Minnesota’s mediocre state of broadband continues

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By Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

“The latest Akamai State of the Internet report is out for Q3 2014. It is a well-respected look at global Internet statistics – on security, growth and speeds. It’s interesting to look at the high level direction of Internet connectivity…

…Minnesota isn’t doing any better. Minnesota doesn’t rank in the top ten states for any of the stats measured. With special thanks to Akamai. Here’s how we rank – with numbers with how we’re doing and comparing to last quarter and last year.”

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Minnesota absent again from Akamai ‘State of Internet’ report

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By Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

“Akamai reports quarterly on the “State of the Internet.” They have been publishing reports for seven years. It’s a good benchmark on what’s happening with broadband around the world. This year they started tracking “4K Readiness,” which refers to ultra high definition TV.

That’s a sign that ultra HD is hitting some sort of critical mass of users – or at least readiness. The report is also a standard for tracking where in the world we stand in terms of broadband availability and adoption.”

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Minnesota Broadband and Biz: May 2013

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Blandin Foundation_1Another national report came out highlighting the top broadband states in the US. Again, Minnesota does not make the list. Some strides were made in Legislation that might improve broadband (Office of Broadband Development), but other tax-related decisions were made that might hinder growth.

The business of building broadband continues but is Minnesota keeping up?

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog highlighted several stories on broadband in Minnesota:

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Minnesota comes up short in national broadband study

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By Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

TechNet State Broadband Index rates states on indicators of broadband adoption, network quality, and economic structure as a way of taking stock of where each state stands.

…Minnesota came in 19th with an index score of 100, which is also the average index value. We’re not close to the Minnesota State Broadband Goals: to be in the top five states for broadband speed universally accessible to residents and businesses; to be in the top five states for broadband access; or to be in the top 15 when compared to countries globally for broadband penetration. We’re not even hitting the traditional Minnesota goal of well above average!”

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Minnesota Broadband and Biz: Oct 2012

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Blandin FoundationBy Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

The National Broadband Plan (released in 2010) and the Minnesota Broadband Task Force report (released in 2009) that informed the Minnesota Broadband Law both promote public-private partnerships as a way to improve broadband expansion.

Minnesota has seen both sides of that coin so far — partnerships that has gone smoothly, resulting in progress, and where partnership has wavered, leading to stalled infrastructure developments.

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on efforts to improve broadband in various areas:

Minnesota Broadband and Biz: September 2012

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Blandin FoundationBy Ann Treacy

The Minnesota Broadband Task Force released a Status Report and Policy Recommendations in September. The statewide legislative goal is to have ubiquitous broadband coverage with speeds of 10-20 Mbps download and 5-10 Mbps up by 2015.

Currently, less than 60 percent of the state meets that goal; there is clearly a need to build more.

Building broadband infrastructure has been an economic driver in Minnesota for many years. The industry received a boost when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) began providing stimulus funding to spur growth in the area [1][2][3][4][5]. Many ARRA-funded projects are still building in Minnesota and we have also seen a number of other, non-ARRA-funded broadband projects start to take off as well.

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on businesses that build broadband:

Minnesota Broadband and Biz: August 2012

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Blandin on BroadbandBy Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

In its annual 706 report, the FCC declared that broadband is not yet being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion and indicated that in Minnesota 8 percent of the population does not have access to fixed broadband.

That is a far cry from the goal of ubiquitous broadband by 2015 set out by the Minnesota Broadband bill. The statistics are even more alarming when you look at the rural versus non-rural difference. In non-rural areas the percentage is .8 percent; in rural areas that percentage climbs to 27.7 percent.  The shortcoming are further reflected in Akamai’s 2012 State of the Internet Report, which didn’t bode well for Minnesota.

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on how rural and non-rural communities in Minnesota are expanding access to and use of broadband:

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Akamai State of the Internet – Minnesota still not ranking

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By Ann Treacy, Blandin on Broadband

“The Akamai State of the Internet report comes out quarterly; Q1 2012 was recently released…No improvement seen in Minnesota’s ranking [Q1] because we didn’t make one of the Top Ten lists of Minnesota states. (Akamai only shows top 10 states.) We were called out as one of the few states that has seen slower growth than most.”

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Minnesota Broadband and Biz: July 2012

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By Ann Treacy

Calix recently released a report that looks at what rural areas are doing with broadband, based on bandwidth use. Video streaming and Internet browsing topped the list, but number three was business services, which accounted for 40 percent of upstream traffic.

In the last month, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted several stories on how Minnesota businesses are better using or accessing broadband as well as how residents are using broadband to accomplish business goals. Many stories come from Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative which has helped encourage local broadband use through many rural towns and counties in Minnesota, including many efforts to increase business and economic use of the network.

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Minnesota Broadband and Biz: June 2012

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By Ann Treacy

Point Topic reports that there are 600 million broadband subscribers worldwide. Point Topic looks at the business of providing broadband, remarking that fiber optics are gaining an increasing share where available, while satellite and mobile are reaching out to unserved areas.

In the last month and on a more local scope, the Blandin on Broadband blog has highlighted stories on the business of broadband deployment and service in Minnesota:

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