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Pennington County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2019 #18 of 87
97.21%
#11 of 87
96.18%
2018 #26 of 87
91.78%
#12 of 87
90.75%
2017 #26 of 87
91.78%
#77 of 87
9.63%
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Rank: 11 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Pennington is poised to meet the Minnesota speed goals for both 2022 and 2026. They made a huge leap into availability before 2018, after receiving several state grants.

Pennington County has benefited from several state broadband grants:

  • 2017 – Sjoberg’s Inc. – NW MN Rural Broadband – GRANT $307,088
    Serving 98 unserved households, 10 unserved businesses, and 3 community anchor institutions in a large area west of Thief River Falls in Pennington County with service levels to 1 Gbps down and up.
  • 2016 – CENTURYLINK THIEF RIVER MIDDLE MILE – GRANT: $1,324,400
    Serving 491 unserved households and 118 unserved businesses in a 71.4 mile fiber build from Thief River to Roseau with service levels 25 Mbps download by 3 Mbps.
  • 2016 – GARDEN VALLEY TELEPHONE COMPANY RURAL THIEF RIVER FALLS EAST – GRANT: $2,027,035
    Serving 330 unserved households, 23 unserved businesses, and 2 community anchor institutions in rural Thief River Falls with service levels to 1 Gigabit per second up and down.

Pennington County has done well with engaged providers. They need to continue to work with providers to reach the last almost four percent of households in the county.

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

Household Density

9.4

Number of Providers

6

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 01

MN House: 01A, 01B

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