Internet Service Providers in Minnesota

Minnesota Internet Coverage and Availability

Internet Availability by County

89.6%
15.1%

137.0

20th

High-Speed Internet Access

91.0%

of Minnesotans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

72.4%

of Minnesotans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Internet Access

98.3%

of Minnesotans have access to wireline service

36.9%

of Minnesotans have access to fiber-optic service

83.6%

of Minnesotans have access to cable service

90.3%

of Minnesotans have access to DSL service

Metro & Rural County Coverage

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Aitkin 71.9%
Anoka 99.2%
Becker 99.3%
Beltrami 99.5%
Benton 94.8%
Big Stone 99.9%
Blue Earth 78.7%
Brown 77.5%
Carlton 79.5%
Carver 90.1%
Cass 96.0%
Chippewa 83.6%
Chisago 83.4%
Clay 97.3%
Clearwater 100.0%
Cook 99.0%
Cottonwood 77.5%
Crow Wing 96.8%
Dakota 98.3%
Dodge 79.6%
Douglas 95.4%
Faribault 83.0%
Fillmore 69.5%
Freeborn 86.3%
Goodhue 77.0%
Grant 93.8%
Hennepin 99.5%
Houston 84.8%
Hubbard 99.9%
Isanti 88.5%
Itasca 97.0%
Jackson 72.6%
Kanabec 76.9%
Kandiyohi 83.9%
Kittson 73.7%
Koochiching 79.5%
Lac qui Parle 95.9%
Lake 91.5%
Lake of the Woods 90.4%
Le Sueur 77.0%
Lincoln 85.3%
Lyon 81.5%
McLeod 77.6%
Mahnomen 96.4%
Marshall 80.4%
Martin 60.3%
Meeker 74.8%
Mille Lacs 72.1%
Morrison 85.7%
Mower 81.8%
Murray 55.6%
Nicollet 79.2%
Nobles 77.9%
Norman 100.0%
Olmsted 97.1%
Otter Tail 96.7%
Pennington 99.3%
Pine 60.0%
Pipestone 84.0%
Polk 93.6%
Pope 86.4%
Ramsey 99.6%
Red Lake 100.0%
Redwood 83.3%
Renville 75.0%
Rice 95.2%
Rock 99.7%
Roseau 92.2%
St. Louis 90.6%
Scott 94.6%
Sherburne 97.6%
Sibley 68.2%
Stearns 94.6%
Steele 84.0%
Stevens 99.4%
Swift 99.4%
Todd 87.4%
Traverse 67.7%
Wabasha 78.4%
Wadena 98.2%
Waseca 71.1%
Washington 98.5%
Watonwan 73.8%
Wilkin 89.1%
Winona 92.0%
Wright 94.1%
Yellow Medicine 66.1%

Internet Speed in Top Minnesota Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Minneapolis 151.8 MBPS 39 Providers
2. Saint Paul 162.7 MBPS 32 Providers
3. Rochester 94.3 MBPS 22 Providers
4. Duluth 76.4 MBPS 24 Providers
5. Saint Cloud 174.0 MBPS 19 Providers

Fastest Major Providers in Minnesota

Provider Avg. download speed
Xfinity 182.0 MBPS
Mediacom Cable 168.9 MBPS
Spectrum 112.0 MBPS
CenturyLink 82.9 MBPS
Nextera Communications 44.4 MBPS

High-Speed Internet in Minnesota, 2022

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 11/22/2021.

Ranking higher than about 60% of the states across the US in terms of wired broadband internet access, Minnesota is the 20th most well-connected state in the nation. Minnesota’s average download speed of 161.4 Mbps is comparable with much higher-ranking states, such as Rhode Island, which ranks 4th in the US. The best coverage in Minnesota can be found in clusters of counties toward the northwest, the southeast, and the eastern-most tip of the state. At this time, 23% of Minnesotans have access to fiber-optic internet services, which is just 2% lower than the national average.

The Digital Divide in Minnesota

The technological gap between those with access to up-to-date telecommunications technologies and those who do not is what is known as the ‘digital divide’. In Minnesota, this digital divide is seen in the fact that some residents have access to low-priced, high-speed internet services while others do not.

For example, 91.4% of Minnesotans have access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, while 440,000 people in Minnesota are left without a connection capable of the same. Additionally, even with 266 internet providers operating in Minnesota, 125,000 people still don’t have any wired internet providers with services available at their place of residence. Another 744,000 people in Minnesota are limited to just one provider at their location, leaving them no options to switch and giving them little choice in internet plans.

