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Broadband Service in Massachusetts

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Internet Access in Massachusetts

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Coverage by County

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95.9%
95.9% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
43.3%
43.3% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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Broadband Speeds

97.8%

of Massachusettsans have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

97.3%

of Massachusettsans have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

7.1%

of Massachusettsans have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.0%

of Massachusettsans have access to wireline service.

43.2%

of Massachusettsans have access to fiber-optic service.

97.6%

of Massachusettsans have access to cable service.

89.5%

of Massachusettsans have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Massachusetts

Coverage by County in Massachusetts

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Barnstable 98.3%
Berkshire 92.6%
Bristol 98.6%
Dukes 92.6%
Essex 99.2%
Franklin 80.5%
Hampden 98.2%
Hampshire 87.2%
Middlesex 98.5%
Nantucket 99.7%
Norfolk 98.1%
Plymouth 98.3%
Suffolk 97.2%
Worcester 98.7%

Internet Speed in Top Massachusetts Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Boston 96.4 MBPS 40 Providers
2. Worcester 44.8 MBPS 23 Providers
3. Springfield 92.6 MBPS 21 Providers
4. Lowell 92.0 MBPS 19 Providers
5. Cambridge 89.1 MBPS 28 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Massachusetts

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Verizon Fios 121.6 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 112.9 MBPS
RCN 97.5 MBPS
Verizon High Speed Internet 93.5 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 62.9 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Massachusetts, 2020

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/6/2020.

Ranked 9th in the US for broadband access, Massachusetts is one of the country’s top 10 best-connected states. The average statewide download speed is 188.2 Mbps, which is even faster than the top-ranking state in the US, New Jersey. The vast majority of Massachusetts’ population has access to a wired connection with 100 Mbps speeds, and 43.2% of Massachusettsans even have access to fiber-optic internet services, which is well above the national average of 25% of Americans with access to fiber.

The Digital Divide in Massachusetts

As is the case in every state, there remains a digital divide in Massachusetts between residents who have affordable, high-speed internet available to them and those who do not. This technological gap is seen in the following data.

While 97.8% of Massachusetts’ population has access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, 147,000 people in Massachusetts still do not have access to a broadband connection capable of the same speeds. Further, 64,000 people in Massachusetts don't have any wired internet providers available where they live, even with 126 internet providers offering services within the state. Another 103,000 Massachusettsans have access to only one internet provider at their place of residence, which potentially limits their choice in internet services and plans.

As for the cost of internet in Massachusetts, affordability data reveals that 43.3% of the state’s residents have access to a low-priced internet plan costing $60 or less per month. This is lower than the nationwide average of 51.5% of American consumers with access to the same.

Best-Connected Cities

In terms of internet speed, availability, and pricing, some Massachusetts cities outshine the rest. With the best in the state listed first, the top-five most well-connected cities in Massachusetts are Concord, Northborough, Melrose, Boston, and Springfield.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other hand, the lowest-ranking cities in Massachusetts are West Chesterfield, Cuttyhunk, Plainfield, Otis, and Windsor, with the first in the list being the worst-connected city in the state.

Learn about how Massachusetts stacks up against other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, thea Massachusetts Broadband Institue (MBI) has been granted $6,162,554 in federal grant funding to further broadband data collection and development throughout the state. The MBI’s “mission is to make affordable high-speed Internet available to all homes, businesses, schools, libraries, medical facilities, government offices, and other public places across the Commonwealth.”

Over $77.5 million in federal grants has also been awarded to various programs working to expand broadband infrastructure within Massachusetts.

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.

