Map shows areas in Rural Minnesota most likely to be hurt by Net Neutrality repeal

GoMN uses a map from the Office of Broadband Development to give a glimpse at the areas that have the greatest potential to be harmed by the repeal of Net Neutrality…

A common argument from the minority who support the repeal is that free market competition will ensure ISPs stick with “open internet” rules, so if one broadband provider decides to slow down content, you move to another provider.

But this map of Minnesota shows you why this is a fallacy.

As you can see, in large areas of predominantly rural Minnesota, there is no free market competition – at least, not if you want relatively fast internet speeds.

The yellow areas of the state have just one internet service provider providing speeds of 25mbps download, 3mbps upload.

As such, people living in these zones – which includes small pockets of the Twin Cities – literally have no alternative should their local provider decided to abandon open internet principles.

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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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