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Pope County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #53 of 87 74.48%
2020 #52 of 87 73%
2019 #54 of 87 68.92%
2018 #78 of 87 23.67%
2017 #70 of 87 24.33%
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Rank: 54 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

In 2017, Pope County unveiled a feasibility study that found that installing fiber everywhere in the county would cost about $29.3 million.  Last year, policymakers have publicly recognized the need for improved broadband, especially during COVID. So broadband is part of the community conversation.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Pope is $2,181,674; broadband is one possible use.

Pope County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They are a code red community.

Past grant:

2017 – Hanson Communications – Minnewaska Area FTTP – GRANT $4,996,791

Find more articles on broadband in Pope County (http://tinyurl.com/hx7q9fd)

Household Density

6.33

Number of Providers

8

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 86.4% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 75.3% %
statewide
Smartphone 5.9% %
statewide
Tablet 57.3% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 12

MN House: 12A, 12B

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