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 participating in our digital society. Leveraging technology is a necessary ingredient of success.
City goals in digital equity
The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan has for more information about the City's goals in this area.
Internet access visualization
The Hennepin County GIS team created an 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.
These resources are in constantly being updated. Check back often.
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.
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.