Ramsey County Broadband Profile 2020: Green rating: Ranking out 2 of 87

Green=served Purple=underesrved Red=unserved

Rank (from 100/20 megabits per second): 2
Code: Green

Annually, Blandin Foundation pulls together data from the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development and broadband news to gauge progress toward the state broadband goals (25 megabits per second download/3 Mbps upload by 2022 and 100 Mbps/20 Mbps by 2026). Leaders can use this information to improve broadband access and use in their communities. To see how the state is doing overall, or to compare counties, visit the Blandin Foundation interactive map. Or check out past years’ reports: 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Ramsey County: nearly ay 2026 goal already

Ramsey County is a metro-based county where the market makes it feasible for broadband providers to serve broadband profitably. They have applied for state grants in the past. At one point they considered a municipally supported network.

Broadband Access:

2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 99.84 99.84 99.82 99.39
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.86 99.86 99.84 99.75

Computer Access:

County Households with computer …with desktop or laptop …with a smartphone …with a tablet et al …with other
State of MN 90.3% 81.1% 76.5% 59.3% 3.5%
Ramsey 91.0% 81.7% 77.2% 59.2% 5.1%

What we learned in the past:

Ramsey County is a metro-based county where the market makes it feasible for broadband providers to serve broadband profitably. They have applied for state grants in the past. At one point they considered a municipally supported network. But the market will take care of many of the needs.

Update from 2020:

Because thay make an easy business case, Ramsey County doesn’t need to do much to encourage better broadband.

Checklist:

  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 2 (no change)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 1191.3

Details:

  • Districts: CD 4
    Senate: 38, 41, 42, 43, 53, 64, 65, 66, 67
    House: 38A, 41A, 41B, 42A, 42B, 43A, 43B, 53A, 64A, 64B, 65A, 65B, 66A, 66B, 67A, 67B
  • Find your reps

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 (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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