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Broadband Service in Connecticut

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Internet Access in Connecticut

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Coverage by County

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98.3%
98.3% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
30.9%
30.9% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

107.0

10th

Broadband Speeds

99.1%

of Connecticuters have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

18.1%

of Connecticuters have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.8%

of Connecticuters have access to wireline service.

7.6%

of Connecticuters have access to fiber-optic service.

99.1%

of Connecticuters have access to cable service.

95.8%

of Connecticuters have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Connecticut

Coverage by County in Connecticut

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Fairfield 99.9%
Hartford 98.5%
Litchfield 99.8%
Middlesex 99.3%
New Haven 99.7%
New London 98.4%
Tolland 96.8%
Windham 99.6%

Internet Speed in Top Connecticut Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Bridgeport 75.5 MBPS 17 Providers
2. New Haven 84.8 MBPS 15 Providers
3. Hartford 129.4 MBPS 19 Providers
4. Stamford 120.7 MBPS 16 Providers
5. Waterbury 93.9 MBPS 14 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Connecticut

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 125.9 MBPS
Optimum by Altice 120.2 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 97.7 MBPS
Cox Communications 97.0 MBPS
Frontier Communications 7.2 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Connecticut, 2020

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

In terms of broadband access, Connecticut ranks solidly as the state with the 10th-best connection in the US. With very even coverage throughout every county, Connecticuters enjoy widely-available high-speed access. In fact, 99% of Connecticut’s residents have access to a wired connection capable of 100 Mbps or faster. However, the state still has remarkably low fiber-optic access, with barely over 4% having access to fiber services. Average download speeds in Connecticut have been measured at about 172.0 Mbps, which is faster than even higher-ranking Texas, District of Colombia, Illinois, Florida, and Rhode Island.

The Digital Divide in Connecticut

For the most part, Connecticut’s population has fairly equal access to high-speed internet. However, a digital divide remains between those who have access to a fast, low-priced wired connection and those who do not, as revealed in the following data.

For example, while 99.1% of Connecticuters have access to a wired broadband connection with 25 Mbps speeds or faster, 32,000 people remain without a wired option capable of the same speeds available to them, and another 7,000 people in Connecticut do not have any wired internet providers offering services where they live. An additional, 165,000 people in Connecticut have access to only one wired provider, leaving them no options to switch, despite the fact that there are 84 internet providers currently operating in Connecticut.

Further, affordability data shows that 30.9% of Connecticuters have access to a low-priced monthly internet plan, costing $60 or less per month. This is over 20% lower than the national average of 51.5% of Americans who have a low-priced internet plan available to them.

Best-Connected Cities

While Connecticut is fairly well-connected as a whole, a few cities outrank the rest in terms of offering the best combo of internet coverage, speeds, and low costs. The top five highest-ranking cities in Connecticut are Stamford, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Westport, and New Canaan, with Stamford topping the list as best in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the flip side, the five cities with the worst connection in the state are Milldale, Marion, Gilman, Hanover, and East Canaan, with Milldale bottoming out as the lowest ranking city in Connecticut.

See how Connecticut’s broadband compares to the other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, $3,782,938 in federal grant funding has gone toward fueling broadband mapping and data development through the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Another $93,855,029 in federal grants has been awarded to the Connecticut Department of Information Technology to fund the expansion of broadband infrastructure.

Currently, the Connecticut State Broadband Office is working to “facilitate the availability of broadband access to every state citizen and to increase access to and the adoption of ultra-high-speed gigabit-capable broadband networks.”

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.

Top Connecticut Cities

Average speed over time
Bridgeport 100.0% 17 providers
Bristol 99.8% 10 providers
Danbury 99.6% 16 providers
Fairfield 100.0% 12 providers
Hamden 99.1% 16 providers
Hartford 97.9% 19 providers
Manchester 99.0% 10 providers
Meriden 99.6% 11 providers
Milford 100.0% 14 providers
New Britain 98.3% 11 providers
New Haven 99.9% 15 providers
Norwalk 100.0% 14 providers
Stamford 100.0% 16 providers
Stratford 100.0% 16 providers
Waterbury 99.2% 14 providers
West Hartford 97.9% 16 providers
West Haven 99.9% 11 providers

