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Washington County

Table of goal data by year
Year 25/3 Mbps 100/20 Mbps
2020 #13 of 87
98.45%
#12 of 87
95.8%
2019 #15 of 87
98.44%
#12 of 87
95.8%
2018 #14 of 87
97.21%
#9 of 87
96.1%
2017 #19 of 87
96.52%
#9 of 87
94.97%
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Rank: 12 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Washington County has some suburban areas and some rural areas. Unlike some of the more rural counties, there is a business case for providers to come into the Washington County market. They have been part of multi-county government networks led by Dakota County that provides a middle mile base from which other providers can build.

They have been hovering around 95 percent covered since we began tracking. They will benefit from a project funded in the last MN Border to Border round, which should increase access.

What we learned in the past:

Washington County has some metro areas and some rural areas. Unlike some of the more rural counties, there is a business case for providers to come into the Washington County market. They have been part of multi-county government networks led by Dakota County that provides a middle mile base from which other providers can build.

Update from 2020:

Washington County will benefit from a MN Border to Border grant project funding in the last round. The ribbon-cutting was September 16 (2020):

  • 2019: Midco (Midcontinent Communications) – Scandia Project – GRANT $510,358
    This last mile project will upgrade approximately 64 unserved households and 155 underserved households in areas of Scandia in Washington County. In a funding partnership with the State of Minnesota and the City of Scandia, Midco will improve broadband service levels up to 1 Gbps download and 20 Mbps upload, meeting or exceeding the 2022 and 2026 state speed goals. The broadband network will improve access to critical school e-learning applications, and health care resources; enable telecommuting options for residents; and make businesses and city institutions more efficient.
  • Total eligible cost is $1,020,717
  • Local match is $510,359

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Household Density

207.8

Number of Providers

12

As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 94.3% 90.3%
statewide
Desktop or Laptop 88.4% 81.1%
statewide
Smartphone 82.5% 76.5%
statewide
Tablet 67.1% 59.3%
statewide
Other 5.6% 3.5%
statewide

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation

Yes

Has Received MN Grant(s)

No

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 2, CD 4, CD 6

MN Senate: 38, 39, 43, 53, 54

MN House: 38A, 38B, 39A, 39B, 43A, 43B, 53A, 53B, 54A, 54B

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