Internet Service in Louisiana

Internet Access in Louisiana

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Coverage by County

75.0%
56.4%

147.0

33rd

Broadband Speeds

85.3%

of Louisianians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

59.1%

of Louisianians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.1%

of Louisianians have access to wireline service

28.8%

of Louisianians have access to fiber-optic service

85.4%

of Louisianians have access to cable service

86.5%

of Louisianians have access to DSL service

Coverage by County in Louisiana

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Acadia 73.8%
Allen 37.4%
Ascension 99.9%
Assumption 99.0%
Avoyelles 29.2%
Beauregard 50.1%
Bienville 15.8%
Bossier 91.1%
Caddo 97.0%
Calcasieu 95.1%
Caldwell 54.4%
Cameron 77.2%
Catahoula 0.4%
Claiborne 40.1%
Concordia 21.7%
De Soto 72.3%
East Baton Rouge 98.3%
East Carroll 62.6%
East Feliciana 19.5%
Evangeline 69.4%
Franklin 36.9%
Grant 35.6%
Iberia 95.6%
Iberville 91.8%
Jackson 12.6%
Jefferson 98.9%
Jefferson Davis 76.3%
Lafayette 98.1%
Lafourche 99.7%
La Salle 14.1%
Lincoln 75.3%
Livingston 98.9%
Madison 69.8%
Morehouse 88.0%
Natchitoches 65.3%
Orleans 97.8%
Ouachita 97.3%
Plaquemines 72.7%
Pointe Coupee 84.9%
Rapides 83.9%
Red River 34.3%
Richland 51.4%
Sabine 23.9%
St. Bernard 99.7%
St. Charles 98.5%
St. Helena 38.5%
St. James 99.8%
St. John the Baptist 100.0%
St. Landry 87.6%
St. Martin 95.4%
St. Mary 93.9%
St. Tammany 99.3%
Tangipahoa 89.8%
Tensas 0.7%
Terrebonne 99.9%
Union 41.5%
Vermilion 96.1%
Vernon 62.3%
Washington 40.0%
Webster 71.7%
West Baton Rouge 94.7%
West Carroll 30.4%
West Feliciana 36.9%
Winn 41.3%

Internet Speed in Top Louisiana Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. New Orleans 158.4 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Baton Rouge 185.9 MBPS 21 Providers
3. Shreveport 155.3 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Lafayette 153.1 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Metairie 162.8 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Louisiana

Provider Avg. download speed
Cox Communications 175.7 MBPS
Spectrum 129.1 MBPS
AT&T Internet 124.6 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 101.9 MBPS
C Spire Fiber 79.9 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Louisiana, 2021

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

When compared to the rest of the states in the US, Louisiana ranks 33rd for broadband access. The highest concentration of high-speed internet coverage can be found in the southeast, toward the toe of the boot-shaped state. This is perhaps due to the higher population density in that area. According to user speed tests, average download speeds in Louisiana are about 109.4 Mbps, which is faster than a number of higher-ranking states, including California, North Dakota, Ohio, and Hawaii.

The Digital Divide in Louisiana

In the modern world of telecommunications, the term ‘digital divide’ has been coined to describe the separation between those who have access to the latest technology and those who do not. This divide can be measured in terms of both availability and affordability, both of which are important factors when it comes to high-speed internet access.

At this time in Louisiana, 89.3% of the population has access to wired broadband with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. Still, 404,000 people are left without access to a connection capable of such speeds. While there are 126 internet providers offering services to Louisianans, 262,000 people do not have access to any wired providers at their place of residence, and another 439,000 people only have one internet provider operating at their location, limiting them when it comes to choices in plans and services.

However, Louisiana is slightly ahead of national averages in terms of providing affordable internet to the state’s population. Current affordability data reveals that 56.4% of Louisianans have access to what is considered a ‘low-priced’ internet plan, costing $60 or less per month. About 51.5% of consumers nationwide have access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

When it comes to coverage, affordability, and speed, some Louisiana cities outshine the rest. The most well-connected cities in Louisiana are Metairie, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, and Shreveport, with the best of all being Metairie.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other end of the spectrum, a handful of other Louisiana cities are lagging behind with their broadband connectivity. At this time, the worst-connected cities in the state are Hamburg, Acme, Belmont, and Lisbon, with Hamburg being the worst. No residents in any of these cities have access to wired broadband.