Connecticut Cities and Towns

Average speed over time
Amston 99.5% 8 providers
Ansonia 100.0% 10 providers
Ashford 98.6% 9 providers
Avon 99.6% 10 providers
Beacon Falls 99.8% 9 providers
Berlin 99.8% 10 providers
Bethany 99.9% 11 providers
Bethel 99.7% 11 providers
Bloomfield 99.1% 12 providers
Bolton 100.0% 8 providers
Branford 99.2% 11 providers
Broad Brook 98.8% 8 providers
Brookfield 99.8% 13 providers
Brooklyn 100.0% 10 providers
Burlington 100.0% 9 providers
Canterbury 99.9% 11 providers
Canton 99.8% 11 providers
Cheshire 98.7% 11 providers
Chester 98.7% 10 providers
Clinton 99.3% 9 providers
Colchester 99.3% 10 providers
Columbia 100.0% 10 providers
Cos Cob 100.0% 12 providers
Coventry 100.0% 11 providers
Cromwell 99.1% 9 providers
Danielson 99.4% 10 providers
Darien 100.0% 9 providers
Dayville 99.4% 9 providers
Deep River 99.5% 11 providers
Derby 99.9% 11 providers
Durham 99.8% 10 providers
East Granby 99.3% 13 providers
East Haddam 99.4% 8 providers
East Hampton 99.6% 10 providers
East Hartford 99.4% 14 providers
East Haven 99.9% 10 providers
East Lyme 99.2% 11 providers
East Windsor 99.7% 11 providers
Easton 100.0% 10 providers
Ellington 99.3% 9 providers
Enfield 91.7% 10 providers
Farmington 98.6% 15 providers
Gales Ferry 99.4% 9 providers
Glastonbury 99.6% 11 providers
Granby 99.6% 10 providers
Greenwich 100.0% 15 providers
Groton 97.7% 13 providers
Guilford 99.9% 9 providers
Harwinton 99.9% 11 providers
Hebron 99.9% 10 providers
Higganum 99.8% 9 providers
Jewett City 99.4% 10 providers
Killingworth 99.7% 9 providers
Lebanon 99.8% 10 providers
Ledyard 99.7% 10 providers
Litchfield 100.0% 11 providers
Madison 99.7% 11 providers
Mansfield Center 99.8% 10 providers
Marlborough 100.0% 10 providers
Middlebury 99.1% 12 providers
Middletown 98.8% 12 providers
Monroe 99.3% 11 providers
Moosup 98.5% 9 providers
Mystic 99.8% 12 providers
Naugatuck 99.7% 11 providers
New Canaan 100.0% 9 providers
New Fairfield 100.0% 11 providers
New Hartford 99.9% 12 providers
New London 95.1% 11 providers
New Milford 99.9% 11 providers
Newington 99.4% 15 providers
Newtown 100.0% 11 providers
Niantic 90.4% 10 providers
North Branford 99.9% 9 providers
North Grosvenordale 100.0% 8 providers
North Haven 99.8% 11 providers
North Stonington 99.5% 8 providers
Northford 99.3% 9 providers
Norwich 99.3% 10 providers
Oakdale 99.0% 10 providers
Oakville 100.0% 10 providers
Old Greenwich 100.0% 13 providers
Old Lyme 98.9% 10 providers
Old Saybrook 99.3% 11 providers
Orange 100.0% 14 providers
Oxford 99.5% 11 providers
Pawcatuck 99.8% 11 providers
Plainfield 99.7% 11 providers
Plainville 100.0% 13 providers
Plantsville 99.6% 11 providers
Pomfret Center 99.5% 9 providers
Portland 99.8% 10 providers
Preston 99.3% 10 providers
Prospect 99.8% 13 providers
Putnam 99.6% 9 providers
Redding 100.0% 10 providers
Ridgefield 99.6% 12 providers
Riverside 100.0% 10 providers
Rocky Hill 96.1% 10 providers
Salem 99.9% 8 providers
Sandy Hook 100.0% 9 providers
Seymour 99.8% 10 providers
Shelton 99.8% 15 providers
Simsbury 99.0% 10 providers
Somers 79.7% 9 providers
South Glastonbury 97.5% 9 providers
South Windsor 99.5% 10 providers
Southbury 100.0% 10 providers
Southington 99.0% 13 providers
Southport 100.0% 12 providers
Stafford Springs 99.0% 11 providers
Stonington 99.0% 9 providers
Storrs Mansfield 92.8% 10 providers
Suffield 96.3% 13 providers
Terryville 99.9% 9 providers
Thomaston 100.0% 13 providers
Thompson 99.5% 8 providers
Tolland 99.9% 9 providers
Torrington 100.0% 12 providers
Trumbull 100.0% 13 providers
Uncasville 99.3% 12 providers
Unionville 99.7% 9 providers
Vernon Rockville 98.0% 12 providers
Wallingford 99.7% 12 providers
Waterford 100.0% 11 providers
Watertown 100.0% 14 providers
West Simsbury 99.8% 9 providers
Westbrook 99.8% 12 providers
Weston 100.0% 9 providers
Westport 100.0% 13 providers
Wethersfield 99.8% 13 providers
Willimantic 100.0% 10 providers
Willington 99.4% 9 providers
Wilton 100.0% 13 providers
Windsor 99.2% 12 providers
Windsor Locks 99.9% 11 providers
Winsted 99.5% 11 providers
Wolcott 99.9% 9 providers
Woodbridge 100.0% 13 providers
Woodbury 99.9% 11 providers
Woodstock 100.0% 11 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.