Upper Sioux Community
Upper Sioux Community has seen an increase in broadband access of 100 megabits per second (Mbps) down and 3 up to almost 47 percent. They have 100 percent access to 25/3 Mbps, which has not changed since last mapping.
They are one of the few communities where looking at fixed, non-mobile broadband versus wireline makes a difference. Looking at wireline, they have no access to 100/20 Mbps.
LTD Broadband provides fixed wireless speeds beyond 100/20 Mbps in Chippewa and Yellow Medicine Counties. Advantenon provides service in Yellow Medicine. The existing relationship with LTD may put the community in a good position if LTD gets federal RDOF money but there is some controversy.
LTD was chosen as the single provider invited to submit a proposal to serve Fiber to the Home (FTTH) to large parts of Minnesota. Many folks (from Senators to other providers) are concerned that LTD will not be able to meet their obligations, in part because they provide fixed wireless not FTTH.
Unfortunately, areas that may be served by the LTD federally funded upgrade are in a limbo as the FCC decides whether to fund the project or not.