Beyond that, affordability data reveals that only 15.1% of Minnesotans have access to a low-priced monthly internet plan that costs $60 or less. This is much lower than the national average of 51.5% of consumers who have access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

The Minnesota cities with the best internet connection in terms of coverage, speeds, and pricing are Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Redby, and Bemidji, with Saint Paul ranking as number one in the state.

Internet for Rural Areas in Minnesota

On the other side of the digital divide lay Henriette, Nett Lake, Donaldson, and Humboldt, which are the lowest ranking cities in Minnesota, as far as wired broadband access is concerned. Henriette is the lowest ranking in the state at this time with an average internet speed of just 1.73 Mbps.

Find out how Minnesota compares with the rest of the states.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, almost $4.5 million in federal grants has been directed toward broadband development in Minnesota, and millions more have been granted toward broadband infrastructure projects within the state.

In 2014, the Minnesota Office of Broadband Development launched the Border to Border Broadband Development Grant Program with the goal of expanding broadband services to underserved areas throughout the state. The program has appropriated millions of dollars worth of grant money toward this goal in recent years.

The information above is collected from a combination of public and private datasets. Read more about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Internet Providers By City in Minnesota

Average speed over time
Aitkin 87.2%
16 providers
Albany 98.0%
15 providers
Albert Lea 95.6%
15 providers
Albertville 100.0%
12 providers
Alexandria 95.3%
13 providers
Andover 99.7%
15 providers
Annandale 93.2%
12 providers
Anoka 98.6%
15 providers
Austin 89.1%
12 providers
Avon 95.8%
14 providers
Bagley 100.0%
12 providers
Barnesville 99.4%
12 providers
Baxter 99.8%
10 providers
Becker 99.2%
12 providers
Belle Plaine 80.0%
14 providers
Bemidji 99.9%
10 providers
Benson 98.8%
14 providers
Bethel 93.8%
14 providers
Big Lake 99.4%
13 providers
Blooming Prairie 55.3%
12 providers
Blue Earth 87.4%
10 providers
Bovey 97.5%
12 providers
Braham 82.8%
10 providers
Brainerd 97.9%
12 providers
Breckenridge 92.3%
12 providers
Buffalo 97.0%
15 providers
Burnsville 98.8%
23 providers
Byron 92.7%
18 providers
Caledonia 73.1%
10 providers
Cambridge 93.9%
12 providers
Cannon Falls 73.4%
16 providers
Cass Lake 94.5%
12 providers
Cedar 97.3%
15 providers
Champlin 99.7%
15 providers
Chanhassen 99.9%
18 providers
Chaska 96.3%
18 providers
Chatfield 67.1%
13 providers
Chisago City 86.7%
13 providers
Chisholm 97.5%
13 providers
Circle Pines 99.9%
15 providers
Clear Lake 76.7%
12 providers
Clearwater 58.2%
14 providers
Cloquet 87.6%
15 providers
Cokato 93.4%
14 providers
Cold Spring 97.5%
15 providers
Cottage Grove 99.1%
13 providers
Crookston 94.2%
12 providers
Dassel 85.8%
17 providers
Deer River 99.1%
11 providers
Delano 80.2%
14 providers
Detroit Lakes 99.3%
11 providers
Dodge Center 78.1%
15 providers
Duluth 97.9%
24 providers
East Grand Forks 94.6%
10 providers
Eden Prairie 100.0%
28 providers
Elk River 99.1%
15 providers
Elko New Market 89.6%
14 providers
Ely 72.0%
15 providers
Esko 90.1%
15 providers
Eveleth 90.7%
12 providers
Excelsior 99.8%
15 providers
Fairmont 85.8%
13 providers
Faribault 96.3%
16 providers
Farmington 95.3%
15 providers
Fergus Falls 97.1%
15 providers
Foley 85.0%
14 providers
Forest Lake 98.7%
13 providers
Frazee 98.9%
10 providers
Glencoe 64.0%
15 providers
Glenwood 87.1%
15 providers
Grand Rapids 99.9%
11 providers
