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Martin County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #74 of 87
71.81%
#63 of 87
68.24%
2019 #57 of 87
80.29%
#64 of 87
55.22%
2018 #78 of 87
56.38%
#48 of 87
54.8%
2017 #73 of 87
55.64%
#39 of 87
54.06%
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Rank: 71 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Martin County has seen an increase in broadband coverage in the last year, yet a slip in ranking, which means they are improving but not as fast as other counties. They will see improvements based on a recent MN Border to Border grant award. And the county was named a Telecommuter Forward, which indicates an interest in broadband use and deployment.

What we learned in the past:

Martin County was a 2015-2016 Blandin Broadband Community  and through that partnership they had a feasibility study done in 2017.

Martin County has benefited with three state grants:

  • 2017- BEVCOMM (Granada Telephone Company) — Granada Rural Final – GRANT: $202,410
  • 2016 – GRANADA TELEPHONE COMPANY (DBA BEVCOMM) SOUTH RURAL GRANADA – GRANT:  $157,920
  • 2016 – MARTIN COUNTY (WITH FRONTIER) RURAL BROADBAND INITIATIVE – GRANT: $1,677,823

Update from 2020:

Martin County will benefit from a Border to Border grant awarded in the last round:

  • BEVCOMM (Blue Earth Valley Telephone Company & Easton Telephone Company) – Rural Faribault County Project – GRANT: $579,781
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 112 unserved and six underserved households, 50 unserved farms, and eight unserved businesses in areas of Faribault and Martin Counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and Faribault County Economic Development Authority, BEVCOMM will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Sustainable broadband adoption will transform these unserved areas into highly-productive rural communities.
  • Total eligible project cost is $1,449,451
  • Local match is $869,670

Martin County was names a Telecommuter Forward community, which indicates an interest in promoting access and adoption.

Find more articles on broadband in Martin County.

Household Density

12.4

Number of Providers

4

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 84.2% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 70.7% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 67.5% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 46.2% 59.3%
statewide
Other 3.0% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Martin County has worked with the Blandin Foundation.

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

There is a matrix of Minnesota broadband adoption projects.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 23

MN House: 23A

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