Internet Service in Alabama

Internet Access in Alabama

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Coverage by County

72.1%
44.4%

82.8

38th

Broadband Speeds

85.5%

of Alabamians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

36.8%

of Alabamians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

95.4%

of Alabamians have access to wireline service

29.6%

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 89.9%
Baldwin 87.0%
Barbour 77.7%
Bibb 42.4%
Blount 78.9%
Bullock 92.0%
Butler 81.3%
Calhoun 95.2%
Chambers 85.0%
Cherokee 68.8%
Chilton 77.4%
Choctaw 22.0%
Clarke 69.8%
Clay 45.2%
Cleburne 13.1%
Coffee 90.3%
Colbert 92.1%
Conecuh 38.2%
Coosa 81.2%
Covington 84.0%
Crenshaw 68.7%
Cullman 84.2%
Dale 94.5%
Dallas 79.0%
DeKalb 92.5%
Elmore 94.8%
Escambia 66.2%
Etowah 95.1%
Fayette 21.1%
Franklin 63.5%
Geneva 55.6%
Greene 44.0%
Hale 57.8%
Henry 64.6%
Houston 87.0%
Jackson 94.1%
Jefferson 99.6%
Lamar 41.2%
Lauderdale 89.7%
Lawrence 71.8%
Lee 97.4%
Limestone 93.9%
Lowndes 21.0%
Macon 71.4%
Madison 98.0%
Marengo 42.5%
Marion 83.1%
Marshall 96.5%
Mobile 95.3%
Monroe 55.5%
Montgomery 97.9%
Morgan 92.8%
Perry 0.1%
Pickens 44.3%
Pike 54.8%
Randolph 65.0%
Russell 91.2%
St. Clair 89.6%
Shelby 98.9%
Sumter 50.3%
Talladega 83.9%
Tallapoosa 91.9%
Tuscaloosa 95.9%
Walker 87.8%
Washington 34.1%
Wilcox 35.2%
Winston 67.2%

Internet Speed in Top Alabama Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Birmingham 103.2 MBPS 23 Providers
2. Mobile 88.1 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Montgomery 109.7 MBPS 19 Providers
4. Huntsville 109.9 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Tuscaloosa 75.9 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Alabama

