Scoring remarkably high in comparison with many other states, Florida has the 5th-best broadband access ranking in the US. While a handful of Florida counties have relatively low high-speed coverage, most counties experience over 95% coverage. Additionally, average download speeds are measured to be around 167.8 Mbps, which is even faster than Rhode Island, which has the 4th-best broadband ranking in the nation.
The Digital Divide in Florida
The digital divide, or the gap between residents who have access to the latest internet technologies and those who do not, is ever closing in Florida. However, in terms of access and affordability, the gap is still present and can be quantified by the following data.
Currently, 96.8% of Floridians have access to wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. Still, 464,000 people in Florida are left without a wired connection capable of these high speeds. Beyond that, even with 220 internet providers offering internet services in Florida, there are 1.0 million people in Florida that have access to only one wired provider, and well over a quarter-million people who do not have a wired provider operating at their place of residence at all.
As for internet cost in Florida, affordability data reveals that 59.8% of Floridians have access to a monthly internet plan that costs $60 or less per month. In this regard, Florida is slightly ahead of the national curve, since on average only 51.5% of Americans have access to the same.
While many Florida cities are well-off in terms of wired broadband, some cities enjoy the best combination of internet speed, coverage, and pricing. The five most well-connected cities in Florida are Bradenton, Boca Raton, Hollywood, Lake Worth, and Pompano Beach, with Bradenton being the best in the state in terms of broadband connectivity.
Internet for Rural Areas in Florida
Across the digital divide are a number of cities with the worst broadband situation in the state. Indian Lake Estates, Wacissa, Suwannee, Horseshoe Beach, and Mc Intosh are the five most poorly connected cities in Florida, with Indian Lake Estate ranking worst in the state.
Find out how Florida’s wired internet compares to other states in the USA .
Since 2010, almost $8.9 million in federal grant funding has been awarded to the Florida Department of Management Services to help pay for broadband development and data collection within the state. An additional sum of $55,902,591 in federal grants has gone toward broadband infrastructure projects in Florida.
The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.