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Becker County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #65 of 87
78.99%
#51 of 87
73.41%
2019 #32 of 87
91.36%
#87 of 87
6.22%
2018 #31 of 87
88.94%
#85 of 87
12.95%
2017 #58 of 87
69.41%
#81 of 87
6.58%
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Rank: 50 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

In 2016, Becker got a boost in the form of a MN Border to Border grant; they went from bottom ranking (87) last year to ranking 50 in the race to countywide coverage of 100/20 Mbps. While 50 is not good standing, it is a great leap and a trajectory in the right direction. It looks like that momentum is poised to continue; Becker will benefit from a recent grant through Arvig that will improve service in Becker, Clay and Otter Tail Counties.

What we learned in the past:

Last year we saw that much of Becker County is served by one large national provider. That is likely a bottleneck to better access. They have benefited from a 2016 MN state grant in their area:

  • 2016PAUL BUNYAN COMMUNICATIONS HUBBARD, BECKER & ITASCA COUNTIES – GRANT: $1,742,232

It appears as if the impact of that project is now documented in the maps as they went from 6 percent coverage to more than 73 percent coverage since last year’s county profile.

Update from 2020:

Becker will benefit from a recent MN Border to Border grant:

  • Arvig (Loretel Systems, Inc.) – Cormorant Lakes Area Project – GRANT $430,780
    This middle and last mile project will upgrade approximately 481 unserved locations near Pelican Lake, Lake Ida, Turtle Lake, and Big Cormorant Lake in Otter Tail, Becker, and Clay Counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and Otter Tail County, Arvig will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. These investments will improve quality of life and business development opportunities.
  • Total eligible project cost is $1,230,800
  • Local match is $800,020

Find more articles on broadband in Becker County.

Household Density

9.2

Number of Providers

7

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 86.1% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 74.8% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 69.3% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 53.3% 59.3%
statewide
Other 3.3% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 02, 04

MN House: 02B

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