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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

57.4

40th

Broadband Speeds

88.4%

of Kentuckians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

30.2%

of Kentuckians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.8%

of Kentuckians have access to wireline service.

29.1%

of Kentuckians have access to fiber-optic service.

84.1%

of Kentuckians have access to cable service.

85.7%

of Kentuckians have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Kentucky

Coverage by County in Kentucky

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adair 77.7%
Allen 99.0%
Anderson 84.9%
Ballard 100.0%
Barren 83.1%
Bath 82.1%
Bell 98.6%
Boone 99.4%
Bourbon 86.6%
Boyd 95.9%
Boyle 84.9%
Bracken 78.0%
Breathitt 61.2%
Breckinridge 85.3%
Bullitt 99.4%
Butler 53.8%
Caldwell 77.0%
Calloway 99.3%
Campbell 99.3%
Carlisle 94.4%
Carroll 75.1%
Carter 78.2%
Casey 92.4%
Christian 93.3%
Clark 93.2%
Clay 94.6%
Clinton 93.9%
Crittenden 67.8%
Cumberland 70.3%
Daviess 94.3%
Edmonson 86.9%
Elliott 15.2%
Estill 97.0%
Fayette 99.7%
Fleming 82.2%
Floyd 91.3%
Franklin 98.1%
Fulton 73.7%
Gallatin 74.2%
Garrard 88.6%
Grant 94.2%
Graves 95.2%
Grayson 90.3%
Green 84.5%
Greenup 93.1%
Hancock 21.2%
Hardin 100.0%
Harlan 89.9%
Harrison 70.1%
Hart 91.1%
Henderson 95.5%
Henry 68.4%
Hickman 42.3%
Hopkins 90.4%
Jackson 100.0%
Jefferson 100.0%
Jessamine 98.1%
Johnson 85.4%
Kenton 99.5%
Knott 97.8%
Knox 84.0%
Larue 87.5%
Laurel 98.4%
Lawrence 100.0%
Lee 51.5%
Leslie 56.1%
Letcher 89.2%
Lewis 75.9%
Lincoln 79.0%
Livingston 72.1%
Logan 74.0%
Lyon 28.5%
McCracken 98.1%
McCreary 100.0%
McLean 57.4%
Madison 96.4%
Magoffin 100.0%
Marion 85.7%
Marshall 98.5%
Martin 78.3%
Mason 82.5%
Meade 100.0%
Menifee 66.4%
Mercer 80.1%
Metcalfe 79.3%
Monroe 88.4%
Montgomery 93.5%
Morgan 77.1%
Muhlenberg 80.5%
Nelson 96.5%
Nicholas 43.8%
Ohio 57.2%
Oldham 99.4%
Owen 64.2%
Owsley 100.0%
Pendleton 72.6%
Perry 96.4%
Pike 69.8%
Powell 42.3%
Pulaski 97.3%
Robertson 46.1%
Rockcastle 94.3%
Rowan 98.7%
Russell 88.1%
Scott 90.5%
Shelby 91.3%
Simpson 68.2%
Spencer 87.9%
Taylor 91.3%
Todd 71.0%
Trigg 81.5%
Trimble 81.3%
Union 82.1%
Warren 96.1%
Washington 36.5%
Wayne 77.0%
Webster 71.3%
Whitley 96.7%
Wolfe 84.8%
Woodford 98.3%

Internet Speed in Top Kentucky Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Louisville 75.5 MBPS 30 Providers
2. Lexington 49.6 MBPS 17 Providers
3. Bowling Green 49.8 MBPS 17 Providers
4. Owensboro 45.3 MBPS 14 Providers
5. Paducah 100.6 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Kentucky

Provider Avg. Download Speed
AT&T Internet 72.7 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 72.5 MBPS
Mediacom Cable 51.5 MBPS
Windstream 18.1 MBPS
All Points Broadband 10.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Kentucky, 2020

