MN Broadband County Maps: Data, Ranking and comparing for 100/20 speeds

The Office of Broadband Development maps and county data are out! I am looking a percentage covered at various speeds, comparing county speeds and ranking for 25/3 speeds and comparing 100/20 rates and ranking (below). I’m doing this in three posts because the I think the data is valuable but best in small bites.

The MN State broadband speed goals are 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up by 2002 and 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps by 2026.

For the most part the change in rankings for 25/3 was pretty incremental. That is not the case for 100/20. Some counties ranking moved up as much as 55 places; some counties dipped 20+ places.

My observations at this point are only hypotheses, but if your ranking went down there are probably two factors. If your ranking went down and the reported percentage covered also went down, it likely reflects a correction in previous reporting. Some providers gave more granular data in 2019 and that changed the data. If your ranking dropped and your percentage covered increased, you’re just not deploying as fast as other counties. Perhaps you need to revitalize local interest to get the rest of the county covered.

If your ranking improved you might want to look at why, just to make sure to keep it up. Maybe you got a MN state grant, maybe particular providers are blasting away.

Here are the most improved counties:

  • Benton County – moved up 55 places –part of MN Broadband grant
  • Olmsted County – moved up 47 places –part of MN Broadband grant
  • Chippewa County – moved up 46 places
  • Freeborn County – moved up 46 places -part of MN Broadband grant
  • Rice County – moved up 46 places – part of MN Broadband grant
  • Blue Earth County – moved up 44 places
  • Mower County – – moved up 43 places – part of a Mediacom upgrade
  • Crow Wing County – moved up 40 places – Mille Lacs Energy part of USDA grant

I’ve noted where I know they received grants. I will be working on County Profiles to take a deeper dive, but thought it was interesting to get a high level peek. Happy to hear from folks why they think counties have improved or not.

The best way to get the info on the 100/20 percentage cover and ranking comparison between 2018 and 2019 is download the spreadsheet. I’m including it below too

≥ 100 Mbps Download/20 Mbps Upload Speeds 2019 Ranking 2019 Percentage Households Served 2018 Ranking 2018 Difference in ranking
Aitkin 37.74 80 17.55 82 2
Anoka 97.45 8 97.86 5 -3
Becker 6.22 87 12.95 85 -2
Beltrami 98.79 6 96.30 8 2
Benton 88.18 20 25.83 75 55
Big Stone 98.91 5 98.91 4 -1
Blue Earth 77.91 39 14.13 83 44
Brown 74.50 44 73.76 27 -17
Carlton 47.57 73 58.22 44 -29
Carver 86.51 23 85.09 17 -6
Cass 51.61 68 35.92 70 2
Chippewa 81.70 31 24.80 77 46
Chisago 71.26 51 69.53 32 -19
Clay 82.32 29 82.52 19 -10
Clearwater 89.30 17 89.30 13 -4
Cook 94.50 13 94.50 10 -3
Cottonwood 66.67 59 66.34 38 -21
Crow Wing 88.04 21 41.66 61 40
Dakota 97.56 7 64.89 40 33
Dodge 77.08 41 74.59 26 -15
Douglas 68.82 56 25.56 76 20
Faribault 39.20 77 42.28 60 -17
Fillmore 50.30 70 44.19 58 -12
Freeborn 83.88 25 34.18 71 46
Goodhue 71.84 50 55.99 47 -3
Grant 43.02 75 39.93 65 -10
Hennepin 98.94 4 98.97 3 -1
Houston 67.81 57 66.63 37 -20
Hubbard 74.21 45 46.61 55 10
Isanti 48.05 72 56.62 45 -27
Itasca 83.06 27 79.44 23 -4
Jackson 68.84 55 68.79 33 -22
Kanabec 26.93 84 38.54 67 -17
Kandiyohi 72.89 47 10.64 86 39
Kittson 74.99 43 71.38 30 -13
Koochiching 73.41 46 73.44 28 -18
Lac qui Parle 97.35 9 97.35 6 -3
Lake 93.40 14 94.30 11 -3
Lake of the Woods 53.93 65 50.47 52 -13
Le Sueur 70.33 52 70.65 31 -21
Lincoln 39.21 76 39.21 66 -10
Lyon 81.89 30 72.77 29 -1
Mahnomen 17.31 86 13.53 84 -2
Marshall 53.08 66 48.20 54 -12
Martin 55.22 64 54.80 48 -16
McLeod 58.59 63 58.57 43 -20
Meeker 45.08 74 45.08 57 -17
Mille Lacs 52.77 67 54.42 49 -18
Morrison 69.64 53 42.74 59 6
Mower 78.56 36 23.31 79 43
Murray 51.59 69 50.78 51 -18
Nicollet 78.42 37 33.29 73 36
Nobles 77.66 40 77.18 24 -16
Norman 20.62 85 20.55 80 -5
Olmsted 92.66 15 41.29 62 47
Otter Tail 35.34 82 2.36 87 5
Pennington 96.18 11 90.75 12 1
Pine 37.26 81 38.18 68 -13
Pipestone 79.73 35 79.73 22 -13
Polk 88.35 19 85.39 16 -3
Pope 68.92 54 23.67 78 24
Ramsey 99.84 2 99.82 2 0
Red Lake 83.17 26 83.17 18 -8
Redwood 33.56 83 33.56 72 -11
Renville 59.06 62 51.78 50 -12
Rice 82.43 28 32.63 74 46
Rock 99.93 1 99.93 1 0
Roseau 72.59 48 67.30 35 -13
Scott 89.15 18 88.61 14 -4
Sherburne 72.36 49 67.11 36 -13
Sibley 62.87 61 62.84 42 -19
St. Louis 78.20 38 41.20 63 25
Stearns 81.07 32 40.17 64 32
Steele 86.86 22 56.16 46 24
Stevens 96.74 10 96.74 7 -3
Swift 99.60 3 64.15 41 38
Todd 38.68 79 17.58 81 2
Traverse 49.39 71 45.62 56 -15
Wabasha 66.31 60 66.17 39 -21
Wadena 91.07 16 49.91 53 37
Waseca 75.20 42 75.06 25 -17
Washington 95.80 12 96.10 9 -3
Watonwan 67.75 58 68.42 34 -24
Wilkin 80.84 34 82.08 20 -14
Winona 86.43 24 86.31 15 -9
Wright 81.02 33 80.61 21 -12
Yellow Medicine 38.86 78 37.72 69 -9
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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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