Ramsey County Broadband Profile 2022: Green rating: Ranking out 5 of 87

Rank: 5
Code: Green
(See Blandin Foundation interactive map)

Ramsey County: nearly at 2026 goal already

Ramsey County ranks 5 for broadband access and 13 for digital equity out of 87 counties. They have had more than 99 percent coverage to broadband of 100 Mbps down and 20 up since we have been tracking. They have 846 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $7.9 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

County Housing Unit Density Number of Housing Units 100/20 Mbps houses unserved Cost to close the gap
Ramsey 1343.8 228,546 99.63 846  $         7,864,267.86

Ramsey County is a metro-based county where the market makes it feasible for broadband providers to serve broadband profitably. Ramsey County also focuses on digital equity and affordability as their digital equity ranking at 11. That extra effort gets them the green code.

They are one of five counties that has not yet received border to border funding.

Broadband Access:

2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
100/20 (2026 goal) 99.63 99.84 99.84 99.84 99.82 99.39
25/3 (2022 goal) 99.88 99.86 99.86 99.86 99.84 99.75

Digital Equity:

Ramsey County ranks 13 out of 87 for digital equity. (See full Digital Equity Profile)

Ramsey County ranks 11 out of 87 for computer ownership. 95.6 percent of homes have a computer of device as compared to statewide ownership of 95.5 percent.

Past grants:

none

Checklist:

  • Find more articles on https://bit.ly/2kgeboX
  • 100/20 Mbps ranking: 5 (down 3)
  • Has worked with Blandin: no
  • Has received a MN Broadband grant: no
  • Household density: 1343.8

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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