Internet Service in Alabama

Internet Access in Alabama

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Coverage by County

72.1%
44.4%

97.1

38th

Broadband Speeds

84.7%

of Alabamians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

38.7%

of Alabamians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

95.5%

of Alabamians have access to wireline service

32.0%

of Alabamians have access to fiber-optic service

80.2%

of Alabamians have access to cable service

86.6%

of Alabamians have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Alabama

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Autauga 83.1%
Baldwin 88.7%
Barbour 68.7%
Bibb 42.6%
Blount 83.8%
Bullock 92.7%
Butler 84.2%
Calhoun 92.7%
Chambers 85.0%
Cherokee 71.6%
Chilton 60.9%
Choctaw 17.9%
Clarke 55.9%
Clay 56.3%
Cleburne 34.3%
Coffee 91.3%
Colbert 85.5%
Conecuh 36.8%
Coosa 82.2%
Covington 86.6%
Crenshaw 72.3%
Cullman 80.6%
Dale 95.1%
Dallas 80.0%
DeKalb 93.1%
Elmore 93.7%
Escambia 65.8%
Etowah 96.4%
Fayette 33.0%
Franklin 65.1%
Geneva 60.8%
Greene 2.2%
Hale 57.3%
Henry 69.7%
Houston 87.5%
Jackson 94.5%
Jefferson 99.3%
Lamar 47.0%
Lauderdale 82.6%
Lawrence 58.5%
Lee 97.2%
Limestone 93.3%
Lowndes 14.3%
Macon 69.4%
Madison 98.3%
Marengo 45.9%
Marion 86.7%
Marshall 96.7%
Mobile 94.6%
Monroe 55.5%
Montgomery 97.7%
Morgan 92.8%
Perry 0.5%
Pickens 65.4%
Pike 55.1%
Randolph 70.9%
Russell 91.6%
St. Clair 92.9%
Shelby 96.8%
Sumter 52.7%
Talladega 84.1%
Tallapoosa 92.2%
Tuscaloosa 95.4%
Walker 80.7%
Washington 35.7%
Wilcox 49.7%
Winston 72.0%

Internet Speed in Top Alabama Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Birmingham 119.5 MBPS 23 Providers
2. Mobile 95.1 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Montgomery 126.2 MBPS 20 Providers
4. Huntsville 125.4 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Tuscaloosa 79.4 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Alabama

Provider Avg. download speed
AT&T Internet 131.3 MBPS
WOW! 125.4 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 119.6 MBPS
Spectrum 106.1 MBPS
CenturyLink 22.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Alabama, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

The state of Alabama currently ranks 38th in the US in the field of state broadband access. While the northern and east-central parts of Alabama, as well as the southwest tip of the state, are relatively well-connected, there remain a number of counties with low broadband coverage. One county’s population even has less than 1% access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps speeds. Data from user speed tests show that Alabama’s average statewide download speed hovers around 111.8 Mbps, which exceeds a handful of higher-ranking states.

The Digital Divide in Alabama

The two most relevant factors that play into quantifying the digital divide – the technological inequality between those who have access to the latest telecommunications technologies and those who do not – in Alabama are availability and affordability.

In terms of the availability of high-speed internet to Alabama’s population, statistics reveal that 88.6% of Alabamians have access to wired broadband 25 Mbps or faster. Still, this leaves 475,000 people in Alabama without access to a connection capable of the same speeds. Further, while there are 154 operational internet providers within the state, 226,000 Alabama residents have no wired internet options at their home, and another 632,000 people only have one internet provider offering services at their location.

Experts have determined that for an internet plan to qualify as “low-priced,” it must cost $60 or less per month. Affordability data shows that 44.4% of Alabamians have access to such a plan. In this regard, Alabama lags behind the national average of 51.5% of Americans who have access to a low-priced plan.

Best-Connected Cities

When it comes to broadband access, Alabama may be far down the list in comparison to many other states throughout the nation. However, some cities within the state experience relatively good internet access, prices, and speeds. The most well-connected cities in Alabama are Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, and Montgomery, with the former ranking highest in Alabama.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other hand, Loachapoka, Jachin, Trenton, and Boykin are the cities that currently have the worst connection in Alabama, with the latter ranking lowest in the state. In Loachapoka, the fastest average internet speed is just 0.16 Mbps.

