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Itasca County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #35 of 87
87.67%
#28 of 87
84.14%
2019 #23 of 87
93.12%
#27 of 87
83.06%
2018 #38 of 87
86.15%
#23 of 87
79.44%
2017 #45 of 87
78.92%
#21 of 87
76.35%
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Rank: 28 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Itasca County has seen very small incremental increases in broadband over the last few years. However, they are in proximity to providers who have shown an interest in serving Fiber to the Home in rural areas and Paul Bunyan received a Border to Border grant that will improve access in the last round of funding. They are sitting on fertile ground.

What we learned in the past:

Itasca has benefited from several MN broadband grants:

  • 2017 – Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Fiber – GRANT $802,620
  • 2016 MEDIACOM HARRIS TOWNSHIP – GRANT: $224,369
  • 2016 – PAUL BUNYAN COMMUNICATIONS HUBBARD, BECKER & ITASCA COUNTIES – GRANT: $1,742,232
  • 2015 – Paul Bunyan Central Itasca County Fiber – Grant Award: $1,980,000

Itasca County is fortunate in that there are several providers in the area that currently offer Gigabit services. They need to work with providers to extend or expand their services.

Update from 2020:

Itasca County has been one of the counties leading the initative to encourage Minnesotans to take the statewide broadband speed test. And they will benefit from a Border to Border project awarded to Paul Bunyan in the last grant round:

  • Paul Bunyan Communications – North Central Minnesota Fiber Project– GRANT $2,562,916
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 914 unserved and 439 underserved locations in parts of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation and rural portions of Cass, Itasca, Koochiching, and St. Louis counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Minnesota Iron Range Resource & Rehabilitation Board, Koochiching County, and Morcom Township, Paul Bunyan Communications will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. A fiber-to-the premise project, the proposed project areas are a response to consumer demand and will provide relief in economically distressed communities that need new alternatives to diversify and strengthen.
  • Total eligible cost is $6,268,400
  • Local match is $3,705,484

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Household Density

6.4

Number of Providers

10

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 85.1% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 73.6% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 67.4% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 52.0% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.5% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 05, 06

MN House: 05A, 05B, 06A

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