Broadband Service in Arizona

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Coverage by County

73.8%
8.7%

114.1

36th

Broadband Speeds

86.9%

of Arizonans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

72.4%

of Arizonans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.2%

of Arizonans have access to wireline service

55.6%

of Arizonans have access to fiber-optic service

84.7%

of Arizonans have access to cable service

89.9%

of Arizonans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Arizona

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Apache 1.7%
Cochise 69.9%
Coconino 56.1%
Gila 72.5%
Graham 73.6%
Greenlee 58.1%
La Paz 44.9%
Maricopa 94.5%
Mohave 76.5%
Navajo 47.1%
Pima 93.2%
Pinal 73.6%
Santa Cruz 78.3%
Yavapai 85.6%
Yuma 92.0%

Internet Speed in Top Arizona Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Phoenix 98.3 MBPS 30 Providers
2. Tucson 98.9 MBPS 26 Providers
3. Mesa 112.6 MBPS 20 Providers
4. Glendale 80.0 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Scottsdale 160.2 MBPS 23 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Arizona

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 144.1 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 143.9 MBPS
CenturyLink 51.4 MBPS
TWN Communications 5.4 MBPS
Bluespan 4.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Arizona, 2021

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

Coming in at number 36 on a list of the most connected states, Arizona is on the low-end of average in terms of overall performance. While the Grand Canyon State certainly isn’t without its connection faults, it has its advantages as well. Arizona has a state-wide average download speed of 66.1 Mbps, which is excellent considering that there are 21 higher-ranking states with a lower average speed.

The entire state enjoys a relatively high connection percentage, with the exception of the northeast corner of the state. One county in particular, Apache County, has staggeringly low broadband coverage. While it is mostly made up of rural desert, 71,606 people still call this area of Arizona home. However, only 0.16% of those people have access to download speeds of 25 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Arizona

The term “digital divide” is one that is often used to describe a gap between specific regions or groups with or without access to modern communication technology. For Arizona, affordability and availability were two vital factors that we took into consideration when we determined the digital divide. That being said, there are currently 755,000 Arizonans without access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps, and 862,000 residents that only have access to one internet provider.

According to our latest affordability data, only 8.7% of Arizona residents have access to a standalone internet plan under $60 per month. Though that percentage is relatively low, high-speed internet availability makes up for lack of affordable plans. 88.7% of Arizonans have access to wired broadband speeds of 25 Mbps, and 87% have access to 100 Mbps or faster.

Best-Connected Cities

For the best-connected cities in Arizona, we created two categories. One for large metropolitan cities and another for smaller towns.

In Arizona, Gilbert is currently the best-connected of the larger cities. Every one of the city’s 211,167 residents has access to at least two internet service providers as well as affordable stand-alone internet plans starting under $60/mo.

Of the smaller towns, Lake Havasu City is number one on the list. It has the same 100% broadband coverage as Gilbert, however, unlike its sister-city, 99% of Lake Havasu City residents have a wired connection available to them.

Worst-Connected Cities

In contrast, The tiny town of Eden is last on the list. The 21 people who live there have no access to a wired internet connection, leaving them with the only satellite or fixed-wireless options.

Governmental Initiatives

Over the past ten years, Arizona’s state government has supported the improvement of broadband infrastructure by awarding various grants. For example, between 2010 and 2015, Thea Digital Arizona Program was awarded $6,358,179 infederal grants towards the overall improvement of the public digital connection. Additionally, $71,464,944 (2.1% of all federal infrastructure grants) was given to numerous other broadband improvement projects.

This government aid has helped to raise Arizona’s access to a wired connection of at least 10 Mbps from 90.1% to 92.8%, since 2011.

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.