Read up on how Alabama stacks up against other states throughout the country.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, a total of $4,874,142 in federal grant money has been allocated toward the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs’ broadband data and development initiative. An additional $91,596,026 in federal grants have been granted to fuel the expansion of broadband infrastructure within the state.

In recent years, current state legislation has established the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund, which aims to provide high-speed internet services to a number of unserved communities statewide.

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Alabama Cities

Average speed over time
Abbeville 76.7%
10 providers
Adamsville 99.5%
10 providers
Alabaster 100.0%
13 providers
Albertville 98.9%
12 providers
Alexander City 98.6%
9 providers
Aliceville 83.6%
8 providers
Altoona 84.3%
10 providers
Andalusia 91.0%
10 providers
Anniston 98.4%
12 providers
Arab 91.0%
11 providers
Ardmore 96.3%
11 providers
Ashford 84.1%
11 providers
Ashland 56.5%
7 providers
Ashville 97.8%
10 providers
Athens 96.5%
15 providers
Atmore 63.4%
11 providers
Attalla 88.4%
10 providers
Auburn 96.3%
12 providers
Bay Minette 95.2%
11 providers
Bessemer 98.6%
15 providers
Birmingham 99.9%
23 providers
Blountsville 53.8%
11 providers
Boaz 97.2%
11 providers
Brent 2.0%
9 providers
Brewton 70.8%
9 providers
Calera 95.1%
8 providers
Camden 63.0%
8 providers
Cedar Bluff 58.6%
10 providers
Centre 86.1%
9 providers
Centreville 9.8%
9 providers
Chelsea 99.8%
9 providers
Childersburg 72.6%
9 providers
Chunchula 38.9%
11 providers
Citronelle 56.7%
12 providers
Clanton 64.2%
10 providers
Clayton 2.8%
9 providers
Collinsville 73.2%
11 providers
Columbiana 79.3%
8 providers
Cordova 81.2%
8 providers
Cottondale 93.7%
8 providers
Crossville 88.6%
10 providers
Cullman 91.8%
11 providers
Dadeville 86.8%
9 providers
Daleville 98.5%
11 providers
Danville 69.9%
8 providers
Daphne 98.9%
12 providers
Deatsville 86.6%
9 providers
Decatur 99.8%
16 providers
Demopolis 78.1%
11 providers
Dora 98.2%
8 providers
Dothan 96.4%
15 providers
Eclectic 99.9%
7 providers
Eight Mile 98.5%
12 providers
Elba 83.2%
9 providers
Elberta 60.0%
10 providers
Elkmont 80.9%
11 providers
Elmore 100.0%
8 providers
Enterprise 99.9%
12 providers
Eufaula 87.2%
10 providers
Eutaw 3.7%
7 providers
Evergreen 52.7%
10 providers
Fairfield 99.9%
11 providers
Fairhope 99.5%
10 providers
Falkville 64.3%
8 providers
Fayette 31.4%
8 providers
Florence 97.0%
14 providers
Foley 70.0%
9 providers
Fort Payne 93.1%
14 providers
Frisco City 50.9%
9 providers
Fultondale 99.2%
8 providers
Fyffe 100.0%
7 providers
Gadsden 98.1%
14 providers
Gardendale 98.8%
11 providers
Geneva 91.5%
8 providers
Goodwater 82.2%
8 providers
Gordo 57.0%
8 providers
Grand Bay 91.4%
11 providers
Grant 100.0%
8 providers
Greensboro 75.7%
11 providers
Greenville 92.7%
9 providers
Grove Hill 61.1%
9 providers
Gulf Shores 90.4%
10 providers
Guntersville 97.8%
15 providers
Gurley 96.7%
16 providers
Haleyville 90.1%
8 providers
Hamilton 91.4%
10 providers
Hanceville 80.9%
9 providers
Hartford 60.3%
