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Murray County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #78 of 87
65.2%
#78 of 87
51.59%
2019 #80 of 87
65.37%
#69 of 87
51.59%
2018 #81 of 87
51%
#51 of 87
50.78%
2017 #77 of 87
50.47%
#53 of 87
41.65%
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Rank: 69 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

In 2018, Murray County published a feasibility study that indicated that even with a MN Border to Border grant, it was not financially possible to build Fiber to the Home (FTTH). Subsequently, they are left looking at hybrid models, trying to convince the state to increase the 50 percent match or find another solution. There are a few counties with similar feasibility studies that indicate the same thing. I suspect there are other counties that may be in similar situations but have not had feasibility studies to spell it out.

What we learned in the past:

In 2018, with support from the Blandin Foundation, released a feasibility study that was not promising; it indicated that it is 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 high enough to create a sustainable network.

Murray has benefited from one MN broadband grant:

  • 2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

Update from 2020:

No broadband news to report from Murray County since last year’s report.

Find more articles on broadband in Murray County.

Household Density

5.2

Number of Providers

5

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 85.1% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 73.8% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 64.5% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 50.4% 59.3%
statewide
Other 3.0% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 22

MN House: 22A

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