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Redwood County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2019 #75 of 87
70.94%
#83 of 87
33.56%
2018 #62 of 87
72.07%
#72 of 87
33.56%
2017 #81 of 87
41.51%
#60 of 87
34.37%
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Rank: 83 (out of 87) for broadband speeds of 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Redwood County is not poised the to meet the state broadband goals for 2022 or 2026. They might be able to get some ideas back from a feasibility study they did in 2013 – work with partners and find funding.

The data seems skewed because after 2017, broadband provider Nuvera provided more granular DSL data. They corrected the speeds.

Redwood County has benefited from state broadband grants:

  • 2017 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Milroy Broadband Project – GRANT $742,365
    Serving 246 unserved households and 22 unserved businesses in the Milroy Broadband Project located in both Redwood and Lyon Counties with service levels to 1 Gbps.
  • 2016 – ARVIG – REDWOOD COUNTY TELEPHONE MIDDLE MILE FIBER EXTENSION – GRANT: $27,998
    Serving 5 unserved households and 20 unserved businesses near Morgan, MN, in an area southeast of Redwood Falls with service levels to 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile
    Grant award: $808,080
    This project is a Middle Mile broadband infrastructure buildout to upgrade backhaul capacity between site locations within 20 southwestern Minnesota counties: Blue Earth, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood, Renville, Sibley Swift, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine.

Redwood County was a Blandin Broadband Community  in 2013; they released a feasibility study. While the study is somewhat dated now, one observation remains true

While residents in Redwood Falls have access to multiple broadband providers, the residents in the smaller communities and rural areas have less access to broadband services.

And some of their next steps for action remain apt..

1) A first step should include contacting RUS to discuss the project and available RUS loans and grants. [Might contact MN Office of Broadband Development and ask about Broadband Grants now.]

2) After that, meetings should be scheduled with each potential service provider partner to share the report and discuss cooperative efforts toward entering into a long term agreement.

3) Engaging the League of Minnesota Cities or other organizations that may be useful in determining the best path to choose in organizing Redwood County legally to enter into agreements with RUS and partners.

4) Engaging, local, state, and national politicians and their staff’s may be helpful in gaining support for any non-traditional track to implementing broadband in Redwood County.

Redwood County could benefit from future grants. In 2019, Minnesota Valley Tel. Co. (MVTC) applied to upgrade service in Redwood. (That doesn’t mean they will get the grant; they have only applied.)

Find more articles on broadband in Redwood County.

Household Density

7.5

Number of Providers

10

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Redwood County has worked with the Blandin Foundation.

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 16, 22

MN House: 16A, 16B, 22B

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