Internet Service in Minnesota

Internet Access in Minnesota

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Coverage by County

89.6%
15.1%

93.7

20th

Broadband Speeds

89.7%

of Minnesotans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

30.0%

of Minnesotans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.0%

of Minnesotans have access to wireline service

28.4%

of Minnesotans have access to fiber-optic service

83.3%

of Minnesotans have access to cable service

89.4%

of Minnesotans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Minnesota

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Aitkin 62.6%
Anoka 99.0%
Becker 94.4%
Beltrami 99.4%
Benton 93.1%
Big Stone 93.8%
Blue Earth 76.5%
Brown 92.2%
Carlton 71.6%
Carver 91.5%
Cass 90.1%
Chippewa 75.2%
Chisago 81.2%
Clay 94.8%
Clearwater 100.0%
Cook 99.0%
Cottonwood 71.5%
Crow Wing 94.8%
Dakota 97.8%
Dodge 73.6%
Douglas 88.2%
Faribault 80.4%
Fillmore 66.8%
Freeborn 89.2%
Goodhue 82.4%
Grant 93.0%
Hennepin 99.5%
Houston 84.6%
Hubbard 98.2%
Isanti 78.7%
Itasca 93.2%
Jackson 71.9%
Kanabec 63.4%
Kandiyohi 82.2%
Kittson 53.7%
Koochiching 78.6%
Lac qui Parle 92.9%
Lake 91.9%
Lake of the Woods 60.8%
Le Sueur 78.9%
Lincoln 55.9%
Lyon 80.2%
McLeod 74.4%
Mahnomen 93.1%
Marshall 67.4%
Martin 60.5%
Meeker 72.8%
Mille Lacs 63.6%
Morrison 78.7%
Mower 82.9%
Murray 53.2%
Nicollet 81.7%
Nobles 76.2%
Norman 96.7%
Olmsted 96.2%
Otter Tail 90.1%
Pennington 98.7%
Pine 54.5%
Pipestone 81.6%
Polk 94.5%
Pope 80.0%
Ramsey 99.4%
Red Lake 100.0%
Redwood 69.2%
Renville 65.0%
Rice 93.4%
Rock 99.7%
Roseau 80.0%
St. Louis 86.4%
Scott 94.8%
Sherburne 92.8%
Sibley 65.4%
Stearns 92.5%
Steele 85.1%
Stevens 98.8%
Swift 90.7%
Todd 69.0%
Traverse 65.6%
Wabasha 83.3%
Wadena 97.2%
Waseca 71.3%
Washington 98.1%
Watonwan 72.1%
Wilkin 84.6%
Winona 91.0%
Wright 91.7%
Yellow Medicine 51.6%

Internet Speed in Top Minnesota Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Minneapolis 93.2 MBPS 35 Providers
2. Saint Paul 110.3 MBPS 31 Providers
3. Rochester 68.8 MBPS 22 Providers
4. Duluth 65.7 MBPS 23 Providers
5. Saint Cloud 102.2 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Minnesota

Provider Avg. download speed
XFINITY from Comcast 134.6 MBPS
Mediacom Cable 134.4 MBPS
Spectrum 91.8 MBPS
CenturyLink 51.6 MBPS
Nextera Communications 31.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Minnesota, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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.

Worst-Connected Cities

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 here.

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.

