Broadband Service in Idaho

Internet Access in Idaho

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Coverage by County

70.3%
62.3%

86.5

39th

Broadband Speeds

78.4%

of Idahoans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

67.5%

of Idahoans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

93.1%

of Idahoans have access to wireline service

45.8%

of Idahoans have access to fiber-optic service

78.9%

of Idahoans have access to cable service

88.8%

of Idahoans have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Idaho

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Ada 97.5%
Adams 52.5%
Bannock 88.8%
Bear Lake 29.8%
Benewah 4.4%
Bingham 65.4%
Blaine 86.0%
Boise 54.8%
Bonner 47.3%
Bonneville 94.4%
Boundary 38.8%
Butte 36.7%
Camas 0.0%
Canyon 88.7%
Caribou 63.7%
Cassia 59.8%
Clark 95.1%
Clearwater 28.0%
Custer 68.3%
Elmore 82.5%
Franklin 21.7%
Fremont 50.5%
Gem 83.0%
Gooding 58.3%
Idaho 20.4%
Jefferson 67.5%
Jerome 69.1%
Kootenai 87.8%
Latah 78.4%
Lemhi 74.0%
Lewis 63.5%
Lincoln 44.1%
Madison 80.8%
Minidoka 68.6%
Nez Perce 85.9%
Oneida 80.5%
Owyhee 41.0%
Payette 85.6%
Power 64.1%
Shoshone 39.9%
Teton 91.8%
Twin Falls 87.8%
Valley 55.3%
Washington 69.1%

Internet Speed in Top Idaho Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Boise 102.5 MBPS 24 Providers
2. Nampa 130.7 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Idaho Falls 62.6 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Meridian 78.8 MBPS 19 Providers
5. Pocatello 71.8 MBPS 15 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Idaho

Provider Avg. download speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 123.8 MBPS
CenturyLink 71.2 MBPS
Rise Broadband 18.4 MBPS
SpeedyQuick Networks 6.1 MBPS
SafeLink Internet 6.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Idaho, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

