Minnesota Broadband Goals

The Minnesota Legislature has established clear goals in statute to guide the state’s broadband development efforts through the year 2015.

Universal Access and High-Speed Goal 

It is a state goal that as soon as possible, but no later than 2015, all state residents and businesses have access to high-speed broadband that provides minimum download speeds of 10 to 20 megabits per second and minimum upload speeds of five to 10 megabits per second.

State Broadband Leadership Position 

It is a goal of the state that by 2015 and thereafter, the state be in:

  • The top five states in the nation for broadband speed universally accessible to residents and businesses
  • The top five states for broadband access
  • The top 15 when compared to countries globally for broadband penetration

Annual Reports

The Office of Broadband Development must report annually by January 15 on the Office’s activities during the previous year. The report is to also include information on the state’s progress towards meeting the broadband goals above as well as information related to broadband infrastructure and use in the state, how broadband impacts economic development, and suggested legislative and policy initiatives to accelerate the achievement of the state’s broadband goals.