MN Broadband County Maps: Data, Ranking and comparing for 100/20 speeds

The Office of Broadband Development maps and county data are out! I am looking a percentage covered at various speeds, comparing county speeds and ranking for 25/3 speeds and comparing 100/20 rates and ranking (below). I’m doing this in three posts because the I think the data is valuable but best in small bites.

The MN State broadband speed goals are 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up by 2002 and 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps by 2026.

For the most part the change in rankings for 25/3 was pretty incremental. That is not the case for 100/20. Some counties ranking moved up as much as 55 places; some counties dipped 20+ places.

My observations at this point are only hypotheses, but if your ranking went down there are probably two factors. If your ranking went down and the reported percentage covered also went down, it likely reflects a correction in previous reporting. Some providers gave more granular data in 2019 and that changed the data. If your ranking dropped and your percentage covered increased, you’re just not deploying as fast as other counties. Perhaps you need to revitalize local interest to get the rest of the county covered.

If your ranking improved you might want to look at why, just to make sure to keep it up. Maybe you got a MN state grant, maybe particular providers are blasting away.

Here are the most improved counties:

  • Benton County – moved up 55 places –part of MN Broadband grant
  • Olmsted County – moved up 47 places –part of MN Broadband grant
  • Chippewa County – moved up 46 places
  • Freeborn County – moved up 46 places -part of MN Broadband grant
  • Rice County – moved up 46 places – part of MN Broadband grant
  • Blue Earth County – moved up 44 places
  • Mower County – – moved up 43 places – part of a Mediacom upgrade
  • Crow Wing County – moved up 40 places – Mille Lacs Energy part of USDA grant

I’ve noted where I know they received grants. I will be working on County Profiles to take a deeper dive, but thought it was interesting to get a high level peek. Happy to hear from folks why they think counties have improved or not.

The best way to get the info on the 100/20 percentage cover and ranking comparison between 2018 and 2019 is download the spreadsheet. I’m including it below too

≥ 100 Mbps Download/20 Mbps Upload Speeds 2019 Ranking 2019 Percentage Households Served 2018 Ranking 2018 Difference in ranking
Aitkin 37.74 80 17.55 82 2
Anoka 97.45 8 97.86 5 -3
Becker 6.22 87 12.95 85 -2
Beltrami 98.79 6 96.30 8 2
Benton 88.18 20 25.83 75 55
Big Stone 98.91 5 98.91 4 -1
Blue Earth 77.91 39 14.13 83 44
Brown 74.50 44 73.76 27 -17
Carlton 47.57 73 58.22 44 -29
Carver 86.51 23 85.09 17 -6
Cass 51.61 68 35.92 70 2
Chippewa 81.70 31 24.80 77 46
Chisago 71.26 51 69.53 32 -19
Clay 82.32 29 82.52 19 -10
Clearwater 89.30 17 89.30 13 -4
Cook 94.50 13 94.50 10 -3
Cottonwood 66.67 59 66.34 38 -21
Crow Wing 88.04 21 41.66 61 40
Dakota 97.56 7 64.89 40 33
Dodge 77.08 41 74.59 26 -15
Douglas 68.82 56 25.56 76 20
Faribault 39.20 77 42.28 60 -17
Fillmore 50.30 70 44.19 58 -12
Freeborn 83.88 25 34.18 71 46
Goodhue 71.84 50 55.99 47 -3
Grant 43.02 75 39.93 65 -10
Hennepin 98.94 4 98.97 3 -1
Houston 67.81 57 66.63 37 -20
Hubbard 74.21 45 46.61 55 10
Isanti 48.05 72 56.62 45 -27
Itasca 83.06 27 79.44 23 -4
Jackson 68.84 55 68.79 33 -22
Kanabec 26.93 84 38.54 67 -17
Kandiyohi 72.89 47 10.64 86 39
Kittson 74.99 43 71.38 30 -13
Koochiching 73.41 46 73.44 28 -18
Lac qui Parle 97.35 9 97.35 6 -3
Lake 93.40 14 94.30 11 -3
Lake of the Woods 53.93 65 50.47 52 -13
Le Sueur 70.33 52 70.65 31 -21
Lincoln 39.21 76 39.21 66 -10
Lyon 81.89 30 72.77 29 -1
Mahnomen 17.31 86 13.53 84 -2
Marshall 53.08 66 48.20 54 -12
Martin 55.22 64 54.80 48 -16
McLeod 58.59 63 58.57 43 -20
Meeker 45.08 74 45.08 57 -17
Mille Lacs 52.77 67 54.42 49 -18
Morrison 69.64 53 42.74 59 6
Mower 78.56 36 23.31 79 43
Murray 51.59 69 50.78 51 -18
Nicollet 78.42 37 33.29 73 36
Nobles 77.66 40 77.18 24 -16
Norman 20.62 85 20.55 80 -5
Olmsted 92.66 15 41.29 62 47
Otter Tail 35.34 82 2.36 87 5
Pennington 96.18 11 90.75 12 1
Pine 37.26 81 38.18 68 -13
Pipestone 79.73 35 79.73 22 -13
Polk 88.35 19 85.39 16 -3
Pope 68.92 54 23.67 78 24
Ramsey 99.84 2 99.82 2 0
Red Lake 83.17 26 83.17 18 -8
Redwood 33.56 83 33.56 72 -11
Renville 59.06 62 51.78 50 -12
Rice 82.43 28 32.63 74 46
Rock 99.93 1 99.93 1 0
Roseau 72.59 48 67.30 35 -13
Scott 89.15 18 88.61 14 -4
Sherburne 72.36 49 67.11 36 -13
Sibley 62.87 61 62.84 42 -19
St. Louis 78.20 38 41.20 63 25
Stearns 81.07 32 40.17 64 32
Steele 86.86 22 56.16 46 24
Stevens 96.74 10 96.74 7 -3
Swift 99.60 3 64.15 41 38
Todd 38.68 79 17.58 81 2
Traverse 49.39 71 45.62 56 -15
Wabasha 66.31 60 66.17 39 -21
Wadena 91.07 16 49.91 53 37
Waseca 75.20 42 75.06 25 -17
Washington 95.80 12 96.10 9 -3
Watonwan 67.75 58 68.42 34 -24
Wilkin 80.84 34 82.08 20 -14
Winona 86.43 24 86.31 15 -9
Wright 81.02 33 80.61 21 -12
Yellow Medicine 38.86 78 37.72 69 -9

