Best Internet Providers in Minnesota

Quantum Fiber Best internet provider in Minnesota
Prices from $30 - $165 per Month
Speeds from 200 - 8,000 Mbps
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Spectrum Best cable internet in Minnesota
Speeds from 100 - 1,000 Mbps
Prices from $30- $90 per Month
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Xfinity Best cheap internet in Minnesota
Speeds from 75 - 2,000 Mbps
Prices from $20 - $120 per Month
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US Internet Fastest internet in Minnesota
Speeds from 500 - 10,000 Mbps
Prices from $60 - $299 per Month
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T-Mobile Home Internet Best rural internet provider in Minnesota
Speeds from 72 - 245 Mbps
Prices from $60 per Month
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Article updated on Feb 15, 2024

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What is the best internet provider in Minnesota?

Quantum Fiber is Minnesota’s best internet service provider overall. The largest fiber internet provider in the state stands out for its fast, symmetrical speeds, competitive pricing and favorable service terms such as unlimited data and free equipment rental.

Quantum Fiber isn’t the fastest or cheapest ISP in Minnesota. US Internet has the fastest multigigabit speeds, up to 10,000 megabits per second (10 gigabits per second), while Frontier Fiber and Midco offer up to 5Gbps.

Xfinity has the cheapest internet plan in Minnesota, starting at $20 per month for download speeds up to 75Mbps. Mediacom, Metronet and Midco are decent choices for cheap internet in Minnesota, as all have starting prices under $40 per month for max speeds of 100Mbps or higher.

Our methodology

CNET considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in Minnesota across many categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers' terms and conditions and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.

Despite our efforts to find the most recent and accurate information, our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data are variable: certain addresses may qualify for different service tiers, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your particular options is to plug your address into a provider's website. 

The prices, speed and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider's pricing and speed across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs. At the same time, the text is specific to what's available in Minnesota. The prices referenced within this article's text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month -- a standard industry offering. Discounts and promotions might also be available for signing a term contract or bundling multiple services. 

To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.

Best internet in Minnesota

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Fiber
Speed range
200 - 8,000 Mbps
Price range
$30 - $165 per month

Quantum Fiber

Best internet provider in Minnesota

Our take - Quantum Fiber's simple plan selection and pricing earned the provider high marks in the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index report, scoring 78/100, second only to AT&T Fiber (80).

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Fiber
Speed range
200 - 8,000 Mbps
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$30 - $165 per month
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Cable
Speed range
100 - 1,000 Mbps
Price range
$30- $90 per month

Spectrum

Best cable internet in Minnesota

Our take - Spectrum keeps things simple with straightforward pricing, unlimited data, no contract requirements and a low, optional router rental fee.

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Cable
Speed range
100 - 1,000 Mbps
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$30- $90 per month
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Cable
Speed range
75 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$20 - $120 per month

Xfinity

Best cheap internet in Minnesota

Our take - Xfinity has the best plan selection of any major internet service provider in Minnesota. Most plans are a decent deal, including the $20 monthly 75Mbps plan. 

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Cable
Speed range
75 - 2,000 Mbps
Price range
$20 - $120 per month
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Fiber
Speed range
500 - 10,000 Mbps
Price range
$60 - $299 per month

US Internet

Fastest internet in Minnesota

Our take - For those who live in the heart of Minneapolis and demand the fastest internet speeds available, there’s US Internet. The local ISP offers up to 10,000Mbps along with a variety of other, “slower” plans.

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Fiber
Speed range
500 - 10,000 Mbps
Price range
$60 - $299 per month
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Fixed wireless
Speed range
72 - 245 Mbps
Price range
$60 per month

T-Mobile Home Internet

Best rural internet provider in Minnesota

Our take - Around 12% of Minnesota households aren’t eligible for cable or fiber internet connections, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Fixed wireless internet, like that of T-Mobile Home Internet, is ideal for broadband in rural areas.

