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Sibley County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #70 of 87 65.29%
2020 #68 of 87 62.86%
2019 #61 of 87 62.87%
2018 #42 of 87 62.84%
2017 #41 of 87 51.01%
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Rank: 70 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Sibley County has been working on better broadband for more than 10 years. They are a part of the original RS Fiber team. They have been a Blandin Broadband Community. But their connectivity has been stagnant since 2018. In fact, the East Sibley School District decide to go in-person sooner than other schools and mentioned poor broadband as a reason.

Sibley County will benefit from a MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

  • Winthrop Telephone Company, Inc. – Bismarck & Transit Township FTTP Project – GRANT $716,000 This last mile project will serve 148 unserved and six underserved locations, including homes, businesses and farms, in Bismarck, Transit and Round Grove townships in Sibley and McLeod counties

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Sibley is $2,882,975; broadband is one possible use.

Sibley County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They just need to show the determination they had when RS Fiber was formed. They are a code yellow community.

Past grants

  • 2017 – Winthrop Telephone Company, Inc. – Cornish Township FTTP Project – GRANT $365,895
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080
  • 2014 – R-S Fiber Cooperative, FTTH Project – Award: $1 million.

Find more articles on broadband in Sibley County (https://blandinonbroadband.org/?s=sibley&submit=Search)

Household Density

9.78

Number of Providers

10

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 86.6% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 72.3% %
statewide
Smartphone 7.7% %
statewide
Tablet 53.2% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 18

MN House: 18B

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