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Broadband Internet in Kentucky

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Internet Access in Kentucky

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Coverage by County

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81.8%
81.8% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
39.3%
39.3% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

62.8

40th

Broadband Speeds

91.4%

of Kentuckians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

45.0%

of Kentuckians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

97.2%

of Kentuckians have access to wireline service.

45.1%

of Kentuckians have access to fiber-optic service.

84.0%

of Kentuckians have access to cable service.

89.0%

of Kentuckians have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Kentucky

Coverage by County in Kentucky

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 78.5%
Allen 99.0%
Anderson 84.9%
Ballard 80.0%
Barren 85.9%
Bath 87.3%
Bell 98.6%
Boone 99.4%
Bourbon 86.6%
Boyd 96.7%
Boyle 84.9%
Bracken 87.2%
Breathitt 70.5%
Breckinridge 80.3%
Bullitt 99.6%
Butler 55.9%
Caldwell 77.0%
Calloway 99.3%
Campbell 99.5%
Carlisle 95.3%
Carroll 75.1%
Carter 82.1%
Casey 93.7%
Christian 93.4%
Clark 93.3%
Clay 96.7%
Clinton 93.3%
Crittenden 69.9%
Cumberland 70.1%
Daviess 94.3%
Edmonson 92.9%
Elliott 100.0%
Estill 97.2%
Fayette 99.7%
Fleming 83.5%
Floyd 73.1%
Franklin 98.1%
Fulton 72.5%
Gallatin 83.4%
Garrard 90.9%
Grant 95.8%
Graves 95.5%
Grayson 91.7%
Green 88.2%
Greenup 94.6%
Hancock 21.2%
Hardin 100.0%
Harlan 92.5%
Harrison 70.3%
Hart 93.0%
Henderson 95.5%
Henry 68.4%
Hickman 40.7%
Hopkins 90.4%
Jackson 100.0%
Jefferson 100.0%
Jessamine 98.6%
Johnson 99.4%
Kenton 99.6%
Knott 99.0%
Knox 87.0%
Larue 88.5%
Laurel 98.6%
Lawrence 100.0%
Lee 51.9%
Leslie 79.5%
Letcher 92.1%
Lewis 80.8%
Lincoln 81.3%
Livingston 82.9%
Logan 75.3%
Lyon 32.0%
McCracken 97.9%
McCreary 100.0%
McLean 57.4%
Madison 96.7%
Magoffin 100.0%
Marion 88.8%
Marshall 98.4%
Martin 86.8%
Mason 90.9%
Meade 100.0%
Menifee 100.0%
Mercer 80.2%
Metcalfe 80.9%
Monroe 88.4%
Montgomery 93.5%
Morgan 100.0%
Muhlenberg 81.2%
Nelson 96.5%
Nicholas 43.8%
Ohio 57.4%
Oldham 99.4%
Owen 66.5%
Owsley 100.0%
Pendleton 81.4%
Perry 90.8%
Pike 80.8%
Powell 44.8%
Pulaski 97.8%
Robertson 46.5%
Rockcastle 95.4%
Rowan 98.7%
Russell 87.7%
Scott 90.6%
Shelby 91.3%
Simpson 67.6%
Spencer 88.3%
Taylor 93.2%
Todd 72.2%
Trigg 80.0%
Trimble 81.3%
Union 82.1%
Warren 96.5%
Washington 36.5%
Wayne 82.2%
Webster 71.3%
Whitley 96.8%
Wolfe 100.0%
Woodford 98.8%

Internet Speed in Top Kentucky Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Louisville 82.8 MBPS 28 Providers
2. Lexington 53.0 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Bowling Green 50.1 MBPS 17 Providers
4. Owensboro 45.6 MBPS 14 Providers
5. Paducah 115.6 MBPS 14 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Kentucky

Provider Avg. Download Speed
AT&T Internet 82.7 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 78.9 MBPS
Mediacom Cable 51.7 MBPS
Windstream 19.9 MBPS
All Points Broadband 11.2 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Kentucky, 2020

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

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 here.

