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Broadband Service in Kansas

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Internet Access in Kansas

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Coverage by County

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82.1%
82.1% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
51.3%
51.3% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

83.0

28th

Broadband Speeds

83.6%

of Kansans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

71.8%

of Kansans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.4%

of Kansans have access to wireline service.

40.2%

of Kansans have access to fiber-optic service.

79.5%

of Kansans have access to cable service.

86.2%

of Kansans have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Kansas

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Allen 78.9%
Anderson 9.3%
Atchison 84.2%
Barber 85.4%
Barton 93.2%
Bourbon 75.6%
Brown 72.1%
Butler 75.9%
Chase 7.5%
Chautauqua 16.8%
Cherokee 82.8%
Cheyenne 8.2%
Clark 42.8%
Clay 92.8%
Cloud 93.2%
Coffey 64.4%
Comanche 63.6%
Cowley 84.5%
Crawford 89.1%
Decatur 42.5%
Dickinson 90.7%
Doniphan 83.1%
Douglas 93.2%
Edwards 72.0%
Elk 67.5%
Ellis 99.8%
Ellsworth 82.9%
Finney 83.7%
Ford 84.6%
Franklin 64.9%
Geary 88.1%
Gove 73.9%
Graham 98.8%
Grant 100.0%
Gray 73.1%
Greeley 60.9%
Greenwood 71.8%
Hamilton 100.0%
Harper 60.3%
Harvey 86.3%
Haskell 70.8%
Hodgeman 45.2%
Jackson 54.9%
Jefferson 63.7%
Jewell 89.9%
Johnson 99.1%
Kearny 99.5%
Kingman 51.1%
Kiowa 0.2%
Labette 68.4%
Lane 97.9%
Leavenworth 88.1%
Lincoln 27.5%
Linn 53.9%
Logan 89.1%
Lyon 80.4%
McPherson 80.3%
Marion 68.2%
Marshall 75.3%
Meade 0.1%
Miami 65.1%
Mitchell 90.5%
Montgomery 75.5%
Morris 98.1%
Morton 100.0%
Nemaha 64.7%
Neosho 71.9%
Ness 84.1%
Norton 74.9%
Osage 64.5%
Osborne 98.2%
Ottawa 59.5%
Pawnee 69.7%
Phillips 77.2%
Pottawatomie 94.3%
Pratt 77.5%
Rawlins 50.5%
Reno 82.9%
Republic 75.7%
Rice 77.1%
Riley 89.5%
Rooks 87.7%
Rush 85.3%
Russell 99.4%
Saline 89.2%
Scott 83.4%
Sedgwick 96.3%
Seward 57.8%
Shawnee 95.0%
Sheridan 77.1%
Sherman 86.6%
Smith 90.6%
Stafford 67.8%
Stanton 100.0%
Stevens 98.9%
Sumner 99.9%
Thomas 91.0%
Trego 85.1%
Wabaunsee 25.7%
Wallace 48.8%
Washington 68.7%
Wichita 63.7%
Wilson 33.7%
Woodson 53.7%
Wyandotte 99.9%

Internet Speed in Top Kansas Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Wichita 96.6 MBPS 31 Providers
2. Overland Park 105.1 MBPS 30 Providers
3. Topeka 72.3 MBPS 19 Providers
4. Kansas City 139.3 MBPS 24 Providers
5. Olathe 80.0 MBPS 22 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Kansas

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Charter Spectrum 96.8 MBPS
Cox Communications 95.0 MBPS
AT&T Internet 94.2 MBPS
KwiKom Communications 10.4 MBPS
Mercury Wireless 3.8 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Kansas, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 9/1/2020.

Kansas is the 28th most-connected state in the US when it comes to broadband access. According to user speed tests, Kansans experience average download speeds of about 135.9 Mbps, which is faster than some higher-ranking states, including California, North Carolina, and Michigan. While high percentages of the population in many of Kansas’ counties have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband internet services, a handful of counties have less than 50% access to the same services, and one county in the southwest of the state has 0% access at this time.

The Digital Divide in Kansas

The term ‘digital divide’ describes the technological gap between those who have access to the latest telecommunications technologies and those who do not. This digital divide can be quantified in terms of both affordability and accessibility.

In Kansas, there are 226 wired internet providers, however, 173,000 people in Kansas do not currently have any wired broadband services available at their place of residence. Statistics reveal that 88.3% of Kansans have access to broadband speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, but 307,000 residents do not have access to a connection capable of these speeds. Another 344,000 people only have one wired provider offering services at their location, which limits their choices in internet plans and means they have no option to switch, should they become dissatisfied with their current provider.

As for affordability, the most updated affordability data shows that 51.3% of people in Kansas have access to a ‘low-priced’ internet plan, costing $60 or less per month. This is nearly consistent with the nationwide average of 51.5% of consumers who have the same available to them.

