See also Digital Inclusion in Minneapolis

Wireless Minneapolis

The City of Minneapolis is unique because we have an outdoor wireless network that covers nearly 100% of our City. The wireless network allows the City to serve its residents and businesses and provides a level of convenience and connectedness to the people who live, work and play in Minneapolis.

Free temporary services in response to Covid-19

USI

USI opened their WiFi network in Minneapolis for those that may need temporary internet access.

  • Look for the “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi” or “USI Wireless” networks on your mobile device and you will be connected.  The process is similar to using Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or the airport.
  • No password or credit card is required to sign in.  
  • Contact USI Internet support for more information or to get help over the phone. 

Note: You need to be within 50 feet of the hotspots.  Signal strength varies indoors.  Please contact USI Internet support if you are experiencing problems.


Comcast

Comcast opened their Xfinity WiFi network and is offering unlimited data for free.


Additional Resources

Use EveryoneOn to find low-cost internet and affordable computers in your area. EveryoneOn also includes resources for schools to help students stay connected while at home.   

See the Get Connected guide for additional low cost internet and computers resources in Minneapolis.
See our list of telecommunications and Internet providers in Minneapolis if you would like to research other options.

View of list of the impact to City of Minneapolis services and how they are responding to COVID-19

 

Free Wireless Hotspots

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.

Use the online map below to find locations.

Thumbnail image of map with link to online map of hot spot locations

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.

The Civic Garden

The Civic Garden provides free Internet access to useful, public sector information. No commercial or partisan websites are included, and many of the websites reflect city, county, and state resources.  All Civic Garden sites are family-friendly. There is a collection of specific websites published in Hmong, Somali and Spanish. Try the Civic Garden by connecting to the wireless networks called “USI Wireless” or “City of Minneapolis Public WiFi

Public Computer Access:  Find a Community Technology Center in your area using the Get Connected resources list on the Digital Inclusion website.  Many locations in Minneapolis offer free use of computers, Internet, software, and often provide help and instruction. Sites include public libraries, some government agencies, and many community-based organizations. Programs and hours vary, so contact the site for details. 

About Wireless Minneapolis

In 2006, the City of Minneapolis signed a 10-year contract with USI Wireless of Minnetonka to provide Minneapolis with cutting-edge broadband technology. USI Wireless is a private company that owns, builds and manages the wireless network. 

The wireless network covers all 59 square miles of Minneapolis providing residents, businesses and visitors with wireless broadband access anywhere in the City. The network will allow the City to deliver services more efficiently and effectively than ever before. The wireless contract also includes benefits to the community such as the free hot spots and free accounts for community technology training locations. 

Should you have questions about the service, or require technical assistance, please contact USI Wireless at 952-253-3262 or visit the USI Wireless website .

Last updated Mar 28, 2020

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