2021 MN Broadband County Ranking for 25/3 speeds – how do you rank?

The 2021 MN County broadband maps are up on the Office of Broadband Development websites, showing percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. Now I’m looking at the maps that reflect county access to wirelines broadband at speeds of 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up as of April 1, 2021. This is the speed goal for Minnesota for 2022. I’ll paste the full list below, but it might be easier to access the spreadsheet of the new speeds and ranking. (You can see the 100/20 ranking too.)

In the past, I’ve looked at the top and bottom 10 counties but I think we’re past the point of celebrating the counties for reaching speeds of 25/3. Unfortunately this is more of a wake-up call to the counties that aren’t poised to hit the 2022 goal. The good news is that almost half of the MN Counties (40 of 87) have more than 90 percent coverage of 25/3 access. The bad news is that leaves a lot of counties needing more, with a special nod to Pine and Murray Counties, which has less than 60 percent coverage.

You can get the details below – the map at the right is a clear look too at the areas that need help – the lighter the color, the more help you need.

county coverage 25-3 ranking
Aitkin 64.32 84
Anoka 98.72 13
Becker 92.53 34
Beltrami 99.49 7
Benton 92.88 31
Big Stone 99.48 8
Blue Earth 84.78 49
Brown 84.66 50
Carlton 72.79 77
Carver 93.32 26
Cass 94.02 24
Chippewa 86.26 46
Chisago 79.21 63
Clay 95.66 20
Clearwater 99.76 5
Cook 94.5 22
Cottonwood 71.12 79
Crow Wing 90.01 40
Dakota 97.98 14
Dodge 84.86 48
Douglas 90.94 38
Faribault 92.42 35
Fillmore 72.47 78
Freeborn 88 43
Goodhue 81.66 58
Grant 95.44 21
Hennepin 99.21 12
Houston 92.86 32
Hubbard 97.18 17
Isanti 78.5 66
Itasca 93.03 29
Jackson 69.86 81
Kanabec 60.34 85
Kandiyohi 88.68 42
Kittson 80.2 60
Koochiching 76.21 72
Lac qui Parle 99.84 4
Lake 93.34 25
Lake of the Woods 77.55 70
Le Sueur 79.35 62
Lincoln 99.33 10
Lyon 84.52 51
Mahnomen 87.15 45
Marshall 78.36 67
Martin 81.51 59
McLeod 82.86 56
Meeker 74.92 74
Mille Lacs 74.46 76
Morrison 79 64
Mower 90.13 39
Murray 58.05 86
Nicollet 83.87 52
Nobles 83.71 53
Norman 79.45 61
Olmsted 95.88 18
Otter Tail 90.97 37
Pennington 99.37 9
Pine 52.02 87
Pipestone 82.54 57
Polk 93.02 30
Pope 82.95 55
Ramsey 99.86 3
Red Lake 99.99 1
Redwood 76.12 73
Renville 74.48 75
Rice 94.18 23
Rock 99.93 2
Roseau 87.44 44
Scott 93.26 27
Sherburne 95.78 19
Sibley 70.05 80
St. Louis 85.5 47
Stearns 93.26 28
Steele 89.59 41
Stevens 99.22 11
Swift 99.54 6
Todd 77.01 71
Traverse 67.87 82
Wabasha 78.33 68
Wadena 97.36 16
Waseca 78.65 65
Washington 97.88 15
Watonwan 77.62 69
Wilkin 83.1 54
Winona 91.65 36
Wright 92.71 33
Yellow Medicine 64.65 83

2021 MN Broadband County Ranking for speeds of 100/20 – how do you rank?

The 2021 MN County broadband maps are up on the Office of Broadband Development websites, showing percentage of each county with (and without) broadband access. Now I’m looking at the maps that reflects county access to wirelines broadband at speeds of 100 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up as of April 1, 2021. This is the speed goal for Minnesota for 2026. I’ll paste the full list below, but it might be easier to access the spreadsheet of the new speeds and ranking or spreadsheet of ranking over the last three years. (I’ll work on the 25/3 map next.)

