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Douglas County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #50 of 87
83.63%
#57 of 87
70%
2019 #36 of 87
88.25%
#56 of 87
68.82%
2018 #43 of 87
82.96%
#76 of 87
25.56%
2017 #50 of 87
75.1%
#80 of 87
7.68%
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Rank: 56 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Douglas County has benefited from quite a few Border to Border grants and three more projects were awarded funds in their area last time around. Runestone got $1.7 million grant; hopefully it will help propel them closer to ubiquitous coverage.

What we learned in the past:

Douglas County has benefited from a number of MN broadband grants:

  • 2017 – Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association – Douglas County: Country Estates FTTH Project – GRANT $101,624
  • 2017 – Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association – Douglas County: Pospisil Drive FTTH Project – GRANT $54,155
  • 2016 – GARDONVILLE COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE DOUGLAS COUNTY LAKE LOUISE – GRANT: $68,240
  • 2016 – RUNESTONE TELEPHONE HOLMES CITY 2 — GRANT: $700,674
  • 2015 – Runestone Telephone Association – Holmes City – Grant award: $189,990

Update from 2020:

Douglas stands to benefit from three Border to Border grants awarded in the last round:

  • 2019: Charter Communications – Lake Carlos Project – GRANT $74,540
    This middle and last mile project will upgrade approximately 43 unserved households, two unserved businesses, and two unserved farms on the eastern side of Lake Carlos in Douglas County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Charter Communications will improve broadband service levels up to 940 Mbps download and 35 Mbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Consumers will be able to work from home, have better access to education and healthcare, and businesses will be better able to compete locally and globally.
  • Total eligible project cost is $149,081
  • Local match is $74,541
  • 2019: Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association – Krohnfeldt Drive FTTH Project – GRANT $42,921
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 24 unserved locations in the Miltona Township area of Douglas County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Gardonville Cooperative Telephone Association will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Providing customers with adequate speeds to perform daily activities, along with improving their functionality, will enhance the quality of life in this neighborhood for years to come.
  • Total eligible cost is $95,380
  • Local match is $52,459
  • 2019: Runestone Telecom Association – South Alexandria Project – GRANT $1,760,423
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 908 unserved locations in areas of Lake Mary, Hudson, and La Grand Townships in Douglas County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Runestone Telecom will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. This project proposal began in late 2017 with three residents approaching Runestone in search of a solution to their lack of broadband service. By improving internet connectivity in rural Minnesota, this project addresses how providing broadband access can increase economic development and reduce factors contributing to the population exodus from unserved rural locations.
  • Total eligible cost is $4,401,058
  • Local match is $2,640,635

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Household Density

21.2

Number of Providers

11

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 87.6% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 79.4% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 71.9% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 55.3% 59.3%
statewide
Other 3.1% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 08, 12

MN House: 08B, 12A, 12B

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