MN Broadband County Maps: Data, Ranking and comparing for 25/3 speeds

The Office of Broadband Development maps and county data are out! I am looking a percentage covered at various speeds, comparing 100/20 rates and ranking and (here) comparing county speeds and ranking for 25/3 speeds. I’m doing this in three posts because the I think the data is valuable but best in small bites.

The MN State broadband speed goals are 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up by 2002 and 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps by 2026. The 2022 goal ought to be a benchmark toward the 2026 goals, but having looked at these number for a few years now I can see that while some counties take that to heart, others are in danger of plateauing with 25/3.

I look at this info as a call to help for two groups of counties. First there are the counties that rank near the bottom. They need to expand and upgrade broadband. Second, are the counties that have been hovering around the same percent covered (where that’s not 99+ percent) and are losing ground in the ranking. The exception would be if those counties are seeing a steep growth in the 100/20 percentage and ranking – which might indicate a slower but more future-forward plan.

For the most part the rankings were similar from 2018 to 2019. A few folks moved up or down a few places – based as much as growth round them as lack/burst of local growth. However, it’s probably worth looking at how your county stands compared to last year and why. Are you on the right trajectory to meet the 2022 and 2026 goals?

The one outlier was Brown County. They went from 96 percentage covered in 2018 to 84 percent coverage in 2019. It sounds like that is due to a provider supplying the Office of Broadband with more granular data that resulted in better data and reduced coverage. Few counties saw the decrease in coverage for the others that did, the reason is probably similar but in what I’d call a margin of error.

The best way to use this data is to download the spreadsheet. I am going to post an abridged version below (with fewer columns).

