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Chippewa County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #42 of 87
85.23%
#29 of 87
83.55%
2019 #49 of 87
83.23%
#31 of 87
81.7%
2018 #61 of 87
72.33%
#77 of 87
24.8%
2017 #53 of 87
72.28%
#69 of 87
24.45%
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Rank: 29 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Chippewa made great strides a few years ago when they went from 25 percent coverage to more than 80 percent. They have been stalled for a while but late in 2018, they completed a feasibility study and have been trying for a Border to Border grant since then. They likely will need funding but even having a plan in place can help initiate progress.

What we learned in the past:

In 2015, Chippewa was one of twenty counties in southwestern Minnesota to benefit from a state grant:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile, Grant award: $808,080

With financial support from Blandin Foundation, in 2018, Chippewa County released a feasibility study that details a plan for the future, assuming they were able to get a state broadband grant. They did not get funding from the MN Border to Border program – at least not yet.

Update from 2020:

While hopeful, the county did not get their Border to Border project funded in the last round.

Find more articles on broadband in Chippewa County.

Household Density

8.9

Number of Providers

12

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 83.7% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 69.9% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 66.7% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 49.2% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.6% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects; it includes projects from this area.

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 17

MN House: 17A

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