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Rice County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #20 of 87
93.75%
#31 of 87
82.95%
2019 #28 of 87
92.36%
#28 of 87
82.47%
2018 #22 of 87
93.2%
#74 of 87
32.63%
2017 #16 of 87
97.93%
#45 of 87
48.85%
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Rank: 31 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Rice County policymakers recently talked about the importance of broadband in their area. They were joined by BEVCOMM, who explained that a current project is poised to boost broadband speeds in northwest Rice County, northeast Le Sueur County and southern Scott County, an area that includes 417 households, 88 farms, 59 businesses, and 4 “community anchor institutions.”

That will help them get to ubiquitous broadband, but they will need more.

What we learned in the past:

Rice County saw an increase in broadband coverage in 2018.

Update from 2020:

The Faribault Daily News gathered views of broadband in Rice County from a variety of perspectives, including a local provider…

In western Rice County, Blue Earth-based BEVCOMM is working to expand and improve its services. CEO Bill Eckels said that the company recently completed an improved network for Morristown residents and is in the process of hooking them up to it.

BEVCOMM recently purchased Lonsdale Telephone Co., which serves Lonsdale and Morristown. In January, the governor announced that BEVCOMM has been awarded more than $2.5 million in grant funding for three separate broadband projects.

Roughly two thirds of that funding went to a project that will boost broadband speeds in northwest Rice County, northeast Le Sueur County and southern Scott County — an area which includes 417 households, 88 farms, 59 businesses, and 4 “community anchor institutions.”

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Household Density

43.2

Number of Providers

12

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 88.0% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 78.8% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 73.4% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 57.2% 59.3%
statewide
Other 4.8% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

No

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 20, 24

MN House: 20B, 24B

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