Provider Avg. download speed
AT&T Internet 111.8 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 111.0 MBPS
WOW! 96.0 MBPS
Spectrum 91.1 MBPS
CenturyLink 19.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Alabama, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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 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 73.4%
12 providers
Adamsville 99.2%
10 providers
Alabaster 100.0%
13 providers
Albertville 99.5%
13 providers
Alexander City 98.5%
10 providers
Aliceville 33.7%
7 providers
Altoona 45.0%
10 providers
Andalusia 88.5%
10 providers
Anniston 99.3%
12 providers
Arab 87.3%
10 providers
Ardmore 96.3%
11 providers
Ashford 83.8%
10 providers
Ashland 46.5%
7 providers
Ashville 95.2%
10 providers
Athens 96.6%
15 providers
Atmore 63.9%
11 providers
Attalla 93.6%
12 providers
Auburn 97.6%
13 providers
Bay Minette 95.9%
11 providers
Bessemer 99.5%
16 providers
Birmingham 99.9%
23 providers
Blountsville 39.3%
10 providers
Boaz 96.7%
12 providers
Brent 0.0%
10 providers
Brewton 71.2%
11 providers
Calera 98.5%
10 providers
Camden 63.0%
7 providers
Cedar Bluff 49.6%
10 providers
Centre 82.4%
9 providers
Centreville 0.0%
10 providers
Chelsea 99.8%
9 providers
Childersburg 72.6%
10 providers
Chunchula 63.1%
12 providers
Citronelle 55.8%
13 providers
Clanton 87.4%
11 providers
Clayton 50.4%
9 providers
Collinsville 61.4%
11 providers
Columbiana 96.1%
9 providers
Cordova 91.3%
9 providers
Cottondale 95.4%
9 providers
Crossville 90.3%
11 providers
Cullman 95.5%
10 providers
Dadeville 86.8%
10 providers
Daleville 98.5%
11 providers
Danville 73.6%
9 providers
Daphne 99.0%
13 providers
Deatsville 92.8%
10 providers
Decatur 99.8%
16 providers
Demopolis 78.2%
13 providers
Dora 98.7%
9 providers
Dothan 96.3%
14 providers
Eclectic 99.1%
7 providers
Eight Mile 97.4%
12 providers
Elba 81.5%
8 providers
Elberta 52.1%
10 providers
Elkmont 81.6%
12 providers
Elmore 100.0%
9 providers
Enterprise 99.9%
11 providers
Eufaula 87.9%
11 providers
Eutaw 78.7%
8 providers
Evergreen 55.4%
11 providers
Fairfield 99.9%
11 providers
Fairhope 99.7%
11 providers
Falkville 65.2%
9 providers
Fayette 16.7%
8 providers
Florence 97.1%
14 providers
Foley 63.5%
9 providers
Fort Payne 92.3%
15 providers
Frisco City 50.9%
9 providers
Fultondale 99.3%
9 providers
Fyffe 100.0%
7 providers
Gadsden 98.4%
14 providers
Gardendale 99.7%
12 providers
Geneva 90.6%
8 providers
Goodwater 82.2%
9 providers
Gordo 45.4%
8 providers
Grand Bay 89.9%
12 providers
Grant 100.0%
8 providers
Greensboro 75.3%
11 providers
Greenville 90.3%
10 providers
Grove Hill 70.4%
10 providers
Gulf Shores 90.2%
10 providers
Guntersville 98.7%
16 providers
Gurley 83.0%
16 providers
Haleyville 85.6%
9 providers
Hamilton 89.8%
10 providers
Hanceville 84.9%
9 providers
Hartford 56.9%
7 providers
Hartselle 96.5%
9 providers
Harvest 99.8%
13 providers
Hayden 70.7%
12 providers
Hazel Green 99.4%
13 providers
Headland 68.9%
9 providers
Heflin 16.7%
7 providers
Helena 99.4%
10 providers
Henagar 99.6%
7 providers
Horton 82.6%
10 providers
Huntsville 98.3%
21 providers
Irvington 88.6%
12 providers
Jackson 84.9%
10 providers
Jacksonville 93.6%
11 providers
Jasper 97.4%
11 providers
Jemison 79.9%
9 providers
Killen 96.4%
9 providers
Laceys Spring 78.6%
10 providers
Lafayette 56.4%
9 providers
Lanett 99.4%
8 providers
Leeds 99.6%
15 providers
Lincoln 73.7%
11 providers
Lineville 56.2%
8 providers
Livingston 73.3%
12 providers
Loxley 86.8%
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 99.7%
14 providers
Midland City 88.8%
9 providers
Millbrook 98.5%
12 providers
Mobile 98.3%
17 providers
Monroeville 88.1%
9 providers
Montevallo 99.5%
9 providers
Montgomery 99.4%
19 providers
Moody 99.0%
10 providers
Moulton 80.4%
7 providers
Moundville 87.3%
9 providers
Mount Olive 99.6%
9 providers
Munford 93.7%
9 providers
Muscle Shoals 95.6%
9 providers
Nauvoo 59.1%
11 providers
New Hope 99.6%
9 providers
New Market 92.1%
13 providers
Newton 62.6%
8 providers
Northport 97.7%
15 providers
Odenville 95.7%
10 providers
Ohatchee 77.5%
9 providers
Oneonta 93.3%
9 providers
Opelika 95.0%
15 providers
Opp 82.9%
6 providers
Orange Beach 98.0%
11 providers
Owens Cross Roads 99.4%
11 providers
Oxford 99.5%
11 providers
Ozark 98.3%
8 providers
Pelham 99.9%
15 providers
Pell City 90.8%
10 providers
Phenix City 99.6%
15 providers
Phil Campbell 37.2%
10 providers
Piedmont 80.1%
11 providers
Pike Road 94.5%
13 providers
Pinson 99.5%
9 providers
Pleasant Grove 100.0%
9 providers
Prattville 97.6%
15 providers
Rainbow City 99.8%
10 providers
Rainsville 100.0%
7 providers
Roanoke 92.6%
8 providers
Robertsdale 84.9%
12 providers
Rogersville 56.0%
8 providers
Russellville 77.4%
9 providers
Salem 92.3%
10 providers
Samson 45.6%
8 providers
Saraland 98.5%
14 providers
Satsuma 99.7%
12 providers
Scottsboro 99.9%
12 providers
Selma 90.4%
13 providers
Semmes 99.4%
13 providers
Sheffield 99.9%
8 providers
Slocomb 53.5%
8 providers
Smiths Station 99.0%
9 providers
Somerville 96.0%
11 providers
Spanish Fort 98.9%
13 providers
Springville 84.3%
11 providers
Sterrett 98.2%
8 providers
Stevenson 95.8%
11 providers
Summerdale 75.6%
8 providers
Sylacauga 90.5%
10 providers
Talladega 85.9%
14 providers
Tallassee 91.3%
11 providers
Theodore 98.4%
14 providers
Thomasville 74.3%
11 providers
Toney 98.8%
17 providers
Town Creek 58.8%
7 providers
Trinity 99.1%
11 providers
Troy 59.6%
17 providers
Trussville 99.1%
15 providers
Tuscaloosa 97.2%
16 providers
Tuscumbia 93.3%
12 providers
Tuskegee 84.2%
10 providers
Tuskegee Institute 100.0%
8 providers
Union Grove 46.8%
8 providers
Union Springs 90.3%
6 providers
Valley 99.7%
11 providers
Vinemont 83.8%
11 providers
Warrior 98.8%
11 providers
Weaver 99.4%
9 providers
West Blocton 91.6%
8 providers
Wetumpka 94.7%
14 providers
Wilmer 97.8%
14 providers
Wilsonville 87.1%
8 providers
Winfield 78.3%
8 providers