Broadband Service in Idaho

Internet Access in Idaho

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Coverage by County

70.3%
62.3%

61.9

39th

Broadband Speeds

78.5%

of Idahoans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

66.5%

of Idahoans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

93.5%

of Idahoans have access to wireline service

13.5%

of Idahoans have access to fiber-optic service

79.0%

of Idahoans have access to cable service

88.5%

of Idahoans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Idaho

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Ada 97.2%
Adams 52.9%
Bannock 88.9%
Bear Lake 9.6%
Benewah 4.5%
Bingham 64.4%
Blaine 83.6%
Boise 47.7%
Bonner 52.0%
Bonneville 93.7%
Boundary 38.8%
Butte 36.7%
Camas 0.0%
Canyon 87.6%
Caribou 53.9%
Cassia 58.4%
Clark 95.1%
Clearwater 30.7%
Custer 68.3%
Elmore 81.1%
Franklin 9.3%
Fremont 48.3%
Gem 80.4%
Gooding 55.6%
Idaho 7.2%
Jefferson 61.5%
Jerome 67.5%
Kootenai 87.8%
Latah 78.4%
Lemhi 63.2%
Lewis 21.3%
Lincoln 37.1%
Madison 77.3%
Minidoka 67.4%
Nez Perce 85.9%
Oneida 80.5%
Owyhee 40.0%
Payette 84.2%
Power 63.8%
Shoshone 30.1%
Teton 91.8%
Twin Falls 86.6%
Valley 57.4%
Washington 67.5%

Internet Speed in Top Idaho Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Boise 59.2 MBPS 24 Providers
2. Nampa 87.5 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Idaho Falls 61.9 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Meridian 63.3 MBPS 19 Providers
5. Pocatello 70.4 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Idaho

Provider Avg. download speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 99.4 MBPS
CenturyLink 36.4 MBPS
Rise Broadband 10.6 MBPS
SafeLink Internet 6.0 MBPS
SpeedyQuick Networks 5.7 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Idaho, 2021

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

Idaho is the 39th most connected state in the U.S. A glance at the state shows that connectivity is fairly spread out, with some areas being much less connected than others. The average reported speed in the state was 38.5 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Idaho

The state of Idaho is home to 140 internet providers. Connectivity is varied for the residents of Idaho. There are 307,000 people in Idaho without access to a wired connection that is capable of 25 Mbps download speeds. There are another 263,000 people that only have access to one wired provider, which leaves them with no other options if they want to switch. An additional 107,000 people simply don’t have any wired internet providers where they live at all.

Our latest data shows us that 62.3% of residents have access to a wired low-price plan of $60 or less. 81.2% of Idahoans have access to wired broadband speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. 79.4% of Idahoans have access to broadband 100 Mbps or faster. As for 1-gigabit broadband, 63.2% of Idahoans have access to this.

Best-Connected Cities

Boise is the most connected city in Idaho. It’s followed by Lewiston, Idaho Falls, Eagle, and Pocatello. 100% of the population in all five of these cities have access to broadband coverage. 97% of the populations in both Boise and Lewiston have access to affordably-priced wired broadband.

Worst-Connected Cities

The five worst connected cities in Idaho are Murray, Reubens, Elk River, Hill City, and Lowman. While all five of these cities have access to broadband coverage, none of them have access to low-priced wired broadband.

Governmental Initiatives

Idaho’s government has turned its attention to improving the state’s broadband infrastructure in the past decade. Since 2010, LINK Idaho has been awarded over $4.4 million in federal grants for Idaho’s Broadband Initiative. An additional $8,169.716 was put toward improving broadband infrastructure projects in Idaho. Since 2011, access to a wired connection of at least 10mbps has improved from 76.8% to 89.6% of all Idaho residents.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Idaho Cities

