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Broadband Internet in New Hampshire

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Internet Access in New Hampshire

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Coverage by County

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89.6%
89.6% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
36.4%
36.4% POPULATION UNDERSERVED
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83.5

23rd

Broadband Speeds

96.0%

of New Hampshirites have access to wired broadband 25mbps or faster.

94.4%

of New Hampshirites have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

7.4%

of New Hampshirites have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.2%

of New Hampshirites have access to wireline service.

30.1%

of New Hampshirites have access to fiber-optic service.

93.9%

of New Hampshirites have access to cable service.

95.6%

of New Hampshirites have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In New Hampshire

Coverage by County in New Hampshire

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Belknap 98.3%
Carroll 96.3%
Cheshire 80.5%
Coos 82.1%
Grafton 92.7%
Hillsborough 98.0%
Merrimack 97.0%
Rockingham 99.3%
Strafford 98.8%
Sullivan 85.1%

Internet Speed in Top New Hampshire Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Manchester 71.2 MBPS 21 Providers
2. Nashua 82.7 MBPS 20 Providers
3. Concord 89.5 MBPS 12 Providers
4. Derry 95.8 MBPS 15 Providers
5. Dover 101.4 MBPS 13 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in New Hampshire

Provider Avg. Download Speed
TDS Telecom 140.0 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 103.6 MBPS
Atlantic Broadband 69.8 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 59.2 MBPS
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) 17.0 MBPS

The State of Broadband in New Hampshire, 2020

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

New Hampshire is the 23rd most well-connected State in the US. The State has 68 internet providers, and its residents enjoy rather even distribution of wired broadband internet services, with the vast majority (96%) of the population having access to speeds of 25 Mbps or higher. The average download speed in New Hampshire is 144.3 Mbps, which is similar to the average speeds in Pennsylvania, Washington State, and Arizona.

The Digital Divide in New Hampshire

New Hampshire residents have relatively equal access to the internet in terms of coverage and speed throughout the State. In this regard, the digital divide between those who have access to high-speed internet and those who do not is relatively small, especially when compared to states with more sporadic coverage. Over 94% (more than 1.28 million) of people in New Hampshire have access to wired broadband capable of download speeds of 100 Mbps or higher.

Still, there remains a gap between New Hampshire and some other States, which offer higher speeds and lower pricing. For example, accessibility to gigabit speeds is lacking in New Hampshire, with only 7.4% coverage of the population at these speeds.

At this time, 10,000 people in New Hampshire still do not have access to any wired internet providers at their location. An additional 27,000 do not have access to a wired provider capable of 25 Mbps speeds. Further, 76,000 residents have only one internet provider offering services in their area, meaning that they do not have the option of comparing prices and services with other providers.

Affordability data also shows that only 36.4% of New Hampshire’s residents have access to a broadband plan that costs $60 or less per month. This is significantly lower than the national average of 51.5% of consumers who have access to a low-price plan.

Best-Connected Cities

With the highest-ranking listed first, the New Hampshire cities with the best combination of internet speed, coverage, and price are Windham, Hudson, Weare, Portsmouth, and Derry.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the flip side, the cities with the comparatively worst connection in New Hampshire are Chesterfield, South Acworth, Errol, North Sandwich, and Bretton Woods, with the lowest-ranking last in the list.

Check out how New Hampshire’s internet stats compare with other states here.

Governmental Initiatives

New Hampshire has been the benefactor of 1.3% of all federal infrastructure grants, with almost $44.5 million awarded to the State to aid in developing broadband infrastructure.

The New Hampshire Broadband Mapping & Planning Program was the grantee of over $6 million to fund research on how to expand broadband availability throughout the State.

Since 2011, the State has seen improvement from 75.9% to 98.8% in terms of the percentage of residents with accessibility to a wired connection capable of at least 10 Mbps download speeds.

Information backing this article has been taken from both public and private data sources. Learn 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.

New Hampshire Cities

Average speed over time
Amherst 99.4% 17 providers
Atkinson 99.3% 11 providers
Auburn 99.9% 13 providers
Barrington 99.2% 11 providers
Bedford 99.2% 18 providers
Belmont 99.0% 12 providers
Berlin 99.6% 11 providers
Bow 99.1% 14 providers
Bristol 99.6% 10 providers
Brookline 100.0% 10 providers
Canaan 89.1% 8 providers
Candia 98.5% 11 providers
Charlestown 92.7% 12 providers
Chester 99.9% 10 providers
Claremont 93.3% 13 providers
Concord 98.2% 12 providers
Contoocook 99.6% 10 providers
Conway 100.0% 11 providers
Danville 99.8% 11 providers
Deerfield 99.0% 10 providers
Derry 99.2% 15 providers
Dover 97.7% 13 providers
Durham 99.9% 13 providers
Enfield 96.9% 11 providers
Epping 98.6% 9 providers
Epsom 98.1% 11 providers
Exeter 99.2% 14 providers
Farmington 99.8% 10 providers
Franklin 99.1% 9 providers
Fremont 99.5% 10 providers
Gilford 96.5% 11 providers
Goffstown 98.8% 14 providers
Hampstead 98.7% 11 providers
Hampton 99.3% 12 providers
Hanover 97.1% 14 providers
Henniker 99.1% 9 providers
Hillsborough 95.8% 10 providers
Hinsdale 97.5% 9 providers
Hollis 100.0% 14 providers
Hooksett 95.5% 16 providers
Hudson 99.7% 15 providers
Jaffrey 92.1% 10 providers
Keene 99.2% 13 providers
Kingston 99.0% 10 providers
Laconia 98.8% 12 providers
Lancaster 91.0% 11 providers
Lebanon 98.8% 12 providers
Lee 97.7% 10 providers
Litchfield 99.5% 11 providers
Littleton 98.0% 11 providers
Londonderry 99.0% 17 providers
Loudon 98.6% 11 providers
Manchester 97.8% 21 providers
Meredith 95.1% 11 providers
Merrimack 99.5% 16 providers
Milford 99.0% 16 providers
Milton 98.9% 10 providers
Moultonborough 99.4% 13 providers
Nashua 99.1% 20 providers
New Boston 99.7% 12 providers
New Ipswich 99.8% 11 providers
New London 99.8% 11 providers
Newmarket 98.6% 12 providers
Newport 88.3% 11 providers
Newton 99.9% 8 providers
North Conway 100.0% 10 providers
North Hampton 99.7% 11 providers
Northwood 99.6% 11 providers
Nottingham 98.4% 10 providers
Pelham 99.7% 13 providers
Peterborough 93.7% 11 providers
Pittsfield 98.5% 11 providers
Plaistow 99.8% 11 providers
Plymouth 99.5% 11 providers
Portsmouth 99.1% 16 providers
Raymond 98.9% 10 providers
Rindge 45.2% 13 providers
Rochester 99.1% 13 providers
Rye 99.8% 9 providers
Salem 99.5% 14 providers
Sanbornville 99.6% 9 providers
Sandown 100.0% 11 providers
Seabrook 99.4% 14 providers
Somersworth 99.0% 11 providers
Strafford 98.8% 9 providers
Stratham 99.8% 13 providers
Suncook 99.1% 11 providers
Swanzey 99.8% 12 providers
Tilton 97.4% 14 providers
Weare 100.0% 12 providers
West Lebanon 96.5% 15 providers
Winchester 87.7% 12 providers
Windham 99.9% 13 providers
Wolfeboro 97.2% 10 providers
Last Updated on 2/6/2020.