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 94.1% 8 providers
Alexandria 98.9% 10 providers
Alvaton 74.9% 11 providers
Ashland 99.7% 14 providers
Auburn 73.8% 10 providers
Barbourville 86.2% 11 providers
Bardstown 99.2% 13 providers
Beattyville 53.8% 10 providers
Beaver Dam 81.0% 12 providers
Bedford 78.9% 12 providers
Bellevue 100.0% 10 providers
Benton 98.8% 14 providers
Berea 98.4% 9 providers
Booneville 97.6% 8 providers
Bowling Green 97.2% 17 providers
Brandenburg 100.0% 9 providers
Brodhead 95.8% 10 providers
Brooksville 87.3% 9 providers
Brownsville 97.0% 9 providers
Burkesville 69.9% 9 providers
Burlington 99.9% 10 providers
Butler 74.6% 7 providers
Cadiz 84.7% 10 providers
Calhoun 59.9% 12 providers
California 94.6% 8 providers
Calvert City 98.2% 15 providers
Campbellsville 92.0% 8 providers
Campton 96.2% 9 providers
Caneyville 81.3% 10 providers
Carlisle 47.1% 12 providers
Carrollton 90.2% 13 providers
Catlettsburg 92.4% 13 providers
Cave City 91.7% 10 providers
Cecilia 100.0% 8 providers
Central City 75.4% 15 providers
Clarkson 86.2% 9 providers
Clay City 28.7% 12 providers
Columbia 80.8% 8 providers
Corbin 97.9% 18 providers
Covington 100.0% 13 providers
Coxs Creek 89.4% 11 providers
Crab Orchard 79.1% 11 providers
Crestwood 99.9% 11 providers
Crittenden 98.8% 10 providers
Crofton 72.8% 11 providers
Cumberland 99.6% 11 providers
Cynthiana 82.6% 11 providers
Danville 89.1% 14 providers
Dawson Springs 85.8% 8 providers
Dayton 100.0% 9 providers
Dry Ridge 96.8% 14 providers
East Bernstadt 97.4% 10 providers
Eddyville 31.8% 11 providers
Edmonton 83.4% 9 providers
Elizabethtown 100.0% 12 providers
Elkhorn City 28.9% 10 providers
Elkton 78.9% 11 providers
Eminence 89.2% 10 providers
Erlanger 100.0% 10 providers
Eubank 96.8% 10 providers
Fairdale 100.0% 11 providers
Falmouth 89.2% 10 providers
Fisherville 99.2% 13 providers
Flatwoods 100.0% 10 providers
Flemingsburg 84.3% 8 providers
Florence 99.1% 13 providers
Fort Campbell 95.3% 10 providers
Fort Knox 100.0% 10 providers
Fort Thomas 100.0% 14 providers
Frankfort 98.0% 16 providers
Franklin 72.2% 11 providers
Ft Mitchell 100.0% 12 providers
Fulton 80.9% 10 providers
Georgetown 98.1% 13 providers
Glasgow 88.7% 11 providers
Goshen 99.2% 12 providers
Gray 59.4% 14 providers
Grayson 77.9% 12 providers
Greensburg 91.3% 11 providers
Greenup 95.6% 10 providers
Greenville 87.0% 13 providers
Hardinsburg 88.9% 14 providers
Harlan 99.9% 10 providers
Harrodsburg 78.3% 11 providers
Hartford 46.6% 11 providers
Hawesville 1.0% 15 providers
Hazard 93.7% 11 providers
Hebron 100.0% 12 providers
Henderson 97.6% 16 providers
Hodgenville 90.3% 11 providers
Hopkinsville 98.0% 14 providers
Horse Cave 96.9% 8 providers
Hustonville 90.4% 11 providers
Independence 100.0% 10 providers
Inez 74.6% 9 providers
Irvine 97.1% 12 providers
Jackson 66.8% 10 providers
Jamestown 73.3% 11 providers
Jenkins 89.8% 11 providers
Kevil 85.4% 7 providers
La Grange 99.6% 13 providers
Lancaster 90.5% 11 providers
Latonia 100.0% 10 providers
Lawrenceburg 85.7% 12 providers
Lebanon 94.6% 11 providers
Lebanon Junction 97.4% 14 providers
Leitchfield 96.2% 11 providers
Lewisburg 58.5% 11 providers
Lewisport 42.3% 13 providers
Lexington 99.6% 17 providers
Liberty 95.9% 8 providers
London 99.0% 14 providers
Louisa 100.0% 13 providers
Louisville 100.0% 28 providers
Madisonville 95.7% 10 providers
Manchester 97.3% 10 providers
Marion 72.4% 10 providers
Mayfield 96.6% 15 providers
Maysville 95.5% 10 providers
Mc Kee 100.0% 8 providers
Middlesboro 99.6% 11 providers
Monticello 82.9% 10 providers
Morehead 98.5% 10 providers
Morganfield 80.8% 11 providers
Morgantown 60.1% 11 providers
Mount Sterling 94.5% 15 providers
Mount Vernon 97.4% 10 providers
Mount Washington 99.5% 11 providers
Munfordville 95.0% 8 providers
Murray 99.8% 12 providers
Nancy 84.3% 10 providers
New Haven 95.4% 11 providers
Newport 100.0% 13 providers
Nicholasville 99.0% 13 providers
Oak Grove 99.0% 15 providers
Olive Hill 88.5% 10 providers
Owensboro 99.4% 14 providers
Owenton 71.4% 10 providers
Owingsville 87.0% 12 providers
Paducah 98.1% 14 providers
Paintsville 99.1% 11 providers
Paris 87.5% 15 providers
Philpot 68.4% 13 providers
Pikeville 81.4% 17 providers
Pine Knot 100.0% 8 providers
Pineville 99.1% 9 providers
Prestonsburg 98.5% 11 providers
Princeton 77.0% 10 providers
Prospect 100.0% 12 providers
Providence 95.6% 10 providers
Radcliff 100.0% 13 providers
Richmond 96.1% 18 providers
Rineyville 100.0% 9 providers
Russell 99.8% 10 providers
Russell Springs 94.9% 10 providers
Russellville 84.6% 14 providers
Salyersville 100.0% 6 providers
Sandy Hook 100.0% 7 providers
Science Hill 97.6% 8 providers
Scottsville 99.4% 10 providers
Shelbyville 95.6% 13 providers
Shepherdsville 99.7% 12 providers
Simpsonville 98.6% 14 providers
Smiths Grove 87.9% 10 providers
Somerset 98.7% 10 providers
South Shore 88.5% 10 providers
Springfield 51.8% 15 providers
Stanford 81.8% 14 providers
Stanton 59.9% 11 providers
Stearns 100.0% 7 providers
Sturgis 83.8% 9 providers
Taylorsville 97.3% 12 providers
Tompkinsville 91.3% 8 providers
Union 99.8% 9 providers
Utica 45.1% 14 providers
Vanceburg 79.2% 10 providers
Versailles 98.3% 13 providers
Vine Grove 99.2% 10 providers
Walton 98.5% 10 providers
Waynesburg 80.9% 12 providers
West Liberty 100.0% 7 providers
West Paducah 96.5% 10 providers
Whitesburg 99.3% 11 providers
Whitley City 100.0% 8 providers
Williamsburg 96.1% 15 providers
Williamstown 92.0% 13 providers
Wilmore 97.3% 9 providers
Winchester 93.4% 15 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.