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Steele County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #27 of 87 88.95%
2020 #25 of 87 87.05%
2019 #23 of 87 86.86%
2018 #46 of 87 56.16%
2017 #8 of 87 95.64%
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Rank: 27 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Steele County has not worked with the Blandin Foundation. They have never received a MN Border to Border grant. There were home to a local provider (Jaguar), which was acquired last year. There is activity happening in their area.

The good news is that Midco has extended gig access to parts of Le Sueur, Steele, Blue Earth, Freeborn, Waseca and Dodge Counties. The difficult news is that Steele County is centered in area that is in line for federal funding but whose potential recipient has stirred controversy.

LTD Broadband was awarded the opportunity to submit a long form to get federal funding (RDOF) to deploy Fiber-to-the-Home throughout much of Minnesota, including parts of Steele County. So they are in a sticky situation where they don’t know if LTD will get the funding, they don’t know if LTD will succeed if they do and they don’t know if they will qualify for federal or start funding because of the potential RDOF award.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Steele is $7,107,848; broadband is one possible use.

Steele County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They may have providers that might help make that happen. They are a yellow code community.

Past grants: none

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Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 89% 93.6%
Desktop or Laptop 76.8% 80.6%
Smartphone 4.7% 7.7%
Tablet 59.3% 63.8%
Other —% %

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 1

MN Senate: 24, 27

MN House: 24A, 24B, 27A

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