MN 2015 broadband goals loom. Twin Cities served at 100 % yet Aitkin and Lyon Counties at less than 5%

The 2015 broadband goal for Minnesota is ubiquitous access to speeds of 10-20 Mbps (down) and 5-10 Mbps (up). As the Connect Minnesota map here indicates, almost 90 percent of the households in Minnesota have access to those speeds.

State Ranking

Almost 90 percent is not a bad grade, unfortunately it’s not a consistent grade as you cross the state. The map  indicates that as well – but for me sometimes a visual helps but the numbers really make a difference. So today I dug into the numbers.

In November, Connect Minnesota released their final survey results measuring broadband access in Minnesota. They measured access with and without including mobile access. I took the numbers they had and ranked them. (I used percentages with mobile included.)

The difference in percentage served is staggering. Twin Cities (Hennepin and Ramsey Counties) are served at 100 percent. (And just last week the Twin Cities got news about more competition in the ultra-high speed broadband market!)

As a former teacher, I’m always willing to throw out the top and bottom grades – just to budget for anomalies and save arguments. BUT even when we get rid of Hennepin County (at 100 percent) and Aitkin County (at .06 percent), there is still a big discrepancy.

The top 10 rankers have come in at more than 99 percent coverage each. The bottom 10 rankers come in with less than one third of households served. Lyon County has 4.14 percentage covered. Yikes!

From a practical basis – where do you want to buy your next house, move your business or have your kids go to school? Hennepin or Lyon County. (Lots of other factors but broadband matters!)

My hope is to look at each county in the next month or so – to highlight their stats and maybe add a few things I’ve heard about that is happening in each county as related to broadband. I thought that might be helpful to light fires under the people in those areas and the policymakers who represent them.

You can see how your county ranks below…

Percentage Households Served at ≥ 10 Mbps Download/6 Mbps Upload Speeds

Ranking County HH Served
1 Hennepin 100.00
2 Ramsey 100.00
3 Anoka 99.99
4 Red Lake 99.99
5 Steele 99.93
6 Dakota 99.90
7 Scott 99.81
8 Washington 99.65
9 Clearwater 99.64
10 Carver 99.50
11 Dodge 99.40
12 Lac qui Parle 99.36
13 Stevens 99.26
14 Waseca 98.80
15 McLeod 98.66
16 Polk 98.52
17 Le Sueur 98.47
18 Beltrami 98.46
19 Meeker 98.31
20 Rice 98.20
21 Olmsted 98.10
22 Freeborn 95.79
23 Goodhue 93.54
24 Wright 93.32
25 Benton 92.79
26 Sherburne 91.86
27 Stearns 91.68
28 Pennington 91.64
29 Isanti 91.54
30 Nicollet 91.36
31 Mower 90.87
32 Blue Earth 90.48
33 Winona 90.23
34 Sibley 89.93
35 Chisago 86.64
36 Grant 85.85
37 Brown 85.39
38 Clay 82.50
39 St. Louis 80.18
40 Lake 77.32
41 Hubbard 76.45
42 Wabasha 76.29
43 Koochiching 74.00
44 Big Stone 72.37
45 Fillmore 69.75
46 Houston 68.88
47 Jackson 68.78
48 Wilkin 67.05
49 Itasca 66.72
50 Rock 66.29
51 Traverse 65.51
52 Watonwan 64.58
53 Otter Tail 64.33
54 Carlton 62.81
55 Redwood 62.61
56 Norman 61.92
57 Marshall 61.4
58 Cottonwood 60.52
59 Wadena 60.48
60 Crow Wing 59.76
61 Becker 59.68
62 Martin 59.17
63 Nobles 59.15
64 Renville 58.39
65 Pipestone 57.57
66 Kandiyohi 57.47
67 Mille Lacs 55.99
68 Mahnomen 55.40
69 Lake of the Woods 47.08
70 Roseau 45.67
71 Murray 43.53
72 Kittson 43.08
73 Lincoln 40.90
74 Morrison 38.44
75 Faribault 38.06
76 Cass 37.70
77 Pope 31.40
78 Swift 30.68
79 Kanabec 28.54
80 Yellow Medicine 25.85
81 Todd 25.69
82 Chippewa 24.63
83 Pine 24.63
84 Cook 20.70
85 Douglas 16.21
86 Lyon 4.14
87 Aitkin 0.06

One quick statistics note: These numbers actually reflect 6-10 Mbps up (not 5-10) because Minnesota goals are a little out of sync with standard federal measurements.

This entry was posted in Digital Divide, MN, Policy, Research by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

4 thoughts on “MN 2015 broadband goals loom. Twin Cities served at 100 % yet Aitkin and Lyon Counties at less than 5%

  1. Brian – good point. Connect MN is doing one more assessment; it sure would be nice to see them ask about the 25/3 standard too. I will look into tribal lands. The feds may have that info – or maybe some of the reservations themselves. I suspect that at least Fond du Lac and Leech Lake have some ideas.

    Thanks!

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