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Best Internet Providers in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Best internet provider in Minneapolis, MN

Our take Xfinity may not provide the best value in Minneapolis, as USI's fiber gig plan is the one to beat, b... Read more

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150 - 6,000 Mbps
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$20 - $300 per month
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Best fiber internet in Minneapolis, MN

Our take Just about half of Minneapolis residents can access Quantum Fiber, a sibling company to CenturyLink.... Read more

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200 - 8,000 Mbps
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$30 - $165 per month
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Fastest internet in Minneapolis, MN

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500 - 10,000 Mbps
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$60 - $299 per month
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What is the best internet provider in Minneapolis?

Broadband options are limited, but Xfinity is the best internet service provider for most Minneapolis households because it offers wide coverage and multiple plan options. Along with Xfinity, many Minneapolis residents can opt for Quantum Fiber and USI, the latter of which is popular among residents and ranked by Ookla as the fastest provider in the area, with speeds of up to 10Gbps.

We've also found the cheapest plans and the fastest speeds in Minneapolis. Xfinity offers the most affordable internet service: 150 megabits per second for only $20 monthly for the first year. For those with a need for speed, USI offers 10 gigabits for $195 a month. A few other ISPs also offer gigabit and multi-gigabit speeds, so you have options if 10Gbps is too fast (or too pricey).

Best internet providers in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis internet providers compared

ProviderInternet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
CenturyLink
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DSL$55 10-100Mbps$15 (optional)NoneNone6.7
Mediacom Xtream
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Cable$30-$70250-1,000MbpsNone400GB-17TB downstream, 1TB upstream1 year6.4
Quantum Fiber Fiber$50-$75500-940MbpsNoneNoneNone6.7
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$60 ($40 for eligible Go5G Plus and Magenta Max mobile customers)72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
USI Fiber$65-$195500-10,000MbpsNoneNoneNoneN/A
Xfinity
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Cable$20-$120150-2,000Mbps$15-$25 (optional)1.2TB on some plans1 year on some plans7
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Other available internet providers in Minneapolis

  • Hughesnet: This satellite internet service is available only at speeds of 50-100Mbps, and it's fairly pricey, with the cheapest option available for $50 a month with a two-year contract and equipment fees.
  • Mediacom: The cable company's Xtream internet offering is available to only a fifth of Minneapolis residents. Prices start at $30 and go up to $70, with speeds ranging from 250Mbps to 1Gbps.
  • T-Mobile Home Internet: Some Minneapolis residents may have access to T-Mobile's home broadband option. It's available for $60 ($40 for eligible Go5g Plus and Magenta Max mobile customers) and offers speeds up to 245Mbps.
  • Viasat: The satellite internet company's monthly prices start at $100, with speeds ranging from 25 to 150Mbps based on the plan.

Cheap internet options in Minneapolis

If you're looking for the cheapest internet service in Minneapolis, look no further than Xfinity's $20 Connect (150Mbps) plan. Note, however, that this cheaper plan requires a one-year contract. For just $10 more (for the first two years), Xfinity offers a 300Mbps plan. Mediacom also offers a $30 plan for 250Mbps, which includes equipment for no extra fee.

What's the cheapest internet plan in Minneapolis?

ProviderStarting priceMax download speedsMonthly equipment fee
Xfinity Connect
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$20 150Mbps$15 (optional)
Xfinity Connect More
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$30 300MbpsNone
Mediacom Xtream
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$30 250MbpsNone
Quantum Fiber $50 500MbpsNone
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$60 ($40 with eligible mobile plan)245MbpsNone
USI $65 500MbpsNone
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How to find internet deals and promotions in Minneapolis

The best internet deals and top promotions in Minneapolis depend on the discounts available during that period. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers. 

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Minneapolis internet providers, such as Xfinity, may offer lower introductory pricing or streaming add-ons for a limited time. Many, however, including Quantum Fiber, run the same standard pricing year-round. 

For a more extensive list of promos, check out our guide on the best internet deals.

Minneapolis' Arch Bridge with the city skyline in the distance against a blue sky.

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How fast is Minneapolis broadband?

