Digital equity

All City residents and businesses should have the tools and skills to be part of our digital society.

Internet services

The City partners with local providers to offer free or low-cost internet services.

We, in the City's Information Technology (IT) department, support efforts to address the digital divide and the technology skills gap in Minneapolis. All City residents, institutions and businesses should have the tools, skills and opportunity to participate in our digital society. Leveraging technology is a necessary ingredient of success.

City goals in digital equity

The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan has more information about the City's goals in this area.

See Policy 50

Internet access visualization

The Hennepin County GIS team created an internet access map to visualize the level of Internet access across the County, based on the 2018 American Community Survey data.  Use the "Layer List" feature to see the options of data layers you can include.   

View Hennepin County's internet access gap map

Get connected

These resources are constantly being updated. Check back often.

View resources from Hennepin County

Find free computer training and public computer locations

Explore low cost computers and internet resources

Wireless hot spots for free outdoor access

Minneapolis residents and visitors can access the Internet for free from 117 "Wireless Minneapolis" hotspots throughout the city.

These hotspots are one of the many community benefits that resulted from the City of Minneapolis’ contract with USI Wireless, the company that built the wireless network blanketing the entire city.

View map of low cost computer and internet resources

You can also look for signs which are installed at hot spot locations, or look for the wireless network connection called "USIW Free Wifi" with your computer or wireless Internet capable-device. A credit card number is required to log in for security purposes but there is no charge.

Request accessible format

If you need help with this information, please email 311, or call 311 or 612-673-3000.

Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.