County Percentage Households Served 2019 Ranking 2019 Percentage Households Served 2018 Ranking 2018 Change in Rank
Aitkin 60.17 82 45.68 85 -3
Anoka 98.80 10 98.87 10 0
Becker 91.36 32 88.94 31 1
Beltrami 99.41 7 99.40 6 1
Benton 91.47 31 87.49 35 -4
Big Stone 99.58 6 98.91 9 -3
Blue Earth 78.33 61 77.95 49 -12
Brown 83.66 48 96.31 15 -33
Carlton 71.71 74 67.29 72 -2
Carver 92.14 28 89.81 27 -1
Cass 88.02 37 77.58 50 13
Chippewa 83.23 49 72.33 61 12
Chisago 83.85 47 73.27 59 12
Clay 95.82 18 95.45 17 -1
Clearwater 99.74 4 99.58 5 1
Cook 94.50 20 94.50 18 -2
Cottonwood 74.17 68 67.89 70 2
Crow Wing 92.84 26 92.29 25 -1
Dakota 98.46 11 97.54 12 1
Dodge 82.78 50 76.40 54 4
Douglas 88.25 36 82.96 43 7
Faribault 78.31 62 78.17 48 -14
Fillmore 57.89 85 45.02 86 1
Freeborn 87.92 39 84.31 39 0
Goodhue 79.44 59 77.10 52 -7
Grant 87.85 40 87.85 33 -7
Hennepin 99.39 8 99.18 8 0
Houston 72.94 71 71.29 65 -6
Hubbard 97.97 14 95.65 16 2
Isanti 73.50 70 73.67 57 -13
Itasca 93.12 22 86.15 38 16
Jackson 70.42 76 68.83 68 -8
Kanabec 66.05 79 67.07 73 -6
Kandiyohi 86.23 42 77.20 51 9
Kittson 74.99 67 71.38 64 -3
Koochiching 81.22 53 73.50 58 5
Lac qui Parle 97.35 15 97.35 13 -2
Lake 93.86 21 94.30 20 -1
Lake of the Woods 57.42 86 50.47 83 -3
Le Sueur 79.91 58 72.68 60 2
Lincoln 59.70 83 53.44 80 -3
Lyon 85.80 44 80.71 44 0
Mahnomen 89.87 34 76.93 53 19
Marshall 56.11 87 50.84 82 -5
Martin 80.29 57 56.38 78 21
McLeod 81.01 55 83.53 41 -14
Meeker 71.72 73 71.45 63 -10
Mille Lacs 83.86 46 62.00 76 30
Morrison 76.00 65 71.08 66 1
Mower 85.22 45 78.47 47 2
Murray 65.37 80 51.00 81 1
Nicollet 82.68 51 83.91 40 -11
Nobles 80.89 56 79.24 46 -10
Norman 98.45 12 98.02 11 -1
Olmsted 94.63 19 93.70 21 2
Otter Tail 92.93 25 89.56 28 3
Pennington 97.21 16 91.78 26 10
Pine 58.28 84 42.84 87 3
Pipestone 81.10 54 79.73 45 -9
Polk 93.11 23 93.00 23 0
Pope 76.99 64 61.27 77 13
Ramsey 99.86 3 99.84 3 0
Red Lake 99.99 1 99.99 1 0
Redwood 70.94 75 72.07 62 -13
Renville 61.90 81 55.06 79 -2
Rice 92.46 27 93.20 22 -5
Rock 99.93 2 99.93 2 0
Roseau 75.88 66 67.30 71 -5
Scott 96.43 17 94.50 19 2
Sherburne 91.63 30 89.23 29 -1
Sibley 73.59 69 63.47 75 6
St. Louis 86.23 43 83.47 42 -1
Stearns 91.72 29 88.96 30 1
Steele 88.44 35 87.79 34 -1
Stevens 99.22 9 99.22 7 -2
Swift 99.64 5 99.64 4 -1
Todd 71.91 72 67.96 69 -3
Traverse 67.25 78 66.14 74 -4
Wabasha 77.61 63 74.35 56 -7
Wadena 93.01 24 92.37 24 0
Waseca 82.19 52 75.30 55 3
Washington 98.44 13 97.21 14 1
Watonwan 79.21 60 70.70 67 7
Wilkin 88.01 38 86.53 36 -2
Winona 86.58 41 86.48 37 -4
Wright 91.07 33 87.89 32 -1
Yellow Medicine 68.31 77 46.91 84 7

The new MN Broadband County Maps are out!!

I always feel a little bit like The Jerk when the phone books come out when the Office of Broadband Development publishes the updated county broadband maps and info. And this week I’m jumping up and down.

I am going to do three separate posts on the data because I think it’s easier to take them on in smaller bites. This post I want to share the fact that the info is there. You can access the maps, data or a spreadsheet that include the following info for each county:

  • Household density
  • Number of households
  • Percent of households with wireline access to 25/3
  • Percent of households with wireline access to 100/20
  • Percent of households with wireline access to Gig up and down

And of course you can see a map of coverage in your county.

I’ll paste an abridged portion of the table – and I’ll focus on the Gig access. I’m working on posts that focus on 25/3 and 100/20 that will rank access and compare speeds and ranking to 2018. I will use this data to do the annual County Profiles – but with 87 counties that will take a while. (Download full spreadsheet for best access to data; I know the layout may be wonky here.)

Top 10 Counties for Gig Access

County ≥ 1 Gbps Download/1 Gbps Upload Speeds Ranking
Beltrami 98.78 1
Stevens 96.74 2
Cook 94.50 3
Lake 93.23 4
Clearwater 89.30 5
Red Lake 83.17 6
Winona 75.12 7
Kittson 74.99 8
Lac qui Parle 74.61 9
Wilkin 72.21 10

Bottom 10 Counties

County ≥ 1 Gbps Download/1 Gbps Upload Speeds Ranking
Faribault 0.09 78
Benton 0.00 79
Carlton 0.00 80
Kanabec 0.00 81
Kandiyohi 0.00 82
Martin 0.00 83
Mille Lacs 0.00 84
Pine 0.00 85
Redwood 0.00 86
Yellow Medicine 0.00 87