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Internet Service in Louisiana

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Internet Access in Louisiana

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Coverage by County

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75.0%
75.0% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
56.4%
56.4% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

89.8

33rd

Broadband Speeds

87.2%

of Louisianians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

57.1%

of Louisianians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.5%

of Louisianians have access to wireline service.

27.1%

of Louisianians have access to fiber-optic service.

86.7%

of Louisianians have access to cable service.

87.0%

of Louisianians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Louisiana

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Acadia 73.5%
Allen 25.0%
Ascension 99.9%
Assumption 99.0%
Avoyelles 23.5%
Beauregard 48.4%
Bienville 27.2%
Bossier 93.5%
Caddo 96.7%
Calcasieu 92.7%
Caldwell 55.8%
Cameron 13.5%
Catahoula 1.1%
Claiborne 59.0%
Concordia 67.5%
De Soto 70.0%
East Baton Rouge 98.6%
East Carroll 70.4%
East Feliciana 61.8%
Evangeline 33.5%
Franklin 56.1%
Grant 39.1%
Iberia 98.2%
Iberville 91.7%
Jackson 58.7%
Jefferson 98.9%
Jefferson Davis 77.1%
Lafayette 98.6%
Lafourche 99.6%
La Salle 10.8%
Lincoln 86.1%
Livingston 98.9%
Madison 68.3%
Morehouse 92.3%
Natchitoches 72.0%
Orleans 98.2%
Ouachita 97.8%
Plaquemines 85.5%
Pointe Coupee 84.1%
Rapides 87.5%
Red River 67.8%
Richland 46.4%
Sabine 27.8%
St. Bernard 99.8%
St. Charles 98.5%
St. Helena 29.2%
St. James 99.8%
St. John the Baptist 100.0%
St. Landry 84.2%
St. Martin 95.8%
St. Mary 93.7%
St. Tammany 99.3%
Tangipahoa 90.0%
Tensas 0.0%
Terrebonne 99.9%
Union 37.9%
Vermilion 96.8%
Vernon 75.4%
Washington 69.3%
Webster 80.4%
West Baton Rouge 95.0%
West Carroll 45.4%
West Feliciana 84.5%
Winn 51.4%

Internet Speed in Top Louisiana Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. New Orleans 87.4 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Baton Rouge 100.8 MBPS 22 Providers
3. Shreveport 89.3 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Lafayette 112.4 MBPS 22 Providers
5. Metairie 116.3 MBPS 16 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Louisiana

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Cox Communications 110.5 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 96.8 MBPS
AT&T Internet 87.7 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 74.4 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 68.5 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Louisiana, 2020

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

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 here.