See how Louisiana’s wired broadband stacks up against other states in the US.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, federal grants amounting to $6,649,679 have been awarded to Louisiana to further broadband data collection and development within the state. An additional $89,759,799 in federal grant money has gone toward expanding broadband infrastructure in Louisiana.

Current legislation has launched the Broadband for Everyone in Louisiana (BEL) Commission, which has set out to “Improve both the adoption and availability of broadband service for Louisiana residents by providing universal access to broadband service with minimum committed speed of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload, scalable to up to 100 Mbps download and 100 Mbps upload, for all Louisianans by 2029.”

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.

Louisiana Cities

Average speed over time
Abbeville 97.9%
13 providers
Abita Springs 96.2%
9 providers
Addis 99.2%
9 providers
Albany 99.8%
9 providers
Alexandria 93.4%
16 providers
Amite 76.0%
11 providers
Anacoco 31.9%
7 providers
Angie 24.6%
6 providers
Arcadia 0.0%
8 providers
Arnaudville 89.2%
14 providers
Baker 99.4%
10 providers
Ball 94.7%
7 providers
Basile 69.6%
11 providers
Bastrop 89.5%
8 providers
Baton Rouge 98.3%
21 providers
Belle Chasse 98.0%
12 providers
Benton 77.1%
9 providers
Bernice 11.6%
7 providers
Berwick 99.9%
9 providers
Bogalusa 66.2%
7 providers
Bossier City 98.3%
17 providers
Bourg 100.0%
12 providers
Boyce 73.8%
7 providers
Breaux Bridge 98.2%
11 providers
Broussard 97.2%
15 providers
Brusly 99.6%
10 providers
Bunkie 12.6%
10 providers
Bush 99.4%
8 providers
Calhoun 94.7%
13 providers
Carencro 99.7%
14 providers
Chalmette 99.8%
9 providers
Chauvin 100.0%
9 providers
Choudrant 67.2%
9 providers
Church Point 74.9%
11 providers
Clinton 15.3%
7 providers
Columbia 53.1%
8 providers
Cottonport 61.3%
8 providers
Coushatta 40.1%
9 providers
Covington 99.8%
12 providers
Crowley 88.0%
9 providers
Cut Off 99.6%
10 providers
Delhi 56.7%
8 providers
Denham Springs 98.3%
15 providers
Dequincy 89.2%
9 providers
Deridder 52.7%
9 providers
Des Allemands 96.3%
9 providers
Destrehan 99.7%
11 providers
Deville 89.1%
8 providers
Donaldsonville 99.7%
10 providers
Downsville 32.0%
8 providers
Doyline 85.1%
7 providers
Dry Prong 32.3%
7 providers
Dubach 18.6%
9 providers
Duson 93.2%
10 providers
Ethel 0.0%
8 providers
Eunice 90.2%
9 providers
Farmerville 60.5%
10 providers
Ferriday 0.2%
9 providers
Florien 19.2%
7 providers
Folsom 91.3%
9 providers
Fort Polk 90.0%
9 providers
Franklin 95.4%
9 providers
Franklinton 25.0%
8 providers
Galliano 100.0%
10 providers
Geismar 99.2%
9 providers
Glenmora 46.0%
8 providers
Gonzales 100.0%
11 providers
Grambling 88.8%
8 providers
Gramercy 100.0%
10 providers
Gray 100.0%
14 providers
Grayson 59.9%
9 providers
Greenwell Springs 99.1%
12 providers
Greenwood 94.7%
7 providers
Gretna 98.1%
14 providers
Gueydan 84.1%
12 providers
Hahnville 88.8%
8 providers
Hammond 99.9%
14 providers
Harvey 99.9%
13 providers
Haughton 88.9%
8 providers