Arizona Cities

Average speed over time
Aguila 51.9%
6 providers
Ajo 49.1%
9 providers
Amado 37.4%
12 providers
Apache Junction 85.1%
13 providers
Arizona City 5.3%
10 providers
Ash Fork 0.0%
8 providers
Avondale 95.8%
14 providers
Bagdad 86.0%
9 providers
Bapchule 0.0%
12 providers
Benson 48.1%
11 providers
Bisbee 89.4%
9 providers
Black Canyon City 0.0%
8 providers
Bouse 0.0%
7 providers
Buckeye 80.9%
11 providers
Bullhead City 93.4%
11 providers
Cameron 0.0%
7 providers
Camp Verde 75.5%
11 providers
Carefree 84.7%
13 providers
Casa Grande 77.7%
15 providers
Cave Creek 86.9%
14 providers
Chandler 96.1%
25 providers
Chinle 0.0%
5 providers
Chino Valley 93.2%
10 providers
Cibecue 0.0%
5 providers
Clarkdale 84.7%
10 providers
Clifton 69.5%
7 providers
Cochise 16.1%
7 providers
Colorado City 12.5%
5 providers
Concho 0.0%
8 providers
Congress 4.2%
10 providers
Coolidge 75.5%
14 providers
Cornville 92.8%
10 providers
Cottonwood 95.2%
14 providers
Dewey 81.4%
12 providers
Dolan Springs 0.0%
6 providers
Douglas 79.8%
8 providers
Duncan 0.0%
8 providers
Eagar 0.0%
6 providers
El Mirage 96.7%
10 providers
Elfrida 7.0%
7 providers
Eloy 3.6%
12 providers
Flagstaff 74.5%
13 providers
Florence 60.9%
14 providers
Fort Defiance 0.0%
7 providers
Fort Huachuca 37.2%
8 providers
Fort Mcdowell 10.0%
11 providers
Fort Mohave 85.0%
10 providers
Fountain Hills 99.2%
13 providers
Fredonia 66.3%
5 providers
Ganado 0.0%
5 providers
Gila Bend 1.3%
7 providers
Gilbert 98.5%
18 providers
Glendale 94.8%
20 providers
Globe 91.6%
7 providers
Gold Canyon 94.3%
12 providers
Golden Valley 0.0%
9 providers
Goodyear 91.6%
13 providers
Grand Canyon 4.9%
8 providers
Green Valley 95.6%
13 providers
Heber 0.0%
5 providers
Hereford 64.4%
11 providers
Holbrook 91.6%
10 providers
Hotevilla 0.0%
4 providers
Huachuca City 0.0%
8 providers
Joseph City 90.5%
9 providers
Kayenta 0.0%
4 providers
Keams Canyon 0.0%
5 providers
Kearny 17.9%
7 providers
Kingman 81.6%
9 providers
Kirkland 0.4%
10 providers
Kykotsmovi Village 0.0%
4 providers
Lake Havasu City 97.7%
10 providers
Lakeside 94.3%
7 providers
Laveen 86.6%
13 providers
Leupp 0.0%
8 providers
Litchfield Park 97.5%
12 providers
Littlefield 83.7%
9 providers
Lukachukai 0.0%
6 providers
Mammoth 0.0%
6 providers
Many Farms 0.0%
4 providers
Marana 81.6%
16 providers
Maricopa 87.6%
15 providers
Mayer 54.6%
11 providers
Mc Neal 8.9%
7 providers
Mcnary 5.5%
7 providers
Mesa 89.4%
20 providers
Miami 93.0%
7 providers
Mohave Valley 41.7%
11 providers
Morenci 99.4%
7 providers
Morristown 26.4%
12 providers
Naco 99.3%
8 providers
Nazlini 0.0%
5 providers
New River 78.4%
11 providers
Nogales 94.9%
15 providers
Oracle 18.6%
10 providers
Overgaard 0.0%
4 providers
Page 70.2%
10 providers
Paradise Valley 96.1%
15 providers
Parker 61.2%
9 providers
Parks 0.0%
9 providers
Patagonia 15.3%
9 providers
Paulden 63.7%
10 providers
Payson 83.5%
11 providers
Peach Springs 0.1%
8 providers
Pearce 54.3%
7 providers
Peoria 97.6%
19 providers
Phoenix 97.6%
30 providers
Pima 82.3%
7 providers
Pine 95.6%
7 providers
Pinetop 96.2%
10 providers
Pinon 0.0%
4 providers
Polacca 0.0%
4 providers
Prescott 97.0%
15 providers
Prescott Valley 97.8%
12 providers
Quartzsite 47.3%
6 providers
Queen Creek 96.0%
15 providers
Rimrock 14.7%
12 providers
Rio Rico 78.7%
12 providers
Rio Verde 85.6%
10 providers
Sacaton 0.0%
11 providers
Safford 86.6%
9 providers
Sahuarita 89.3%
12 providers
Saint David 68.1%
11 providers
Saint Johns 0.0%
6 providers
Saint Michaels 0.0%
7 providers
Salome 37.1%
7 providers
San Carlos 0.0%
6 providers
San Luis 97.7%
9 providers
San Manuel 29.5%
8 providers
San Simon 18.8%
7 providers
San Tan Valley 98.1%
16 providers
Sanders 42.2%
7 providers
Scottsdale 91.9%
23 providers
Second Mesa 0.0%
6 providers
Sedona 95.0%
11 providers
Seligman 24.5%
7 providers
Sells 63.5%
6 providers
Show Low 88.0%
10 providers
Sierra Vista 93.7%
11 providers
Snowflake 61.7%
10 providers
Somerton 74.6%
8 providers
Sonoita 0.0%
8 providers
Springerville 0.0%
8 providers
Stanfield 8.3%
11 providers
Sun City 97.6%
11 providers
Sun City West 100.0%
11 providers
Surprise 96.5%
16 providers
Taylor 75.5%
9 providers
Teec Nos Pos 0.0%
7 providers
Tempe 91.9%
22 providers
Thatcher 98.8%
9 providers
Tolleson 97.0%
14 providers
Tombstone 0.2%
8 providers
Tonalea 0.0%
6 providers
Tonopah 7.9%
13 providers
Tonto Basin 44.6%
9 providers
Topock 0.0%
8 providers
Tsaile 0.0%
4 providers
Tuba City 0.0%
7 providers
Tubac 0.0%
11 providers
Tucson 94.4%
26 providers
Vail 84.9%
13 providers
Vernon 0.0%
7 providers
Waddell 93.7%
12 providers
Wellton 10.8%
8 providers
Wenden 0.0%
7 providers
Whiteriver 0.0%
5 providers
Wickenburg 78.4%
16 providers
Willcox 43.1%
9 providers
Williams 2.2%
11 providers
Window Rock 0.0%
7 providers
Winslow 56.1%
10 providers
Wittmann 24.4%
11 providers
Young 87.7%
6 providers
Youngtown 98.6%
10 providers
Yucca 1.5%
8 providers
Yuma 97.0%
10 providers