8 providers
Hartselle 96.5%
8 providers
Harvest 99.9%
13 providers
Hayden 67.3%
12 providers
Hazel Green 99.4%
13 providers
Headland 76.4%
9 providers
Heflin 38.3%
7 providers
Helena 99.6%
10 providers
Henagar 99.9%
7 providers
Horton 85.9%
9 providers
Huntsville 98.3%
21 providers
Irvington 91.9%
11 providers
Jackson 63.0%
8 providers
Jacksonville 93.3%
10 providers
Jasper 97.4%
11 providers
Jemison 65.7%
8 providers
Killen 96.5%
9 providers
Laceys Spring 83.0%
9 providers
Lafayette 56.4%
8 providers
Lanett 99.4%
8 providers
Leeds 99.7%
14 providers
Lincoln 77.8%
9 providers
Lineville 70.8%
8 providers
Livingston 74.5%
11 providers
Loxley 88.6%
9 providers
Luverne 83.9%
9 providers
Madison 98.0%
20 providers
Marion 0.2%
9 providers
Maylene 99.9%
9 providers
Mc Calla 99.3%
9 providers
Meridianville 99.7%
14 providers
Midland City 90.0%
10 providers
Millbrook 98.5%
9 providers
Mobile 97.5%
17 providers
Monroeville 88.1%
9 providers
Montevallo 98.9%
9 providers
Montgomery 99.2%
20 providers
Moody 99.4%
10 providers
Moulton 80.9%
7 providers
Moundville 85.9%
8 providers
Mount Olive 99.6%
9 providers
Munford 93.6%
9 providers
Muscle Shoals 95.6%
9 providers
Nauvoo 32.5%
10 providers
New Hope 99.6%
8 providers
New Market 92.2%
12 providers
Newton 69.9%
9 providers
Northport 97.9%
15 providers
Odenville 98.1%
10 providers
Ohatchee 59.1%
8 providers
Oneonta 96.0%
10 providers
Opelika 95.0%
16 providers
Opp 83.7%
6 providers
Orange Beach 98.4%
11 providers
Owens Cross Roads 98.9%
10 providers
Oxford 99.1%
10 providers
Ozark 98.3%
9 providers
Pelham 99.9%
14 providers
Pell City 93.3%
10 providers
Phenix City 99.6%
14 providers
Phil Campbell 44.8%
9 providers
Piedmont 65.6%
10 providers
Pike Road 95.4%
15 providers
Pinson 97.8%
7 providers
Pleasant Grove 100.0%
9 providers
Prattville 92.0%
14 providers
Rainbow City 99.8%
9 providers
Rainsville 100.0%
7 providers
Roanoke 93.5%
9 providers
Robertsdale 85.8%
12 providers
Rogersville 1.1%
7 providers
Russellville 77.4%
8 providers
Salem 93.3%
9 providers
Samson 54.0%
9 providers
Saraland 98.5%
14 providers
Satsuma 99.8%
12 providers
Scottsboro 99.8%
11 providers
Selma 90.4%
12 providers
Semmes 99.4%
13 providers
Sheffield 99.9%
8 providers
Slocomb 55.5%
9 providers
Smiths Station 99.2%
8 providers
Somerville 92.3%
10 providers
Spanish Fort 99.2%
13 providers
Springville 98.8%
11 providers
Sterrett 99.1%
8 providers
Stevenson 95.8%
10 providers
Summerdale 85.1%
8 providers
Sylacauga 90.5%
9 providers
Talladega 86.6%
13 providers
Tallassee 91.8%
10 providers
Theodore 97.3%
13 providers
Thomasville 65.4%
10 providers
Toney 98.9%
16 providers
Town Creek 0.0%
6 providers
Trinity 99.1%
10 providers
Troy 59.7%
17 providers
Trussville 99.1%
14 providers
Tuscaloosa 97.1%
17 providers
Tuscumbia 92.1%
12 providers
Tuskegee 84.2%
9 providers
Tuskegee Institute 100.0%
7 providers
Union Grove 61.9%
8 providers
Union Springs 91.4%
7 providers
Valley 99.7%
10 providers
Vinemont 78.2%
9 providers
Warrior 98.7%
10 providers
Weaver 99.2%
9 providers
West Blocton 91.8%
8 providers
Wetumpka 94.5%
14 providers
Wilmer 97.8%
14 providers
Wilsonville 70.1%
7 providers
Winfield 77.5%
8 providers