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Pope County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #61 of 87
80.81%
#52 of 87
73%
2019 #64 of 87
76.99%
#54 of 87
68.92%
2018 #77 of 87
61.27%
#78 of 87
23.67%
2017 #67 of 87
62.73%
#70 of 87
24.33%
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Rank: 51 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

In 2017, Pope County unveiled a feasibility study that found that installing fiber everywhere in the county would cost about $29.3 million.  If the combination of wireless and fiber were used, the cost would drop to about $9 million.  And in another scenario, the study excluded the city of Glenwood and used a wireless and fiber combination for the rest of the county and that was estimated to cost about $6.5 million. Policymakers have publicly recognized the need for improved broadband, especially during COVID.

What we learned in the past:

Pope County had a feasibility study done in 2017, supported by the Blandin Foundation. They found that installing fiber everywhere in the county would cost about $29.3 million.  If the combination of wireless and fiber were used, the cost would drop to about $9 million.  And in another scenario, the study excluded the city of Glenwood and used a wireless and fiber combination for the rest of the county and that was estimated to cost about $6.5 million.

Pope County has benefited from one state broadband grant:

  • 2017 – Hanson Communications – Minnewaska Area FTTP – GRANT $4,996,791

Update from 2020:

Pope County hasn’t had much news to share related to broadband but Paul Gerde, chairman of Minnesota Rural Counties and a member of the Pope County Board of Commissioners, had a letter to the editor that recognizes that rural MN needs broadband to survive coronavirus.

Find more articles on broadband in Pope County.

Household Density

6.6

Number of Providers

8

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 84.8% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 75.6% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 67.2% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 53.1% 59.3%
statewide
Other 2.1% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

Yes

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 12

MN House: 12A, 12B

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