|Year||25/3 Mbps||100/20 Mbps|
#13 of 87
#12 of 87
#15 of 87
#12 of 87
#14 of 87
#9 of 87
#19 of 87
#9 of 87
Rank: 12 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)
Washington County has some suburban areas and some rural areas. Unlike some of the more rural counties, there is a business case for providers to come into the Washington County market. They have been part of multi-county government networks led by Dakota County that provides a middle mile base from which other providers can build.
They have been hovering around 95 percent covered since we began tracking. They will benefit from a project funded in the last MN Border to Border round, which should increase access.
What we learned in the past:
Washington County has some metro areas and some rural areas. Unlike some of the more rural counties, there is a business case for providers to come into the Washington County market. They have been part of multi-county government networks led by Dakota County that provides a middle mile base from which other providers can build.
Update from 2020:
Washington County will benefit from a MN Border to Border grant project funding in the last round. The ribbon-cutting was September 16 (2020):
- 2019: Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Scandia Project – GRANT $510,358
This last mile project will upgrade approximately 64 unserved households and 155 underserved households in areas of Scandia in Washington County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and the City of Scandia, Midco will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 20 Mbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. The broadband network will improve access to critical school e-learning applications, and health care resources; enable telecommuting options for residents; and make businesses and city institutions more efficient.
- Total eligible cost is $1,020,717
- Local match is $510,359
Number of Providers
As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED
Households with Device Access
Has Worked with Blandin Foundation
Has Received MN Grant(s)
U.S. Congress: CD 2, CD 4, CD 6
MN Senate: 38, 39, 43, 53, 54
MN House: 38A, 38B, 39A, 39B, 43A, 43B, 53A, 53B, 54A, 54B