Pew Trust new tool tracks broadband by state and compares

Pew are created a cool tool that compiles and organizes broadband policy by state. They look at

  • Broadband Programs (such as is there a Office of Broadband Development)
  • Competition and regulation (are there policies that support/hinder municipal broadband)
  • Definitions (speeds)
  • Funding and financing
  • Infrastructure access
  • Other (Such as legislative intent)

As you peruse the tool you can see how many states have legislation or other things to support broadband. For example, Minnesota is only one of 12 states to have a state broadband goal. They list 21 features or characteristics for Minnesota. Too much to copy it all here but I check out just a few things. Like state goals they list two:

It is a goal of the state that by 2022 and thereafter, the state be in: (1) the top five states of the United States for broadband speed universally accessible to residents and businesses; (2) the top five states for broadband access; and (3) the top 15 when compared to countries globally for broadband penetration.


It is a state goal that: (1) no later than 2022, all Minnesota businesses and homes have access to high-speed broadband that provides minimum download Speed of at least 25 megabits per second and minimum upload Speed of at least three megabits per second; and (2) no later than 2026, all Minnesota businesses and homes have access to at least one provider of broadband with download Speed of at least 100 megabits per second and upload Speed of at least 20 megabits per second.

Each taken from the legislation. It seems like a slick tool – especially helpful for practitioners or anyone having to understand practitioner.


This entry was posted in Building Broadband Tools, MN, Policy, Research by Ann Treacy. Bookmark the permalink.

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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