Average speed over time
Aberdeen 0.0%
11 providers
Albion 99.1%
9 providers
American Falls 71.1%
12 providers
Arco 39.3%
9 providers
Arimo 4.6%
9 providers
Ashton 12.6%
11 providers
Athol 39.8%
14 providers
Bayview 90.1%
11 providers
Bellevue 80.1%
9 providers
Blackfoot 79.2%
13 providers
Blanchard 0.0%
9 providers
Bliss 16.7%
10 providers
Boise 99.2%
24 providers
Bonners Ferry 57.3%
11 providers
Bruneau 0.0%
9 providers
Buhl 58.9%
13 providers
Burley 70.1%
14 providers
Caldwell 86.1%
17 providers
Cambridge 81.4%
7 providers
Carey 2.3%
8 providers
Cascade 33.8%
9 providers
Cataldo 0.9%
11 providers
Challis 93.4%
7 providers
Chester 21.3%
11 providers
Clark Fork 4.2%
9 providers
Clifton 15.7%
10 providers
Cocolalla 0.0%
12 providers
Coeur D Alene 95.2%
19 providers
Cottonwood 0.0%
9 providers
Council 68.7%
8 providers
Craigmont 0.0%
10 providers
Culdesac 0.0%
11 providers
Dayton 0.0%
10 providers
Deary 0.0%
8 providers
Declo 9.3%
13 providers
Desmet 31.9%
10 providers
Dietrich 0.0%
12 providers
Donnelly 59.5%
9 providers
Downey 0.0%
10 providers
Driggs 90.2%
10 providers
Dubois 95.7%
7 providers
Eagle 97.0%
16 providers
Eden 52.2%
11 providers
Emmett 85.7%
13 providers
Fairfield 0.0%
7 providers
Ferdinand 0.0%
9 providers
Fernwood 0.0%
6 providers
Filer 98.0%
14 providers
Firth 48.2%
14 providers
Franklin 65.6%
12 providers
Fruitland 93.9%
13 providers
Garden City 98.1%
15 providers
Garden Valley 0.0%
6 providers
Genesee 0.0%
11 providers
Glenns Ferry 71.9%
8 providers
Gooding 64.8%
11 providers
Grace 5.7%
8 providers
Grand View 0.0%
8 providers
Grangeville 0.0%
10 providers
Greenleaf 84.6%
14 providers
Hagerman 56.7%
12 providers
Hailey 96.6%
10 providers
Hamer 0.0%
10 providers
Hammett 0.0%
8 providers
Hansen 60.5%
13 providers
Harrison 2.8%
15 providers
Hayden 93.1%
17 providers
Hazelton 0.0%
11 providers
Heyburn 73.2%
12 providers
Homedale 63.3%
15 providers
Hope 3.2%
14 providers
Horseshoe Bend 68.8%
14 providers
Howe 86.0%
7 providers
Idaho City 66.5%
6 providers
Idaho Falls 93.5%
18 providers
Inkom 63.0%
12 providers
Irwin 75.7%
9 providers
Island Park 45.2%
9 providers
Jerome 73.8%
14 providers
Juliaetta 77.8%
11 providers
Kamiah 38.7%
10 providers
Kellogg 46.4%
9 providers
Kendrick 83.2%
8 providers
Ketchum 75.8%
10 providers
Kimberly 77.5%
14 providers
King Hill 1.3%
8 providers
Kingston 27.9%
8 providers
Kooskia 0.0%
10 providers
Kuna 70.2%
13 providers
Lapwai 0.0%
10 providers
Lava Hot Springs 4.9%
12 providers
Lenore 0.0%
12 providers
Lewiston 97.3%
11 providers
Lewisville 63.2%
12 providers
Mackay 30.9%
7 providers
Malad City 82.4%
10 providers
Malta 9.6%
9 providers
Marsing 44.6%
16 providers
Mccall 66.2%
9 providers
Mccammon 0.0%
10 providers
Melba 17.7%
13 providers
Menan 18.0%
12 providers
Meridian 98.4%
19 providers
Middleton 85.1%
14 providers
Midvale 33.7%
8 providers
Monteview 10.4%
8 providers
Montpelier 2.1%
8 providers
Moore 8.7%
8 providers
Moscow 96.0%
13 providers
Mountain Home 86.8%
11 providers
Mountain Home A F B 84.7%
8 providers
Mullan 0.0%
6 providers
Murtaugh 0.0%
11 providers
Nampa 93.7%
16 providers
Naples 0.0%
10 providers
New Meadows 30.6%
9 providers
New Plymouth 73.1%
14 providers
Newdale 28.5%
12 providers
Nezperce 4.7%
11 providers
Notus 98.5%
13 providers
Oakley 31.2%
9 providers
Oldtown 89.2%
11 providers
Orofino 43.5%
11 providers
Osburn 9.9%
8 providers
Paris 3.5%
7 providers
Parma 41.2%
14 providers
Paul 38.6%
12 providers
Payette 88.4%
15 providers
Peck 0.0%
10 providers
Pierce 0.0%
5 providers
Pinehurst 31.1%
8 providers
Pingree 0.4%
12 providers
Plummer 14.7%
13 providers
Pocatello 92.5%
16 providers
Ponderay 82.1%
17 providers
Post Falls 96.3%
15 providers
Potlatch 0.0%
10 providers
Preston 3.9%
13 providers
Priest River 60.8%
15 providers
Princeton 0.0%
9 providers
Rathdrum 86.0%
14 providers
Rexburg 75.9%
15 providers
Richfield 0.0%
9 providers
Rigby 76.4%
15 providers
Ririe 62.0%
13 providers
Roberts 0.0%
11 providers
Rockland 80.8%
8 providers
Rupert 69.2%
11 providers
Sagle 45.1%
15 providers
Saint Anthony 63.3%
13 providers
Saint Charles 63.9%
8 providers
Saint Maries 0.8%
11 providers
Salmon 77.8%
10 providers
Sandpoint 64.8%
17 providers
Shelley 70.8%
13 providers
Shoshone 58.0%
11 providers
Silverton 34.7%
7 providers
Soda Springs 86.5%
9 providers
Spirit Lake 4.7%
12 providers
Star 95.9%
16 providers
Stites 0.0%
9 providers
Sugar City 85.7%
15 providers
Sun Valley 90.7%
10 providers
Sweet 22.4%
12 providers
Tensed 3.5%
10 providers
Terreton 0.0%
8 providers
Teton 91.3%
13 providers
Tetonia 82.9%
10 providers
Troy 91.4%
10 providers
Twin Falls 95.4%
14 providers
Victor 95.9%
9 providers
Viola 0.0%
10 providers
Wallace 39.2%
7 providers
Weippe 0.0%
7 providers
Weiser 68.7%
13 providers
Wendell 52.2%
12 providers
Weston 0.0%
11 providers
White Bird 0.0%
6 providers
Wilder 50.1%
15 providers
Worley 38.1%
13 providers