Apologies to Prince, but perhaps the slower median internet speeds in his home city are why doves cry. Ookla estimates Minneapolis' median download speed to be 182Mbps, with median upload speeds of just over 53Mbps.

With that said, speeds approaching 1Gbps are available for those willing to pay more per month, and those willing to shell out hundreds have access to a super zippy high-speed plan from USI. If you're looking for blazingly fast internet in Minneapolis, USI offers a 10-gig plan for $195. For most City of Lakes residents looking for speed, Mediacom and Xfinity offer plans that top out at 1,000Mbps and 2,000Mbps, respectively.

Fastest internet plans in Minneapolis

ProviderStarting priceMax download speedsMax upload speedsData capConnection type
USI 10 Gig $195 10,000Mbps10,000MbpsNoneFiber
USI 2.5 Gig $125 2,500Mbps2,500MbpsNoneFiber
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$120 2,000Mbps200Mbps1.2TBCable
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$70 1,200Mbps35MbpsNoneCable
Mediacom Xtream
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$70 1,000Mbps1,000MbpsNoneCable
USI 1 Gig $75 1,000Mbps1,000MbpsNoneFiber
Xfinity Gigabit
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$65 1,000Mbps20MbpsNoneCable
Quantum Fiber $75 940Mbps940MbpsNone Fiber
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What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet connection plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you're looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video or gaming, you'll have a better experience with a more robust connection. Here's an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines -- and that internet speed, service and performance vary by connection type, provider and address.

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics -- browsing the internet, sending and receiving email, streaming low-quality video.
  • 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
  • 40 to 100Mbps should give one user sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming and online gaming. 
  • 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two users to simultaneously engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming. 
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more users to engage in high-bandwidth activities at the same time.

For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you really need.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Minneapolis

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it's impractical to personally test every internet service provider in a given city. So what's our approach? For starters, we tap into a proprietary pricing, availability and speed database that draws from our own historical ISP data, partner data and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov. 

But it doesn't end there. We go to the FCC's website to check our data and ensure we consider every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP's service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of publication. 

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions: 

  • Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds? 
  • Do customers get decent value for what they're paying? 
  • Are customers happy with their service? 

While the answers to those questions are often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. When selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, though we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees and contracts. Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and consider real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

To explore our process in more depth, visit our how we test ISPs page.

What's the final word on internet providers in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis doesn't rank high regarding the median internet speeds on Ookla's most populous cities list, but options exist based on where you live in the City of Lakes. If you live within USI's coverage area, it comes highly recommended by its customers. For everyone else, it'll mostly boil down to a choice between Xfinity and CenturyLink.

Internet providers in Minneapolis FAQs

Which is the best internet service provider in Minneapolis?

The best internet service provider in Minneapolis will depend on where you live and what services are available to you. Most city residents can get internet through Comcast, Mediacom or Quantum Fiber, which offer comparable speeds and pricing. Many people heartily recommend regional provider USI if you live within its service area.

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Is fiber internet available in Minneapolis?

Yes, fiber internet is available in Minneapolis: Quantum Fiber and USI offer it. Plans start at $50 and $65 for each company, respectively.

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What is the cheapest internet provider in Minneapolis?

The cheapest internet provider in Minneapolis is Xfinity, which offers a $20 per month plan with a one-year contract. For $10 more, you can get Xfinity's 300Mbps plan. Mediacom's 250mbps plan costs the same, but availability is more scarce compared to Xfinity.

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Which internet provider in Minneapolis offers the fastest plan?

Some residents of Minneapolis have access to a blazing-fast 10 gigs from regional provider USI. This beats out Xfinity's fastest offering of 2Gbps. USI's 10Gbps plan comes with a cost: a hefty monthly charge of $195. But then, what can't you do with such fast speeds?

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Should I choose Xfinity or Quantum Fiber?

Xfinity is a cable internet provider with one of the widest ranges of plan options available among ISPs. On the other hand, you can get symmetrical speeds from Quantum Fiber. If DSL is your only CenturyLink option, then Xfinity wins, hands down. But if Quantum Fiber is available, it's a much closer battle. For more specific details, check out CNET's CenturyLink vs. Xfinity guide comparing the two most common internet providers in Minneapolis.

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