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Pennington County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #12 of 87
98.53%
#10 of 87
96.95%
2019 #18 of 87
97.21%
#11 of 87
96.18%
2018 #26 of 87
91.78%
#12 of 87
90.75%
2017 #26 of 87
91.78%
#77 of 87
9.63%
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Rank: 10 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Pennington County has done well with engaged providers and successful Border to Border grants. And they will continue to benefit with a project from Wikstrom awarded in the last grant round. Pennington has broken through the top ten best served list!

What we learned in the past:

Pennington County has benefited from several MN broadband grants:

  • 2017 – Sjoberg’s Inc. – NW MN Rural Broadband – GRANT $307,088
  • 2016 – CENTURYLINK THIEF RIVER MIDDLE MILE – GRANT: $1,324,400
  • 2016 – GARDEN VALLEY TELEPHONE COMPANY RURAL THIEF RIVER FALLS EAST – GRANT: $2,027,035

Update from 2020:

Pennington will see improvement with one Border to Border projects awarded in the last round:

  • 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

9.4

Number of Providers

6

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 86.0% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 75.5% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 69.7% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 49.5% 59.3%
statewide
Other 3.9% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 01

MN House: 01A, 01B

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