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Broadband Internet in Illinois

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Internet Access in Illinois

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Coverage by County

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89.3%
89.3% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
62.2%
62.2% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

86.6

6th

Broadband Speeds

93.5%

of Illinoisans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

22.1%

of Illinoisans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.4%

of Illinoisans have access to wireline service.

13.2%

of Illinoisans have access to fiber-optic service.

92.5%

of Illinoisans have access to cable service.

92.9%

of Illinoisans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Illinois

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 89.3%
Alexander 33.6%
Bond 51.1%
Boone 91.7%
Brown 49.8%
Bureau 71.3%
Calhoun 0.0%
Carroll 76.7%
Cass 76.0%
Champaign 94.0%
Christian 84.7%
Clark 71.8%
Clay 86.5%
Clinton 74.6%
Coles 84.3%
Cook 99.4%
Crawford 68.3%
Cumberland 45.7%
DeKalb 88.2%
De Witt 74.5%
Douglas 69.1%
DuPage 99.6%
Edgar 62.2%
Edwards 68.6%
Effingham 68.3%
Fayette 49.3%
Ford 68.0%
Franklin 78.5%
Fulton 74.8%
Gallatin 70.1%
Greene 47.3%
Grundy 89.1%
Hamilton 61.0%
Hancock 78.2%
Hardin 100.0%
Henderson 45.9%
Henry 88.0%
Iroquois 60.4%
Jackson 79.9%
Jasper 37.3%
Jefferson 59.5%
Jersey 56.8%
Jo Daviess 73.5%
Johnson 18.1%
Kane 98.8%
Kankakee 88.7%
Kendall 96.2%
Knox 90.8%
Lake 99.2%
LaSalle 82.1%
Lawrence 52.2%
Lee 65.5%
Livingston 73.0%
Logan 79.6%
McDonough 96.1%
McHenry 97.9%
McLean 92.9%
Macon 90.1%
Macoupin 75.4%
Madison 98.2%
Marion 76.9%
Marshall 72.1%
Mason 66.6%
Massac 62.3%
Menard 53.7%
Mercer 62.8%
Monroe 89.2%
Montgomery 68.2%
Morgan 68.7%
Moultrie 69.5%
Ogle 76.7%
Peoria 95.6%
Perry 74.1%
Piatt 74.2%
Pike 48.3%
Pope 78.3%
Pulaski 29.6%
Putnam 63.1%
Randolph 73.5%
Richland 73.6%
Rock Island 97.5%
St. Clair 96.4%
Saline 77.2%
Sangamon 94.8%
Schuyler 54.1%
Scott 49.9%
Shelby 48.1%
Stark 63.5%
Stephenson 82.0%
Tazewell 92.5%
Union 59.1%
Vermilion 82.6%
Wabash 67.0%
Warren 71.8%
Washington 42.9%
Wayne 77.6%
White 70.0%
Whiteside 83.9%
Will 98.5%
Williamson 84.6%
Winnebago 96.7%
Woodford 85.1%

Internet Speed in Top Illinois Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Chicago 77.4 MBPS 49 Providers
2. Aurora 83.0 MBPS 29 Providers
3. Rockford 97.6 MBPS 23 Providers
4. Naperville 94.2 MBPS 32 Providers
5. Springfield 88.2 MBPS 26 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Illinois

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 114.4 MBPS
AT&T Internet 84.0 MBPS
Everywhere Wireless 69.9 MBPS
Frontier Communications 10.1 MBPS
Rise Broadband 7.5 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Illinois, 2020

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

Illinois is both the 6th most populated State and the 6th highest-ranking State in terms of internet access. The best broadband coverage in Illinois is concentrated in northeastern counties, with comparatively less coverage in the southeast. Of course, not all counties follow this rule, with patches of good and not-so-good coverage throughout the State. Illinois internet users enjoy an average download speed of 171.3 Mbps, which is similar to average speeds in Florida, Washington DC, Connecticut, and even top-ranking New Jersey.

The Digital Divide in Illinois

The separation between those who have access to the latest telecommunications technology and those who don’t in a certain region constitutes what is known as the ‘digital divide’. The two biggest factors that help assess the severity of the digital divide in terms of internet access are affordability and availability.

As for the cost of internet in Illinois, affordability data shows that 62.2% (over 7.88 million) of Illinois’ population has access to a wired internet plan that costs equal to or less than $60 per month. This is better than the nationwide percentage of consumers with access to the same.