Here are the Top 10 Counties (with percentage of coverage)

  1. Rock – 99.93
  2. Ramsey – 99.84
  3. Lac qui Parle – 99.83
  4. Clearwater – 99.59
  5. Swift – 99.5
  6. Beltrami – 99.25
  7. Lincoln – 99.03
  8. Hennepin – 98.98
  9. Big Stone – 98.6
  10. Pennington – 98.19

The top three are the same as last year. Congrats to them. Clearwater and Lincoln are the newest additions to the Top 10. Clearwater went from #22 to #4; Lincoln wen from #83 to #7. Very big congrats to them!! It’s worth noting that the top 26 ranked counties all have greater than 90 percent coverage.

Bottom 10 MN Counties for Speeds of 100/20 (starting with worst with percentage of coverage)

  1. Kanabec – 26.24 (rank 87)
  2. Pine – 39.89 (rank 86)
  3. Redwood – 40.04 (rank 85)
  4. Faribault – 43.95 (rank 84)
  5. Yellow Medicine – 48.81 (rank 83)
  6. Todd – 49.93 (rank 82)
  7. Isanti – 50.21 (rank 81)
  8. Traverse – 50.97 (rank 80)
  9. Carlton – 52.08 (rank 79)
  10. Aitkin – 52.96 (rank 78)

There’s been some moving around within the list but most of these counties are familiar with their standing at the bottom. Unfortunately Carlton is the latest addition; they replaced Lincoln County.

county coverage 100/20 ranking
Aitkin 52.96 78
Anoka 97.41 12
Becker 73.41 57
Beltrami 99.25 6
Benton 90.25 24
Big Stone 98.6 9
Blue Earth 80.76 40
Brown 75.99 50
Carlton 52.08 79
Carver 90.2 25
Cass 64.02 71
Chippewa 82.67 37
Chisago 73.34 58
Clay 89.08 26
Clearwater 99.59 4
Cook 94.5 16
Cottonwood 67.2 66
Crow Wing 86.38 30
Dakota 97.57 11
Dodge 80.62 41
Douglas 72.89 59
Faribault 43.95 84
Fillmore 56.36 75
Freeborn 85.89 32
Goodhue 76.09 48
Grant 71.99 61
Hennepin 98.98 8
Houston 75.26 51
Hubbard 91.71 21
Isanti 50.21 81
Itasca 86.65 29
Jackson 68.84 65
Kanabec 26.24 87
Kandiyohi 74.82 53
Kittson 80.13 42
Koochiching 72.85 60
Lac qui Parle 99.83 3
Lake 93.32 19
Lake of the Woods 74.31 55
Le Sueur 76 49
Lincoln 99.03 7
Lyon 82.31 38
Mahnomen 71.73 62
Marshall 77.39 46
Martin 66.71 68
McLeod 58.09 74
Meeker 60.51 72
Mille Lacs 60.1 73
Morrison 73.96 56
Mower 84.95 35
Murray 54.37 77
Nicollet 78.49 45
Nobles 81.24 39
Norman 55 76
Olmsted 93.9 17
Otter Tail 67.02 67
Pennington 98.19 10
Pine 39.89 86
Pipestone 80.11 43
Polk 91.72 20
Pope 74.48 54
Ramsey 99.84 2
Red Lake 93.85 18
Redwood 40.04 85
Renville 70.86 63
Rice 85.58 33
Rock 99.93 1
Roseau 85.23 34
Scott 91.02 22
Sherburne 90.69 23
Sibley 65.29 70
St. Louis 79.49 44
Stearns 84.71 36
Steele 88.95 27
Stevens 96.79 14
Swift 99.5 5
Todd 49.93 82
Traverse 50.97 80
Wabasha 66.67 69
Wadena 97.29 13
Waseca 75.02 52
Washington 96.02 15
Watonwan 69.25 64
Wilkin 77.06 47
Winona 87.59 28
Wright 86.15 31
Yellow Medicine 48.81 83