Top Broadband States – MN comes 19

TechNet State Broadband Index rates states on indicators of broadband adoption, network quality, and economic structure as a way of taking stock of where each state stands. Here’s a list of their top 15 states:

  1. Washington
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Delaware
  4. Maryland
  5. California
  6. New Jersey
  7. Vermont
  8. Virginia
  9. Utah
  10. New York
  11. Rhode Island
  12. Pennsylvania
  13. Oregon
  14. New Hampshire
  15. Texas

What’s missing? Minnesota!

Minnesota came in 19th with an index score of 100, which is also the average index value. We not close to the Minnesota State Broadband Goals: to be in the top five states for broadband speed universally accessible to residents and businesses; to be in the top five states for broadband access; or to be in the top 15 when compared to countries globally for broadband penetration. We’re not even hitting the traditional Minnesota goal of well above average!

Here’s a breakdown of Minnesota’s  scores:

  • Adoption: 94
  • Network Speeds: 81
  • Economic Structure (is state economy oriented toward tech/broadband?) : 125

The report also details Minnesota stats from other sources:

  • Broadband adoption – 71 percent
  • Homes passed by fiber – 5.9 percent

TechNet shares a list of the promising approaches to promoting broadband in a state:

    • Governors who show an interest in developing broadband are a spur to building the coalitions and institutions that can enhance broadband infrastructure deployment and adoption in a state.
    • Closely associated with execu­tive and legislative leadership is funding for infrastructure (often done in a way to leverage private funding or incentivize private invest­ment), and initiatives to promote broadband adoption among citizens.
    • Bringing stakeholders together in the public, private, and non-profit sector is often easier said than done.
    • Institutionalizing planning efforts can give broadband advocates a stronger voice in debates about infrastructure in the state, while providing a long-term perspective on how policy choices impact broadband outcomes.
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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