There are 353 internet providers in Illinois, and over 94% of Illinoisans have access to wired broadband with speeds of 25mbps or faster. Still, 334,000 people do not have access to any wired providers. Another 866,000 residents have internet access, yet only have one provider offering service at their home address. Finally, 727,000 of Illinois residents that have internet access do not have a connection capable of even 25 Mbps download speeds.

Best-Connected Cities

While many cities in Illinois are relatively well-connected, the cities that have the best internet access in terms of price, speed, and coverage are Montgomery, Hinsdale, Hanover Park, Brookfield, and Algonquin, with the highest-ranking city listed first.

Worst-Connected Cities

Across Illinois’ digital divide, other cities rate the lowest on the scale of best-connected cities. The worst-connected cities include Lee Center, Eleroy, Bluff Springs, Rome, and Kasbeer, with the lowest-ranking city last in the list.

Governmental Initiatives

In the past decade, the State of Illinois has received a significant amount of federal grant money to fuel the expansion of broadband infrastructure, accounting for 5% of all federal infrastructure grants.

Additionally, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has launched the ‘Connect Illinois’ initiative with the goal of increasing statewide broadband access. Part of the initiative features a $400 million broadband grant program.

Facts and figures backing the above information have been taken from a mix of public and private data sources. Learn 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.

