MN broadband access has increased 4.4 percent since COVID

Whistle Out looking at increase in broadband speeds by state across the country…

As you can see Minnesota’s speed has increased 4.4 percent. Here’s their methodology…

We looked at over 717,000 internet speed tests, comparing the average results per state from the period prior to the COVID-19 U.S. outbreak (mid-January to mid-March 2020) to the period after the pandemic started (mid-March to early July 2020). We excluded cellular data speed tests, focusing only on home broadband internet connections.

They note, while looking at statistics nationally, that the increase might be increase in customer tier selection more than increased deployment or upgrades…

Surprisingly, overall average internet speeds across the United States have increased throughout the pandemic, from 84.9 Mbps to 94.6 Mbps—despite the surge in bandwidth demand from more Zoom-ing, streaming, gaming, and more.

One potential reason for the upward shift could lie in the fact that consumers have upgraded their internet plans to faster ones, thereby raising the overall average for home internet speeds. Some internet service providers, like Cox, have also increased overall internet speeds for some plans in response to the pandemic.

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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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