Broadband Service in Arizona

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Coverage by County

73.8%
8.7%

166.6

36th

Broadband Speeds

86.9%

of Arizonans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

72.8%

of Arizonans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.3%

of Arizonans have access to wireline service

53.1%

of Arizonans have access to fiber-optic service

84.6%

of Arizonans have access to cable service

89.6%

of Arizonans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Arizona

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Apache 1.7%
Cochise 72.3%
Coconino 58.8%
Gila 71.2%
Graham 69.0%
Greenlee 58.1%
La Paz 52.7%
Maricopa 94.7%
Mohave 76.7%
Navajo 46.2%
Pima 93.5%
Pinal 75.4%
Santa Cruz 80.3%
Yavapai 87.2%
Yuma 92.1%

Internet Speed in Top Arizona Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Phoenix 148.2 MBPS 30 Providers
2. Tucson 157.7 MBPS 25 Providers
3. Mesa 176.5 MBPS 21 Providers
4. Glendale 105.5 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Scottsdale 204.8 MBPS 23 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Arizona

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 199.7 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 196.1 MBPS
CenturyLink 80.4 MBPS
TWN Communications 7.0 MBPS
Bluespan 6.7 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Arizona, 2021

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

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 49.9%
8 providers
Amado 40.7%
12 providers
Apache Junction 85.1%
13 providers
Arizona City 10.0%
10 providers
Ash Fork 0.0%
8 providers
Avondale 96.2%
14 providers
Bagdad 86.0%
8 providers
Benson 48.1%
11 providers
Bisbee 89.0%
9 providers
Black Canyon City 59.7%
8 providers
Bouse 0.0%
6 providers
Buckeye 83.2%
12 providers
Bullhead City 93.6%
11 providers
Cameron 0.0%
7 providers
Camp Verde 84.9%
11 providers
Carefree 88.5%
13 providers
Casa Grande 79.0%
14 providers
Cave Creek 88.7%
14 providers
Chandler 96.2%
25 providers
Chinle 0.0%
5 providers
Chino Valley 92.6%
11 providers
Cibecue 0.0%
5 providers
Clarkdale 87.2%
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 84.5%
14 providers
Cornville 92.8%
10 providers
Cottonwood 95.4%
14 providers
Dewey 79.9%
12 providers
Dolan Springs 0.0%
6 providers
Douglas 82.2%
8 providers
Duncan 0.0%
7 providers
Eagar 0.0%
6 providers
El Mirage 96.9%
11 providers
Elfrida 7.0%
7 providers
Elgin 6.9%
8 providers
Eloy 3.4%
12 providers
Flagstaff 77.4%
13 providers
Florence 63.9%
13 providers
Fort Defiance 0.0%
7 providers
Fort Huachuca 56.2%
8 providers
Fort Mcdowell 10.0%
12 providers
Fort Mohave 85.3%
10 providers
Fountain Hills 99.3%
13 providers
Fredonia 66.3%
6 providers
Ganado 0.0%
5 providers
Gilbert 98.6%
18 providers
Glendale 94.6%
20 providers
Globe 89.9%
7 providers
Gold Canyon 94.3%
12 providers
Golden Valley 0.0%
9 providers
Goodyear 92.3%
13 providers
Grand Canyon 4.9%
8 providers
Green Valley 95.5%
12 providers
Hereford 72.4%
11 providers
Holbrook 91.4%
9 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 26.5%
7 providers
Kingman 82.0%
10 providers
Kirkland 1.1%
10 providers
Kykotsmovi Village 0.0%
4 providers
Lake Havasu City 97.7%
11 providers
Lakeside 94.0%
7 providers
Laveen 91.9%
13 providers
Leupp 0.0%
8 providers
Litchfield Park 96.1%
12 providers
Littlefield 83.7%
9 providers
Lukachukai 0.0%
6 providers
Mammoth 0.0%
6 providers
Many Farms 0.0%
4 providers
Marana 83.8%
16 providers
Maricopa 88.2%
14 providers
Mayer 54.1%
11 providers
Mc Neal 8.9%
7 providers
Mcnary 0.0%
6 providers
Mesa 89.5%
21 providers
Miami 91.8%
7 providers
Mohave Valley 41.8%
11 providers
Morenci 99.4%
7 providers
Morristown 31.3%
12 providers
Naco 100.0%
8 providers
Nazlini 0.0%
5 providers
New River 82.4%
11 providers
Nogales 95.1%
15 providers
Oracle 21.1%
10 providers
Overgaard 0.0%
4 providers
Page 70.2%
9 providers
Paradise Valley 96.9%
15 providers
Parker 57.9%
9 providers
Patagonia 15.3%
9 providers
Paulden 68.4%
10 providers
Payson 84.1%
11 providers
Peach Springs 0.1%
8 providers
Pearce 54.3%
7 providers
Peoria 97.4%
19 providers
Phoenix 97.8%
30 providers
Pima 74.4%
8 providers
Pine 96.8%
7 providers
Pinetop 91.5%
9 providers
Pinon 0.0%
4 providers
Polacca 0.0%
4 providers
Prescott 96.4%
15 providers
Prescott Valley 97.7%
12 providers
Quartzsite 48.6%
6 providers
Queen Creek 97.1%
15 providers
Rimrock 26.2%
12 providers
Rio Rico 80.9%
12 providers
Rio Verde 85.6%
10 providers
Sacaton 38.7%
11 providers
Safford 79.3%
9 providers
Sahuarita 89.2%
12 providers
Saint David 68.1%
11 providers
Saint Johns 0.0%
6 providers
Saint Michaels 0.0%
7 providers
Salome 80.7%
6 providers
San Carlos 0.0%
6 providers
San Luis 97.7%
9 providers
San Manuel 32.0%
8 providers
San Simon 18.8%
7 providers
San Tan Valley 98.2%
16 providers
Sanders 42.2%
7 providers
Scottsdale 92.5%
23 providers
Second Mesa 0.0%
6 providers
Sedona 94.5%
11 providers
Seligman 24.5%
7 providers
Sells 63.5%
5 providers
Show Low 85.9%
11 providers
Sierra Vista 93.9%
11 providers
Snowflake 60.8%
10 providers
Somerton 77.3%
8 providers
Sonoita 34.2%
8 providers
Springerville 0.0%
8 providers
Sun City 97.7%
11 providers
Sun City West 100.0%
11 providers
Surprise 96.7%
14 providers
Taylor 71.5%
9 providers
Teec Nos Pos 0.0%
7 providers
Tempe 92.4%
22 providers
Thatcher 99.2%
9 providers
Tolleson 95.6%
16 providers
Tombstone 0.2%
8 providers
Tonalea 0.0%
6 providers
Tonopah 9.0%
13 providers
Tonto Basin 4.1%
9 providers
Topock 0.0%
8 providers
Tsaile 0.0%
4 providers
Tuba City 0.0%
7 providers
Tubac 0.0%
11 providers
Tucson 94.7%
25 providers
Vail 84.9%
13 providers
Vernon 0.0%
7 providers
Waddell 93.6%
12 providers
Wellton 11.0%
8 providers
Wenden 91.5%
6 providers
Whiteriver 0.0%
6 providers
Wickenburg 70.4%
16 providers
Willcox 43.1%
9 providers
Williams 20.3%
11 providers
Window Rock 0.0%
7 providers
Winslow 56.1%
10 providers
Wittmann 31.5%
12 providers
Young 87.7%
5 providers
Youngtown 98.6%
11 providers
Yucca 1.5%
9 providers
Yuma 97.0%
10 providers