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Minnesotans get a new tool to test broadband internet strength in their area

Map of broadband service in Minnesota in 2015 and 2018.

ST. PAUL-- Minnesotans will now be able to test, map and report broadband internet speed across the state. is a benchmarking tool created by The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development that allows users to answer a few questions and run a speed test to track results.

In a press release from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, it highlights the importance of having a system like this.

“The Minnesota Office of Broadband Development is charged by law with measuring and monitoring broadband internet access levels throughout the state,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “This tool will increase our understanding of the consumer experience to ensure we are making smart investments. We urge the public to report on the type and speed of internet they are buying for their homes and businesses.”

“As high-speed internet service plays an increasingly important role in all aspects of maintaining economically and socially healthy communities, can help identify where the state has robust and competitive service available and also areas where consumers believe more attention may be required to meet the needs of Minnesota both today and into the future,” said Danna MacKenzie, executive director of the Office of Broadband Development.

DEED will takes this information and provides it to the governor and legislature annually. It recognizes that internet speed test results vary due to time of the day, number of devices connected, and bandwidth consumed during a test.