Average Internet Speed by State

In 2022, the average internet speed across the United States is 119.03 Megabytes per second. That number is an increase from the national average internet speed in 2021, which was 99.3% Megabytes per second. What’s even more astounding is that the average internet speed in the United States, in 2020, was only 42.86 Megabytes per second. 

Megabytes per second is a unit of measurement that gives an account of how quickly data transfers to and from computer storage devices, such as a smartphone or laptop. 

One way to determine how many Megabytes per second are being transferred to your electric device is to learn what bandwidth, i.e. connection speed, the connection is running on. The greater the bandwidth, the greater the volume of data that can be transferred at an incredibly high rate of speed between the internet and the device you’re using. 

Scroll the charts to learn more about the average internet speed by state.

Average Internet Speed by State

Alabama - Average Internet Speed

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344.6

#19 in the US

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156

#26 in the US

Alabama decided to invest in their broadband accessibility back in 2018, when they passed the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Act. The legislature found that it would be important for the economic development, education, healthcare and emergency services - particularly in rural parts of the state - and invested in accessibility of broadband internet access through grants.

Alaska - Average Internet Speed

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285.1

#35 in the US

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82

#44 in the US

Alaska has a large portion of rural areas where internet is scarce, slow and extremely expensive. This impacts Alaskans in different aspects of daily life, including the education of their children. In order to improve the quality of education for students in those areas, their legislature passed a bill in 2020 to increase the legal minimum internet speed across the state.

Arizona - Average Internet Speed

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396.1

#14 in the US

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176

#25 in the US

There are many households across the state of Arizona that do not currently have access to broadband internet due to a lack of infrastructure. The state government sees high-speed internet access and affordability as an important step towards better education, more safety and more reliable healthcare services. They invested in creating more broadband infrastructure at the start of 2022 to ensure more households have the internet speed they need.

Arkansas - Average Internet Speed

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230.4

#42 in the US

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150

#27 in the US

Arkansas has been working on improving their internet access for a number of years. They introduced a state broadband plan in 2019. Although the number of households with access to broadband has risen, many more are still without it. A 2022 report recommended a number of pathways to connect more people to high-speed internet in order to improve families’ day-to-day lives.

California - Average Internet Speed

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93

#51 in the US

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394

#3 in the US

The vast majority of Californians have access to high-speed internet, but their government wants to ensure everyone in the state has equal access to the resources. That is why in 2021, they passed legislation to invest in a statewide open access fiber network to ensure everyone has non-discriminatory access to the service. Communities which currently have lower internet speeds are prioritized.

Colorado - Average Internet Speed

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347

#18 in the US

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254

#10 in the US

One issue for Colorado is the lack of affordability of high-speed internet access - leaving many low-income households underserved. In 2021, they passed legislation to work on a program to reimburse local income households for their broadband access. In addition, hundreds of thousands of Colorado households are eligible for cheaper internet under a federal initiative called the American Collectivity Program.

Connecticut - Average Internet Speed

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314.6

#29 in the US

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77

#45 in the US

There are still many low-income households in Connecticut that cannot afford high-speed internet and businesses that lack access to broadband. The state received approval to allocate federal funding in 2022 to bridge the gap by building more broadband infrastructure and subsidizing the use of high-speed internet for those with low income.

Delaware - Average Internet Speed

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469.7

#4 in the US

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51

#49 in the US

Delaware wants every corner of its state to be covered by broadband internet access. They announced in 2021 that they would be using federal funds to ensure unserved and underserved communities would gain access to high-speed internet in order to improve their day-to-day lives. The state’s aim is to be the first state nationwide to have every single household connected to the world wide web.

District of Columbia - Average Internet Speed

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473.8

#3 in the US

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76

#46 in the US

Although the average internet speed in the District of Columbia is high, there is a significant gap between high income households that have great internet connections and low-income ones that cannot afford - or who live in areas that cannot even access - high-speed internet. Their council is working on solutions to bridge that gap by setting a standard for minimum internet speeds and making it more affordable for low-income households.