Illinois Cities

Average speed over time
Addison 99.9% 20 providers
Algonquin 99.9% 19 providers
Alsip 99.1% 19 providers
Alton 99.1% 14 providers
Antioch 98.6% 16 providers
Arlington Heights 98.9% 23 providers
Aurora 99.7% 29 providers
Barrington 99.6% 24 providers
Bartlett 99.2% 17 providers
Batavia 99.2% 23 providers
Belleville 99.2% 22 providers
Bellwood 99.7% 13 providers
Belvidere 96.6% 14 providers
Bensenville 100.0% 26 providers
Berwyn 100.0% 15 providers
Bloomingdale 98.0% 22 providers
Bloomington 98.1% 21 providers
Blue Island 93.9% 13 providers
Bolingbrook 99.9% 21 providers
Bourbonnais 97.2% 17 providers
Bridgeview 97.3% 20 providers
Brookfield 100.0% 13 providers
Buffalo Grove 99.4% 20 providers
Burbank 100.0% 14 providers
Calumet City 99.3% 14 providers
Canton 92.4% 13 providers
Carbondale 86.0% 14 providers
Carol Stream 100.0% 23 providers
Carpentersville 99.1% 18 providers
Cary 99.8% 16 providers
Centralia 86.4% 19 providers
Champaign 97.8% 23 providers
Charleston 86.9% 10 providers
Chicago 99.6% 49 providers
Chicago Heights 99.7% 12 providers
Chicago Ridge 98.6% 17 providers
Cicero 99.9% 14 providers
Collinsville 99.9% 17 providers
Country Club Hills 99.1% 15 providers
Crest Hill 100.0% 16 providers
Crete 98.8% 12 providers
Crystal Lake 99.7% 19 providers
Danville 91.1% 16 providers
Darien 99.7% 20 providers
Decatur 98.3% 22 providers
Deerfield 97.4% 22 providers
Dekalb 89.3% 20 providers
Des Plaines 96.4% 25 providers
Dixon 79.2% 10 providers
Dolton 100.0% 11 providers
Downers Grove 99.7% 23 providers
Dundee 99.7% 18 providers
East Moline 99.4% 15 providers
East Peoria 99.6% 18 providers
East Saint Louis 99.7% 18 providers
Edwardsville 97.1% 16 providers
Effingham 88.7% 18 providers
Elgin 99.8% 22 providers
Elk Grove Village 99.1% 22 providers
Elmhurst 99.9% 24 providers
Elmwood Park 99.6% 15 providers
Evanston 99.8% 19 providers
Evergreen Park 100.0% 14 providers
Fairview Heights 100.0% 19 providers
Forest Park 98.9% 15 providers
Frankfort 99.7% 16 providers
Franklin Park 99.9% 22 providers
Freeport 91.6% 12 providers
Galesburg 97.8% 16 providers
Geneva 99.8% 19 providers
Glen Ellyn 99.6% 22 providers
Glendale Heights 99.6% 25 providers
Glenview 97.7% 22 providers
Godfrey 94.7% 16 providers
Granite City 99.6% 14 providers
Grayslake 99.7% 17 providers
Gurnee 99.7% 20 providers
Hampshire 90.6% 18 providers
Hanover Park 100.0% 19 providers
Harvey 99.7% 12 providers
Harwood Heights 100.0% 16 providers
Hazel Crest 100.0% 15 providers
Hickory Hills 100.0% 19 providers
Highland 92.5% 16 providers
Highland Park 99.8% 18 providers
Hinsdale 100.0% 18 providers
Hoffman Estates 98.5% 26 providers
Homer Glen 99.9% 14 providers
Homewood 99.8% 17 providers
Huntley 98.8% 15 providers
Jacksonville 88.6% 13 providers
Joliet 99.7% 23 providers
Justice 97.1% 16 providers
Kankakee 95.7% 15 providers
Kewanee 95.1% 12 providers
La Grange 99.2% 20 providers
Lake Forest 99.7% 21 providers
Lake In The Hills 99.4% 17 providers
Lake Villa 99.8% 18 providers
Lake Zurich 99.4% 19 providers
Lansing 99.9% 13 providers
Lemont 99.4% 14 providers
Libertyville 99.7% 21 providers
Lincoln 90.8% 12 providers
Lisle 99.9% 25 providers
Lockport 91.1% 15 providers
Lombard 99.9% 22 providers
Loves Park 99.6% 17 providers
Machesney Park 99.9% 20 providers
Macomb 97.3% 13 providers
Marion 87.3% 13 providers
Matteson 99.5% 13 providers
Mattoon 91.1% 12 providers
Maywood 100.0% 15 providers
Mchenry 99.5% 21 providers
Melrose Park 99.5% 19 providers
Midlothian 99.8% 17 providers
Mokena 99.8% 17 providers
Moline 99.9% 16 providers
Montgomery 100.0% 20 providers
Morris 92.4% 18 providers
Morton 92.9% 18 providers
Morton Grove 100.0% 17 providers
Mount Prospect 99.7% 18 providers
Mount Vernon 86.1% 18 providers
Mundelein 100.0% 22 providers
Murphysboro 91.6% 11 providers
Naperville 99.8% 32 providers
New Lenox 99.9% 14 providers
Niles 100.0% 18 providers
Normal 99.2% 17 providers
North Aurora 100.0% 22 providers
North Chicago 96.9% 15 providers
Northbrook 99.8% 24 providers
O Fallon 99.7% 18 providers
Oak Forest 100.0% 15 providers
Oak Lawn 99.5% 16 providers
Oak Park 100.0% 19 providers
Orland Park 98.6% 18 providers
Oswego 99.1% 21 providers
Ottawa 94.2% 20 providers
Palatine 98.9% 20 providers
Palos Heights 99.9% 18 providers
Palos Hills 99.6% 17 providers
Park Forest 97.8% 13 providers
Park Ridge 99.8% 17 providers
Pekin 94.2% 16 providers
Peoria 99.2% 28 providers
Plainfield 99.9% 19 providers
Pontiac 87.7% 10 providers
Prospect Heights 95.9% 20 providers
Quincy 96.6% 16 providers
Rantoul 95.9% 14 providers
Richton Park 99.6% 15 providers
Riverdale 99.8% 13 providers
Riverside 99.8% 16 providers
Rochelle 89.8% 11 providers
Rock Falls 88.5% 11 providers
Rock Island 99.7% 16 providers
Rockford 97.5% 23 providers
Rolling Meadows 99.5% 20 providers
Romeoville 99.7% 18 providers
Roscoe 99.2% 13 providers
Roselle 99.6% 19 providers
Round Lake 99.7% 15 providers
Saint Charles 99.0% 23 providers
Schaumburg 99.4% 28 providers
Shorewood 99.1% 16 providers
Skokie 100.0% 20 providers
South Elgin 99.9% 21 providers
South Holland 99.9% 17 providers
Springfield 98.7% 26 providers
Sterling 87.1% 14 providers
Streamwood 99.9% 16 providers
Streator 92.9% 15 providers
Sycamore 93.9% 17 providers
Taylorville 94.4% 12 providers
Tinley Park 99.6% 20 providers
Troy 99.7% 14 providers
Urbana 97.5% 21 providers
Vernon Hills 99.7% 22 providers
Villa Park 99.0% 18 providers
Washington 98.2% 19 providers
Waterloo 86.1% 15 providers
Wauconda 99.7% 18 providers
Waukegan 99.5% 20 providers
West Chicago 99.5% 23 providers
Westchester 100.0% 16 providers
Westmont 99.7% 18 providers
Wheaton 99.4% 23 providers
Wheeling 99.2% 20 providers
Willowbrook 99.1% 20 providers
Wilmette 100.0% 17 providers
Winnetka 99.9% 16 providers
Wood Dale 99.9% 21 providers
Woodridge 100.0% 19 providers
Woodstock 97.5% 20 providers
Yorkville 96.2% 21 providers
Zion 97.8% 11 providers
Last Updated on 6/19/2020.