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Broadband Service in Arizona

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Internet Access in Arizona

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Coverage by County

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73.8%
73.8% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
8.7%
8.7% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

96.7

36th

Broadband Speeds

86.3%

of Arizonans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

71.8%

of Arizonans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.3%

of Arizonans have access to wireline service.

30.6%

of Arizonans have access to fiber-optic service.

82.5%

of Arizonans have access to cable service.

90.0%

of Arizonans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Arizona

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Apache 1.0%
Cochise 68.9%
Coconino 67.1%
Gila 73.1%
Graham 68.6%
Greenlee 58.1%
La Paz 43.3%
Maricopa 93.8%
Mohave 82.0%
Navajo 46.1%
Pima 92.8%
Pinal 72.6%
Santa Cruz 83.5%
Yavapai 87.2%
Yuma 92.0%

Internet Speed in Top Arizona Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Phoenix 83.5 MBPS 29 Providers
2. Tucson 82.1 MBPS 25 Providers
3. Mesa 92.6 MBPS 19 Providers
4. Glendale 74.3 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Scottsdale 146.6 MBPS 23 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Arizona

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Cox Communications 124.7 MBPS
CenturyLink 42.4 MBPS
Bluespan 4.3 MBPS
TWN Communications 3.9 MBPS
Phoenix Internet 0.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Arizona, 2020

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

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
Ajo 41.5% 8 providers
Apache Junction 83.6% 13 providers
Arizona City 6.9% 10 providers
Avondale 96.0% 13 providers
Benson 48.1% 11 providers
Bisbee 88.9% 9 providers
Buckeye 81.1% 11 providers
Bullhead City 99.5% 10 providers
Camp Verde 89.1% 11 providers
Casa Grande 78.1% 15 providers
Cave Creek 77.1% 12 providers
Chandler 95.4% 24 providers
Chinle 0.0% 5 providers
Chino Valley 92.3% 11 providers
Clarkdale 85.5% 10 providers
Colorado City 12.5% 5 providers
Coolidge 76.6% 13 providers
Cornville 92.8% 10 providers
Cottonwood 95.7% 14 providers
Dewey 79.9% 12 providers
Douglas 80.0% 8 providers
Eagar 0.0% 6 providers
El Mirage 96.7% 9 providers
Eloy 3.4% 12 providers
Flagstaff 92.1% 13 providers
Florence 48.1% 13 providers
Fort Defiance 0.0% 7 providers
Fort Huachuca 36.9% 8 providers
Fort Mohave 99.5% 10 providers
Fountain Hills 99.0% 12 providers
Ganado 0.0% 5 providers
Gilbert 98.4% 18 providers
Glendale 94.7% 18 providers
Globe 89.9% 7 providers
Gold Canyon 93.5% 11 providers
Golden Valley 0.7% 9 providers
Goodyear 91.7% 13 providers
Green Valley 95.6% 13 providers
Hereford 61.3% 10 providers
Holbrook 91.4% 10 providers
Huachuca City 0.0% 8 providers
Kayenta 0.0% 4 providers
Kingman 88.2% 9 providers
Lake Havasu City 99.5% 10 providers
Lakeside 94.0% 7 providers
Laveen 85.7% 13 providers
Litchfield Park 96.7% 10 providers
Littlefield 83.6% 8 providers
Marana 81.1% 15 providers
Maricopa 88.0% 14 providers
Mayer 54.0% 11 providers
Mesa 89.3% 19 providers
Miami 91.9% 7 providers
Mohave Valley 71.7% 11 providers
New River 81.4% 9 providers
Nogales 94.9% 14 providers
Oracle 34.0% 10 providers
Page 70.2% 9 providers
Paradise Valley 95.9% 13 providers
Parker 83.5% 9 providers
Paulden 62.0% 10 providers
Payson 88.7% 10 providers
Peoria 96.8% 19 providers
Phoenix 96.7% 29 providers
Pima 72.6% 7 providers
Pinetop 91.5% 9 providers
Pinon 0.0% 4 providers
Prescott 95.7% 16 providers
Prescott Valley 97.7% 12 providers
Quartzsite 10.2% 6 providers
Queen Creek 97.3% 14 providers
Rimrock 74.7% 12 providers
Rio Rico 92.8% 11 providers
Sacaton 0.0% 10 providers
Safford 79.1% 9 providers
Sahuarita 89.0% 11 providers
Saint Johns 0.0% 6 providers
San Carlos 0.0% 6 providers
San Luis 97.7% 9 providers
San Tan Valley 98.4% 15 providers
Scottsdale 90.2% 23 providers
Sedona 98.0% 11 providers
Sells 63.5% 6 providers
Show Low 84.4% 10 providers
Sierra Vista 93.3% 11 providers
Snowflake 60.3% 10 providers
Somerton 74.7% 8 providers
Sun City 96.5% 11 providers
Sun City West 99.9% 10 providers
Surprise 96.4% 15 providers
Taylor 73.7% 9 providers
Tempe 90.0% 22 providers
Thatcher 99.2% 9 providers
Tolleson 96.6% 13 providers
Tonalea 0.0% 6 providers
Tonopah 11.7% 12 providers
Tuba City 0.0% 6 providers
Tucson 94.0% 25 providers
Vail 84.7% 12 providers
Waddell 92.2% 11 providers
Wellton 11.0% 8 providers
Whiteriver 0.0% 5 providers
Wickenburg 70.5% 15 providers
Willcox 41.2% 8 providers
Williams 2.9% 11 providers
Window Rock 0.0% 7 providers
Winslow 56.1% 10 providers
Wittmann 28.1% 11 providers
Youngtown 98.6% 10 providers
Yuma 97.1% 10 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.