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Saint Louis County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #44 of 87 79.49%
2020 #40 of 87 79.22%
2019 #39 of 87 78.2%
2018 #63 of 87 41.2%
2017 #56 of 87 38.78%
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St Louis County was a big increase in broadband in 2019; but the improvement has been stagnant in the last couple of years. But towns in St Louis County have been participating in a special Iron Range cohort of the Blandin Broadband Communities, a broadband adoption program. It seems like that might be spurring deployment as well as adoption.

Midco activated more than 200 additional miles of fiber to create a Northern Minnesota fiber ring that adds diverse network paths in St Louis County.

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

  • Charter Communications (Spectrum) – Getchell Road – GRANT $11,400 This middle and last mile project will provide broadband service to eight unserved households in northern Duluth in St. Louis County.
  • Mediacom Minnesota LLC – Field of Dreams Hermantown Project – GRANT $624,751 This last mile project will serve approximately 267 underserved households, six underserved businesses, and one underserved community anchor institution in Hermantown in St. Louis County.
  • Paul Bunyan Communications – City of Cook GigaZone Fiber – GRANT $311,254 This last mile project will improve high-speed broadband for 57 unserved and 254 underserved locations in the community of Cook in St. Louis County.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in St Louis is $54,330,132; broadband is one possible use.

St Louis County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That, and the recent state grants they have been awarded, would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They are code yellow.

Find more articles on broadband in Saint Louis County County (https://blandinonbroadband.org/?s=saint+louis+county&submit=Search)

Household Density

12.36

Number of Providers

19

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 87.8% 93.6%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 74.6% 80.6%
statewide
Smartphone 7.1% 7.7%
statewide
Tablet 55.4% 63.8%
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

2017 – CenturyLink – Fredenberg Township FTTH Project – GRANT $1,809,312

2017 – Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Fiber – GRANT $802,620

2017 – MEDIACOM FAYAL TOWNSHIP – GRANT: $263,345

2014 – Mediacom, Pintar Road – Award: $137,848. Total project cost: $275,697.

2014 – Northeast Service Cooperative – Frontier Communications Corp., Border to Border Phase I – Award: $1.96 million.

2019: Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Minnesota Fiber Project– GRANT $2,562,916

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 03, 06, 07, 11

MN House: 03A, 03B, 06A, 06B, 07A, 07B, 11A

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