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Stearns County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #35 of 87 84.71%
2020 #34 of 87 82.41%
2019 #32 of 87 81.07%
2018 #64 of 87 40.17%
2017 #58 of 87 38.01%
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Rank: 36 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Stearns County saw a leap in access in 2019. They have had very incremental improvement each year since. But there is some opportunity for change.

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

Sytek Communications – Morrison/Todd/Stearns County FTTP Project – GRANT $1,048,668 This last mile project will bring service to 130 locations in Southwest Morrison, Southeastern Todd and Northeastern Stearns counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Stearns is $31,239,504; broadband is one possible use.

Stearns County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. The recent grant and consistent improvement supports their yellow code.

Past grants:

2017 – Albany Mutual Telephone Association – Two Rivers Area – GRANT $616,743

2016 – ALBANY MUTUAL TELEPHONE ASSOCIATION BIG WATAB LAKE – GRANT: $726,185

Arvig (Melrose Telephone Company) – Eden Valley & Melrose Area Project – GRANT $393,890

Find more articles on broadband in Stearns County (http://tinyurl.com/z463nan)

Household Density

40.09

Number of Providers

13

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 91.3% %
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 78.8% %
statewide
Smartphone 6.9% %
statewide
Tablet 59.2% %
statewide
Other —% %
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

No

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 6

MN Senate: 12, 13, 14

MN House: 12B, 13A, 13B, 14A, 14B

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