Minnesota Broadband speeds rank 31, 27, 26, 28 – depending

The latest Akamai report are out for First quarter 2017. Here’s the news as far as Minnesota goes:

  • MN ranks 31 for percent of adoption at speeds above 10 Mbps with 63 percent
  • MN ranks 27 for percent of adoption at speeds above 15 Mbps with 44 percent
  • MN ranks 26 for percent of adoption at speeds above 25 Mbps with 18 percent
  • MN ranks 26 for average adoption speed at 17.6 Mbps
  • MN ranks 28 for peak adoption speed at 80.8 Mbps

We’re middle of the pack – looking at US states. The US is #10 for average connection speed. (The US doesn’t rank in many other categories.)

The state goals are 25 Mbps down and 3 up by 2022 and 100 Mbps down and 20 up by 2026. We’re not there yet. But the report notes that we are taking strides to make it happen…

Minnesota also announced $34 million in grant funding for 42 broadband projects targeted at providing affordable high-speed Internet to households and businesses in non-urban settings.

Akamai has included a “what’s happened” over 10 years look at past reports. It’s interesting to see the impact broadband has on the world and the world has on broadband…

• July 2008: Apple launches the iPhone App Store, which ultimately set the stage for mobile phones to supplant personal computers as primary Internet access devices.
• December 2009: TeliaSonera makes the first lte service available in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden.
• July 2010: The number of Internet users crossed two billion for the first time, per estimates from Internet Live Stats.
• January 2011: In response to civil unrest, the Egyptian government moves to shut down almost all of the country’s access to the global Internet.
• June 2012: Network service providers, content providers, and Internet infrastructure companies participate in the World IPv6 Launch event, with a goal of making IPv6 “the new normal.”
• April 2013: Google announces that its Google Fiber initiative would be expanding beyond Kansas City, Kansas to Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah.
• September 2014: A vulnerability in the widely-used Unix Bash shell, known as “Shellshock,” allows attackers to gain unauthorized access to computer systems, resulting in the creation of botnets that launch distributed denial-of-service attacks and perform vulnerability scanning.
• June 2015: The United States Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet rules take effect, intended to “protect and maintain open, uninhibited access to legal online content without broadband Internet access providers being allowed to block, impair, or establish fast/slow lanes to lawful content.”
• September/October 2016: The Mirai botnet, comprised largely of compromised Internet of Things devices, such as ip-connected cameras and home routers, launches record-breaking distributed denial of service attacks against the Krebs on Security website and dns infrastructure provider Dyn.

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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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