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Fixed wireless
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72 - 245 Mbps
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Minnesota internet providers compared

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
Arvig Fiber$80-$200100-940Mbps$8-$15 (optional)None1 year for free installationN/A
CenturyLink
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DSL$50 20-100Mbps$15 (optional)NoneNone6.7
Frontier
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DSL, fiber$50-$155Varies DSL, 500-5,000Mbps fiberNoneNoneNone6.3
Hughesnet
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Satellite$50-$8050-100Mbps$15 monthly or $300 purchase feeVaries, 100-200GB2 years5.7
Kinetic DSL$40 15-100Mbps DSL$10 (optional)NoneNone6.7
Mediacom Cable$35-$70100-1,000Mbps$14 350-3,000GBNone6.4
Metronet Fiber$30-$100100-2,000MbpsNoneNoneNone6.9
Midco Cable, fiber$23-$249250-5,000Mbps $11 (optional)NoneNoneN/A
Quantum Fiber Fiber$50-$70500-940MbpsNoneNoneNone6.7
Spectrum
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Cable$50-$90300-1,000MbpsFree modem, router rental $5 (optional)NoneNone7.2
Starlink
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Low orbit satellite$90-$12020-220Mbps$599 purchase feeNoneNoneN/A
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$60 ($40 with eligible mobile plans)72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
US Internet Fiber$60-$299500-10,000MbpsNoneNoneNoneN/A
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50-$70 ($35-$45 for eligible Verizon Wireless customers)50-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.2
Viasat
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Satellite$70-$30012-100Mbps$13 monthly or $299 upfrontVaries, 40-300GB2 years6.1
Xfinity
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Cable$20-$12075-2,000Mbps$15 (optional)1.25TB or unlimitedNone required7
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

Other internet options in Minnesota

  • Arvig: Also known as Tekstar, Arvig has one of Minnesota's largest fiber coverage areas. While the availability is impressive, speeds are average, and pricing is higher than average for a fiber, or even cable, internet provider.
  • CenturyLink: The other half of Lumen Technologies internet services, CenturyLink, is a DSL-based service offering speeds ranging from 20 to 100Mbps or slightly higher. It's not as bad as a rural internet service, but I'd recommend a cable or fiber service, if available, over CenturyLink.
  • Frontier: With both DSL and fiber-optic internet services in Minnesota, your experience will come down to the connection type at your address. Frontier Fiber is great, but you'll want to pass on the DSL service if possible.
  • Kinetic: Windstream's Kinetic internet uses fiber or DSL networks, but it's just DSL in Minnesota, according to the FCC. Like CenturyLink, Kinetic's DSL service isn't bad, but it doesn't compare to the speed and value of cable or fiber internet.
  • Mediacom: Serviceability is a bit all over the place, including parts of the Twin Cities and Duluth, but if you can get Mediacom in your area, it's worth considering for the low pricing. Just be mindful of the data cap, which can be as low as 300GB per month with the cheapest plan.
  • Metronet: There's a lot to like about Metronet, from the 100% fiber connection to the variety of speed tiers and the simple service terms. Look for this provider if you're immediately to the west of Minneapolis or south of the Twin Cities, including the Rochester area.
  • Midco: Midcontinent Communications offers cable and fiber internet in Minnesota. Plans and pricing are the same up to 1Gbps, but the fiber service will come with faster upload speeds and the additional plan options of 2Gbps and 5Gbps.
  • Verizon 5G Home Internet: Verizon doesn't have the same home internet coverage as T-Mobile -- service in Minnesota is largely limited to Minneapolis and St. Paul -- but it does have a faster speed potential. The provider's Home plan offers speeds ranging from 50 to 300Mbps starting at $50 per month, while Home Plus runs $70 monthly for a speed range of 85 to 1,000Mbps. Qualifying Verizon mobile customers can get an additional discount on home internet service. 
  • Satellite internet: Fixed wireless internet and efforts to narrow the digital divide have lessened the need for satellite internet in rural areas, but there are still places where it's the only option. Check out Hughesnet and Viasat, or see if Starlink is available in your area. 
The milky way over Lake Superior with air glow and aurora borealis luminescence, taken in Grand Portage, Minnesota.
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Internet breakdown by city in Minnesota

It’s hard to cover the broadband options of an entire state and give individual cities the attention they deserve. That’s why we also compile lists of the best internet providers in cities across the US, including those in Minnesota. We tackle details such as internet connection types, max speeds and cheapest providers. Check back later if you don’t find the location you’re looking for below. We’re working to add more cities every week. 

Cheap internet options in Minnesota

The cost of internet in Minnesota will depend on the available ISPs in your area and the plan you choose, but most providers have a starting price of $50 per month or less. Keep in mind that equipment fees and data caps can add to your monthly bill.