Florida - Average Internet Speed

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322.3

#26 in the US

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233

#15 in the US

Florida’s average internet speed is good, but that does not mean everyone across the state has access to it. With the pandemic highlighting the importance of a strong internet connection for matters like education, employment and health, they passed a bill in 2021 to improve broadband access. The legislation provides internet companies in Florida with more options to reach unserved and underserved communities.

Georgia - Average Internet Speed

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414.9

#10 in the US

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235

#14 in the US

The Georgia legislature already had high-speed internet on its radar before the word “pandemic” became a household term. In an effort to bring broadband access to previously unserved rural communities, they passed a bill in 2019 to allow electric cooperatives legal authority to provide broadband services. Some cooperatives directly provide internet services, while others work with partners to increase access for rural communities.

Hawaii - Average Internet Speed

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221.4

#45 in the US

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46

#50 in the US

Hawaii not only wants to expand access to high-speed internet, they also want to invest in digital literacy so people know how to safely use it. Several bills were signed in 2022 to connect more communities to high-speed internet, to fund additional positions in Hawaii’s Broadband and Digital Equity Office, to promote digital literacy and to ensure everyone has access to the internet in public libraries.

Idaho - Average Internet Speed

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230.1

#43 in the US

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149

#28 in the US

Idaho’s average internet speed is low and many of its rural communities have little to no access to high-speed internet. They have adopted the “Dig Once” policy - meaning conduits that can be used to provide internet access are placed during construction that would otherwise happen anyway. They have also been afforded federal funding through the ReConnect program to give more Idahoans access to high-speed internet.

Illinois - Average Internet Speed

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324.9

#24 in the US

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350

#4 in the US

Many residents of rural Illinois are still without high-speed internet access. The US Department of Agriculture announced in 2022 that it was providing Illinois with money - partially funded through the federal government’s Infrastructure Law - to ensure all rural households and businesses have access to reliable, fast internet.

Indiana - Average Internet Speed

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331

#22 in the US

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261

#9 in the US

Indiana has been struggling with low access rates to high-speed internet in rural communities for years. In 2019 they allocated funding to provide access to unserved communities, but the pandemic highlighted that many other communities were still underserved. In 2021, their Congress passed a bill to provide funding to build more broadband connections as well as make high-speed internet access more affordable to low-income households.

Iowa - Average Internet Speed

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193.9

#48 in the US

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449

#2 in the US

Iowa’s high-speed internet coverage did not expand throughout the entire state, which is why their Congress passed a bill in 2021 to provide the service to previously uncovered areas. Lawmakers established a grant program to encourage companies to install broadband internet access in the areas of the state that need it most.

Kansas - Average Internet Speed

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325.7

#23 in the US

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245

#12 in the US

Kansas sees itself as being in a race with other states when it comes to keeping the residents and businesses that they have and attracting new ones. One way to make themselves more competitive is to improve broadband internet access. The state has set a goal of being among leading states when it comes to high-speed internet by the end of 2030.

Kentucky - Average Internet Speed

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261.8

#40 in the US

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187

#24 in the US

Not all rural Kentuckians currently have access to high speed internet. Their governor announced a plan in June 2022 to invest in ensuring previously unserved communities have access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet. Internet service providers can apply for grants - that the applicants themselves have to match - to expand broadband internet to remote areas.

Louisiana - Average Internet Speed

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324.9

#25 in the US

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135

#31 in the US

Louisiana sees a gap when it comes to access to high-speed internet, affordability and digital literacy. In 2022, they signed on to the federal “Internet for All” initiative, which allocates funding to make high-speed internet more accessible. They will invest in internet infrastructure as well as digital education - with a special focus on communities of color, rural communities, and older Americans.

