Internet Service in Minnesota

Internet Access in Minnesota

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Coverage by County

89.6%
15.1%

126.8

20th

Broadband Speeds

89.9%

of Minnesotans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

30.2%

of Minnesotans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.1%

of Minnesotans have access to wireline service

52.9%

of Minnesotans have access to fiber-optic service

83.5%

of Minnesotans have access to cable service

92.3%

of Minnesotans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Minnesota

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Aitkin 67.2%
Anoka 99.2%
Becker 95.6%
Beltrami 99.4%
Benton 94.1%
Big Stone 99.9%
Blue Earth 76.3%
Brown 77.3%
Carlton 76.3%
Carver 89.8%
Cass 92.0%
Chippewa 78.2%
Chisago 82.7%
Clay 95.3%
Clearwater 100.0%
Cook 99.0%
Cottonwood 76.3%
Crow Wing 96.1%
Dakota 98.2%
Dodge 70.4%
Douglas 90.5%
Faribault 80.3%
Fillmore 67.4%
Freeborn 86.1%
Goodhue 74.9%
Grant 93.8%
Hennepin 99.6%
Houston 84.6%
Hubbard 98.3%
Isanti 87.7%
Itasca 93.9%
Jackson 72.5%
Kanabec 75.8%
Kandiyohi 83.1%
Kittson 73.5%
Koochiching 79.4%
Lac qui Parle 95.9%
Lake 91.5%
Lake of the Woods 84.2%
Le Sueur 76.7%
Lincoln 55.9%
Lyon 80.3%
McLeod 77.8%
Mahnomen 95.7%
Marshall 78.8%
Martin 60.5%
Meeker 73.5%
Mille Lacs 71.4%
Morrison 83.0%
Mower 79.3%
Murray 54.7%
Nicollet 79.0%
Nobles 77.8%
Norman 96.8%
Olmsted 96.3%
Otter Tail 91.2%
Pennington 99.0%
Pine 59.3%
Pipestone 83.5%
Polk 94.9%
Pope 83.4%
Ramsey 99.4%
Red Lake 100.0%
Redwood 73.0%
Renville 73.1%
Rice 93.9%
Rock 99.7%
Roseau 90.4%
St. Louis 89.2%
Scott 95.1%
Sherburne 96.7%
Sibley 66.2%
Stearns 93.4%
Steele 84.0%
Stevens 99.4%
Swift 99.4%
Todd 72.1%
Traverse 66.9%
Wabasha 78.4%
Wadena 97.2%
Waseca 71.0%
Washington 98.5%
Watonwan 73.4%
Wilkin 89.0%
Winona 91.4%
Wright 93.8%
Yellow Medicine 53.9%

Internet Speed in Top Minnesota Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Minneapolis 138.3 MBPS 35 Providers
2. Saint Paul 147.9 MBPS 31 Providers
3. Rochester 84.0 MBPS 21 Providers
4. Duluth 73.9 MBPS 22 Providers
5. Saint Cloud 154.0 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Minnesota

Provider Avg. download speed
XFINITY from Comcast 171.6 MBPS
Mediacom Cable 162.9 MBPS
Spectrum 107.9 MBPS
CenturyLink 75.6 MBPS
Nextera Communications 37.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Minnesota, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

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.

