BroadbandNow Ranks the Best and Worst U.S. States for Internet Coverage, Speed and Price

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District of Columbia tops the ranking with 98 percent wired broadband coverage and nearly 99 percent low-priced plan availability; Montana places last with 77 percent coverage and just nearly 62 percent low-priced plans

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BroadbandNow ( today released new research ranking each U.S. state for broadband internet: “Best and Worst States for Internet Coverage, Prices and Speeds, 2021.” The states’ overall rankings were based on three criteria: terrestrial broadband coverage, minimum available pricing of broadband internet and speed test data.

According to BroadbandNow, Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital, which isn’t a state, ranked #1 with 98 percent wired broadband internet coverage and low-priced plan availability to nearly 99 percent of the district’s population. Rounding-out the top 10 best states include:

#2 Rhode Island
#3 Massachusetts
#4 Maryland
#5 Delaware
#6 New Jersey
#7 New York
#8 Pennsylvania
#9 Illinois
#10 Virginia

Alternatively, Montana ranked as the worst (#51) U.S. state for broadband internet. Only 77 percent of Montana residents have broadband coverage. Those that do, less than 62 percent have access to low-priced broadband wired internet plans. The other U.S. states making up the worst, include:

#50 Arkansas
#49 Alaska
#48 Mississippi
#47 Wyoming
#46 West Virginia
#45 New Mexico
#44 Maine
#43 South Dakota
#42 Alabama

“While the digital divide has never been more at the forefront of the U.S.’s national agenda, our research confirms that more than 42 million Americans do not have access to broadband,” said Tyler Cooper, editor-in-chief of BroadbandNow. “Our annual look at every state (and the lone district) in the U.S. provides both highlights and lowlights of where investments in infrastructure is paying off and where investment is still needed.”

In addition to the overall ranking, the research breaks down the best and worst state by access, price and speed:

  • Access: #1 District of Columbia and #51 West Virginia
  • Price: #1 District of Columbia and #51 Alaska
  • Speed: #1 Virginia and #51 Montana

BroadbandNow’s research, “Best and Worst States for Internet Coverage, Prices and Speeds, 2021,” can be found at:

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Steve Stratz
for BroadbandNow