Best-Connected Cities

In Kansas, the cities with the best combination of internet accessibility, speeds, and affordability are Prairie Village, Overland Park, Leawood, and Lenexa, with the first in the list ranking highest in the state. Prairie Village has universal broadband coverage and 100% of its citizens have access to low-priced wired broadband.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the contrary, the cities with the worst connection in Kansas are Arnold, Burdick, Stark, and Cedar Point, with the latter ranking lowest. Nobody in any of these cities has access to wired broadband.

Learn how the state of broadband in Kansas compares to that of other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, the Kansas Department of Commerce has been awarded over $6.37 million in federal grants toward its Broadband Initiative program, which aims to expand broadband access in an effort to fuel the local economy.

Another $998,419 worth of federal grants was awarded toward the Expanding Broadband Access Across Kansas project, which targeted the expansion of broadband infrastructure in communities throughout the state.

The information above is pulled from a mix of public and private datasets. Find out 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.

Kansas Cities

Average speed over time
Abilene 92.4% 11 providers
Andover 94.2% 17 providers
Arkansas City 91.7% 11 providers
Atchison 90.7% 14 providers
Augusta 72.3% 16 providers
Baldwin City 78.6% 12 providers
Basehor 95.9% 11 providers
Baxter Springs 80.8% 15 providers
Beloit 87.7% 8 providers
Bonner Springs 95.5% 18 providers
Burlington 83.3% 10 providers
Chanute 87.3% 12 providers
Cheney 53.1% 11 providers
Clay Center 89.9% 10 providers
Clearwater 78.7% 11 providers
Coffeyville 78.9% 13 providers
Colby 92.5% 8 providers
Columbus 90.9% 11 providers
Concordia 89.0% 11 providers
De Soto 89.4% 16 providers
Derby 96.4% 14 providers
Dodge City 88.4% 9 providers
El Dorado 87.2% 14 providers
Emporia 87.8% 11 providers
Eudora 82.5% 12 providers
Fort Leavenworth 92.3% 14 providers
Fort Riley 71.3% 10 providers
Fort Scott 84.5% 11 providers
Fredonia 9.6% 9 providers
Galena 89.3% 12 providers
Garden City 88.0% 11 providers
Gardner 95.2% 17 providers
Garnett 5.4% 10 providers
Girard 81.8% 10 providers
Goddard 86.6% 15 providers
Goodland 87.5% 9 providers
Great Bend 93.2% 9 providers
Hays 100.0% 8 providers
Haysville 95.7% 14 providers
Hesston 92.6% 13 providers
Hiawatha 78.5% 9 providers
Hillsboro 84.8% 9 providers
Holton 77.5% 10 providers
Hugoton 99.1% 6 providers
Hutchinson 90.4% 18 providers
Independence 83.2% 11 providers
Iola 91.1% 11 providers
Junction City 93.7% 11 providers
Kansas City 99.9% 24 providers
Kingman 75.7% 12 providers
Lansing 100.0% 14 providers
Larned 71.0% 10 providers
Lawrence 95.8% 16 providers
Leavenworth 90.8% 13 providers
Leawood 100.0% 23 providers
Lenexa 100.0% 25 providers
Liberal 59.8% 9 providers
Lindsborg 74.1% 14 providers
Louisburg 71.7% 15 providers
Lyons 87.9% 9 providers
Manhattan 90.6% 16 providers
Marysville 89.0% 8 providers
Mcpherson 90.4% 14 providers
Mission 100.0% 18 providers
Mulvane 90.9% 14 providers
Newton 91.3% 16 providers
Norton 74.4% 8 providers
Olathe 99.3% 22 providers
Osage City 80.5% 9 providers
Osawatomie 73.7% 10 providers
Ottawa 86.9% 11 providers
Overland Park 100.0% 30 providers
Paola 61.6% 17 providers
Parsons 82.8% 11 providers
Pittsburg 91.5% 15 providers
Prairie Village 100.0% 19 providers
Pratt 86.8% 10 providers
Rose Hill 89.2% 14 providers
Russell 98.4% 7 providers
Saint Marys 80.0% 9 providers
Salina 95.3% 13 providers
Scott City 83.1% 9 providers
Shawnee 100.0% 18 providers
Spring Hill 83.5% 16 providers
Stilwell 100.0% 17 providers
Tonganoxie 83.4% 14 providers
Topeka 97.4% 19 providers
Ulysses 100.0% 6 providers
Valley Center 83.7% 14 providers
Wamego 100.0% 8 providers
Wellington 100.0% 12 providers
Wellsville 60.0% 9 providers
Wichita 98.6% 31 providers
Winfield 80.1% 13 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.