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Cottonwood County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #66 of 87 67.2%
2020 #63 of 87 66.67%
2019 #59 of 87 66.67%
2018 #38 of 87 66.34%
2017 #73 of 87 19.24%

Rank: 66 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Windom, the county seat of Cottonwood County, has had an enviable municipal broadband network since 2004. Folks in Windom are well served. But outside of Windom, connections are mixed.

Unfortunately, the county has been stuck since 2018 with minor updates. Although according to a report from the Institute for Local Self Reliance, has been using CARES funding to get more people online. And projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Cottonwood is $2,171,395; broadband is one possible use.

Maybe recent influx of funds or increased need due to COVID will spur more attention on broadband in Cottonwood, although most of the activity still seems to hover around Windom and that is why they get a red code.

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Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 85.8% 93.6%
Desktop or Laptop 70.9% 80.6%
Smartphone 7.7% 7.7%
Tablet 52% 63.8%
Other —% %

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


See MIRC project matrix for more details on Windom’s broadband adoption efforts

Has Received MN Grant(s)



2015 – MVTV Wireless Middle Mile – Grant award: $808,080

2010 – ARRA funding for City of Windom – SWMBG will build FTTP (Fiber to the Premise) infrastructure to eight rural communities in Southwestern Minnesota.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1, CD 7

MN Senate: 22

MN House: 22B

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