Broadband Internet in Arkansas

Internet Access in Arkansas

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Coverage by County

54.3%
52.7%

72.9

41st

Broadband Speeds

72.9%

of Arkansans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

38.9%

of Arkansans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

93.5%

of Arkansans have access to wireline service

22.4%

of Arkansans have access to fiber-optic service

69.5%

of Arkansans have access to cable service

87.7%

of Arkansans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Arkansas

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Arkansas 29.3%
Ashley 61.9%
Baxter 78.2%
Benton 94.0%
Boone 80.6%
Bradley 62.8%
Calhoun 8.1%
Carroll 72.5%
Chicot 54.4%
Clark 81.9%
Clay 59.7%
Cleburne 55.9%
Cleveland 85.1%
Columbia 59.1%
Conway 59.2%
Craighead 82.6%
Crawford 88.3%
Crittenden 80.5%
Cross 60.8%
Dallas 61.4%
Desha 73.0%
Drew 68.2%
Faulkner 93.8%
Franklin 28.7%
Fulton 46.5%
Garland 91.5%
Grant 69.4%
Greene 79.8%
Hempstead 65.6%
Hot Spring 60.4%
Howard 22.9%
Independence 69.9%
Izard 61.1%
Jackson 69.8%
Jefferson 66.8%
Johnson 66.9%
Lafayette 45.0%
Lawrence 45.2%
Lee 34.6%
Lincoln 32.5%
Little River 59.3%
Logan 36.5%
Lonoke 84.1%
Madison 51.3%
Marion 63.1%
Miller 93.7%
Mississippi 79.3%
Monroe 7.3%
Montgomery 50.3%
Nevada 47.7%
Newton 16.6%
Ouachita 53.6%
Perry 78.0%
Phillips 78.7%
Pike 55.5%
Poinsett 80.0%
Polk 68.0%
Pope 80.7%
Prairie 14.6%
Pulaski 98.2%
Randolph 58.2%
St. Francis 38.3%
Saline 94.5%
Scott 40.0%
Searcy 56.6%
Sebastian 96.4%
Sevier 81.2%
Sharp 46.8%
Stone 40.2%
Union 73.3%
Van Buren 16.6%
Washington 97.7%
White 74.4%
Woodruff 31.1%
Yell 87.0%

Internet Speed in Top Arkansas Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Little Rock 62.1 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Fort Smith 124.4 MBPS 15 Providers
3. Fayetteville 94.7 MBPS 16 Providers
4. Springdale 159.9 MBPS 17 Providers
5. Jonesboro 134.2 MBPS 18 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Arkansas

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 113.3 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 110.6 MBPS
AT&T Internet 88.7 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 86.6 MBPS
CenturyLink 24.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Arkansas, 2021