Granite Falls 82.1%
17 providers
Hamel 94.9%
11 providers
Hastings 96.9%
17 providers
Hawley 91.0%
13 providers
Hibbing 94.7%
15 providers
Hinckley 80.0%
11 providers
Hopkins 99.8%
22 providers
Howard Lake 86.7%
14 providers
Hugo 98.5%
13 providers
Hutchinson 80.7%
14 providers
International Falls 86.2%
12 providers
Inver Grove Heights 99.9%
18 providers
Isanti 88.2%
11 providers
Jackson 79.8%
16 providers
Janesville 55.9%
12 providers
Jordan 73.6%
16 providers
Kasson 98.1%
15 providers
La Crescent 96.1%
9 providers
Lake City 87.5%
12 providers
Lake Crystal 66.2%
13 providers
Lake Elmo 99.6%
15 providers
Lakeville 94.6%
16 providers
Le Center 66.7%
14 providers
Le Sueur 79.0%
15 providers
Lindstrom 69.2%
10 providers
Litchfield 77.6%
15 providers
Little Falls 85.9%
17 providers
Long Lake 100.0%
12 providers
Long Prairie 76.7%
13 providers
Lonsdale 99.7%
13 providers
Luverne 99.6%
12 providers
Mankato 93.8%
16 providers
Maple Lake 96.7%
12 providers
Maple Plain 84.7%
17 providers
Marshall 91.9%
16 providers
Melrose 96.7%
14 providers
Menahga 100.0%
10 providers
Milaca 53.5%
14 providers
Minneapolis 99.7%
39 providers
Minnetonka 99.9%
17 providers
Montevideo 83.8%
17 providers
Montgomery 85.8%
15 providers
Monticello 93.3%
14 providers
Montrose 86.7%
13 providers
Moorhead 98.0%
14 providers
Moose Lake 85.1%
11 providers
Mora 88.5%
10 providers
Morris 100.0%
13 providers
Mound 98.8%
15 providers
New London 89.1%
16 providers
New Prague 98.4%
14 providers
New Ulm 80.8%
13 providers
Nisswa 97.8%
12 providers
North Branch 90.1%
14 providers
Northfield 96.5%
21 providers
Onamia 59.5%
12 providers
Osakis 97.7%
12 providers
Osseo 98.6%
16 providers
Owatonna 89.9%
15 providers
Park Rapids 99.9%
13 providers
Paynesville 91.2%
16 providers
Pelican Rapids 100.0%
9 providers
Pequot Lakes 99.2%
13 providers
Perham 100.0%
9 providers
Pierz 88.7%
13 providers
Pine City 53.4%
12 providers
Pine Island 91.9%
17 providers
Pine River 97.3%
10 providers
Pipestone 81.5%
14 providers
Plainview 91.2%
12 providers
Princeton 92.5%
14 providers
Prior Lake 97.7%
17 providers
Red Wing 93.1%
18 providers
Redwood Falls 94.0%
13 providers
Rice 98.5%
16 providers
Richmond 97.4%
15 providers
Rochester 99.3%
22 providers
Rockford 96.6%
16 providers
Rogers 98.8%
12 providers
Roseau 94.7%
11 providers
Rosemount 98.1%
16 providers
Rush City 80.7%
13 providers
Saginaw 70.8%
15 providers
Saint Bonifacius 98.8%
13 providers
Saint Charles 84.7%
12 providers
Saint Cloud 98.7%
19 providers
Saint Francis 99.5%
12 providers
Saint James 83.9%
14 providers
Saint Joseph 96.5%
15 providers
Saint Michael 98.6%
11 providers
Saint Paul 99.6%
32 providers
Saint Paul Park 98.4%
12 providers
Saint Peter 77.2%
12 providers
Sandstone 87.4%
13 providers
Sartell 99.4%
15 providers
Sauk Centre 87.4%
12 providers
Sauk Rapids 98.9%
15 providers
Savage 99.9%
16 providers
Shakopee 99.2%
21 providers
Sleepy Eye 68.7%
12 providers
South Saint Paul 99.9%
15 providers
Spicer 96.7%
18 providers
Spring Valley 78.2%
16 providers
Stacy 90.7%
12 providers
Staples 95.0%
14 providers
Stewartville 82.7%
15 providers
Stillwater 97.9%
15 providers
Thief River Falls 98.9%
12 providers
Two Harbors 94.9%
13 providers
Victoria 99.0%
16 providers
Virginia 96.1%
16 providers
Wabasha 94.6%
13 providers
Waconia 96.6%
15 providers
Wadena 99.9%
14 providers
Waite Park 99.7%
17 providers
Warroad 96.4%
9 providers
Waseca 73.8%
14 providers
Watertown 79.9%
13 providers
Wayzata 99.9%
20 providers
Wells 82.5%
12 providers
Willmar 97.6%
15 providers
Windom 88.2%
16 providers
Winona 96.8%
14 providers
Worthington 90.6%
18 providers
Wyoming 99.4%
14 providers
Zimmerman 98.5%
11 providers
Zumbrota 82.6%
14 providers

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