50 states of broadband report: the Minnesota story

sng rankThe SNG Group recently released their broadband survey results. The surveyed states (all but 2 participated!) to see what folks had going related to broadband.

They look at five areas:

  • Availability
  • Adoption
  • Driving  Meaningful Use
  • Growth Investment
  • Regulation

Here’s how Minnesota ranked…

  • Overall – 13
  • Availability – 14
  • Adoption – 23
  • Driving  Meaningful Use – 13
  • Growth Investment – 9
  • Regulation – NA (points docked for regulatory barriers)

Here are some factors that helped our ranking:

  • We have a State Broadband Office
  • We have annual budget for broadband (the average funding for the 11    states that report funding and are not NY or CA is $596,000 a year

Here is a factor that hurt our ranking:

  • We have regulatory barriers for municipalities that want to provide broadband
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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.

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