Broadband Internet in Arkansas

Internet Access in Arkansas

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Coverage by County

54.3%
52.7%

82.7

41st

Broadband Speeds

75.2%

of Arkansans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

43.6%

of Arkansans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

93.9%

of Arkansans have access to wireline service

27.8%

of Arkansans have access to fiber-optic service

69.9%

of Arkansans have access to cable service

87.5%

of Arkansans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Arkansas

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Arkansas 60.7%
Ashley 50.1%
Baxter 85.3%
Benton 94.2%
Boone 90.2%
Bradley 65.7%
Calhoun 9.2%
Carroll 78.4%
Chicot 73.8%
Clark 96.8%
Clay 68.4%
Cleburne 63.6%
Cleveland 85.8%
Columbia 62.8%
Conway 51.8%
Craighead 89.3%
Crawford 92.8%
Crittenden 80.3%
Cross 61.1%
Dallas 73.7%
Desha 74.6%
Drew 72.0%
Faulkner 92.7%
Franklin 42.0%
Fulton 57.8%
Garland 87.7%
Grant 80.6%
Greene 89.1%
Hempstead 72.8%
Hot Spring 59.8%
Howard 25.8%
Independence 71.4%
Izard 66.0%
Jackson 76.4%
Jefferson 68.5%
Johnson 79.8%
Lafayette 25.5%
Lawrence 69.8%
Lee 36.2%
Lincoln 43.3%
Little River 52.5%
Logan 55.0%
Lonoke 83.4%
Madison 76.0%
Marion 64.7%
Miller 94.3%
Mississippi 80.2%
Monroe 21.5%
Montgomery 67.0%
Nevada 86.8%
Newton 42.7%
Ouachita 55.7%
Perry 85.0%
Phillips 80.4%
Pike 97.3%
Poinsett 83.3%
Polk 66.4%
Pope 86.9%
Prairie 42.2%
Pulaski 97.7%
Randolph 67.7%
St. Francis 38.8%
Saline 93.7%
Scott 60.2%
Searcy 63.5%
Sebastian 96.7%
Sevier 86.5%
Sharp 51.2%
Stone 40.2%
Union 71.7%
Van Buren 22.0%
Washington 99.5%
White 77.8%
Woodruff 53.0%
Yell 93.2%

Internet Speed in Top Arkansas Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Little Rock 52.7 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Fort Smith 158.7 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Fayetteville 91.9 MBPS 16 Providers
4. Springdale 223.1 MBPS 16 Providers
5. Jonesboro 142.8 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Arkansas

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 140.3 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 137.4 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 120.2 MBPS
AT&T Internet 115.9 MBPS
CenturyLink 25.5 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Arkansas, 2021

