Broadband Internet in Kentucky

Internet Access in Kentucky

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Coverage by County

81.8%
39.3%

84.7

40th

Broadband Speeds

91.9%

of Kentuckians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

50.5%

of Kentuckians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.2%

of Kentuckians have access to wireline service

48.4%

of Kentuckians have access to fiber-optic service

82.5%

of Kentuckians have access to cable service

89.0%

of Kentuckians have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Kentucky

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 82.7%
Allen 99.5%
Anderson 84.9%
Ballard 79.9%
Barren 88.5%
Bath 91.3%
Bell 98.6%
Boone 99.4%
Bourbon 81.2%
Boyd 99.2%
Boyle 84.3%
Bracken 90.0%
Breathitt 80.1%
Breckinridge 77.3%
Bullitt 99.7%
Butler 31.0%
Caldwell 72.2%
Calloway 95.9%
Campbell 99.5%
Carlisle 97.6%
Carroll 81.4%
Carter 94.4%
Casey 95.7%
Christian 91.5%
Clark 92.7%
Clay 98.6%
Clinton 95.6%
Crittenden 67.7%
Cumberland 58.9%
Daviess 91.1%
Edmonson 95.2%
Elliott 100.0%
Estill 98.8%
Fayette 100.0%
Fleming 88.8%
Floyd 95.1%
Franklin 97.6%
Fulton 85.7%
Gallatin 86.8%
Garrard 95.7%
Grant 96.7%
Graves 96.1%
Grayson 94.4%
Green 91.9%
Greenup 97.7%
Hancock 18.3%
Hardin 100.0%
Harlan 90.7%
Harrison 70.9%
Hart 91.5%
Henderson 88.0%
Henry 66.9%
Hickman 40.7%
Hopkins 91.1%
Jackson 100.0%
Jefferson 100.0%
Jessamine 99.8%
Johnson 99.4%
Kenton 99.6%
Knott 99.8%
Knox 94.9%
Larue 90.5%
Laurel 99.1%
Lawrence 100.0%
Lee 51.9%
Leslie 84.2%
Letcher 96.9%
Lewis 89.5%
Lincoln 74.5%
Livingston 87.4%
Logan 76.6%
Lyon 31.4%
McCracken 98.0%
McCreary 100.0%
McLean 52.0%
Madison 97.0%
Magoffin 100.0%
Marion 92.1%
Marshall 97.4%
Martin 80.9%
Mason 93.3%
Meade 100.0%
Menifee 100.0%
Mercer 80.8%
Metcalfe 79.3%
Monroe 89.9%
Montgomery 93.0%
Morgan 100.0%
Muhlenberg 82.6%
Nelson 96.2%
Nicholas 44.3%
Ohio 47.5%
Oldham 99.7%
Owen 73.9%
Owsley 100.0%
Pendleton 91.8%
Perry 98.0%
Pike 94.3%
Powell 71.9%
Pulaski 99.0%
Robertson 64.0%
Rockcastle 96.8%
Rowan 99.4%
Russell 87.6%
Scott 91.3%
Shelby 90.8%
Simpson 75.3%
Spencer 84.9%
Taylor 97.3%
Todd 54.0%
Trigg 71.5%
Trimble 83.1%
Union 83.2%
Warren 96.0%
Washington 36.8%
Wayne 92.9%
Webster 67.1%
Whitley 96.8%
Wolfe 100.0%
Woodford 100.0%

Internet Speed in Top Kentucky Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Louisville 99.8 MBPS 27 Providers
2. Lexington 55.9 MBPS 19 Providers
3. Bowling Green 81.4 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Owensboro 79.7 MBPS 16 Providers
5. Paducah 155.4 MBPS 15 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Kentucky

Provider Avg. download speed
AT&T Internet 125.0 MBPS
Spectrum 100.5 MBPS
Windstream 25.9 MBPS
All Points Broadband 17.0 MBPS
Q Wireless 1.9 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Kentucky, 2021

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

Ranking relatively low on the list of states, Kentucky occupies the 40th slot in terms of state broadband access. This is partly due to the fact that a handful of counties have very limited high-speed coverage and the majority of Kentuckians do not have access to what is considered an affordable internet plan. Additionally, the average statewide download speed of 95.7 Mbps is low when compared to many other states. Still, 29.1% of Kentuckians have access to fiber-optic service, which is more than 25% of Americans with access to the same.

The Digital Divide in Kentucky

The technological gap between Kentuckians with access to high-speed, low-priced internet, and those who do not constitutes what is known as the digital divide. The following data helps to quantify that divide in Kentucky.

