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Wired or wireless, Minnesota's telecommunications infrastructure and professional services are top shelf, delivering reliable and high quality voice, video, Internet and data communications in urban centers and rural reaches alike.

Minnesota ranked eighth nationwide in the percentage of people using the Internet in urban areas (78.4 percent), according to 2010 data by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Internet use in rural areas was 74.8 percent, ranking 16th.

Minneapolis was one of 12 Fast Cities in 2010 by Fast Company magazine, particularly noted for its extensive broadband covering 95 percent of its 59 square miles.

Eden Prairie was ranked first among small cities in communication technology to enhance public service by the 2011 Digital Cities Survey.

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