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Broadband Service in Idaho

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Internet Access in Idaho

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Coverage by County

Idaho Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
70.3%
70.3% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
62.3%
62.3% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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Broadband Speeds

81.2%

of Idahoans have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

79.4%

of Idahoans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

63.2%

of Idahoans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

93.6%

of Idahoans have access to wireline service.

17.0%

of Idahoans have access to fiber-optic service.

79.3%

of Idahoans have access to cable service.

90.1%

of Idahoans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Idaho

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Ada 97.5%
Adams 33.8%
Bannock 91.2%
Bear Lake 83.0%
Benewah 4.0%
Bingham 73.7%
Blaine 84.6%
Boise 24.3%
Bonner 46.9%
Bonneville 94.0%
Boundary 26.9%
Butte 36.8%
Camas 0.0%
Canyon 88.7%
Caribou 73.8%
Cassia 64.3%
Clark 95.1%
Clearwater 0.0%
Custer 59.7%
Elmore 80.3%
Franklin 59.4%
Fremont 46.9%
Gem 79.9%
Gooding 53.7%
Idaho 3.6%
Jefferson 67.8%
Jerome 66.8%
Kootenai 86.8%
Latah 76.9%
Lemhi 51.0%
Lewis 21.5%
Lincoln 37.2%
Madison 81.1%
Minidoka 57.9%
Nez Perce 86.0%
Oneida 80.7%
Owyhee 35.6%
Payette 85.2%
Power 79.8%
Shoshone 0.0%
Teton 86.2%
Twin Falls 86.3%
Valley 56.7%
Washington 64.0%

Internet Speed in Top Idaho Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Boise 42.3 MBPS 24 Providers
2. Nampa 59.8 MBPS 18 Providers
3. Idaho Falls 57.6 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Meridian 48.1 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Pocatello 59.7 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Idaho

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 79.8 MBPS
CenturyLink 25.2 MBPS
Rise Broadband 8.7 MBPS
SafeLink Internet 6.2 MBPS
SpeedyQuick Networks 5.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Idaho, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/6/2020.

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.

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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
American Falls 84.5% 13 providers
Athol 35.9% 12 providers
Blackfoot 82.9% 13 providers
Boise 99.0% 24 providers
Bonners Ferry 39.7% 10 providers
Buhl 59.4% 14 providers
Burley 78.2% 15 providers
Caldwell 88.0% 17 providers
Coeur D Alene 95.0% 19 providers
Eagle 98.2% 17 providers
Emmett 85.5% 14 providers
Filer 97.5% 15 providers
Fruitland 93.9% 14 providers
Garden City 98.5% 16 providers
Gooding 64.9% 12 providers
Grangeville 0.0% 9 providers
Hailey 96.0% 11 providers
Hayden 93.1% 17 providers
Heyburn 70.3% 13 providers
Homedale 59.8% 16 providers
Idaho Falls 94.0% 18 providers
Jerome 72.9% 15 providers
Kamiah 24.0% 9 providers
Ketchum 76.0% 11 providers
Kimberly 77.9% 16 providers
Kuna 71.1% 14 providers
Lewiston 97.5% 12 providers
Malad City 82.4% 10 providers
Mccall 67.1% 9 providers
Meridian 98.9% 18 providers
Middleton 86.9% 15 providers
Moscow 96.0% 14 providers
Mountain Home 86.0% 12 providers
Nampa 94.7% 18 providers
New Plymouth 77.1% 15 providers
Orofino 0.0% 12 providers
Parma 40.5% 15 providers
Payette 88.4% 15 providers
Pocatello 92.6% 16 providers
Post Falls 96.3% 16 providers
Preston 68.6% 14 providers
Priest River 29.8% 13 providers
Rathdrum 77.8% 16 providers
Rexburg 80.1% 16 providers
Rigby 78.7% 16 providers
Rupert 52.8% 12 providers
Sagle 45.1% 13 providers
Saint Anthony 63.3% 14 providers
Saint Maries 0.0% 11 providers
Salmon 62.3% 9 providers
Sandpoint 65.4% 17 providers
Shelley 73.5% 14 providers
Soda Springs 85.1% 9 providers
Spirit Lake 0.0% 11 providers
Star 98.8% 17 providers
Twin Falls 95.1% 15 providers
Victor 89.4% 9 providers
Weiser 67.3% 14 providers
Wendell 49.4% 14 providers
Wilder 48.4% 16 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.