While the great majority (92.2%) of people living in Kentucky have access to a high-speed broadband connection with 25 Mbps or faster download speeds, 257,000 people in Kentucky remain without a wired connection that can provide the same speed. Further, 142,000 people do not have any wired internet providers offering services at their place of residence, and another 561,000 only have access to one provider, which gives them no options for switching to another provider if they are dissatisfied with their current one.

According to recent affordability data, 39.3% of Kentuckians have access to a low-priced internet plan costing $60 or less per month. This figure is significantly behind the national average of 51.5% of US residents with access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

While Kentucky falls comparatively low on the nationwide broadband rankings, a number of cities within the state offer a good combination of broadband coverage, pricing, and speed. The best-connected cities in Kentucky are Louisville, Lexington, Latonia, Fort Thomas, and Ft Mitchell, with Louisville ranking as the city with the best internet in Kentucky.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other side of the spectrum, the cities with the worst internet in Kentucky are Rosine, Slade, Rocky Hill, Alpha, and Tolu, with Rosine ranking lowest in the state.

Find out more about how Kentucky stacks up against other states throughout the country.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, Kentucky’s broadband data and development have been fueled by federal grants amounting to $5,302,717, which have gone toward the Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of Technology. Over half a million dollars in federal grant funding has gone toward expanding broadband infrastructure within the state.

More recently, the state-run KentuckyWired program has been launched with the goal of “constructing over 3,000 miles of high-speed, high-capacity fiber optic cable in every county in Kentucky.”

The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. 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.