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 86.4%
14 providers
Albany 96.6%
12 providers
Albert Lea 95.6%
13 providers
Albertville 100.0%
10 providers
Alexandria 91.6%
12 providers
Andover 99.7%
13 providers
Annandale 92.3%
10 providers
Anoka 97.9%
11 providers
Austin 89.1%
10 providers
Avon 96.3%
11 providers
Bagley 100.0%
10 providers
Barnesville 99.2%
10 providers
Baxter 99.6%
8 providers
Becker 98.4%
11 providers
Belle Plaine 79.8%
12 providers
Bemidji 99.9%
8 providers
Benson 98.8%
12 providers
Bethel 96.6%
12 providers
Big Lake 99.2%
10 providers
Blooming Prairie 55.3%
11 providers
Blue Earth 85.4%
8 providers
Bovey 96.9%
10 providers
Braham 81.2%
8 providers
Brainerd 97.7%
10 providers
Breckenridge 92.1%
10 providers
Buffalo 96.9%
13 providers
Burnsville 98.7%
22 providers
Byron 84.2%
16 providers
Caledonia 72.7%
8 providers
Cambridge 92.9%
11 providers
Cannon Falls 73.0%
13 providers
Cass Lake 93.9%
10 providers
Cedar 99.5%
13 providers
Champlin 99.7%
13 providers
Chanhassen 99.9%
17 providers
Chaska 96.3%
15 providers
Chatfield 63.7%
11 providers
Chisago City 86.7%
11 providers
Chisholm 97.4%
11 providers
Circle Pines 99.9%
14 providers
Clear Lake 68.2%
10 providers
Clearwater 52.3%
12 providers
Cloquet 87.5%
12 providers
Cokato 93.4%
13 providers
Cold Spring 97.1%
13 providers
Cottage Grove 99.0%
11 providers
Crookston 98.5%
10 providers
Dassel 85.4%
15 providers
Deer River 95.6%
9 providers
Delano 80.2%
12 providers
Detroit Lakes 98.4%
9 providers
Dodge Center 67.4%
13 providers
Duluth 96.3%
22 providers
East Grand Forks 94.9%
8 providers
Eden Prairie 100.0%
25 providers
Elk River 98.9%
13 providers
Elko New Market 94.7%
12 providers
Ely 72.0%
11 providers
Esko 89.4%
12 providers
Eveleth 90.7%
10 providers
Excelsior 99.7%
14 providers
Fairmont 86.6%
11 providers
Faribault 93.9%
14 providers
Farmington 95.3%
14 providers
Fergus Falls 96.4%
14 providers
Foley 83.4%
12 providers
Forest Lake 98.8%
11 providers
Frazee 94.7%
8 providers
Glencoe 63.2%
13 providers
Glenwood 82.2%
13 providers
Grand Rapids 99.7%
9 providers
Granite Falls 82.4%
14 providers
Hamel 96.1%
9 providers
Hastings 96.3%
15 providers
Hawley 83.2%
11 providers
Hibbing 94.4%
11 providers
Hinckley 77.8%
9 providers
Hopkins 99.8%
21 providers
Howard Lake 86.8%
12 providers
Hugo 98.5%
11 providers
Hutchinson 81.1%
12 providers
International Falls 86.5%
9 providers
Inver Grove Heights 99.9%
17 providers
Isanti 87.6%
9 providers
Jackson 79.8%
16 providers
Janesville 55.9%
10 providers
Jordan 75.3%
13 providers
Kasson 87.4%
13 providers
La Crescent 96.1%
9 providers
Lake City 87.6%
11 providers
Lake Crystal 66.2%
11 providers
Lake Elmo 99.6%
12 providers
Lakeville 94.6%
14 providers
Le Center 66.7%
10 providers
Le Sueur 72.4%
13 providers
Lindstrom 69.2%
8 providers
Litchfield 75.2%
13 providers
Little Falls 80.4%
14 providers
Long Lake 100.0%
11 providers
Long Prairie 72.2%
11 providers
Lonsdale 99.7%
11 providers
Luverne 99.6%
10 providers
Mankato 93.7%
12 providers
Maple Lake 95.9%
10 providers
Maple Plain 84.8%
13 providers
Marshall 90.0%
14 providers
Melrose 88.9%
12 providers
Menahga 100.0%
10 providers
Milaca 52.7%
11 providers
Minneapolis 99.7%
35 providers
Minnetonka 99.9%
16 providers
Montevideo 83.1%
15 providers
Montgomery 84.7%
13 providers
Monticello 93.1%
12 providers
Montrose 86.7%
12 providers
Moorhead 98.1%
11 providers
Moose Lake 84.8%
9 providers
Mora 88.9%
8 providers
Morris 100.0%
11 providers
Mound 98.8%
12 providers
New London 89.0%
12 providers
New Prague 96.8%
12 providers
New Ulm 80.6%
11 providers
Nisswa 97.2%
9 providers
North Branch 88.0%
13 providers
Northfield 96.3%
20 providers
Onamia 59.5%
9 providers
Osakis 80.8%
10 providers
Osseo 99.5%
13 providers
Owatonna 89.9%
12 providers
Park Rapids 99.9%
11 providers
Paynesville 82.9%
14 providers
Pelican Rapids 98.0%
7 providers
Pequot Lakes 98.9%
10 providers
Perham 98.8%
7 providers
Pierz 88.7%
11 providers
Pine City 54.1%
8 providers
Pine Island 68.7%
14 providers
Pine River 94.8%
8 providers
Pipestone 81.2%
12 providers
Plainview 90.7%
10 providers
Princeton 91.3%
11 providers
Prior Lake 98.8%
14 providers
Red Wing 92.7%
17 providers
Redwood Falls 83.2%
11 providers
Rice 98.5%
13 providers
Richmond 85.9%
13 providers
Rochester 99.2%
21 providers
Rockford 96.6%
14 providers
Rogers 98.9%
11 providers
Roseau 92.0%
8 providers
Rosemount 98.1%
14 providers
Rush City 74.4%
11 providers
Saginaw 70.0%
12 providers
Saint Bonifacius 98.8%
10 providers
Saint Charles 82.8%
10 providers
Saint Cloud 98.5%
16 providers
Saint Francis 99.5%
10 providers
Saint James 83.4%
12 providers
Saint Joseph 96.5%
12 providers
Saint Michael 98.6%
9 providers
Saint Paul 99.5%
31 providers
Saint Paul Park 98.5%
10 providers
Saint Peter 77.1%
10 providers
Sandstone 87.3%
11 providers
Sartell 99.4%
13 providers
Sauk Centre 83.4%
10 providers
Sauk Rapids 98.1%
14 providers
Savage 99.9%
15 providers
Shakopee 98.7%
18 providers
Sleepy Eye 68.5%
10 providers
South Saint Paul 99.9%
13 providers
Spicer 96.4%
14 providers
Spring Valley 73.7%
14 providers
Stacy 93.3%
10 providers
Staples 89.0%
12 providers
Stewartville 82.2%
12 providers
Stillwater 97.9%
12 providers
Thief River Falls 98.5%
9 providers
Two Harbors 94.9%
10 providers
Victoria 99.2%
14 providers
Virginia 96.1%
14 providers
Wabasha 94.6%
11 providers
Waconia 97.3%
13 providers
Wadena 97.8%
12 providers
Waite Park 99.7%
15 providers
Warroad 95.9%
7 providers
Waseca 74.2%
12 providers
Watertown 79.9%
11 providers
Wayzata 99.9%
18 providers
Wells 78.8%
10 providers
Willmar 97.5%
14 providers
Windom 88.2%
14 providers
Winona 96.4%
12 providers
Worthington 90.7%
16 providers
Wyoming 99.4%
12 providers
Zimmerman 98.5%
9 providers
Zumbrota 86.2%
12 providers