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

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 97.4%
12 providers
Alma 91.8%
12 providers
Amity 74.1%
7 providers
Arkadelphia 85.2%
12 providers
Ash Flat 54.6%
8 providers
Ashdown 66.6%
9 providers
Atkins 68.8%
9 providers
Augusta 43.5%
8 providers
Austin 96.4%
11 providers
Bald Knob 64.3%
9 providers
Barling 99.8%
12 providers
Batesville 87.9%
12 providers
Bauxite 97.7%
10 providers
Bearden 59.9%
8 providers
Beebe 75.5%
13 providers
Bella Vista 99.5%
11 providers
Benton 92.6%
11 providers
Bentonville 95.7%
14 providers
Berryville 76.5%
10 providers
Bigelow 90.7%
10 providers
Bismarck 73.3%
7 providers
Blytheville 80.9%
13 providers
Bono 77.2%
15 providers
Booneville 41.8%
6 providers
Bradford 39.9%
10 providers
Brinkley 3.3%
10 providers
Brookland 60.9%
14 providers
Bryant 99.5%
13 providers
Cabot 98.0%
10 providers
Calico Rock 52.6%
6 providers
Camden 61.3%
11 providers
Carlisle 29.3%
7 providers
Cave City 34.0%
10 providers
Centerton 99.2%
12 providers
Charleston 39.7%
9 providers
Cherokee Village 89.3%
8 providers
Clarksville 85.0%
12 providers
Clinton 7.9%
10 providers
Conway 97.9%
13 providers
Corning 38.4%
7 providers
Crossett 75.4%
7 providers
Danville 93.6%
6 providers
Dardanelle 77.4%
7 providers
De Queen 90.2%
7 providers
De Witt 31.3%
6 providers
Decatur 97.0%
11 providers
Dermott 63.4%
7 providers
Des Arc 13.8%
8 providers
Dover 62.1%
8 providers
Dumas 77.1%
7 providers
Earle 2.6%
8 providers
El Dorado 92.1%
11 providers
Elkins 80.3%
10 providers
England 21.0%
10 providers
Eureka Springs 64.1%
11 providers
Fairfield Bay 2.7%
7 providers
Farmington 99.9%
11 providers
Fayetteville 99.0%
16 providers
Flippin 75.4%
9 providers
Fordyce 60.2%
7 providers
Foreman 48.4%
7 providers
Forrest City 50.5%
12 providers
Fort Smith 99.9%
15 providers
Fouke 67.8%
8 providers
Garfield 64.0%
9 providers
Gassville 75.6%
10 providers
Gentry 84.1%
10 providers
Glenwood 71.0%
7 providers
Gravette 63.2%
13 providers
Green Forest 79.6%
11 providers
Greenbrier 91.1%
11 providers
Greenwood 93.2%
8 providers
Gurdon 60.9%
9 providers
Hackett 73.0%
7 providers
Hamburg 58.4%
7 providers
Hampton 0.0%
8 providers
Hardy 50.3%
6 providers
Harrisburg 62.7%
12 providers
Harrison 86.4%
9 providers
Hazen 30.3%
7 providers
Heber Springs 87.6%
13 providers
Helena 81.3%
9 providers
Hensley 90.2%
13 providers
Higden 18.3%
9 providers
Hindsville 64.5%
10 providers
Hope 72.4%
12 providers
Hot Springs 96.2%
15 providers
Hot Springs Village 96.2%
10 providers
Hoxie 73.2%
12 providers
Hughes 22.7%
10 providers
Huntington 78.8%
7 providers
Huntsville 55.2%
12 providers
Jacksonville 97.5%
15 providers
Jasper 25.7%
6 providers
Jonesboro 85.3%
18 providers
Judsonia 70.9%
12 providers
Junction City 26.3%
9 providers
Lake City 68.1%
14 providers
Lake Village 79.0%
9 providers
Lamar 58.7%
7 providers
Lavaca 95.6%
9 providers
Leachville 80.8%
10 providers
Lepanto 91.2%
7 providers
Lewisville 26.6%
7 providers
Lexa 66.6%
9 providers
Lincoln 95.4%
8 providers
Little Rock 98.7%
21 providers
Lockesburg 54.3%
7 providers
London 53.2%
7 providers
Lonoke 89.8%
11 providers
Lowell 99.7%
14 providers
Mabelvale 98.6%
15 providers
Magazine 14.9%
6 providers
Magnolia 65.5%
10 providers
Malvern 67.5%
11 providers
Mammoth Spring 45.9%
8 providers
Manila 76.5%
10 providers
Mansfield 71.6%
6 providers
Marianna 53.3%
8 providers
Marion 91.6%
11 providers
Marked Tree 93.3%
7 providers
Marmaduke 67.6%
13 providers
Marshall 55.3%
8 providers
Maumelle 99.9%
14 providers
Mayflower 88.9%
10 providers
Mc Crory 26.8%
8 providers
Mc Gehee 93.3%
7 providers
Melbourne 74.5%
11 providers
Mena 75.3%
10 providers
Monticello 77.8%
10 providers
Morrilton 92.2%
10 providers
Mount Ida 75.3%
9 providers
Mountain Home 84.0%
10 providers
Mountain View 47.1%
9 providers
Mountainburg 64.0%
9 providers
Mulberry 79.4%
8 providers
Murfreesboro 59.6%
6 providers
Nashville 5.4%
9 providers
Newport 77.6%
12 providers
North Little Rock 98.9%
19 providers
Omaha 41.2%
10 providers
Osceola 85.8%
13 providers
Ozark 26.6%
10 providers
Pangburn 63.2%
12 providers
Paragould 86.2%
14 providers
Paris 51.8%
7 providers
Pea Ridge 86.6%
11 providers
Pearcy 79.6%
11 providers
Perryville 83.8%
10 providers
Piggott 86.1%
9 providers
Pine Bluff 72.3%
11 providers
Pocahontas 76.2%
9 providers
Pottsville 86.0%
8 providers
Prairie Grove 97.2%
9 providers
Prescott 66.6%
8 providers
Quitman 73.1%
9 providers
Rector 67.7%
9 providers
Redfield 53.6%
9 providers
Rison 96.7%
7 providers
Rogers 97.2%
16 providers
Roland 98.6%
11 providers
Rose Bud 43.9%
10 providers
Royal 68.9%
12 providers
Rudy 45.9%
11 providers
Russellville 90.3%
10 providers
Salem 62.6%
8 providers
Scott 0.0%
9 providers
Searcy 86.5%
14 providers
Sheridan 82.8%
8 providers
Sherwood 99.7%
16 providers
Shirley 5.6%
9 providers
Siloam Springs 87.0%
10 providers
Smackover 0.0%
8 providers
Springdale 99.5%
17 providers
Stamps 80.4%
8 providers
Star City 51.9%
9 providers
Stuttgart 30.5%
7 providers
Texarkana 97.1%
11 providers
Trumann 86.9%
11 providers
Van Buren 96.5%
13 providers
Vilonia 88.6%
12 providers
Waldron 38.0%
7 providers
Walnut Ridge 72.5%
15 providers
Ward 76.9%
9 providers
Warren 85.6%
11 providers
West Fork 88.6%
9 providers
West Helena 89.1%
8 providers
West Memphis 98.2%
13 providers
White Hall 70.4%
13 providers
Wynne 71.7%
12 providers
Yellville 52.8%
8 providers