Kentucky Cities

Average speed over time
Albany 96.1%
8 providers
Alexandria 99.1%
9 providers
Alvaton 80.7%
10 providers
Ashland 99.9%
12 providers
Auburn 84.8%
9 providers
Barbourville 96.3%
11 providers
Bardstown 99.1%
13 providers
Beattyville 53.8%
9 providers
Beaver Dam 81.0%
13 providers
Bedford 83.9%
12 providers
Belfry 97.7%
9 providers
Bellevue 100.0%
11 providers
Benton 97.4%
14 providers
Berea 99.2%
9 providers
Bloomfield 75.4%
9 providers
Booneville 98.4%
8 providers
Bowling Green 96.8%
18 providers
Brandenburg 100.0%
10 providers
Brodhead 95.4%
9 providers
Brooksville 89.8%
8 providers
Brownsville 97.2%
9 providers
Burkesville 58.5%
10 providers
Burlington 99.9%
10 providers
Butler 79.9%
7 providers
Cadiz 76.4%
8 providers
Calhoun 44.9%
11 providers
California 97.4%
8 providers
Calvert City 98.0%
14 providers
Campbellsville 96.9%
8 providers
Campton 96.2%
8 providers
Caneyville 86.3%
11 providers
Carlisle 47.2%
11 providers
Carrollton 97.2%
12 providers
Catlettsburg 97.8%
13 providers
Cave City 95.4%
10 providers
Cecilia 100.0%
8 providers
Central City 80.1%
16 providers
Clarkson 89.8%
9 providers
Clay City 86.9%
13 providers
Columbia 84.7%
8 providers
Corbin 98.5%
15 providers
Corydon 86.7%
13 providers
Covington 100.0%
13 providers
Coxs Creek 91.9%
10 providers
Crab Orchard 32.8%
10 providers
Crestwood 99.9%
11 providers
Crittenden 98.8%
10 providers
Crofton 55.0%
10 providers
Cumberland 99.6%
11 providers
Cynthiana 83.5%
10 providers
Danville 90.2%
13 providers
Dawson Springs 88.9%
8 providers
Dayton 100.0%
9 providers
Dry Ridge 97.0%
12 providers
East Bernstadt 98.5%
10 providers
Eddyville 31.8%
10 providers
Edmonton 79.5%
9 providers
Elizabethtown 100.0%
12 providers
Elkhorn City 94.8%
9 providers
Elkton 49.2%
10 providers
Eminence 89.2%
9 providers
Erlanger 100.0%
10 providers
Eubank 98.9%
9 providers
Fairdale 100.0%
11 providers
Falmouth 94.7%
10 providers
Fisherville 99.7%
12 providers
Flatwoods 100.0%
10 providers
Flemingsburg 91.3%
8 providers
Florence 99.1%
13 providers
Fort Campbell 94.8%
9 providers
Fort Knox 100.0%
10 providers
Fort Thomas 100.0%
13 providers
Frankfort 97.5%
15 providers
Franklin 78.4%
12 providers
Ft Mitchell 100.0%
11 providers
Fulton 80.9%
10 providers
Georgetown 98.6%
13 providers
Glasgow 91.6%
11 providers
Goshen 99.8%
12 providers
Gray 84.2%
13 providers
Grayson 96.3%
11 providers
Greensburg 93.7%
10 providers
Greenup 98.1%
10 providers
Greenville 86.8%
12 providers
Hardinsburg 83.8%
13 providers
Harlan 99.8%
10 providers
Harrodsburg 79.0%
10 providers
Hartford 46.6%
13 providers
Hawesville 0.0%
15 providers
Hazard 99.4%
11 providers
Hebron 100.0%
12 providers
Henderson 91.1%
14 providers
Hodgenville 91.6%
10 providers
Hopkinsville 97.3%
14 providers
Horse Cave 95.1%
8 providers
Hustonville 95.3%
10 providers
Hyden 85.9%
9 providers
Independence 100.0%
10 providers
Inez 68.4%
8 providers
Irvine 98.7%
12 providers
Irvington 91.3%
11 providers
Jackson 78.6%
8 providers
Jamestown 76.3%
7 providers
Jenkins 94.1%
10 providers
Kevil 85.3%
8 providers
La Grange 99.6%
14 providers
Lancaster 94.8%
11 providers
Latonia 100.0%
10 providers
Lawrenceburg 86.1%
12 providers
Lebanon 96.7%
10 providers
Lebanon Junction 97.4%
14 providers
Leitchfield 96.4%
10 providers
Lewisburg 58.8%
10 providers
Lewisport 40.8%
12 providers
Lexington 100.0%
19 providers
Liberty 98.3%
7 providers
London 99.3%
12 providers
Louisa 99.7%
12 providers
Louisville 100.0%
27 providers
Madisonville 97.8%
10 providers
Manchester 99.1%
10 providers
Marion 69.7%
10 providers
Mayfield 98.2%
15 providers
Maysville 96.5%
10 providers
Mc Kee 100.0%
8 providers
Middlesboro 99.6%
11 providers
Milton 79.8%
8 providers
Monticello 93.8%
9 providers
Morehead 99.3%
10 providers
Morganfield 82.9%
13 providers
Morgantown 29.7%
10 providers
Mount Sterling 93.3%
14 providers
Mount Vernon 99.2%
9 providers
Mount Washington 99.5%
11 providers
Munfordville 94.1%
8 providers
Murray 97.1%
11 providers
Nancy 88.5%
10 providers
New Haven 91.4%
10 providers
Newport 100.0%
14 providers
Nicholasville 99.9%
12 providers
Nortonville 89.0%
9 providers
Oak Grove 99.5%
14 providers
Olive Hill 92.4%
10 providers
Owensboro 98.6%
16 providers
Owenton 76.3%
8 providers
Owingsville 88.6%
12 providers
Paducah 98.1%
15 providers
Paintsville 99.2%
11 providers
Paris 81.6%
14 providers
Philpot 56.6%
12 providers
Pikeville 93.7%
16 providers
Pine Knot 100.0%
8 providers
Pineville 99.1%
8 providers
Prestonsburg 95.0%
9 providers
Princeton 70.6%
10 providers
Prospect 100.0%
12 providers
Providence 95.7%
11 providers
Radcliff 100.0%
12 providers
Richmond 96.2%
17 providers
Rineyville 100.0%
9 providers
Russell 100.0%
10 providers
Russell Springs 93.4%
10 providers
Russellville 83.6%
13 providers
Salyersville 100.0%
6 providers
Sandy Hook 100.0%
7 providers
Science Hill 99.3%
8 providers
Scottsville 100.0%
10 providers
Shelbyville 95.7%
13 providers
Shepherdsville 99.9%
11 providers
Simpsonville 93.6%
14 providers
Smiths Grove 89.1%
10 providers
Somerset 99.3%
10 providers
South Shore 93.7%
10 providers
Springfield 52.5%
15 providers
Stanford 85.3%
12 providers
Stanton 59.8%
11 providers
Stearns 100.0%
7 providers
Sturgis 83.8%
10 providers
Taylorsville 96.2%
13 providers
Tompkinsville 93.9%
8 providers
Union 99.8%
8 providers
Utica 45.1%
13 providers
Vanceburg 90.3%
10 providers
Verona 92.0%
9 providers
Versailles 99.8%
13 providers
Vine Grove 99.6%
11 providers
Virgie 92.8%
8 providers
Walton 98.5%
10 providers
Warsaw 96.0%
11 providers
Waynesburg 82.5%
11 providers
West Liberty 100.0%
8 providers
West Paducah 96.5%
9 providers
Whitesburg 99.5%
9 providers
Whitley City 100.0%
7 providers
Williamsburg 96.1%
14 providers
Williamstown 95.9%
12 providers
Wilmore 99.9%
10 providers
Winchester 93.2%
16 providers