SNG (Strategic Network Group) recently published their report The 50 States of Broadband: A State-by-State Study on the State of Broadband Investment and Activity in Each American State. They did a survey with 48 states and asked a series of questions about state support of broadband with an eye to figuring out who is doing what. Here are their key findings:
- 25 0f 48 States surveyed have a state broadband office
- Only 28% surveyed said their state definitely has annual funding (budget) to support broadband initiatives. 30% were unsure while 42% said that funding definitely did not exist.
- Only 9 States are funding planning and support activities going forward… 5 are funding infrastructure
And of course the info that interests me most – how does Minnesota compare. Here’s the short answer…
And how do they get to that ranking?
Adoption – MN rank: 23
To score adoption we turned to the FCC’s numbers for Adoption is defined as the percent of households for which service is available and that subscribe to broadband.
Driving Meaningful Use – MN rank: 13
Within our state survey, SNG asked state representatives questions regarding training programs that may exist, whether there is training for businesses, small and rural businesses, seniors and households. Additionally, we asked whether states track, measure, or estimate the social and economic benefits of broadband.
Growth Investment – MN rank: 9
The state survey asked quite a few questions regarding each state’s ongoing investment in broadband. A critical component within this area was whether or not a state has a statewide broadband office dedicated to increasing broadband access and use in place. Additional metrics within this category included whether there are funds dedicated to support broadband initiatives, the amount, and the investment dedicated per capita. Additionally, the survey tracked whether there are rural broadband programs in place and whether investment on broadband initiatives is expected to increase, stay the same, or decrease.
Regulation – MN has barrier
For this category, SNG looked at the regulatory environment in each State as a factor in the overall ranking.
MN was one of 21 states with regulatory barriers to community broadband
Overall Ranking – MN rank: 12
Each state was given a score. Average score was 58.8 percent; MN score was 70.2 percent. Definitely above average, not world leader.