2020 State of Broadband in US Q3 2020: access and affordability

Broadband Now just released their State of Broadband in America Q3 2020. Here are two of their key findings…


  • We continue to advocate for a new definition for broadband internet from 25 Mbps download / 3 Mbps upload to 100 Mbps download / 25 Mbps upload to reflect the shifting needs of an increasingly digital economy.
  • The top five states with the highest percentage of access to 100 Mbps download / 25 Mbps upload in order starting from the highest rate are Washington DC, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, and New York.

Just think week I spoke to the Broadband 2020 attendees about access to broadband (at speeds of 100/20) by county in Minnesota. Here are their MN stats:

  • MN Access to 25/3: 92.4
  • MN Access to 100/25 68.1

Most of the Minnesota stats and mapping look at access to 100/20 because that is the state speed goal for 2026. That may frame the way people ask/answer the question of speed. Understanding that difference it still might be interesting for folks to compare their county access to other US states using the graph below. You’ll note they look at percent of access and percent they consider affordable, which they define at $60/month or less.

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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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