MN Broadband County Maps: Data, Ranking and comparing for 25/3 speeds

The Office of Broadband Development maps and county data are out! I am looking a percentage covered at various speeds, comparing 100/20 rates and ranking and (here) comparing county speeds and ranking for 25/3 speeds. 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. The 2022 goal ought to be a benchmark toward the 2026 goals, but having looked at these number for a few years now I can see that while some counties take that to heart, others are in danger of plateauing with 25/3.

I look at this info as a call to help for two groups of counties. First there are the counties that rank near the bottom. They need to expand and upgrade broadband. Second, are the counties that have been hovering around the same percent covered (where that’s not 99+ percent) and are losing ground in the ranking. The exception would be if those counties are seeing a steep growth in the 100/20 percentage and ranking – which might indicate a slower but more future-forward plan.

For the most part the rankings were similar from 2018 to 2019. A few folks moved up or down a few places – based as much as growth round them as lack/burst of local growth. However, it’s probably worth looking at how your county stands compared to last year and why. Are you on the right trajectory to meet the 2022 and 2026 goals?

The one outlier was Brown County. They went from 96 percentage covered in 2018 to 84 percent coverage in 2019. It sounds like that is due to a provider supplying the Office of Broadband with more granular data that resulted in better data and reduced coverage. Few counties saw the decrease in coverage for the others that did, the reason is probably similar but in what I’d call a margin of error.

The best way to use this data is to download the spreadsheet. I am going to post an abridged version below (with fewer columns).

County Percentage Households Served 2019 Ranking 2019 Percentage Households Served 2018 Ranking 2018 Change in Rank
Aitkin 60.17 82 45.68 85 -3
Anoka 98.80 10 98.87 10 0
Becker 91.36 32 88.94 31 1
Beltrami 99.41 7 99.40 6 1
Benton 91.47 31 87.49 35 -4
Big Stone 99.58 6 98.91 9 -3
Blue Earth 78.33 61 77.95 49 -12
Brown 83.66 48 96.31 15 -33
Carlton 71.71 74 67.29 72 -2
Carver 92.14 28 89.81 27 -1
Cass 88.02 37 77.58 50 13
Chippewa 83.23 49 72.33 61 12
Chisago 83.85 47 73.27 59 12
Clay 95.82 18 95.45 17 -1
Clearwater 99.74 4 99.58 5 1
Cook 94.50 20 94.50 18 -2
Cottonwood 74.17 68 67.89 70 2
Crow Wing 92.84 26 92.29 25 -1
Dakota 98.46 11 97.54 12 1
Dodge 82.78 50 76.40 54 4
Douglas 88.25 36 82.96 43 7
Faribault 78.31 62 78.17 48 -14
Fillmore 57.89 85 45.02 86 1
Freeborn 87.92 39 84.31 39 0
Goodhue 79.44 59 77.10 52 -7
Grant 87.85 40 87.85 33 -7
Hennepin 99.39 8 99.18 8 0
Houston 72.94 71 71.29 65 -6
Hubbard 97.97 14 95.65 16 2
Isanti 73.50 70 73.67 57 -13
Itasca 93.12 22 86.15 38 16
Jackson 70.42 76 68.83 68 -8
Kanabec 66.05 79 67.07 73 -6
Kandiyohi 86.23 42 77.20 51 9
Kittson 74.99 67 71.38 64 -3
Koochiching 81.22 53 73.50 58 5
Lac qui Parle 97.35 15 97.35 13 -2
Lake 93.86 21 94.30 20 -1
Lake of the Woods 57.42 86 50.47 83 -3
Le Sueur 79.91 58 72.68 60 2
Lincoln 59.70 83 53.44 80 -3
Lyon 85.80 44 80.71 44 0
Mahnomen 89.87 34 76.93 53 19
Marshall 56.11 87 50.84 82 -5
Martin 80.29 57 56.38 78 21
McLeod 81.01 55 83.53 41 -14
Meeker 71.72 73 71.45 63 -10
Mille Lacs 83.86 46 62.00 76 30
Morrison 76.00 65 71.08 66 1
Mower 85.22 45 78.47 47 2
Murray 65.37 80 51.00 81 1
Nicollet 82.68 51 83.91 40 -11
Nobles 80.89 56 79.24 46 -10
Norman 98.45 12 98.02 11 -1
Olmsted 94.63 19 93.70 21 2
Otter Tail 92.93 25 89.56 28 3
Pennington 97.21 16 91.78 26 10
Pine 58.28 84 42.84 87 3
Pipestone 81.10 54 79.73 45 -9
Polk 93.11 23 93.00 23 0
Pope 76.99 64 61.27 77 13
Ramsey 99.86 3 99.84 3 0
Red Lake 99.99 1 99.99 1 0
Redwood 70.94 75 72.07 62 -13
Renville 61.90 81 55.06 79 -2
Rice 92.46 27 93.20 22 -5
Rock 99.93 2 99.93 2 0
Roseau 75.88 66 67.30 71 -5
Scott 96.43 17 94.50 19 2
Sherburne 91.63 30 89.23 29 -1
Sibley 73.59 69 63.47 75 6
St. Louis 86.23 43 83.47 42 -1
Stearns 91.72 29 88.96 30 1
Steele 88.44 35 87.79 34 -1
Stevens 99.22 9 99.22 7 -2
Swift 99.64 5 99.64 4 -1
Todd 71.91 72 67.96 69 -3
Traverse 67.25 78 66.14 74 -4
Wabasha 77.61 63 74.35 56 -7
Wadena 93.01 24 92.37 24 0
Waseca 82.19 52 75.30 55 3
Washington 98.44 13 97.21 14 1
Watonwan 79.21 60 70.70 67 7
Wilkin 88.01 38 86.53 36 -2
Winona 86.58 41 86.48 37 -4
Wright 91.07 33 87.89 32 -1
Yellow Medicine 68.31 77 46.91 84 7
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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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