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Rice County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #33 of 87 85.58%
2020 #31 of 87 82.95%
2019 #28 of 87 82.47%
2018 #74 of 87 32.63%
2017 #45 of 87 48.85%
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Rank: 33 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Rice County has a great leap of broadband in 2019. The last couple years have been stagnant but they have been in conversations with providers and those providers have gotten state grants in the last round.

Rice County will benefit from a few MN State Grants awarded in 2021:

Nuvera Communications, Inc. – Webster Rural FTTP – GRANT $431,260

This last mile project will serve 103 unserved and 178 underserved locations in Wheatland and Webster townships in Rice County, Euraka and Greenvale townships in Dakota County, and New Market and Cedar Lake townships in Scott County.

BEVCOMM (Cannon Valley Telecom, Inc.) – Rural Morristown Fiber Expansion Project – GRANT $210,692

This last mile project will serve approximately 14 unserved and 94 underserved locations in portions of Rice, Waseca, and Steele counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Rice is $12,988,807; broadband is one possible use.

Rice County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They have engaged providers who might be happy to make good use of the funds. They are code yellow.

Past grants: None

Find more articles on broadband in Rice County (http://tinyurl.com/jg6q8gs)

Household Density

51.21

Number of Providers

12

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 89% 93.6%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 77.4% 80.6%
statewide
Smartphone 6.4% 7.7%
statewide
Tablet 59.7% 63.8%
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

No

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 20, 24

MN House: 20B, 24B

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