Haynesville 65.9%
8 providers
Holden 94.8%
10 providers
Homer 38.7%
8 providers
Houma 99.9%
19 providers
Independence 99.4%
9 providers
Iota 64.1%
11 providers
Iowa 60.2%
13 providers
Jackson 12.8%
9 providers
Jeanerette 82.7%
13 providers
Jena 5.6%
8 providers
Jennings 85.5%
12 providers
Jonesboro 0.0%
5 providers
Jonesville 0.5%
7 providers
Kaplan 97.6%
11 providers
Keithville 87.2%
8 providers
Kenner 97.4%
17 providers
Kentwood 2.5%
8 providers
Kinder 74.3%
9 providers
La Place 100.0%
12 providers
Lacombe 98.3%
9 providers
Lafayette 99.0%
18 providers
Lake Arthur 88.1%
11 providers
Lake Charles 97.0%
16 providers
Lake Providence 71.9%
8 providers
Larose 99.9%
9 providers
Leesville 67.3%
7 providers
Livingston 100.0%
11 providers
Lockport 99.5%
11 providers
Logansport 66.6%
7 providers
Loranger 87.0%
8 providers
Luling 99.9%
9 providers
Lutcher 100.0%
11 providers
Madisonville 98.8%
11 providers
Mamou 72.4%
8 providers
Mandeville 99.9%
12 providers
Mansfield 85.2%
9 providers
Mansura 40.1%
10 providers
Many 37.0%
8 providers
Marksville 2.7%
10 providers
Marrero 99.0%
15 providers
Maurice 94.7%
9 providers
Meraux 99.7%
9 providers
Metairie 99.5%
16 providers
Minden 68.8%
8 providers
Monroe 97.8%
14 providers
Montegut 98.7%
8 providers
Morgan City 99.8%
12 providers
Napoleonville 97.9%
9 providers
Natchitoches 84.9%
9 providers
New Iberia 97.0%
14 providers
New Orleans 97.8%
21 providers
New Roads 99.9%
13 providers
Oak Grove 41.5%
6 providers
Oakdale 2.2%
9 providers
Opelousas 95.7%
10 providers
Patterson 99.9%
12 providers
Paulina 100.0%
9 providers
Pearl River 99.4%
10 providers
Pierre Part 99.8%
9 providers
Pineville 92.9%
10 providers
Pitkin 0.5%
8 providers
Plain Dealing 53.1%
7 providers
Plaquemine 99.4%
12 providers
Pollock 72.1%
8 providers
Ponchatoula 99.8%
10 providers
Port Allen 92.0%
10 providers
Port Barre 92.9%
10 providers
Prairieville 100.0%
9 providers
Raceland 98.4%
12 providers
Ragley 79.6%
10 providers
Rayne 75.6%
10 providers
Rayville 51.6%
9 providers
Reserve 100.0%
8 providers
Ruston 83.2%
9 providers
Saint Amant 100.0%
9 providers
Saint Bernard 99.1%
8 providers
Saint Francisville 39.2%
7 providers
Saint Gabriel 68.0%
9 providers
Saint Martinville 89.9%
12 providers
Saint Rose 99.9%
11 providers
Schriever 99.7%
14 providers
Scott 87.5%
12 providers
Shreveport 98.9%
18 providers
Slidell 99.9%
15 providers
Springfield 96.9%
9 providers
Springhill 98.1%
6 providers
Sterlington 91.4%
12 providers
Stonewall 98.4%
8 providers
Sulphur 98.9%
16 providers
Sunset 95.3%
12 providers
Tallulah 76.3%
10 providers
Thibodaux 100.0%
16 providers
Tickfaw 100.0%
8 providers
Vacherie 100.0%
11 providers
Vidalia 61.1%
10 providers
Ville Platte 72.4%
9 providers
Vinton 86.3%
12 providers
Violet 100.0%
9 providers
Walker 98.9%
13 providers
Washington 56.5%
10 providers
Welsh 75.2%
10 providers
West Monroe 97.7%
13 providers
Westlake 97.6%
11 providers
Westwego 99.9%
12 providers
White Castle 96.5%
11 providers
Winnfield 56.0%
7 providers
Winnsboro 43.9%
8 providers
Youngsville 97.8%
14 providers
Zachary 98.1%
14 providers
Zwolle 21.6%
7 providers