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Scott County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #15 of 87
97.13%
#19 of 87
89.43%
2019 #19 of 87
96.43%
#19 of 87
89.15%
2018 #19 of 87
94.5%
#14 of 87
88.61%
2017 #20 of 87
96.1%
#15 of 87
88.38%
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Rank: 19 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

As part of the 7-county metro area, Scott County is a fairly metro county, so they have the advantage of proximity to the Twin Cities and some higher population density areas. Their real advantage, however, is a government network built in 2007, that brought broadband to the area and spurred partnerships that have helped that broadband grow.

Their progress toward the 100/20 Mbps goal, however, has been stalled for as long as we have been keeping tracking. They need renewed motivation. Maybe that will come in the form of benefitting from a project that was awarded a grant in the last round of the MN Border to Border funding.

What we learned in the past:

Scott County started in 2007 with a 94-mile fiber-optic ring. At the time it was the largest government-owned, high-speed network in the state, and one of the largest in the nation. In 2014, county officials detailed the advantages of the network saying that Scott County Government paid $35,000/year less for better broadband than before they built their own network.

Scott County has benefited from one MN broadband grant:

  • 2017 – Jaguar Communications – Sand Creek Township Area Broadband Project – GRANT $192,405

Update from 2020:

Broadband Properties Magazine featured Scott County’s broadband story, highlighting their partnerships in March 2020. Here’s a quick outline of events.

  • 2002: works with school district and the county seat of Shakopee to build a hub-and-spoke network connecting public facilities.
  • 2007: Minnesota Emergency Safety Board decided to upgrade the county 911 system – Scott goes fiber
  • 2008: Using public-safety grant money in combination with tax-levy dollars, Scott County implemented a countywide fiber ring with Zayo
  • 2009: expanded westward to join the Carver County network and swapped two fibers for two of Carver County’s fibers And in other directions with other providers
  • 2015: enters into a joint-build partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community that saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for both parties

Scott County will benefit from a project funded in the last round of Border to Border grants:

  • 2019: BEVCOMM (Eckles Telephone Company) – Le Sueur County Project – GRANT $1,857,376
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 417 unserved households, 88 unserved farms, 59 unserved businesses, and 4 community anchor institutions in rural areas around the communities of Montgomery, Heidelberg, and New Prague in Le Sueur, Rice, and Scott Counties. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and Le Sueur County, BEVCOMM will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 1 Gbps upload, exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. Sustainable broadband adoption will transform these unserved areas into highly-productive rural communities. This use and development of broadband will provide various home-based business options, stimulate economic growth, and stimulate innovation and investment. Education, health care, agriculture, energy efficiency, and public safety will improve with high-speed Internet access.
  • Total eligible project cost is $3,714,752
  • Local match is $1,857,376

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Household Density

122.4

Number of Providers

10

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 94.6% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 89.0% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 84.3% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 67.9% 59.3%
statewide
Other 4.7% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

No

Has Received MN Grant(s)

No

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 2

MN Senate: 20, 55, 56

MN House: 20A, 55A, 55B, 56A

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