What's the cheapest internet plan in Minnesota?

Plan Starting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment fee
Xfinity Connect
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$20 75Mbps$15 (optional)
Midco Fiber 250 $23 250Mbps$11 (optional)
Metronet $30 100MbpsNone ($12 monthly tech service fee)
Mediacom Prime Internet $35 100Mbps$14 modem rental
Kinetic Internet $40 15-100Mbps$10 (optional)
Frontier Fiber 500
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$50 (with autopay)500MbpsNone
Quantum Fiber 500 $50 500MbpsNone
Spectrum Internet
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$50 300MbpsFree modem, $5 router rental (optional)
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$60 ($40 with eligible mobile plans)245MbpsNone
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$50 ($35 with eligible mobile plans)300MbpsNone
CenturyLink  $50 100Mbps$15 (optional)
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How to find internet deals and promotions in Minnesota

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

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

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

How fast is Minnesota broadband?

Minnesota is slightly lower than average compared to other US states regarding median download speeds, according to recent Ookla speed test data. Average speeds in Q3 2023 were around 165Mbps, ranking 39th among all states and Washington, DC, and falling well below the national average of 216Mbps.

Fastest internet plans in Minnesota

Plan Starting priceMax download speedMax upload speedData capConnection type
US Internet 10 Gig $299 10,000Mbps10,000MbpsNoneFiber
Frontier Fiber 5000
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$155 5,000Mbps5,000MbpsNoneFiber
Midco Fiber 5 Gig $249 5,000Mbps5,000MbpsNoneFiber
Xfinity Gigabit x2
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$120 2,000Mbps50Mbps1.25TB or unlimitedCable
Mediacom 1 Gig $55-$701,000Mbps50Mbps3TBCable
Spectrum Internet Gig
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$90 1,000Mbps35MbpsNoneCable
Quantum Fiber 940Mbps $70 940Mbps880MbpsNoneFiber
Arvig 1Gbps $200 940Mbps880MbpsNoneFiber
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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$70 ($45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans)1,000Mbps75MbpsNoneFixed wireless
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

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.

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

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics: browsing the internet, sending and receiving email and 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.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Minnesota

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. What’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability and speed information, drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.

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:

  1. Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds?
  2. Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying?
  3. Are customers happy with their service?

While the answer to those questions is 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 Minnesota?

Minnesota is home to many internet service providers. The speeds you can get and what you can expect to pay each month will depend on the internet providers in your area.

If Quantum Fiber is available in your area, the low, stable pricing and simple service terms make it a top choice for home internet. Other fiber internet providers -- including Frontier Fiber, US Internet, Midco and Metronet -- are decent options for many of the same reasons. However, their coverage in Minnesota isn’t as good as Quantum Fiber.

Cable internet -- from Mediacom, Spectrum, Xfinity or others -- is also worth considering. Spectrum is ideal for its straightforward pricing, and Xfinity has the cheapest starting price of any major ISP in Minnesota at $20 per month for speeds up to 75Mbps.

In areas where cable or fiber service is unavailable, the best options may be fixed wireless internet from T-Mobile Home Internet or DSL service from CenturyLink or Kinetic. For everywhere else, there’s always satellite internet.

Internet providers in Minnesota FAQs

What is the best internet service provider in Minnesota?

Quantum Fiber is Minnesota's best internet service provider because of its large fiber-optic coverage, competitive pricing and customer-friendly service terms that include free equipment rental and unlimited data.

Is fiber internet available in Minnesota?

Yes. Just over two-thirds of Minnesota households are eligible for fiber internet, according to the most recent FCC data. Quantum Fiber is the largest fiber ISP in the state, but Arvig, Frontier, Metronet, Midco and US Internet, among others, contribute to fiber internet availability in Minnesota.

Who is the cheapest internet provider in Minnesota?

Xfinity has the lowest starting price of any major ISP in Minnesota at $20 per month for download speeds up to 75Mbps. Customers will likely be required to sign a one-year term agreement to get the lowest pricing, and the rate may rise significantly (by $30 or more) after the first year.

Which internet provider in Minnesota offers the fastest plan?

Local fiber provider US Internet offers the fastest speed tier of any major ISP in the state, up to 10,000Mbps, starting at $299 monthly. Service is limited to select areas in Minneapolis.

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