Anoka County: ranks 8 (out of 87) for access to 100/20 Code: code green

Anoka County is poised to make both the 2022 and 2026 speed goals with just a little effort.

Percentage of Served Population by Speed and Date
Anoka 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 97.47 97.86 96.1
25/3 (2022 goal) 98.8 98.87 97.56

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

The County received federal (ARRA) funding in 2013. In partnership with Zayo, the County was able to build a 287-mile broadband network for government facilities.  This project did not and still does not contribute to any last-mile broadband connections to residents or businesses.

Despite being in good shape, the folks in the county are still doing what they can to narrow the digital divide. In 2019, Libraries without Boundaries, Anoka County Libraries and the Department of Education held a meeting in a manufactured (mobile) home park to talk about how to better serve the needs of residents with improved access to library services and broadband.


  • 100/20 ranking: 8 (down 3 from 2018)
  • 25/3 ranking: 10 (no change)
  • Has worked with Blandin: yes
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: yes
  • Household density: 271.7
  • Number of providers: 6


I am doing the annual look at broadband in each county – based on maps from the Office of Broadband Development and news gathered from the last year. I’m looking at progress toward the 2022 (25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up) and 2026 (100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up) and will code each:

  • Red (yikes)
  • Yellow (warning)
  • Green (good shape)
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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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