Broadband Internet in Alaska

Internet Access in Alaska

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Coverage by County

60.8%
0.0%

108.6

51st

Broadband Speeds

77.3%

of Alaskans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

77.1%

of Alaskans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.7%

of Alaskans have access to wireline service

9.4%

of Alaskans have access to fiber-optic service

79.5%

of Alaskans have access to cable service

92.0%

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 99.4%
Bethel 0.0%
Bristol Bay 0.0%
Denali 57.5%
Dillingham 0.0%
Fairbanks North Star 89.3%
Haines 92.9%
Hoonah-Angoon 25.6%
Juneau 99.5%
Kenai Peninsula 61.0%
Ketchikan Gateway 99.0%
Kodiak Island 87.5%
Lake and Peninsula 0.0%
Matanuska-Susitna 95.9%
Nome 36.5%
North Slope 1.5%
Northwest Arctic 0.0%
Petersburg 81.4%
Prince of Wales-Hyder 2.9%
Sitka 98.0%
Skagway 96.8%
Southeast Fairbanks 11.4%
Valdez-Cordova 85.7%
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 120.5 MBPS 14 Providers
2. Fairbanks 93.3 MBPS 10 Providers
3. Wasilla 30.6 MBPS 7 Providers
4. Juneau 200.7 MBPS 7 Providers
5. Eagle River 174.2 MBPS 9 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Alaska

Provider Avg. download speed
GCI Communication 118.6 MBPS
Matanuska Telephone Association 51.7 MBPS
AC Wireless 39.1 MBPS
TelAlaska 6.8 MBPS
Alaska Power & Telephone 6.2 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Alaska, 2021

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

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.

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
Adak 0.0%
4 providers
Akiachak 0.0%
4 providers
Alakanuk 0.0%
4 providers
Aleknagik 0.0%
4 providers
Ambler 0.0%
4 providers
Anchorage 98.9%
14 providers
Angoon 95.0%
5 providers
Aniak 0.0%
5 providers
Arctic Village 0.0%
4 providers
Atqasuk 0.0%
3 providers
Barrow 0.0%
5 providers
Bethel 0.0%
4 providers
Buckland 0.0%
5 providers
Chevak 0.0%
4 providers
Chignik 0.0%
3 providers
Chugiak 98.9%
7 providers
Cold Bay 0.0%
5 providers
Cooper Landing 100.0%
6 providers
Copper Center 87.6%
6 providers
Cordova 73.1%
6 providers
Craig 0.0%
6 providers
Deering 0.0%
5 providers
Delta Junction 16.2%
8 providers
Dillingham 0.0%
5 providers
Dutch Harbor 0.0%
4 providers
Eagle River 99.3%
9 providers
Eielson Afb 99.3%
9 providers
Emmonak 0.0%
4 providers
Fairbanks 85.7%
10 providers
Fort Wainwright 100.0%
10 providers
Gakona 74.9%
5 providers
Galena 0.0%
5 providers
Girdwood 97.1%
9 providers
Glennallen 81.7%
6 providers
Goodnews Bay 0.0%
4 providers
Grayling 0.0%
4 providers
Haines 93.2%
6 providers
Healy 48.1%
8 providers
Homer 67.1%
6 providers
Hooper Bay 0.0%
4 providers
Iliamna 0.0%
4 providers
Jber 98.4%
10 providers
Juneau 99.4%
7 providers
Kake 0.0%
4 providers
Kaktovik 0.0%
4 providers
Kalskag 0.0%
4 providers
Kaltag 0.0%
3 providers
Kasigluk 0.0%
4 providers
Kenai 69.3%
8 providers
Ketchikan 98.8%
5 providers
Kiana 0.0%
4 providers
King Salmon 0.0%
4 providers
Kipnuk 0.0%
4 providers
Kodiak 92.2%
5 providers
Kotzebue 0.0%
7 providers
Kwethluk 0.0%
4 providers
Lower Kalskag 0.0%
4 providers
Mekoryuk 0.0%
4 providers
Metlakatla 0.0%
6 providers
Moose Pass 96.1%
6 providers
Mountain Village 0.0%
4 providers
Naknek 0.0%
4 providers
Nenana 12.6%
9 providers
Noatak 0.0%
4 providers
Nome 85.9%
5 providers
Noorvik 0.0%
5 providers
North Pole 96.9%
9 providers
Nuiqsut 0.0%
4 providers
Palmer 98.4%
7 providers
Petersburg 97.0%
6 providers
Pilot Station 0.0%
4 providers
Point Hope 0.0%
4 providers
Point Lay 0.0%
4 providers
Port Lions 0.0%
5 providers
Quinhagak 0.0%
4 providers
Russian Mission 0.0%
4 providers
Saint George Island 0.0%
3 providers
Saint Marys 0.0%
4 providers
Saint Michael 0.0%
4 providers
Saint Paul Island 0.0%
3 providers
Sand Point 0.0%
4 providers
Savoonga 0.0%
4 providers
Scammon Bay 0.0%
4 providers
Selawik 0.0%
4 providers
Seldovia 0.0%
6 providers
Seward 99.6%
7 providers
Sitka 98.0%
5 providers
Skagway 96.8%
6 providers
Soldotna 69.5%
7 providers
Sterling 26.6%
7 providers
Sutton 79.9%
7 providers
Talkeetna 76.3%
6 providers
Togiak 0.0%
4 providers
Tok 5.3%
6 providers
Toksook Bay 0.0%
4 providers
Tuluksak 0.0%
4 providers
Tununak 0.0%
4 providers
Unalakleet 0.0%
4 providers
Unalaska 0.0%
5 providers
Valdez 99.1%
7 providers
Venetie 0.0%
4 providers
Wainwright 0.0%
4 providers
Wasilla 98.3%
7 providers
Whittier 62.9%
9 providers
Willow 84.1%
7 providers
Wrangell 91.3%
5 providers