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 98.5% 14 providers
Abita Springs 96.4% 9 providers
Albany 99.9% 9 providers
Alexandria 95.6% 15 providers
Amite 78.4% 12 providers
Anacoco 61.2% 8 providers
Angie 63.2% 8 providers
Arcadia 74.6% 9 providers
Arnaudville 75.9% 16 providers
Baker 99.8% 12 providers
Ball 95.9% 8 providers
Basile 21.7% 11 providers
Bastrop 94.3% 9 providers
Baton Rouge 98.5% 22 providers
Belle Chasse 99.4% 12 providers
Belle Rose 98.2% 11 providers
Benton 85.5% 10 providers
Berwick 100.0% 9 providers
Bogalusa 90.1% 9 providers
Bossier City 100.0% 16 providers
Bourg 100.0% 12 providers
Boyce 93.7% 8 providers
Breaux Bridge 98.3% 11 providers
Broussard 98.1% 17 providers
Brusly 99.5% 10 providers
Bunkie 78.7% 11 providers
Bush 99.4% 8 providers
Calhoun 91.7% 14 providers
Carencro 99.8% 16 providers
Chalmette 99.8% 8 providers
Chauvin 100.0% 10 providers
Church Point 73.0% 12 providers
Clinton 71.9% 8 providers
Colfax 3.2% 7 providers
Columbia 59.7% 9 providers
Cottonport 3.9% 8 providers
Coushatta 75.8% 10 providers
Covington 99.8% 13 providers
Crowley 87.7% 12 providers
Cut Off 99.5% 10 providers
Delhi 53.5% 8 providers
Denham Springs 98.3% 16 providers
Dequincy 83.7% 9 providers
Deridder 61.2% 10 providers
Des Allemands 96.3% 10 providers
Destrehan 99.7% 12 providers
Deville 88.1% 8 providers
Donaldsonville 99.8% 11 providers
Downsville 23.1% 9 providers
Dry Prong 44.3% 8 providers
Dubach 62.0% 9 providers
Duson 93.8% 12 providers
Erath 97.1% 14 providers
Eunice 90.7% 11 providers
Farmerville 67.7% 11 providers
Ferriday 76.5% 10 providers
Folsom 91.3% 10 providers
Fort Polk 93.3% 9 providers
Franklin 94.7% 9 providers
Franklinton 60.7% 11 providers
Galliano 100.0% 10 providers
Geismar 99.1% 9 providers
Glenmora 10.3% 8 providers
Gonzales 100.0% 11 providers
Grambling 98.0% 8 providers
Gramercy 100.0% 10 providers
Gray 100.0% 15 providers
Grayson 48.5% 9 providers
Greensburg 24.4% 7 providers
Greenwell Springs 99.1% 12 providers
Gretna 98.1% 13 providers
Hahnville 88.9% 8 providers
Hammond 100.0% 16 providers
Harvey 99.9% 12 providers
Haughton 91.7% 10 providers
Haynesville 70.9% 8 providers
Holden 94.8% 11 providers
Homer 69.1% 8 providers
Houma 99.9% 19 providers
Independence 99.5% 10 providers
Iota 65.6% 13 providers
Iowa 66.4% 14 providers
Jackson 89.4% 10 providers
Jeanerette 82.3% 14 providers
Jena 1.5% 8 providers
Jennings 87.7% 14 providers
Jonesboro 68.9% 7 providers
Jonesville 1.5% 9 providers
Kaplan 97.6% 12 providers
Keithville 87.3% 9 providers
Kenner 97.4% 15 providers
Kentwood 1.3% 9 providers
Kinder 45.6% 9 providers
La Place 100.0% 13 providers
Lacombe 98.3% 9 providers
Lafayette 99.4% 22 providers
Lake Arthur 85.5% 15 providers
Lake Charles 96.0% 19 providers
Lake Providence 80.8% 8 providers
Larose 99.9% 10 providers
Leesville 79.6% 8 providers
Livingston 100.0% 12 providers
Lockport 99.5% 11 providers
Loranger 90.0% 9 providers
Luling 99.9% 9 providers
Madisonville 98.8% 11 providers
Mamou 19.8% 9 providers
Mandeville 99.9% 13 providers
Mansfield 79.7% 10 providers
Mansura 49.0% 11 providers
Many 53.3% 9 providers
Marksville 1.0% 11 providers
Marrero 99.0% 14 providers
Maurice 96.1% 12 providers
Meraux 99.7% 8 providers
Metairie 99.5% 16 providers
Minden 86.7% 8 providers
Monroe 98.4% 15 providers
Montegut 99.0% 9 providers
Morgan City 99.8% 13 providers
Napoleonville 97.9% 9 providers
Natchitoches 94.1% 10 providers
New Iberia 98.8% 16 providers
New Orleans 98.3% 21 providers
New Roads 99.8% 13 providers
Oak Grove 48.7% 7 providers
Oakdale 0.5% 11 providers
Opelousas 96.7% 14 providers
Patterson 99.9% 13 providers
Paulina 100.0% 9 providers
Pearl River 99.2% 10 providers
Pierre Part 99.7% 10 providers
Pineville 98.0% 11 providers
Pitkin 0.6% 8 providers
Plain Dealing 40.2% 7 providers
Plaquemine 99.5% 12 providers
Pollock 75.9% 9 providers
Ponchatoula 99.9% 12 providers
Port Allen 92.6% 12 providers
Port Barre 77.6% 11 providers
Prairieville 100.0% 10 providers
Raceland 98.4% 12 providers
Ragley 56.5% 11 providers
Rayne 75.9% 11 providers
Rayville 48.0% 10 providers
Reserve 100.0% 9 providers
Ruston 93.5% 9 providers
Saint Amant 100.0% 9 providers
Saint Bernard 99.3% 8 providers
Saint Francisville 89.7% 8 providers
Saint Gabriel 69.4% 10 providers
Saint Martinville 94.8% 14 providers
Saint Rose 100.0% 12 providers
Schriever 99.7% 14 providers
Scott 89.9% 14 providers
Shreveport 99.0% 18 providers
Slaughter 89.8% 10 providers
Slidell 99.9% 15 providers
Springfield 96.9% 10 providers
Springhill 97.7% 6 providers
Stonewall 98.4% 9 providers
Sulphur 84.3% 16 providers
Sunset 80.0% 13 providers
Tallulah 74.6% 10 providers
Thibodaux 100.0% 16 providers
Tickfaw 100.0% 9 providers
Vacherie 100.0% 11 providers
Vidalia 88.7% 11 providers
Ville Platte 40.0% 9 providers
Vinton 80.6% 13 providers
Violet 100.0% 9 providers
Walker 99.0% 14 providers
Welsh 72.5% 11 providers
West Monroe 98.5% 13 providers
Westlake 98.8% 12 providers
Westwego 99.9% 11 providers
White Castle 93.8% 10 providers
Winnfield 68.9% 8 providers
Winnsboro 65.3% 9 providers
Youngsville 99.4% 16 providers
Zachary 98.1% 15 providers
Zwolle 0.0% 8 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.