Minnesota Cities

Average speed over time
Aitkin 78.8%
14 providers
Albany 96.2%
13 providers
Albert Lea 97.4%
13 providers
Albertville 100.0%
10 providers
Alexandria 89.3%
11 providers
Andover 99.7%
13 providers
Annandale 90.2%
10 providers
Anoka 97.7%
12 providers
Austin 92.4%
10 providers
Avon 91.3%
12 providers
Bagley 100.0%
10 providers
Barnesville 99.2%
10 providers
Baxter 98.7%
9 providers
Becker 87.7%
10 providers
Belle Plaine 80.4%
12 providers
Bemidji 99.9%
8 providers
Benson 92.3%
12 providers
Bethel 97.6%
12 providers
Big Lake 97.0%
10 providers
Blooming Prairie 61.6%
11 providers
Blue Earth 85.4%
8 providers
Bovey 96.3%
10 providers
Braham 72.3%
8 providers
Brainerd 96.0%
12 providers
Breckenridge 89.5%
10 providers
Buffalo 96.1%
13 providers
Burnsville 98.7%
23 providers
Byron 87.7%
16 providers
Caledonia 72.7%
8 providers
Cambridge 86.8%
12 providers
Cannon Falls 81.5%
13 providers
Carver 87.6%
12 providers
Cass Lake 93.8%
10 providers
Cedar 99.1%
13 providers
Champlin 99.7%
14 providers
Chanhassen 99.9%
15 providers
Chaska 97.1%
15 providers
Chatfield 63.7%
11 providers
Chisago City 86.7%
10 providers
Chisholm 93.2%
11 providers
Circle Pines 99.9%
13 providers
Clear Lake 65.7%
10 providers
Clearwater 49.7%
12 providers
Cloquet 81.6%
11 providers
Cokato 84.1%
14 providers
Cold Spring 95.3%
13 providers
Cottage Grove 99.0%
11 providers
Crookston 98.5%
10 providers
Dassel 70.3%
15 providers
Deer River 94.9%
9 providers
Delano 80.2%
12 providers
Detroit Lakes 97.1%
9 providers
Dodge Center 70.3%
13 providers
Duluth 94.8%
23 providers
East Grand Forks 93.7%
8 providers
Eden Prairie 100.0%
25 providers
Elk River 96.5%
13 providers
Elko New Market 87.1%
12 providers
Ely 72.8%
11 providers
Esko 85.1%
10 providers
Eveleth 90.6%
11 providers
Excelsior 99.6%
13 providers
Fairmont 86.6%
10 providers
Faribault 92.1%
14 providers
Farmington 95.3%
14 providers
Fergus Falls 95.2%
14 providers
Foley 80.2%
12 providers
Forest Lake 98.4%
11 providers
Frazee 94.1%
8 providers
Glencoe 25.3%
13 providers
Glenwood 79.0%
13 providers
Grand Rapids 99.7%
10 providers
Granite Falls 77.3%
14 providers
Hamel 94.9%
10 providers
Hastings 92.9%
15 providers
Hawley 83.2%
11 providers
Hibbing 90.3%
11 providers
Hinckley 70.8%
9 providers
Hopkins 99.7%
22 providers
Howard Lake 78.0%
12 providers
Hugo 97.9%
11 providers
Hutchinson 97.6%
13 providers
International Falls 86.1%
9 providers
Inver Grove Heights 99.8%
17 providers
Isanti 81.6%
9 providers
Jackson 79.8%
16 providers
Janesville 55.9%
10 providers
Jordan 77.7%
13 providers
Kasson 87.4%
13 providers
La Crescent 96.1%
9 providers
Lake City 86.0%
11 providers
Lake Crystal 66.2%
11 providers
Lake Elmo 99.6%
12 providers
Lakeville 95.7%
15 providers
Le Center 67.2%
10 providers
Le Sueur 77.5%
13 providers
Lindstrom 69.2%
8 providers
Litchfield 80.4%
13 providers
Little Falls 78.5%
15 providers
Long Lake 100.0%
12 providers
Long Prairie 67.3%
11 providers
Lonsdale 99.7%
11 providers
Luverne 99.6%
10 providers
Mankato 93.7%
13 providers
Maple Lake 89.0%
10 providers
Maple Plain 83.8%
13 providers
Marshall 90.2%
14 providers
Melrose 88.9%
11 providers
Menahga 100.0%
10 providers
Milaca 49.6%
11 providers
Minneapolis 99.7%
35 providers
Minnetonka 99.9%
16 providers
Montevideo 82.2%
15 providers
Montgomery 85.1%
13 providers
Monticello 92.6%
11 providers
Montrose 85.5%
12 providers
Moorhead 97.7%
10 providers
Moose Lake 81.5%
8 providers
Mora 76.6%
9 providers
Morris 99.5%
12 providers
Mound 99.1%
12 providers
New London 88.7%
13 providers
New Prague 96.8%
12 providers
New Ulm 95.9%
11 providers
Nisswa 97.2%
9 providers
North Branch 84.1%
13 providers
Northfield 95.5%
20 providers
Onamia 59.5%
9 providers
Osakis 80.6%
10 providers
Osseo 99.3%
14 providers
Owatonna 91.2%
13 providers
Park Rapids 99.9%
11 providers
Paynesville 80.2%
14 providers
Pelican Rapids 98.0%
7 providers
Pequot Lakes 98.9%
10 providers
Perham 98.8%
7 providers
Pierz 79.7%
11 providers
Pine City 51.5%
9 providers
Pine Island 68.1%
15 providers
Pine River 94.8%
8 providers
Pipestone 77.9%
12 providers
Plainview 87.0%
10 providers
Princeton 77.0%
11 providers
Prior Lake 97.0%
14 providers
Red Wing 94.2%
18 providers
Redwood Falls 85.9%
11 providers
Rice 98.2%
13 providers
Richmond 85.5%
13 providers
Rochester 99.1%
22 providers
Rockford 95.5%
14 providers
Rogers 94.5%
11 providers
Roseau 90.2%
8 providers
Rosemount 97.9%
14 providers
Rush City 68.8%
11 providers
Saginaw 47.3%
11 providers
Saint Bonifacius 98.8%
10 providers
Saint Charles 80.7%
10 providers
Saint Cloud 98.0%
17 providers
Saint Francis 97.0%
10 providers
Saint James 80.5%
12 providers
Saint Joseph 95.1%
12 providers
Saint Michael 96.7%
10 providers
Saint Paul 99.5%
31 providers
Saint Paul Park 98.5%
10 providers
Saint Peter 77.1%
10 providers
Sandstone 80.6%
11 providers
Sartell 99.4%
14 providers
Sauk Centre 82.6%
10 providers
Sauk Rapids 97.1%
14 providers
Savage 99.8%
15 providers
Shakopee 98.5%
18 providers
Sleepy Eye 91.5%
10 providers
South Saint Paul 99.9%
13 providers
Spicer 96.5%
14 providers
Spring Valley 71.2%
14 providers
Stacy 92.4%
10 providers
Staples 89.0%
12 providers
Stewartville 82.1%
12 providers
Stillwater 97.6%
12 providers
Thief River Falls 98.1%
9 providers
Two Harbors 94.9%
10 providers
Victoria 99.3%
13 providers
Virginia 96.1%
14 providers
Wabasha 94.6%
10 providers
Waconia 97.9%
14 providers
Wadena 97.8%
12 providers
Waite Park 99.7%
15 providers
Warroad 92.6%
7 providers
Waseca 75.2%
12 providers
Watertown 83.9%
11 providers
Wayzata 99.9%
17 providers
Wells 78.8%
10 providers
Willmar 97.0%
15 providers
Windom 88.2%
14 providers
Winona 96.4%
11 providers
Worthington 90.6%
16 providers
Wyoming 99.4%
13 providers
Zimmerman 95.4%
9 providers
Zumbrota 80.3%
13 providers