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Kittson County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #63 of 87
80.11%
#36 of 87
80.11%
2019 #67 of 87
74.99%
#44 of 87
74.99%
2018 #64 of 87
71.38%
#30 of 87
71.38%
2017 #63 of 87
65.62%
#82 of 87
3.46%
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Rank: 35 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Kittson County has seen small increases in access over the last three years. So, while on a slow path, they are on a path to better broadband. Also, they are set to benefit from Wikstrom’s 2019 Border to Border funded project.

What we learned in the past:

Kittson has benefited from three state broadband grants:

  • 2017 – Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband – GRANT $1,307,785
  • 2016 – WIKSTROM TELEPHONE COMPANY WIKTEL NW MN – GRANT: $950,823
  • 2014 – Wikstrom Telephone, Kittson, Marshall, Roseau Broadband Extension – Award $425,000

And they are getting almost $2 million in FCC funding but that is over the next 10 years.

Update from 2020:

Kittson County will benefit from Wikstrom Telephone’s 2019 Border to Border project:

  • 2019 Wikstrom Telephone – Wiktel NW MN Broadband Project – GRANT $1,151,526
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 316 unserved locations in areas of Kittson, Marshall, Lake of the Woods, Pennington, and Roseau Counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Wikstrom Telephone will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. This project will provide service to an area with 1.6 subscribers per route mile of cable, in some cases extending from routes placed under the 2016 and 2017 Border to Border State Grant program. Broadband service is the key to economic development, successful education services for children, and allows at-home health care monitoring in this remote area.
  • Total eligible cost is $2,558,946
  • Local match is $1,407,420

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Household Density

1.8

Number of Providers

14

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 82.5% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 71.7% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 63.5% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 42.6% 59.3%
statewide
Other 3.0% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

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

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 01

MN House: 01A

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