Maine - Average Internet Speed

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205.2

#46 in the US

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85

#43 in the US

The state of Maine announced in 2021 that it would use federal funding to establish the Maine Connectivity Authority. This authority has three main goals: ensuring everyone in the state has access to high-speed internet, that there is durable, future-proof infrastructure in place to keep up with technological advances, and that all Maine residents, businesses and institutions are able to use the technologies and its benefits to their full extent.

Maryland - Average Internet Speed

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506.7

#1 in the US

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133

#32 in the US

Maryland is amongst the bottom states in terms of high-speed internet access. The pandemic highlighted how broadband access is no longer just a luxury and how many Marylanders went without in their homes. Lawmakers passed legislation in 2021 which aims to connect all Marylanders to affordable high-speed internet by 2026 and improve digital literacy across the board.

Massachusetts - Average Internet Speed

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401.2

#12 in the US

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128

#35 in the US

Massachusetts does great in terms of internet speed and access across the state. Yet there is still a digital divide which sees especially low income communities and communities of color falling behind. In 2022, members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation announced federal funding that would be used to ensure every person in Massachusetts has access to high-speed, reliable and affordable internet.

Michigan - Average Internet Speed

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334.1

#20 in the US

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270

#7 in the US

Michigan lawmakers have been especially focused on internet access and digital literacy in 2022, with numerous bills introduced to their Congress on the topics. Several initiatives have been announced to invest in providing reliable broadband access through grants for projects that aim to expand necessary infrastructure to previously underserved communities.

Minnesota - Average Internet Speed

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304.2

#32 in the US

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282

#5 in the US

For Minnesota, the focus of using federal funding to expand broadband access will be on subsidizing much-needed infrastructure to connect remote and rural areas to broadband where it would otherwise be economically unfeasible for commercial parties to invest in that infrastructure. They want to have all households connected to the internet by the end of 2022, and high-speed internet to be widely accessible by the end of 2026.

Mississippi - Average Internet Speed

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226

#44 in the US

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120

#38 in the US

The Mississippi legislature passed a bill in 2022 to establish a Statewide Broadband Development Office. The office will be charged with overseeing efforts to expand broadband access to all parts of the state, so all Mississippians have equal access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet needed for their day-to-day personal and professional lives.

Missouri - Average Internet Speed

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293.4

#33 in the US

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270

#8 in the US

Although wider access to broadband internet is much needed in Missouri, legislative efforts to move those initiatives forward have failed time and time again in recent years. Electric utilities have been installing fiber optic cable-based internet networks on electric power poles. These could also be used to provide internet service to communities that are currently unserved or underserved, but Congress would have to authorize this new line of service.

Montana - Average Internet Speed

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110.5

#50 in the US

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126

#36 in the US

A large part of Montana’s population does not currently have access to high-speed internet. Their focus is on creating the infrastructure needed to connect as many Montanans as possible to internet services. The Montana legislature announced funding in 2021 to improve access across the state, through grants for parties that are investing in building the needed infrastructure in unserved and underserved communities.

Nebraska - Average Internet Speed

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270

#39 in the US

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198

#22 in the US

Access to reliable, high-speed internet is lacking in many of Nebraska’s remote and rural areas. Their legislature passed a bill to improve internet access for unserved and underserved communities in 2021. These new connections will have to meet a certain minimum internet speed. In 2022, Nebraska sought additional federal funding to expand high-speed internet access even further.

Nevada - Average Internet Speed

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334.6

#21 in the US

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131

#33 in the US

A large portion of Nevada’s households are unserved when it comes to broadband internet access. The state has sought federal funding from several sources to build more fiber optic cable across the state and ensure universal access to high-speed internet for all Nevadans. In addition, their government is promoting a federal program to make internet access more affordable.

New Hampshire - Average Internet Speed

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317.9

#27 in the US

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70

#47 in the US

Since the pandemic started in 2020, New Hampshire has been rolling out efforts to extend broadband access across the entire state - particularly its rural areas. Many rural communities do not have access to the right infrastructure or the options available to them are not affordable. Through grant programs funded by federal dollars, the state hopes to increase the number of households that have access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet.

