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Winona County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2021 #28 of 87 87.59%
2020 #24 of 87 87.47%
2019 #24 of 87 86.43%
2018 #15 of 87 86.31%
2017 #17 of 87 81.17%
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Rank: 28 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 megabits per second (Mbps)

Winona County has been focused on broadband for years; they were part of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) starting in 2010, a Blandin-led and federal (ARRA) funded broadband adoption project.

They have benefited from past grant funded projects and will benefit from a project that received MN Border to Border funding in the last round and have opted to use CARES funding to invest in broadband.

Winona County has allotted $1 million in CARES funding to pay for rural broadband expansion projects. Dakota County has earmarked $800,000 for its broadband expansion projects.

Winona County will benefit from a MN State Grant awarded in 2021:

AcenTek – Rural Peterson Exchange FTTH – GRANT $1,492,096

This last mile project will serve 214 unserved households, 18 unserved businesses, 88 unserved farms, and two unserved community anchor institutions as well as 47 underserved households and five underserved businesses in areas of Fillmore and Winona counties.

Projected allocation of American Recovery Project ARP funds in Winona is $9,791,061; broadband is one possible use.

Winona County has the opportunity to invest in broadband with federal funding. That would help them reach ubiquitous broadband. They are a yellow code community.

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Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2019 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

Computer 90.3% 93.6%
Desktop or Laptop 81% 80.6%
Smartphone 4.4% 7.7%
Tablet 59.3% 63.8%
Other —% %

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)



2015 – Hiawatha Broadband Communications – Winona County Whitewater Area – Grant Award: $247,000

2015 – Winona County Hiawatha Broadband Communications – Cedar Valley Area – Grant award: $314,450

2019: AcenTek – Rural Houston Exchange FTTH – GRANT $2,895,318

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 7

MN Senate: 21, 28

MN House: 21B, 28A

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