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

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 95.1% 8 providers
Alexandria 98.9% 11 providers
Alvaton 66.2% 12 providers
Ashland 99.7% 14 providers
Auburn 73.8% 12 providers
Barbourville 80.0% 11 providers
Bardstown 99.2% 14 providers
Beattyville 53.4% 11 providers
Beaver Dam 80.3% 12 providers
Bedford 78.9% 12 providers
Bellevue 100.0% 11 providers
Benton 98.9% 14 providers
Berea 98.4% 9 providers
Booneville 97.6% 7 providers
Bowling Green 96.9% 17 providers
Brandenburg 100.0% 11 providers
Brodhead 94.0% 10 providers
Brooksville 76.7% 9 providers
Brownsville 94.0% 9 providers
Burkesville 70.5% 9 providers
Burlington 99.9% 12 providers
Butler 65.4% 7 providers
Cadiz 86.3% 9 providers
Calhoun 59.9% 13 providers
California 91.9% 9 providers
Calvert City 98.1% 17 providers
Campbellsville 90.1% 8 providers
Campton 80.6% 9 providers
Caneyville 77.3% 9 providers
Carlisle 47.1% 13 providers
Carrollton 90.2% 13 providers
Catlettsburg 91.1% 13 providers
Cave City 90.7% 10 providers
Cecilia 100.0% 9 providers
Central City 75.4% 15 providers
Clarkson 83.7% 9 providers
Clay City 28.7% 13 providers
Columbia 80.1% 8 providers
Corbin 97.9% 18 providers
Covington 100.0% 14 providers
Coxs Creek 86.0% 12 providers
Crab Orchard 78.8% 12 providers
Crestwood 99.9% 13 providers
Crittenden 98.7% 11 providers
Crofton 72.8% 11 providers
Cumberland 97.7% 11 providers
Cynthiana 82.6% 12 providers
Danville 89.1% 14 providers
Dawson Springs 85.8% 8 providers
Dayton 100.0% 10 providers
Dry Ridge 92.8% 14 providers
East Bernstadt 97.4% 10 providers
Eddyville 27.0% 11 providers
Edmonton 82.6% 8 providers
Elizabethtown 100.0% 12 providers
Elkhorn City 16.5% 11 providers
Elkton 79.5% 11 providers
Eminence 89.2% 11 providers
Erlanger 100.0% 11 providers
Eubank 95.8% 10 providers
Fairdale 100.0% 12 providers
Falmouth 84.2% 10 providers
Fisherville 99.2% 13 providers
Flatwoods 100.0% 10 providers
Flemingsburg 82.8% 8 providers
Florence 99.1% 14 providers
Fort Campbell 95.0% 11 providers
Fort Knox 100.0% 11 providers
Fort Thomas 100.0% 15 providers
Frankfort 98.0% 16 providers
Franklin 72.8% 12 providers
Ft Mitchell 100.0% 12 providers
Fulton 80.9% 10 providers
Georgetown 98.1% 13 providers
Glasgow 85.5% 11 providers
Goshen 99.2% 12 providers
Gray 54.4% 14 providers
Grayson 70.7% 12 providers
Greensburg 88.3% 10 providers
Greenup 93.3% 9 providers
Greenville 85.9% 13 providers
Hardinsburg 93.6% 14 providers
Harlan 99.9% 10 providers
Harrodsburg 78.2% 13 providers
Hartford 46.6% 11 providers
Hawesville 1.0% 17 providers
Hazard 97.4% 11 providers
Hebron 100.0% 13 providers
Henderson 97.6% 16 providers
Hodgenville 89.6% 12 providers
Hopkinsville 98.0% 13 providers
Horse Cave 96.5% 8 providers
Hustonville 88.5% 11 providers
Independence 100.0% 11 providers
Inez 70.9% 10 providers
Irvine 96.9% 12 providers
Jackson 55.5% 10 providers
Jamestown 74.8% 11 providers
Jenkins 87.3% 12 providers
Kevil 100.0% 8 providers
La Grange 99.6% 13 providers
Lancaster 89.0% 11 providers
Latonia 100.0% 10 providers
Lawrenceburg 85.7% 13 providers
Lebanon 93.7% 11 providers
Lebanon Junction 97.4% 15 providers
Leitchfield 96.2% 11 providers
Lewisburg 46.4% 12 providers
Lewisport 42.3% 14 providers
Lexington 99.6% 17 providers
Liberty 95.8% 8 providers
London 98.6% 14 providers
Louisa 99.6% 13 providers
Louisville 100.0% 30 providers
Madisonville 95.7% 11 providers
Manchester 94.9% 10 providers
Marion 70.6% 10 providers
Mayfield 96.1% 14 providers
Maysville 87.8% 11 providers
Mc Kee 100.0% 8 providers
Middlesboro 99.6% 11 providers
Monticello 77.5% 10 providers
Morehead 98.4% 9 providers
Morganfield 80.8% 12 providers
Morgantown 60.6% 10 providers
Mount Sterling 94.5% 14 providers
Mount Vernon 96.7% 10 providers
Mount Washington 99.5% 11 providers
Munfordville 93.6% 8 providers
Murray 99.8% 12 providers
Nancy 83.0% 10 providers
New Haven 95.4% 12 providers
Newport 100.0% 14 providers
Nicholasville 98.9% 14 providers
Oak Grove 99.0% 15 providers
Olive Hill 76.7% 10 providers
Owensboro 99.4% 14 providers
Owenton 71.4% 10 providers
Owingsville 80.2% 12 providers
Paducah 98.1% 16 providers
Paintsville 98.7% 11 providers
Paris 87.5% 16 providers
Philpot 68.4% 14 providers
Pikeville 69.5% 18 providers
Pine Knot 100.0% 8 providers
Pineville 99.1% 9 providers
Prestonsburg 99.2% 13 providers
Princeton 76.6% 11 providers
Prospect 100.0% 12 providers
Providence 95.6% 10 providers
Radcliff 100.0% 14 providers
Richmond 95.6% 19 providers
Rineyville 100.0% 10 providers
Russell 99.8% 11 providers
Russell Springs 94.7% 9 providers
Russellville 84.6% 13 providers
Salyersville 100.0% 5 providers
Sandy Hook 15.7% 7 providers
Science Hill 96.7% 8 providers
Scottsville 99.4% 10 providers
Shelbyville 95.6% 14 providers
Shepherdsville 99.6% 13 providers
Simpsonville 98.6% 14 providers
Smiths Grove 87.1% 11 providers
Somerset 98.6% 10 providers
South Shore 87.2% 10 providers
Springfield 51.8% 15 providers
Stanford 78.1% 13 providers
Stanton 55.1% 12 providers
Stearns 100.0% 7 providers
Sturgis 83.8% 9 providers
Taylorsville 97.3% 13 providers
Tompkinsville 91.7% 8 providers
Union 99.8% 9 providers
Utica 45.1% 15 providers
Vanceburg 73.8% 9 providers
Versailles 97.4% 11 providers
Vine Grove 99.2% 11 providers
Walton 98.5% 12 providers
Waynesburg 80.9% 12 providers
West Liberty 85.6% 7 providers
West Paducah 97.3% 11 providers
Whitesburg 99.3% 11 providers
Whitley City 100.0% 8 providers
Williamsburg 96.0% 15 providers
Williamstown 92.7% 11 providers
Wilmore 96.8% 10 providers
Winchester 93.3% 15 providers
Last Updated on 6/19/2020.