New Jersey - Average Internet Speed

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427.8

#8 in the US

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131

#34 in the US

New Jersey agrees high-speed internet access must be improved, but wants to do it in the most efficient way possible. Their legislature established the Broadband Access Study Commission in 2022. This commission will examine different methods used across the country to advise the legislature on which one is most cost effective to build and maintain, which ones have worked best and least well and what the cost is for consumers.

New Mexico - Average Internet Speed

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288.7

#34 in the US

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144

#29 in the US

In 2021, the New Mexico legislature passed two bills to improve broadband access across the state. One established an Office of Broadband Access and Expansion to coordinate broadband-related activities across government bodies and internet service providers. The other was charged with overseeing grant funding to expand high-speed internet access to all corners of New Mexico.

New York - Average Internet Speed

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397.7

#13 in the US

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222

#18 in the US

New York has access to high-speed internet, but was worried about the affordability of it for its residents. They passed a law in 2021 to cap the cost of high-speed internet at $15 a month for low income families. However, the court ruled that the legislature cannot force internet providers to offer their service at a maximum of $15, saying it is rate regulation - which is prohibited under federal law.

North Carolina - Average Internet Speed

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312.5

#31 in the US

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188

#23 in the US

The Covid-19 pandemic made North Carolinians realize the challenges of a lack of access to broadband internet. It was less economically feasible for for-profit companies to connect rural areas that were more spread out. So in 2021, the North Carolina legislature allocated hundreds of millions in funding in order to expand broadband internet access to unserved and underserved communities across the state.

North Dakota - Average Internet Speed

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244.3

#41 in the US

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100

#40 in the US

North Dakota has a high percentage of households with internet connections and their average broadband speed is strong. North Dakotans believe in the importance of good broadband access, and have continued to invest in it over the years. The latest federal funding that has become available through the Infrastructure and Jobs Act will help North Dakota expand its broadband even further.

Ohio - Average Internet Speed

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278.3

#36 in the US

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280

#6 in the US

A large portion of Ohians do not have access to any high-speed internet options at all, regardless of whether they can afford it. Legislation passed by Ohio lawmakers in 2021 aimed at expanding broadband internet access to as many Ohians as possible - mostly targeted at unserved and underserved communities in rural areas.

Oklahoma - Average Internet Speed

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351

#16 in the US

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212

#20 in the US

Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of households with a working internet connection. The state passed a law in 2022 that aims to ensure 95% of all Oklahomans have access to high-speed home internet by 2027. The legislation established the Oklahoma Broadband Office - which is charged with overseeing grant programs and projects to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved areas as well as develop the Statewide Broadband Plan.

Oregon - Average Internet Speed

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316.9

#28 in the US

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242

#13 in the US

Oregon has been working on improving their broadband for years, but the pandemic gave the initiative a new sense of urgency. In 2022, technology officials in the state set out to build better infrastructure to reach Oregon’s unserved and underserved communities - particularly in the state’s eastern and coastal regions. They also aim to ensure reliable high-speed internet access for schools and universities.

Pennsylvania - Average Internet Speed

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430.8

#7 in the US

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224

#17 in the US

Pennsylvania residents have a legal right to broadband access from their “incumbent local exchange carrier” - the established local phone company. Those phone companies legally have to provide consumers with a broadband internet connection at a minimum set internet speed which has been established under state law. The company has 10 days from when the request is made by the consumer to provide them with broadband access.

Rhode Island - Average Internet Speed

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433.3

#6 in the US

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38

#51 in the US

Rhode Island has seen several bills be introduced to its Congress in 2022 to improve broadband internet access across the state. From mandatory high-speed internet access for all schools K-12, to expanding broadband services to unserved and underserved Rhode Island communities, many investments could be underway for the Ocean state.

