Business North: Broadband rolls farther into the Iron Range
28 Oct 2022
News, Lake Country, Cooperative Light & Power, Arrowhead
A decade ago, when it came to high-speed connectivity in rural regions, Minnesota did not have the access it so desperately needed.
“In 2010, internet connectivity in rural places was spotty and underutilized,” said Mary Magnuson, the Blandin Foundation’s grants program officer for rural placemaking. “Minnesota was ranked No. 23 in the U.S. for speed, and broadband was defined as 768 kilobits-per-second download and 200 Kbps upload – just enough to support slow video streaming.”