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

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 97.1%
11 providers
Alma 94.2%
13 providers
Amity 100.0%
7 providers
Arkadelphia 95.3%
11 providers
Ash Flat 73.1%
8 providers
Ashdown 58.3%
8 providers
Atkins 81.8%
9 providers
Augusta 76.6%
8 providers
Austin 99.1%
10 providers
Bald Knob 77.7%
10 providers
Barling 99.9%
12 providers
Batesville 88.1%
11 providers
Bauxite 97.1%
9 providers
Bearden 67.9%
9 providers
Beebe 76.5%
12 providers
Bella Vista 98.5%
10 providers
Benton 92.2%
11 providers
Bentonville 95.8%
13 providers
Berryville 80.7%
9 providers
Bigelow 94.7%
9 providers
Bismarck 100.0%
7 providers
Blytheville 80.8%
12 providers
Bono 89.8%
13 providers
Booneville 70.0%
6 providers
Bradford 75.1%
11 providers
Brinkley 6.0%
9 providers
Brookland 90.7%
12 providers
Bryant 99.5%
13 providers
Cabot 98.2%
10 providers
Calico Rock 53.4%
7 providers
Camden 62.9%
10 providers
Carlisle 75.4%
8 providers
Cave City 34.0%
8 providers
Centerton 99.2%
12 providers
Charleston 61.4%
9 providers
Cherokee Village 98.9%
10 providers
Clarksville 91.1%
12 providers
Clinton 8.1%
9 providers
Conway 95.9%
13 providers
Corning 59.3%
7 providers
Crossett 82.6%
7 providers
Danville 94.3%
6 providers
Dardanelle 90.2%
7 providers
De Queen 93.2%
9 providers
De Witt 74.2%
6 providers
Decatur 97.0%
11 providers
Dermott 62.7%
6 providers
Des Arc 51.8%
8 providers
Dover 71.0%
8 providers
Dumas 79.6%
7 providers
Earle 2.6%
7 providers
El Dorado 88.8%
10 providers
Elkins 99.8%
9 providers
England 52.6%
10 providers
Eureka Springs 65.8%
10 providers
Fairfield Bay 11.0%
7 providers
Farmington 99.9%
11 providers
Fayetteville 99.4%
16 providers
Flippin 77.7%
9 providers
Fordyce 72.7%
8 providers
Foreman 43.7%
7 providers
Forrest City 53.2%
11 providers
Fort Smith 99.9%
17 providers
Fouke 68.8%
8 providers
Garfield 72.8%
9 providers
Gassville 86.0%
11 providers
Gentry 88.9%
10 providers
Glenwood 96.9%
7 providers
Gravette 62.6%
12 providers
Green Forest 89.7%
11 providers
Greenbrier 97.4%
11 providers
Greenwood 95.4%
8 providers
Gurdon 94.2%
8 providers
Hackett 69.6%
7 providers
Hamburg 1.5%
6 providers
Hampton 0.0%
8 providers
Hardy 54.7%
7 providers
Harrisburg 71.3%
11 providers
Harrison 95.3%
9 providers
Hazen 58.2%
8 providers
Heber Springs 89.1%
12 providers
Helena 81.3%
9 providers
Hensley 90.5%
12 providers
Higden 23.4%
8 providers
Hindsville 94.6%
9 providers
Hope 81.0%
13 providers
Hot Springs 92.8%
14 providers
Hot Springs Village 96.5%
10 providers
Hoxie 79.5%
10 providers
Hughes 5.0%
10 providers
Huntington 90.6%
7 providers
Huntsville 65.9%
11 providers
Jacksonville 99.3%
13 providers
Jasper 52.4%
6 providers
Jonesboro 91.0%
16 providers
Judsonia 77.6%
14 providers
Junction City 57.4%
9 providers
Lake City 79.2%
13 providers
Lake Village 75.8%
8 providers
Lamar 78.2%
7 providers
Lavaca 84.3%
8 providers
Leachville 81.9%
10 providers
Lepanto 91.7%
7 providers
Lewisville 37.1%
7 providers
Lexa 66.7%
8 providers
Lincoln 99.9%
8 providers
Little Rock 98.4%
21 providers
Lockesburg 60.6%
7 providers
London 58.7%
7 providers
Lonoke 46.9%
10 providers
Lowell 99.7%
12 providers
Mabelvale 98.6%
14 providers
Magazine 21.0%
6 providers
Magnolia 66.2%
9 providers
Malvern 57.8%
13 providers
Mammoth Spring 46.9%
7 providers
Manila 83.0%
10 providers
Mansfield 87.7%
6 providers
Marianna 56.2%
7 providers
Marion 91.6%
11 providers
Marked Tree 94.1%
7 providers
Marmaduke 83.3%
12 providers
Marshall 61.6%
9 providers
Marvell 59.6%
8 providers
Maumelle 99.8%
13 providers
Mayflower 39.1%
9 providers
Mc Crory 47.1%
8 providers
Mc Gehee 94.1%
7 providers
Melbourne 76.0%
11 providers
Mena 68.9%
9 providers
Monticello 80.6%
9 providers
Morrilton 78.4%
9 providers
Mount Ida 84.9%
9 providers
Mountain Home 89.2%
11 providers
Mountain View 47.1%
10 providers
Mulberry 81.2%
9 providers
Murfreesboro 99.6%
7 providers
Nashville 8.0%
10 providers
Newport 78.6%
11 providers
North Little Rock 95.9%
18 providers
Omaha 54.4%
10 providers
Osceola 86.1%
13 providers
Ozark 34.9%
10 providers
Pangburn 73.8%
12 providers
Paragould 93.0%
13 providers
Paris 70.5%
7 providers
Pea Ridge 90.0%
10 providers
Pearcy 73.7%
10 providers
Perryville 88.9%
11 providers
Piggott 88.6%
9 providers
Pine Bluff 73.5%
10 providers
Pocahontas 79.8%
9 providers
Pottsville 88.1%
9 providers
Prairie Grove 100.0%
9 providers
Prescott 87.9%
9 providers
Quitman 85.8%
9 providers
Rector 68.2%
9 providers
Redfield 80.4%
9 providers
Rison 96.7%
7 providers
Rogers 95.9%
15 providers
Roland 95.2%
10 providers
Rose Bud 95.5%
11 providers
Royal 54.7%
11 providers
Rudy 83.5%
10 providers
Russellville 94.2%
10 providers
Salem 71.0%
9 providers
Searcy 80.1%
13 providers
Sheridan 87.0%
8 providers
Sherwood 99.6%
15 providers
Shirley 8.4%
9 providers
Siloam Springs 89.1%
10 providers
Smackover 0.0%
8 providers
Springdale 99.6%
16 providers
Star City 65.1%
9 providers
Stuttgart 59.5%
7 providers
Texarkana 97.6%
12 providers
Trumann 88.9%
10 providers
Van Buren 98.3%
12 providers
Vilonia 94.5%
13 providers
Waldron 62.0%
7 providers
Walnut Ridge 76.4%
12 providers
Ward 86.8%
8 providers
Warren 88.7%
11 providers
West Fork 99.7%
10 providers
West Helena 91.1%
8 providers
West Memphis 98.3%
12 providers
White Hall 71.6%
12 providers
Wynne 72.0%
11 providers
Yellville 54.4%
9 providers