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Internet Service in Alabama

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Internet Access in Alabama

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Coverage by County

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72.1%
72.1% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
44.4%
44.4% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

69.6

38th

Broadband Speeds

85.6%

of Alabamians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

37.7%

of Alabamians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

95.6%

of Alabamians have access to wireline service.

28.9%

of Alabamians have access to fiber-optic service.

81.2%

of Alabamians have access to cable service.

87.3%

of Alabamians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Alabama

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Autauga 89.9%
Baldwin 91.7%
Barbour 77.7%
Bibb 42.4%
Blount 79.1%
Bullock 92.7%
Butler 81.1%
Calhoun 94.9%
Chambers 84.2%
Cherokee 50.9%
Chilton 77.4%
Choctaw 23.6%
Clarke 73.6%
Clay 43.1%
Cleburne 7.2%
Coffee 90.2%
Colbert 92.1%
Conecuh 46.2%
Coosa 81.4%
Covington 84.4%
Crenshaw 69.3%
Cullman 83.9%
Dale 94.5%
Dallas 78.9%
DeKalb 90.7%
Elmore 94.8%
Escambia 74.7%
Etowah 95.0%
Fayette 18.2%
Franklin 63.4%
Geneva 55.9%
Greene 44.0%
Hale 58.9%
Henry 57.3%
Houston 86.9%
Jackson 93.3%
Jefferson 99.6%
Lamar 41.1%
Lauderdale 89.6%
Lawrence 71.7%
Lee 97.2%
Limestone 94.8%
Lowndes 18.4%
Macon 71.4%
Madison 98.2%
Marengo 44.7%
Marion 82.7%
Marshall 96.8%
Mobile 96.7%
Monroe 63.6%
Montgomery 97.9%
Morgan 92.7%
Perry 0.1%
Pickens 43.7%
Pike 54.7%
Randolph 55.7%
Russell 91.2%
St. Clair 87.6%
Shelby 98.9%
Sumter 45.4%
Talladega 83.6%
Tallapoosa 91.9%
Tuscaloosa 95.8%
Walker 86.7%
Washington 38.6%
Wilcox 44.6%
Winston 61.3%

Internet Speed in Top Alabama Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Birmingham 80.0 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Mobile 78.4 MBPS 18 Providers
3. Montgomery 91.2 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Huntsville 103.4 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Tuscaloosa 73.9 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Alabama

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Mediacom Cable 104.3 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 97.2 MBPS
AT&T Internet 90.7 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 79.0 MBPS
CenturyLink 18.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Alabama, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

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 here.

