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Clay County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #26 of 87
90.31%
#23 of 87
87.57%
2019 #20 of 87
95.82%
#29 of 87
82.32%
2018 #17 of 87
95.45%
#19 of 87
82.52%
2017 #38 of 87
83.15%
#22 of 87
74.13%
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Rank: 23 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

If slow and steady wins the race, we might want to keep an eye on Clay County. In 2010, they made the FCC list of worst served Minnesota Counties; they are much better off now. They have seen consistent improvements through the years and local provider, Arvig, received a Border to Border grant in the last round that should help improve access for the next profile.

What we learned in the past:

Back in 2010, Clay County made the list of the nine unserved counties in Minnesota based on the FCC Annual Broadband Report, which defined broadband as 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. Clearly Clay County has improved since then. They have a local Minnesota business providing service and choice of providers in much of the county. Their improvements have been slow but steady since we started looking at improvements.

Update from 2020:

2019: Clay County will benefit from a project that was awarded Border to Border funding in the last round.

  • 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

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Household Density

21.2

Number of Providers

9

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 87.8% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 79.3% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 74.7% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 57.9% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.2% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

No

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 04

MN House: 04A, 04B

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