Minnesota Broadband ranks 22 to 28 (depending on how you slice it) according to Akamai

The latest Akamai reports are in (for Q4 2015). As you may recall from the Q3 report, neither Minnesota nor the US ranked in the Top Ten in terms of broadband speeds. (The US does top the lists for IP addresses, but that’s sheer numbers and so less easy/valuable to compare.) In any case, neither Minnesota nor the US made the lists again.

Thanks to the folks at Akamai, here is how Minnesota ranks…

  • Average connection speed: #22 | MINNESOTA | 11.4 Mbps | -3.0% QoQ | +12% YoY
  • Average Peak connection speed: #23 | MINNESOTA | 50.4 Mbps | +1.6 QoQ | +16% YoY
  • High broadband (>10 Mbps): #27 | MINNESOTA | 38% | +5.2% QoQ | +16% YoY
  • Broadband (>4 Mbps): #27 | MINNESOTA | 76% | +4.2% QoQ | +5.4% YoY
  • 4K Readiness (>15 Mbps): #28 | MINNESOTA | 17% | -2.4% QoQ | +19% YoY

So depending on how you want to measure it, we rank between #22 and #28. We have climbed the list a bit in all areas except 4K readiness. SO that’s good, but not great

  • Average connection speed: #22 (now) | #20 (last quarter)
  • Average Peak connection speed: #23 (now) | #20 (last quarter)
  • High broadband (>10 Mbps): #27 (now) | #28 (last quarter)
  • Broadband (>4 Mbps): #27 (now) | #28 (last quarter)
  • 4K Readiness (>15 Mbps): #28 (now) | #25 (last quarter)

The Washington Post (using Akamai report) created a map that indicates that Minnesota peak broadband speeds are not above average. Looking at the map, we’re looking pretty average.

akamai map

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About Ann Treacy

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

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