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 61.4% 12 providers
Adamsville 99.2% 10 providers
Alabaster 100.0% 13 providers
Albertville 99.5% 13 providers
Alexander City 98.5% 10 providers
Aliceville 28.9% 7 providers
Altoona 45.5% 11 providers
Andalusia 90.1% 9 providers
Anniston 99.1% 12 providers
Arab 86.0% 9 providers
Ardmore 98.9% 11 providers
Ashford 83.8% 10 providers
Ashland 45.3% 7 providers
Ashville 94.2% 10 providers
Athens 96.8% 15 providers
Atmore 72.2% 10 providers
Attalla 93.6% 12 providers
Auburn 97.6% 12 providers
Bay Minette 96.2% 11 providers
Bessemer 99.5% 15 providers
Birmingham 99.9% 21 providers
Blountsville 41.0% 10 providers
Boaz 96.7% 11 providers
Brent 0.0% 8 providers
Brewton 82.1% 11 providers
Calera 98.5% 10 providers
Camden 79.8% 7 providers
Cedar Bluff 46.8% 9 providers
Centre 57.6% 9 providers
Centreville 0.0% 9 providers
Chelsea 99.8% 9 providers
Childersburg 72.6% 10 providers
Chunchula 70.8% 12 providers
Citronelle 77.6% 13 providers
Clanton 87.5% 11 providers
Clayton 50.4% 9 providers
Collinsville 53.6% 11 providers
Columbiana 96.1% 9 providers
Cordova 91.3% 9 providers
Cottondale 95.4% 9 providers
Crossville 84.4% 11 providers
Cullman 95.5% 10 providers
Dadeville 86.8% 10 providers
Daleville 98.5% 10 providers
Danville 73.6% 9 providers
Daphne 98.8% 13 providers
Deatsville 92.8% 10 providers
Decatur 99.8% 16 providers
Demopolis 79.8% 14 providers
Dora 98.7% 9 providers
Dothan 96.3% 14 providers
Eclectic 98.8% 7 providers
Eight Mile 97.4% 13 providers
Elba 80.7% 8 providers
Elberta 74.6% 10 providers
Elkmont 87.1% 12 providers
Elmore 100.0% 8 providers
Enterprise 99.9% 12 providers
Eufaula 87.9% 10 providers
Eutaw 78.7% 8 providers
Evergreen 67.1% 11 providers
Fairfield 99.9% 11 providers
Fairhope 99.4% 11 providers
Falkville 59.8% 9 providers
Fayette 13.3% 8 providers
Florence 96.9% 14 providers
Foley 78.4% 9 providers
Fort Payne 90.7% 15 providers
Frisco City 71.9% 8 providers
Fultondale 99.3% 9 providers
Fyffe 100.0% 7 providers
Gadsden 98.4% 14 providers
Gardendale 99.7% 12 providers
Geneva 90.7% 8 providers
Goodwater 82.2% 9 providers
Gordo 45.1% 8 providers
Grand Bay 96.2% 13 providers
Grant 100.0% 8 providers
Greensboro 79.2% 11 providers
Greenville 90.2% 10 providers
Grove Hill 75.8% 11 providers
Gulf Shores 91.7% 10 providers
Guntersville 98.2% 16 providers
Gurley 88.7% 16 providers
Haleyville 80.6% 8 providers
Hamilton 89.9% 10 providers
Hanceville 84.9% 9 providers
Hartford 56.9% 7 providers
Hartselle 95.8% 9 providers
Harvest 99.6% 13 providers
Hayden 71.4% 12 providers
Hazel Green 99.1% 14 providers
Headland 68.4% 9 providers
Heflin 9.1% 7 providers
Helena 99.4% 10 providers
Henagar 99.6% 7 providers
Horton 82.6% 10 providers
Huntsville 98.3% 20 providers
Irvington 96.6% 12 providers
Jackson 90.5% 10 providers
Jacksonville 93.3% 9 providers
Jasper 97.4% 11 providers
Jemison 79.7% 9 providers
Killen 96.4% 9 providers
Laceys Spring 82.4% 10 providers
Lafayette 56.4% 9 providers
Lanett 99.4% 8 providers
Leeds 99.5% 15 providers
Lincoln 70.7% 11 providers
Lineville 51.2% 7 providers
Livingston 57.1% 12 providers
Loxley 96.9% 9 providers
Luverne 81.2% 9 providers
Madison 98.0% 20 providers
Marion 0.2% 11 providers
Maylene 99.9% 9 providers
Mc Calla 99.4% 9 providers
Meridianville 99.3% 14 providers
Midland City 88.8% 9 providers
Millbrook 98.5% 12 providers
Mobile 98.2% 18 providers
Monroeville 91.7% 6 providers
Montevallo 99.5% 9 providers
Montgomery 99.4% 18 providers
Moody 98.9% 10 providers
Moulton 80.4% 7 providers
Moundville 83.4% 9 providers
Mount Olive 99.6% 9 providers
Munford 93.4% 9 providers
Muscle Shoals 95.6% 9 providers
Nauvoo 49.1% 11 providers
New Hope 99.6% 9 providers
New Market 97.1% 13 providers
Newton 62.6% 8 providers
Northport 97.7% 15 providers
Odenville 94.3% 10 providers
Ohatchee 76.6% 9 providers
Oneonta 91.9% 9 providers
Opelika 94.2% 15 providers
Opp 87.4% 6 providers
Orange Beach 97.4% 11 providers
Owens Cross Roads 99.4% 12 providers
Oxford 99.3% 11 providers
Ozark 98.3% 8 providers
Pelham 99.9% 14 providers
Pell City 85.0% 10 providers
Phenix City 99.6% 15 providers
Phil Campbell 34.6% 10 providers
Piedmont 77.2% 11 providers
Pike Road 94.5% 13 providers
Pinson 99.5% 9 providers
Pleasant Grove 100.0% 9 providers
Prattville 97.6% 14 providers
Rainbow City 99.8% 10 providers
Rainsville 100.0% 7 providers
Roanoke 88.3% 8 providers
Robertsdale 91.4% 12 providers
Rogersville 56.0% 8 providers
Russellville 77.4% 9 providers
Salem 92.3% 10 providers
Samson 47.0% 8 providers
Saraland 98.5% 14 providers
Satsuma 99.5% 12 providers
Scottsboro 99.9% 12 providers
Selma 90.4% 12 providers
Semmes 99.0% 14 providers
Sheffield 99.9% 8 providers
Slocomb 53.5% 8 providers
Smiths Station 99.0% 9 providers
Somerville 94.4% 11 providers
Spanish Fort 98.9% 13 providers
Springville 83.9% 11 providers
Sterrett 98.2% 8 providers
Stevenson 94.4% 11 providers
Summerdale 85.3% 8 providers
Sylacauga 90.5% 10 providers
Talladega 85.7% 13 providers
Tallassee 91.3% 11 providers
Theodore 99.3% 15 providers
Thomasville 78.8% 11 providers
Toney 98.9% 17 providers
Town Creek 58.4% 7 providers
Trinity 99.1% 11 providers
Troy 59.6% 17 providers
Trussville 99.0% 15 providers
Tuscaloosa 97.2% 16 providers
Tuscumbia 93.2% 12 providers
Tuskegee 84.2% 10 providers
Tuskegee Institute 100.0% 8 providers
Union Grove 58.1% 8 providers
Union Springs 91.1% 6 providers
Valley 99.7% 11 providers
Vinemont 83.8% 11 providers
Warrior 98.8% 11 providers
Weaver 99.2% 8 providers
West Blocton 91.6% 8 providers
Wetumpka 94.6% 14 providers
Wilmer 97.6% 13 providers
Wilsonville 87.1% 8 providers
Winfield 78.1% 8 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.