|2022||#84 of 87||48.35%|
|2021||#85 of 87||40.04%|
|2020||#86 of 87||36.48%|
|2019||#83 of 87||33.56%|
|2018||#72 of 87||33.56%|
|2017||#60 of 87||34.37%|
Rank: 84 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Redwood County ranks 84 for broadband access and 70 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have gone from almost 40 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up in 2021 to 80 percent coverage in 2022. They have 3660 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $34 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.
Redwood County will benefit from two border to border grants announced in December 2022:
- Hanson Communications, Inc., $923,918.00
- Redwood County Telephone Co. dba Arvig, $1,336,037.04 (Learn more)
Redwood County has been working on better broadband with the help of a Lead Fellow; they have been asking residents to take a broadband survey. They are building upon the success of the prior year. Unfortunately, their ranking doesn’t represent their huge leap in the access in the last year. They have doubled access and recently awarded grants will help that momentum and pushes their code from red to yellow.
Redwood County ranks 70 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)
Redwood County ranks 64 out of 87 for computer ownership. 88.8 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.
Number of Providers
As of 2022 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Redwood County has worked with the Blandin Foundation.
Has Received MN Grant(s)
MN State Grant awarded in 2021: Minnesota Valley Telephone Company (MVTC) – Rural Franklin Fiber Project – GRANT $226,800 This middle and last mile project will serve approximately 45 unserved locations in the City of Franklin and the townships of Sherman, Eden, Camp and Birch Cooley in Redwood, Renville and Brown counties.
2019 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Rural Lucan Fiber Project – GRANT $635,400
2017 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Milroy Broadband Project – GRANT $742,365
2016 – ARVIG – REDWOOD COUNTY TELEPHONE MIDDLE MILE FIBER EXTENSION – GRANT: $27,998
2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.
U.S. Congress: CD 7
MN Senate: 15
MN House: 15B