South Carolina - Average Internet Speed

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373.4

#15 in the US

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121

#37 in the US

South Carolina faces a digital divide - where part of the state has plenty of access to high-speed internet and another part does not. Their government has been working with internet service providers to close that gap. They are using state as well as federal funding to create more broadband infrastructure throughout the state.

South Dakota - Average Internet Speed

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191.7

#49 in the US

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120

#39 in the US

In 2021, South Dakota declared the lack of reliable internet access - particularly in the state’s rural communities - an emergency. They allocated emergency funding to expand and improve broadband access throughout the state in the most effective and efficient way possible. Priority was given to areas that did not have broadband at a minimum of 100mbps download and 20mpbs upload speed available.

Tennessee - Average Internet Speed

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351.1

#17 in the US

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213

#19 in the US

In 2022, the Tennessee legislature passed the “Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act”. This piece of legislation is aimed at improving access to quality internet across the state, with a focus on rural areas. It allocated funding to improve broadband networks, allowed electric cooperatives - who were previously restricted from providing broadband services - to use their unique position to offer broadband service, and invested in education on internet use.

Texas - Average Internet Speed

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425.9

#9 in the US

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550

#1 in the US

The Texas legislature set up an office specifically dedicated to improving broadband internet access during the pandemic - as it highlighted the need for reliable, high-speed internet for day-to-day life. Bipartisan efforts are being made to use federal funding to improve access to those areas across the state that are known for being the least well-connected.

Utah - Average Internet Speed

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314.1

#30 in the US

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142

#30 in the US

To determine in which areas of Utah homes and businesses lack high-speed internet access and which families do not have internet access at all and why, the governor’s office started the Utah Internet Speed Test Campaign in 2022. Utahns are encouraged to self-report their internet speeds so funds can be directed towards those areas where it is needed the most.

Vermont - Average Internet Speed

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408.2

#11 in the US

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67

#48 in the US

Vermont’s internet access is relatively strong, but especially rural and other unconnected communities still struggle with reliable access to high-speed internet. The federal government announced in October 2022 that it would be awarding funding to Vermont so the state can work on connecting more households to affordable and reliable high-speed internet.

Virginia - Average Internet Speed

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505.6

#2 in the US

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206

#21 in the US

There is a large gap in access to reliable, high-speed internet between Virginia’s rural and urban residents. To help close this gap, a bill was signed at the federal level in 2021 which included funding to support the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to expand reliable internet access. It also ensures all newly built internet networks include up-to-date upload and download capabilities.

Washington - Average Internet Speed

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451

#5 in the US

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251

#11 in the US

Washington’s legislature announced in 2019 that they considered broadband access as critical to the residents of their state. They established the Washington State Broadband Office - which was charged with ensuring all Washington state residents and businesses have access to affordable, reliable, and future proof broadband access in both urban and rural areas of the state.

West Virginia - Average Internet Speed

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273.2

#38 in the US

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89

#41 in the US

West Virginia has been working to improve high-speed internet access for its residents. The state established the West Virginia Broadband Enhancement Council in 2017 and their legislature has passed several bills since to create more infrastructure and make internet access more affordable to West Virginians.

Wisconsin - Average Internet Speed

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277.1

#37 in the US

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233

#16 in the US

Hundreds of thousands of people in Wisconsin - particularly in rural areas - do not currently have access to broadband service. Hundreds of thousands more cannot afford it. The state is hoping to improve access to high-speed internet by using funding provided through the federal government's “Internet for All” initiative by building more networks and lowering the cost.

Wyoming - Average Internet Speed

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203.2

#47 in the US

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88

#42 in the US

Wyoming has one of the lowest internet speeds in the United States.In September 2022 the US Department of Agriculture allocated nearly $10 million to provide high speed internet to households and businesses in rural Wyoming. The improvements are being made to increase the ease of everyday activities and promote economic growth.