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Mille Lacs County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #37 of 87
87.15%
#70 of 87
58.9%
2019 #46 of 87
83.86%
#67 of 87
52.77%
2018 #76 of 87
62%
#49 of 87
54.42%
2017 #78 of 87
47.86%
#47 of 87
47.07%
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Rank: 69 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Mille Lacs County has been working on broadband for a while. They were part of the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) initiative from 2012-2014. In 2015, they released a feasibility study. They have benefited from past MN Border to Border grants and stand to improve based on a project awarded funding in the last round as well as CARES funding. But they are not poised to meet the 2026 goals. They will likely need to mobilize to get better broadband; without intervention they are stalled under 60 percent access.

What we learned in the past:

Mille Lacs County has been working on broadband for a while. They were part of the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) initiative from 2012-2014 when much of the community admittedly went from not knowing what broadband was to needing it. In 2015, they released a feasibility study.

Mille Lacs County benefited from one MN broadband grant:

  • 2016 – BENTON COOPERATIVE TELEPHONE COMPANY BOCK – GRANT: $510,000

Update from 2020:

Mille Lacs County will benefit from a MN Border to Border grant awarded in the last round:

  • 2019: Benton Cooperative Telephone Company – Ramey Phase I – GRANT $936,759
    This last mile project will serve approximately 253 unserved households, nine unserved businesses, two unserved town halls, and 97 unserved farms in the Ramey ILEC exchange in portions of Alberta and Granite Ledge Townships in Benton County, and portions of Hillman, Lakin, and Morrill Townships in Morrison County, and a portion of Page Township in Mille Lacs County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota, Benton Cooperative Telephone Company will improve broadband service levels to at least 25 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload, and a maximum speed of 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. These homes and businesses will have faster access to needed crop prices, ordering parts, educational opportunities, and telemedicine services.
  • Total eligible project cost is $2,676,454
  • Local match is $1,739,695

Mille Lacs is looking at using CARES Act funding for broadband.

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Household Density

14.9

Number of Providers

9

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 84.4% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 70.4% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 68.3% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 52.0% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.8% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 8

MN Senate: 15

MN House: 15A

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