MN Broadband County Profiles 2019: 87 counties – 87 broadband stories

Minnesota has two broadband speed goals:

  • Ubiquitous access to speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up (25/3) by 2022
  • Ubiquitous access to 100/20 by 2026

These are more aggressive than federal standards; the Minnesota Broadband Task Force suggested them and the Minnesota Legislature put them into statute because it puts Minnesota on track to be competitive globally and it levels the playing field for rural, urban and suburban counties.

Using maps and data from the Office of Broadband Development and stories collected on the Blandin on Broadband blog, I have compiled a broadband snapshot of each county and their progress, especially to meeting the 2026 goal. (Progress toward the 2022 goal does not necessarily bring a county closer to the 2026 goal because there some broadband options will get to speeds of 25/3 but not 100/20.)

I have also coded each county with Red, Yellow or Green. These are meant be indicators of the level urgency a county might consider for their broadband planning moving forward. I factored in current percentage of access covered but also recent activity in the county and provider options available to them.

I will post the profiles over the next 2 days (so the links below may not work until Sep 28) because it’s a lot of data to include at once. On Monday (Sep 30) I will post an analysis of themes and lessons I learned looking at each county. I will be eager to talk to anyone about the profiles at the 15th annual broadband conference (Innovation: Putting Broadband to Work) Oct 8-10 at Grand View Lodge.

Here are other links that might be of interest:


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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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