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Lyon County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #39 of 87
85.82%
#37 of 87
79.92%
2019 #44 of 87
85.8%
#30 of 87
81.89%
2018 #44 of 87
80.71%
#29 of 87
72.77%
2017 #52 of 87
72.37%
#86 of 87
0%
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Rank: 36 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

In 2017, Lyon County went from zero to more than 70 percent broadband coverage at speeds of 100/20 Mbps. Unfortunately, a feasibility study in 2018 indicated that it was too expensive to build Fiber to the Home (FTTH) even with the help of a Border to Border grant. But there are hybrid solutions and the County could campaign for higher than 50 percent matches from the Border to Border grants, as others have done.

What we learned in the past:

In Spring of 2018, with support from Blandin Foundation, the county released the results of a feasibility study. It determined that it was not economically feasible to build fiber everywhere in the rural parts of the county using the existing Border-to-Border grant program—the 50% grant matching in that program is not enough to create a sustainable network. However, the hybrid fiber and wireless solutions all look to be economically viable.

Lyon County benefited from four state grants:

  • 2017 – MVTC (Minnesota Valley Telephone Company, Inc.) – Milroy Broadband Project – GRANT $742,365
  • 2017 – Woodstock Telephone Company – Balaton FTTP – GRANT $413,009
  • 2016 – MIDCO CANBY TO MARSHALL MIDDLE MILE AND LAST MILE – GRANT AMOUNT: $623,000
  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

Update from 2020:

No broadband reports from Lyon County since last report.

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Household Density

14.2

Number of Providers

11

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 89.5% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 80.8% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 72.3% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 56.1% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.9% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 16, 22

MN House: 16A, 22A

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