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 71.3%
12 providers
Arco 39.3%
9 providers
Arimo 4.6%
10 providers
Ashton 12.1%
11 providers
Athol 39.8%
14 providers
Bayview 90.1%
11 providers
Bellevue 87.3%
9 providers
Blackfoot 80.2%
13 providers
Blanchard 0.0%
9 providers
Bliss 19.7%
10 providers
Boise 99.4%
24 providers
Bonners Ferry 57.3%
13 providers
Bruneau 0.0%
9 providers
Buhl 63.1%
13 providers
Burley 72.0%
14 providers
Caldwell 88.0%
17 providers
Cambridge 82.7%
7 providers
Carey 2.3%
8 providers
Cascade 32.9%
9 providers
Cataldo 3.9%
11 providers
Challis 93.4%
7 providers
Chester 1.6%
11 providers
Clark Fork 0.0%
10 providers
Clifton 33.0%
10 providers
Cocolalla 0.0%
12 providers
Coeur D Alene 95.2%
20 providers
Cottonwood 0.0%
9 providers
Council 68.7%
8 providers
Culdesac 1.0%
11 providers
Dayton 0.0%
10 providers
Declo 9.3%
13 providers
Dietrich 18.0%
12 providers
Donnelly 49.5%
9 providers
Downey 0.0%
10 providers
Driggs 90.2%
10 providers
Dubois 95.7%
7 providers
Eagle 98.1%
16 providers
Eden 54.5%
11 providers
Emmett 89.1%
13 providers
Fairfield 0.0%
7 providers
Felt 90.3%
8 providers
Ferdinand 0.0%
8 providers
Fernwood 0.0%
6 providers
Filer 98.0%
14 providers
Firth 50.2%
14 providers
Franklin 65.8%
12 providers
Fruitland 93.9%
13 providers
Garden City 98.3%
15 providers
Garden Valley 0.0%
6 providers
Genesee 1.5%
11 providers
Glenns Ferry 71.9%
8 providers
Gooding 67.6%
11 providers
Grace 33.3%
8 providers
Grand View 0.0%
9 providers
Grangeville 29.6%
10 providers
Hagerman 62.2%
12 providers
Hailey 97.3%
10 providers
Hamer 0.0%
10 providers
Hansen 63.3%
13 providers
Harrison 2.8%
15 providers
Hayden 93.1%
17 providers
Hazelton 5.5%
11 providers
Heyburn 78.0%
12 providers
Homedale 63.6%
15 providers
Horseshoe Bend 63.4%
15 providers
Howe 86.0%
7 providers
Idaho City 81.4%
6 providers
Idaho Falls 94.2%
18 providers
Inkom 46.5%
12 providers
Irwin 75.7%
9 providers
Island Park 50.1%
9 providers
Jerome 75.0%
14 providers
Juliaetta 77.8%
11 providers
Kamiah 77.4%
10 providers
Kellogg 58.2%
9 providers
Kendrick 83.2%
8 providers
Ketchum 78.1%
10 providers
Kimberly 78.0%
14 providers
Kingston 41.3%
8 providers
Kooskia 0.6%
10 providers
Kuna 70.6%
13 providers
Lapwai 0.0%
10 providers
Lava Hot Springs 19.4%
12 providers
Lenore 0.0%
12 providers
Lewiston 97.2%
12 providers
Mackay 30.9%
7 providers
Malad City 82.4%
10 providers
Malta 9.6%
9 providers
Marsing 44.6%
16 providers
Mccall 65.7%
9 providers
Mccammon 0.0%
10 providers
Melba 22.4%
13 providers
Menan 25.5%
12 providers
Meridian 98.9%
19 providers
Middleton 85.3%
14 providers
Midvale 33.7%
9 providers
Monteview 10.4%
8 providers
Montpelier 26.0%
8 providers
Moore 8.7%
8 providers
Moscow 96.0%
13 providers
Mountain Home 88.6%
11 providers
Mountain Home A F B 84.7%
8 providers
Mullan 0.0%
6 providers
Murtaugh 22.5%
11 providers
Nampa 94.6%
16 providers
Naples 0.0%
10 providers
New Meadows 29.7%
9 providers
New Plymouth 77.1%
14 providers
Newdale 29.7%
12 providers
Oakley 31.2%
10 providers
Orofino 39.6%
11 providers
Osburn 9.3%
8 providers
Paris 3.5%
7 providers
Parma 41.6%
14 providers
Paul 38.6%
11 providers
Payette 89.7%
15 providers
Peck 0.0%
10 providers
Pierce 0.0%
5 providers
Pinehurst 48.1%
8 providers
Pingree 0.4%
12 providers
Plummer 14.7%
13 providers
Pocatello 92.7%
15 providers
Ponderay 95.9%
16 providers
Post Falls 96.3%
15 providers
Potlatch 0.0%
10 providers
Preston 19.8%
13 providers
Priest River 33.4%
14 providers
Princeton 0.0%
9 providers
Rathdrum 85.4%
14 providers
Rexburg 79.3%
15 providers
Richfield 0.0%
9 providers
Rigby 79.6%
15 providers
Riggins 0.0%
8 providers
Ririe 63.0%
13 providers
Roberts 54.0%
11 providers
Rockland 81.9%
8 providers
Rupert 69.2%
11 providers
Sagle 45.6%
15 providers
Saint Anthony 67.4%
14 providers
Saint Charles 63.9%
8 providers
Saint Maries 0.6%
11 providers
Salmon 85.2%
10 providers
Sandpoint 61.7%
17 providers
Shelley 72.2%
13 providers
Shoshone 64.9%
11 providers
Soda Springs 92.2%
9 providers
Spirit Lake 3.8%
12 providers
Star 99.0%
16 providers
Stites 0.0%
9 providers
Sugar City 89.9%
15 providers
Sun Valley 92.0%
10 providers
Sweet 0.0%
11 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
Wallace 46.9%
7 providers
Weippe 0.0%
7 providers
Weiser 70.5%
13 providers
Wendell 53.3%
12 providers
Weston 1.6%
11 providers
White Bird 0.0%
6 providers
Wilder 50.1%
15 providers
Worley 38.1%
13 providers