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Broadband Internet in Alaska

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Internet Access in Alaska

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Coverage by County

Alaska Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
60.8%
60.8% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
0.0%
0.0% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

50.2

51st

Broadband Speeds

76.8%

of Alaskans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

76.5%

of Alaskans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.1%

of Alaskans have access to wireline service.

7.9%

of Alaskans have access to fiber-optic service.

79.6%

of Alaskans have access to cable service.

90.4%

of Alaskans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Alaska

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Aleutians East 0.0%
Aleutians West 0.0%
Anchorage 99.2%
Bethel 0.0%
Bristol Bay 0.0%
Denali 42.0%
Dillingham 0.0%
Fairbanks North Star 89.3%
Haines 92.9%
Hoonah-Angoon 25.6%
Juneau 99.5%
Kenai Peninsula 59.1%
Ketchikan Gateway 99.0%
Kodiak Island 87.0%
Lake and Peninsula 0.0%
Matanuska-Susitna 95.2%
Nome 35.4%
North Slope 0.0%
Northwest Arctic 0.0%
Petersburg 81.4%
Prince of Wales-Hyder 0.0%
Sitka 98.0%
Skagway 97.7%
Southeast Fairbanks 5.9%
Valdez-Cordova 85.5%
Wade Hampton 0.0%
Wrangell 90.1%
Yakutat 0.0%
Yukon-Koyukuk 1.8%

Internet Speed in Top Alaska Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Anchorage 53.9 MBPS 12 Providers
2. Fairbanks 50.3 MBPS 11 Providers
3. Wasilla 25.1 MBPS 7 Providers
4. Juneau 94.2 MBPS 7 Providers
5. Eagle River 80.4 MBPS 9 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Alaska

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Matanuska Telephone Association 63.5 MBPS
GCI Communication 56.5 MBPS
AC Wireless 9.6 MBPS
AP&T Wireless 5.1 MBPS
TelAlaska 4.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Alaska, 2020

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

At this time, the state of Alaska ranks last in terms of internet connectivity when compared to all of the other states and the state capital. Alaska’s average download speed is about 58.6 Mbps, according to recent user speed tests. Due to its many sparsely populated rural and wilderness areas, large parts of Alaska do not have any wired coverage at all. However, more populated areas, especially toward the southeast part of the state, experience relatively fair broadband coverage.

The Digital Divide in Alaska

As the least-connected state, Alaska is not only physically, but also digitally divided from the contiguous USA. This means that internet technologies are not equally available in Alaska. Despite being the biggest state in the country, Alaska has the lowest amount of broadband infrastructure. While some counties have up to 99% access for 25+ Mbps wired broadband services, the majority of the counties in Alaska have 0% access. Currently, 79.8% of Alaskans have access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps or faster, while 148,000 residents do not have such speeds available to them. Another 60,000 residents do not have any wired connection available at all. There are also 258,000 people who only have access to one of the 73 wired internet providers in Alaska, giving them no second choice if they are dissatisfied with their provider.

The most updated affordability data shows that 0% of Alaskans have access to a low-priced internet plan, costing $60 or less a month. On a national scale, a low-priced internet plan is available to 51.5% of consumers.

Best-Connected Cities

Although Alaska is the lowest ranking state when it comes to broadband connectivity, there are some cities that have good coverage. The best-connected cities in Alaska are Anchorage, Juneau, Jber, Fort Wainwright, and Sitka, with the first in the list ranking highest.

Worst-Connected Cities

Meanwhile, the worst-connected cities in Alaska are Nikolski, Atka, Port Alexander, Chignik Lake, and Hyder, with the last city in the list ranking lowest in the state.

Read up on how Alaska stacks up against the rest of the US here.

Governmental Initiatives

In partnership with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, Connect Alaska has been awarded $6,378,198 in federal grants since 2010 to expand broadband access within the state.

The information on this page is gathered from both public and private datasets. Get more details 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.

Alaska Cities

Average speed over time
Anchorage 98.7% 12 providers
Barrow 0.0% 5 providers
Bethel 0.0% 4 providers
Chugiak 98.9% 7 providers
Delta Junction 8.5% 8 providers
Eagle River 99.3% 9 providers
Fairbanks 85.5% 11 providers
Fort Wainwright 100.0% 9 providers
Homer 67.0% 6 providers
Jber 97.8% 10 providers
Juneau 99.4% 7 providers
Kenai 70.3% 8 providers
Ketchikan 98.8% 5 providers
Kodiak 91.7% 5 providers
Nome 83.2% 4 providers
North Pole 97.1% 9 providers
Palmer 98.4% 7 providers
Seward 99.6% 7 providers
Sitka 98.0% 5 providers
Soldotna 63.9% 7 providers
Unalaska 0.0% 5 providers
Valdez 99.1% 7 providers
Wasilla 97.6% 7 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.