The NDIA ranks worst connected cities: St Paul is #74 and Minneapolis #120

NDIA reports

Using data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS), released in September 2017 by the U.S. Census Bureau, NDIA ranked all 185 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 households by the total percentage of each city’s households lacking fixed broadband internet subscriptions. Note that this data is not an indication of the availability of home broadband service, but rather of the extent to which households are actually connected to it.

Only St Paul and Minneapolis show up on the list (with more than 50,000 households). Here’s how they ranked:

  • St Paul ranks 74 with 32.91 percent without fixed broadband
  • Minneapolis ranks 120 with 27.99 percent without fixed broadband

It’s a little counter intuitive since they’re looking at worst cities – the lower the ranking, the better. We have room for improvement.

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About Ann Treacy

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

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