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Internet Service in Delaware

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Internet Access in Delaware

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Coverage by County

Delaware Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
94.8%
94.8% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
57.1%
57.1% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

76.0

14th

Broadband Speeds

97.3%

of Delawareans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

8.5%

of Delawareans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.8%

of Delawareans have access to wireline service.

56.6%

of Delawareans have access to fiber-optic service.

96.5%

of Delawareans have access to cable service.

71.0%

of Delawareans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Delaware

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Kent 96.1%
New Castle 98.4%
Sussex 95.1%

Internet Speed in Top Delaware Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Wilmington 117.4 MBPS 22 Providers
2. Newark 107.8 MBPS 20 Providers
3. Dover 116.0 MBPS 15 Providers
4. New Castle 103.1 MBPS 17 Providers
5. Bear 141.3 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Delaware

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Verizon Fios 134.3 MBPS
Verizon High Speed Internet 122.4 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 114.2 MBPS
Mediacom Cable 57.4 MBPS
Atlantic Broadband 56.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Delaware, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/19/2020.

The state of Delaware ranks 14th in the US in terms of broadband access. Deleware excels in providing high-speed internet to the bulk of its population, with over 97% of its residents enjoying access to a broadband connection capable of 100 Mbps or faster. Additionally, over 56% of Delawareans have access to fiber-optic service, which is more than double the national average of 25% of consumers who have access to fiber internet. Recent speed tests reveal an average statewide download speed of 139.9 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Delaware

The digital divide is the gap existing between those who have affordable access to the latest internet technologies and those who do not. With nearly even high-speed coverage throughout the three counties that make up this small state, Deleware’s digital divide may be slight but can still be seen in the following data.

At this time, 97.3% of Delawareans have access to a wired broadband connection providing speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. Still, 26,000 people in Delaware are left without a wired connection capable of the same speeds, and another 11,000 residents do not have access to a wired connection at all where they live. In addition, while 52 internet providers offer services in Deleware, 43,000 people only have one provider operating at their place of residence, making it impossible to switch, should the need arise.

Further, affordability data shows that 57.1% of Delaware’s population has access to a low-priced ($60/month or less) wired internet plan. This is above the national average of 51.5% of Americans with access to the same nationwide.

Best-Connected Cities

While Delaware is fairly evenly connected, a few cities offer the best mix of price, coverage, and speed. The five most well-connected cities in Delaware are Newark, Wilmington, Middletown, Bear, and New Castle, with Newark ranking at the top of the list.

Worst-Connected Cities

In contrast, the cities with the worst broadband connection in Delaware are Montchanin, Kenton, Marydel, Dagsboro, and Hartly with Montchanin at the bottom of the list.

See how Delaware stacks up against other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

The Delaware Department of Technology and Information has received over $3 million in federal grants since 2010 to further broadband mapping and data development within the state.

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.

Delaware Cities

Average speed over time
Bear 99.6% 16 providers
Bridgeville 80.0% 12 providers
Camden Wyoming 99.0% 13 providers
Claymont 97.8% 13 providers
Clayton 98.3% 11 providers
Dagsboro 98.3% 12 providers
Delmar 92.4% 12 providers
Dover 97.7% 15 providers
Felton 94.3% 11 providers
Frankford 96.4% 14 providers
Frederica 99.4% 10 providers
Georgetown 95.4% 14 providers
Greenwood 61.1% 11 providers
Harrington 80.4% 11 providers
Hartly 96.0% 10 providers
Hockessin 97.4% 13 providers
Laurel 88.4% 15 providers
Lewes 99.7% 18 providers
Lincoln 98.7% 9 providers
Magnolia 99.2% 10 providers
Middletown 99.8% 17 providers
Milford 98.7% 13 providers
Millsboro 98.6% 13 providers
Milton 97.1% 15 providers
New Castle 98.5% 17 providers
Newark 99.4% 20 providers
Ocean View 98.7% 15 providers
Rehoboth Beach 99.8% 15 providers
Seaford 96.9% 14 providers
Selbyville 99.0% 12 providers
Smyrna 84.7% 13 providers
Townsend 96.5% 15 providers
Wilmington 98.8% 22 providers
Last Updated on 6/19/2020.