Number of Providers

11

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 86.4% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 72.7% %
statewide
Smartphone 8% %
statewide
Tablet 54.2% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 02, 08

MN House: 02B, 08A, 08B

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