Massachusetts Cities

Average speed over time
Abington 99.4% 14 providers
Acton 99.6% 18 providers
Acushnet 99.8% 14 providers
Agawam 97.9% 17 providers
Allston 100.0% 20 providers
Amesbury 99.4% 14 providers
Amherst 69.1% 15 providers
Andover 99.3% 18 providers
Arlington 100.0% 21 providers
Ashland 99.6% 15 providers
Athol 99.9% 12 providers
Attleboro 99.3% 17 providers
Auburn 100.0% 16 providers
Bedford 99.5% 19 providers
Belchertown 100.0% 16 providers
Bellingham 99.9% 17 providers
Belmont 99.9% 15 providers
Beverly 99.6% 16 providers
Billerica 99.9% 18 providers
Boston 95.0% 40 providers
Braintree 99.3% 19 providers
Brewster 99.4% 13 providers
Bridgewater 84.6% 16 providers
Brighton 98.3% 22 providers
Brockton 98.6% 16 providers
Brookline 98.3% 24 providers
Burlington 99.6% 20 providers
Buzzards Bay 88.0% 14 providers
Cambridge 93.3% 28 providers
Canton 99.3% 20 providers
Carver 98.6% 13 providers
Centerville 99.8% 12 providers
Charlestown 98.5% 19 providers
Charlton 100.0% 14 providers
Chelmsford 98.0% 20 providers
Chelsea 99.0% 18 providers
Chestnut Hill 84.7% 18 providers
Chicopee 99.9% 17 providers
Clinton 99.9% 14 providers
Concord 100.0% 17 providers
Danvers 98.7% 20 providers
Dedham 97.3% 20 providers
Dorchester 99.0% 22 providers
Dorchester Center 99.2% 21 providers
Dracut 97.8% 17 providers
Dudley 100.0% 15 providers
Duxbury 99.8% 12 providers
East Bridgewater 99.7% 14 providers
East Falmouth 99.7% 12 providers
East Longmeadow 100.0% 18 providers
East Weymouth 98.8% 16 providers
Easthampton 99.9% 16 providers
Everett 99.9% 18 providers
Fairhaven 99.8% 12 providers
Fall River 98.8% 18 providers
Feeding Hills 99.8% 14 providers
Fitchburg 99.8% 16 providers
Florence 97.4% 12 providers
Foxboro 99.8% 16 providers
Framingham 99.4% 20 providers
Franklin 99.8% 18 providers
Gardner 94.7% 16 providers
Gloucester 99.8% 15 providers
Greenfield 98.4% 12 providers
Groton 100.0% 14 providers
Hanover 99.9% 16 providers
Hanson 99.5% 14 providers
Harwich 99.5% 15 providers
Haverhill 99.3% 18 providers
Hingham 99.1% 15 providers
Holbrook 100.0% 17 providers
Holden 100.0% 16 providers
Holliston 100.0% 15 providers
Holyoke 98.4% 17 providers
Hopkinton 100.0% 18 providers
Hudson 99.9% 17 providers
Hull 99.6% 12 providers
Hyannis 98.7% 16 providers
Hyde Park 99.6% 19 providers
Ipswich 99.4% 16 providers
Jamaica Plain 97.9% 20 providers
Kingston 99.3% 16 providers
Lakeville 99.7% 17 providers
Lawrence 99.6% 21 providers
Leominster 99.6% 16 providers
Lexington 99.7% 22 providers
Longmeadow 99.6% 16 providers
Lowell 98.8% 19 providers
Ludlow 100.0% 15 providers
Lunenburg 99.5% 13 providers
Lynn 99.6% 20 providers
Lynnfield 97.1% 22 providers
Malden 99.9% 19 providers
Mansfield 99.3% 16 providers
Marblehead 99.9% 12 providers
Marlborough 96.7% 19 providers
Marshfield 99.9% 16 providers
Mashpee 97.5% 13 providers
Mattapan 98.3% 19 providers
Maynard 99.8% 16 providers
Medfield 100.0% 15 providers
Medford 98.6% 19 providers
Medway 100.0% 13 providers
Melrose 100.0% 14 providers
Methuen 99.2% 19 providers
Middleboro 99.5% 16 providers
Milford 99.8% 18 providers
Millbury 100.0% 16 providers
Milton 97.3% 17 providers
Nantucket 99.7% 14 providers
Natick 100.0% 18 providers
Needham 98.3% 16 providers
New Bedford 99.3% 17 providers
Newburyport 99.8% 17 providers
Newton 99.9% 20 providers
Newton Center 95.1% 18 providers
Norfolk 81.8% 14 providers
North Adams 95.8% 13 providers
North Andover 98.4% 18 providers
North Attleboro 99.3% 18 providers
North Billerica 92.1% 19 providers
North Dartmouth 83.6% 20 providers
North Easton 97.4% 15 providers
North Reading 100.0% 16 providers
Northampton 94.4% 14 providers
Northborough 100.0% 16 providers
Norton 99.1% 16 providers
Norwell 99.4% 18 providers
Norwood 99.4% 19 providers
Oxford 100.0% 15 providers
Peabody 98.5% 19 providers
Pembroke 99.9% 17 providers
Pepperell 100.0% 15 providers
Pittsfield 99.9% 15 providers
Plymouth 97.0% 17 providers
Quincy 98.4% 21 providers
Randolph 99.7% 19 providers
Raynham 99.9% 15 providers
Reading 99.9% 16 providers
Rehoboth 100.0% 12 providers
Revere 99.4% 17 providers
Rockland 99.9% 16 providers
Roslindale 99.3% 18 providers
Roxbury 99.8% 24 providers
Roxbury Crossing 92.5% 22 providers
Salem 99.4% 19 providers
Sandwich 99.5% 13 providers
Saugus 99.5% 18 providers
Scituate 99.6% 12 providers
Seekonk 99.9% 16 providers
Sharon 98.8% 16 providers
Shrewsbury 100.0% 19 providers
Somerset 99.9% 13 providers
Somerville 99.9% 27 providers
South Dartmouth 99.8% 14 providers
South Hadley 92.3% 14 providers
South Weymouth 98.6% 15 providers
Southbridge 100.0% 13 providers
Southwick 99.9% 15 providers
Spencer 99.9% 13 providers
Springfield 99.1% 21 providers
Stoneham 99.2% 17 providers
Stoughton 99.5% 19 providers
Sudbury 100.0% 14 providers
Swampscott 99.9% 17 providers
Swansea 99.7% 12 providers
Taunton 99.3% 16 providers
Tewksbury 99.7% 18 providers
Tyngsboro 99.4% 14 providers
Uxbridge 100.0% 13 providers
Wakefield 99.4% 15 providers
Walpole 99.5% 19 providers
Waltham 93.6% 27 providers
Ware 98.6% 13 providers
Wareham 99.6% 13 providers
Watertown 100.0% 19 providers
Wayland 99.7% 12 providers
Webster 100.0% 14 providers
Wellesley 99.3% 17 providers
Wellesley Hills 87.2% 21 providers
West Newton 100.0% 16 providers
West Roxbury 98.9% 19 providers
West Springfield 98.7% 17 providers
Westborough 100.0% 21 providers
Westfield 96.4% 16 providers
Westford 99.4% 17 providers
Weston 99.8% 15 providers
Westport 99.3% 14 providers
Westwood 97.1% 19 providers
Weymouth 98.9% 16 providers
Whitinsville 99.9% 13 providers
Whitman 99.6% 15 providers
Wilbraham 100.0% 17 providers
Wilmington 100.0% 20 providers
Winchendon 98.0% 11 providers
Winchester 99.3% 14 providers
Winthrop 99.5% 12 providers
Woburn 98.4% 20 providers
Worcester 100.0% 23 providers
Wrentham 97.3% 15 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.