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Broadband Internet in Arkansas

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Internet Access in Arkansas

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Coverage by County

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54.3%
54.3% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
52.7%
52.7% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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56.3

41st

Broadband Speeds

77.7%

of Arkansans have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

65.2%

of Arkansans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

19.1%

of Arkansans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

92.9%

of Arkansans have access to wireline service.

11.7%

of Arkansans have access to fiber-optic service.

71.9%

of Arkansans have access to cable service.

86.8%

of Arkansans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Arkansas

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Arkansas 14.9%
Ashley 43.8%
Baxter 79.5%
Benton 93.5%
Boone 78.4%
Bradley 62.8%
Calhoun 6.9%
Carroll 71.0%
Chicot 54.4%
Clark 77.3%
Clay 64.9%
Cleburne 53.7%
Cleveland 84.1%
Columbia 70.2%
Conway 55.8%
Craighead 88.6%
Crawford 87.8%
Crittenden 79.9%
Cross 59.0%
Dallas 37.4%
Desha 72.8%
Drew 68.5%
Faulkner 88.3%
Franklin 23.3%
Fulton 38.9%
Garland 91.7%
Grant 49.2%
Greene 80.4%
Hempstead 65.4%
Hot Spring 54.2%
Howard 16.5%
Independence 65.6%
Izard 53.3%
Jackson 79.6%
Jefferson 57.2%
Johnson 59.1%
Lafayette 40.9%
Lawrence 48.2%
Lee 32.6%
Lincoln 12.8%
Little River 54.0%
Logan 20.1%
Lonoke 85.7%
Madison 44.2%
Marion 58.6%
Miller 91.9%
Mississippi 74.3%
Monroe 16.9%
Montgomery 42.8%
Nevada 50.0%
Newton 13.4%
Ouachita 51.6%
Perry 67.5%
Phillips 86.2%
Pike 46.6%
Poinsett 62.7%
Polk 66.4%
Pope 87.7%
Prairie 33.5%
Pulaski 98.2%
Randolph 63.7%
St. Francis 36.6%
Saline 94.4%
Scott 52.7%
Searcy 50.1%
Sebastian 95.3%
Sevier 76.7%
Sharp 40.0%
Stone 39.5%
Union 75.1%
Van Buren 10.5%
Washington 96.0%
White 68.4%
Woodruff 42.7%
Yell 81.2%

Internet Speed in Top Arkansas Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Little Rock 60.2 MBPS 22 Providers
2. Fort Smith 95.9 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Fayetteville 75.0 MBPS 17 Providers
4. Springdale 101.2 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Jonesboro 99.2 MBPS 19 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Arkansas

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 85.6 MBPS
Cox Communications 82.5 MBPS
AT&T Internet 68.0 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 60.3 MBPS
CenturyLink 22.6 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Arkansas, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/6/2020.

Arkansas comes 41st in the nation’s state broadband access ranking. This relatively low ranking is closely related to the fact that over 20% of Arkansans remain without access to a wired broadband connection capable of 25 Mbps speeds or faster. Additionally, only 11.7% of the population has access to fiber-optic internet services, which is less than half of the national average of 25% of consumers with access to fiber internet. Still, when compared with some of the other lower-ranking states in the USA, Arkansas has a relatively fast average download speed of 104.1 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Arkansas

As is the case with almost every part of the US, access to high internet speeds at affordable prices is not equally available to of Arkansas’ residents. This creates a ‘digital divide’ between people in Arkansas who have access to the latest internet technology and those who do not.

For example, while there are 136 internet providers operating in Arkansas, 214,000 people do not have access to a wired broadband connection at their place of residence, and another 563,000 people only have access to one wired internet provider at their location. Further, while 77.7% of Arkansans have access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, 530,000 people do not have broadband capable of such speeds.

However, affordability data reveals that 52.7% of Arkansas’ residents are able to access what constitutes a ‘low-priced’ internet plan, costing $60 or less per month. This is slightly over the national average of 51.5% of American consumers with access to this type of internet plan pricing.

Best-Connected Cities

In Arkansas, the best-connected cities are Little Rock, Fort Smith, Lowell, and Maumelle. These cities have the best combination of both high-speeds, widespread access, and low pricing. Little Rock is currently ranked number one with the best internet in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the flip side, the worst-connected cities in the state are Tilly, Blue Mountain, Ponca, and Clarkedale. At this time, Tilly has the worst internet in Arkansas with an average internet speed of just 7.99 Mbps.

To compare Arkansas’ internet statistics with other states nationwide, visit here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, federal grants amounting to $6,175,366 have gone toward broadband data and development within Arkansas. An additional $164,671,555 in federal grants have fueled broadband infrastructure statewide.

In 2019, current legislation issued an Arkansas State Broadband Plan with “goal of seeing 25 Mbps/3 Mbps broadband deployed to all population centers in Arkansas over 500 by the year 2022”.

The information above is acquired from both public and private datasets. Find out 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.

