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Winona County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2023 #39 of 87 85.33%
2022 #30 of 87 85.62%
2021 #28 of 87 87.59%
2020 #24 of 87 87.47%
2019 #24 of 87 86.43%
2018 #15 of 87 86.31%
2017 #17 of 87 81.17%

Winona County: Pretty Good Access and Needs a Push For Ubiquitous

Winona County ranks 39 (down 9 points) for broadband access out of 87 counties. They have 85.33 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up. They have 2525 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $23 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Winona County has been focused on broadband for years; they were part of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) starting in 2010, a Blandin-led and federal (ARRA) funded broadband adoption project.

In 2022, HBC announced 10 Gig residential service in the City of Winona. Two months later they announced expansion in rural parts of the county.

In December 2022, Ace Telephone received $3.2 million to serve 486 underserved households, 34 underserved businesses, and 88 underserved farms in Winona County.  Broadband-leaning conversations were happening in Winona in 2023, the was an active Digital Connection Committee that shared their views with the Digital Equity Report that the Office of Broadband Development (OBD) submitted to the NTIA as part of the federal funding (BEAD) application and OBD hosted a discussion about the Equity Plan in draft form.

Winona County residents were awarded 35 line extension funding requests, which means state funding will subsidize last mile broadband extension to their homes.

Winona has been hovering around 85 percent coverage for a long time but recent conversations and grants in the area should help prepare Winona to take advantage of federal (BEAD) funding so they retain their yellow ranking.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2023 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 88.7% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 81.4% 83.2%
Smartphone 71.3% 90.1%
Tablet 56.2% 65.8%
Other 1.8% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2022 – Ace Telephone Association, Inc., $3,218,201.00

MN State Grant awarded in 2021: AcenTek – Rural Peterson Exchange FTTH – GRANT $1,492,096 This last mile project will serve 214 unserved households, 18 unserved businesses, 88 unserved farms, and two unserved community anchor institutions as well as 47 underserved households and five underserved businesses in areas of Fillmore and Winona counties.

2019 – AcenTek – Rural Houston Exchange FTTH – GRANT $2,895,318


2015 – Hiawatha Broadband Communications – Winona County Whitewater Area – Grant Award: $247,000

2015 – Winona County Hiawatha Broadband Communications – Cedar Valley Area – Grant award: $314,450

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7, CD 1

MN Senate: 20, 26

MN House: 20B, 26A

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