Arkansas Cities

Average speed over time
Alexander 97.2% 13 providers
Alma 90.3% 11 providers
Arkadelphia 82.4% 11 providers
Ashdown 64.6% 10 providers
Atkins 80.8% 8 providers
Austin 99.5% 11 providers
Bald Knob 46.6% 9 providers
Barling 99.8% 12 providers
Batesville 85.8% 11 providers
Bauxite 97.7% 11 providers
Beebe 75.5% 13 providers
Bella Vista 99.5% 11 providers
Benton 92.6% 12 providers
Bentonville 95.8% 13 providers
Berryville 76.1% 11 providers
Bismarck 20.7% 7 providers
Blytheville 80.4% 12 providers
Bono 77.3% 16 providers
Booneville 11.5% 7 providers
Bradford 62.5% 10 providers
Brinkley 3.4% 9 providers
Bryant 99.5% 15 providers
Cabot 99.0% 10 providers
Camden 60.2% 11 providers
Carlisle 37.2% 7 providers
Cave City 0.0% 9 providers
Centerton 99.7% 13 providers
Charleston 25.2% 9 providers
Cherokee Village 89.7% 8 providers
Clarksville 74.3% 10 providers
Clinton 1.9% 8 providers
Conway 96.8% 16 providers
Corning 49.5% 7 providers
Crossett 44.3% 6 providers
Danville 86.7% 6 providers
Dardanelle 68.2% 7 providers
De Queen 89.2% 7 providers
De Witt 6.2% 6 providers
Dermott 63.4% 7 providers
Dover 75.8% 8 providers
Dumas 77.1% 7 providers
El Dorado 93.4% 10 providers
Elkins 61.7% 11 providers
England 0.5% 11 providers
Eureka Springs 62.2% 11 providers
Farmington 99.9% 12 providers
Fayetteville 97.9% 17 providers
Flippin 78.2% 9 providers
Fordyce 29.0% 7 providers
Forrest City 49.8% 11 providers
Fort Smith 99.9% 16 providers
Fouke 64.6% 9 providers
Garfield 57.7% 10 providers
Gentry 84.0% 11 providers
Glenwood 64.8% 6 providers
Gravette 59.8% 14 providers
Green Forest 77.5% 11 providers
Greenbrier 68.9% 11 providers
Greenwood 90.1% 8 providers
Gurdon 70.2% 8 providers
Hackett 74.1% 7 providers
Hamburg 58.4% 7 providers
Hardy 50.8% 7 providers
Harrisburg 61.0% 12 providers
Harrison 84.9% 9 providers
Heber Springs 88.6% 13 providers
Helena 93.2% 9 providers
Hensley 80.7% 13 providers
Hope 71.9% 12 providers
Hot Springs 96.2% 15 providers
Hot Springs Village 96.8% 11 providers
Huntsville 54.5% 11 providers
Jacksonville 98.6% 15 providers
Jonesboro 92.3% 19 providers
Judsonia 37.9% 12 providers
Lake Village 79.0% 8 providers
Lamar 54.5% 7 providers
Lavaca 95.5% 9 providers
Lincoln 94.6% 9 providers
Little Rock 98.7% 22 providers
Lonoke 92.8% 12 providers
Lowell 99.6% 15 providers
Mabelvale 98.6% 16 providers
Magnolia 79.0% 10 providers
Malvern 69.3% 12 providers
Manila 70.0% 11 providers
Marianna 50.1% 8 providers
Marion 91.6% 11 providers
Marshall 46.7% 7 providers
Maumelle 99.9% 16 providers
Mayflower 88.9% 11 providers
Mc Gehee 93.3% 7 providers
Mena 75.0% 10 providers
Monticello 77.8% 9 providers
Morrilton 93.3% 10 providers
Mountain Home 83.8% 10 providers
Mountain View 45.6% 7 providers
Mulberry 78.2% 8 providers
Nashville 1.2% 9 providers
Newport 85.6% 12 providers
North Little Rock 99.0% 22 providers
Osceola 80.5% 13 providers
Ozark 28.0% 10 providers
Paragould 86.5% 14 providers
Paris 39.0% 7 providers
Pea Ridge 89.7% 12 providers
Pearcy 79.6% 13 providers
Piggott 86.3% 9 providers
Pine Bluff 69.5% 13 providers
Pocahontas 82.4% 8 providers
Prairie Grove 96.9% 10 providers
Prescott 69.3% 8 providers
Quitman 62.7% 9 providers
Rector 69.0% 10 providers
Rison 96.5% 6 providers
Rogers 97.1% 18 providers
Royal 71.5% 12 providers
Russellville 94.7% 10 providers
Salem 46.9% 8 providers
Searcy 85.6% 15 providers
Sheridan 55.9% 7 providers
Sherwood 99.7% 18 providers
Siloam Springs 85.8% 10 providers
Springdale 98.3% 18 providers
Star City 24.7% 8 providers
Stuttgart 12.4% 7 providers
Texarkana 96.1% 11 providers
Trumann 84.2% 12 providers
Van Buren 96.2% 12 providers
Vilonia 75.1% 12 providers
Waldron 57.8% 7 providers
Walnut Ridge 80.3% 12 providers
Ward 86.8% 10 providers
Warren 85.3% 10 providers
West Fork 78.2% 9 providers
West Helena 97.2% 8 providers
West Memphis 98.2% 13 providers
White Hall 41.5% 12 providers
Wynne 69.0% 11 providers
Yellville 39.7% 7 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.