Rhode Island Internet Coverage & Availability in 2022

Rhode Island Internet Facts in 2022

  • Rhode Island currently ranks 2nd among states in BroadbandNow’s annual rankings of internet coverage, speed and availability.

  • This means that roughly zero in ten Rhode Island residents are not able to purchase an internet plan of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload.

  • This means that nearly nine in ten residents are not able to purchase broadband at a price of $60/month or less (excluding promotions and government programs).

  • This means that two in ten residents are unable to purchase a fiber internet plan.

  • The U.S. has more than 2,834 internet service providers, with most covering very small areas. It is worth searching by zip code to see who is available in your town.

At BroadbandNow, we advocate for a definition of broadband internet to be at least 100Mbps, as opposed to the FCC definition of 25Mbps, which would be considered slow for many internet-intensive activities.

In Rhode Island, 98.7% of people have access to 100Mbps broadband, ranking 3rd among all states.

Internet Availability by County

100 Mbps Coverage By County, Highest and Lowest

Highest
Bristol 99.97%
Providence 98.94%
Kent 98.60%
Washington 98.44%
Newport 96.83%
Lowest
Newport 96.83%
Washington 98.44%
Kent 98.60%
Providence 98.94%
Bristol 99.97%

In Rhode Island, 98% of people have access to 1G broadband, ranking 2nd among all states.

Internet Coverage by Demographic in Rhode Island

Individuals or households with no internet access by characteristic (includes broadband and non-broadband packages)

Percentage of households with and without any type of internet access

  • With: 88%
  • Without: 12%

Type of internet connection

  • Dialup only: <1%
  • Broadband of any type: 88%
  • Cellular data only: 11%
  • Satellite: 3%

Individuals or households with no internet access by characteristic

  • <18: 3%
  • 18-64: 4%
  • 65+ adults: 6%

  • <$20,000: 36%
  • $20,000-$74,999: 15%
  • $75,000+: 3%

  • Black: 3%
  • Native American/Alaska Native: (Unavailable)
  • Asian: 2%
  • Mixed race: 6%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 6%
  • White: 4%

  • Employed: 3%
  • Unemployed: 6%

  • Less than high school: 11%
  • Some college or associate degree: 5%
  • Bachelor’s degree: 2%

Internet Speed in Top Rhode Island Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
Providence 176.4 MBPS 19 Providers
Warwick 97.9 MBPS 17 Providers
Pawtucket 98.4 MBPS 16 Providers
Cranston 205.0 MBPS 17 Providers
Woonsocket 182.1 MBPS 15 Providers

Fastest Major Providers in Rhode Island

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Verizon High Speed Internet 255.6 MBPS
Verizon Fios 202.0 MBPS
Cox Communications 186.0 MBPS
Spectrum 166.2 MBPS
Windstream 7.8 MBPS

Metro & Rural County Coverage

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Bristol 100.0%
Kent 98.6%
Newport 96.8%
Providence 98.9%
Washington 98.4%

Internet Providers By City in Rhode Island

Ashaway 99.9% 12 providers
Barrington 99.9% 14 providers
Bradford 99.9% 12 providers
Bristol 100.0% 14 providers
Central Falls 100.0% 15 providers
Charlestown 99.4% 12 providers
Chepachet 99.9% 13 providers
Coventry 99.7% 14 providers
Cranston 95.5% 17 providers
Cumberland 99.9% 15 providers
East Greenwich 99.5% 16 providers
East Providence 99.7% 18 providers
Exeter 95.5% 12 providers
Foster 99.6% 12 providers
Greene 99.0% 10 providers
Greenville 99.9% 14 providers
Harrisville 99.6% 12 providers
Hope 99.9% 12 providers
Hope Valley 96.9% 13 providers
Jamestown 99.9% 11 providers
Johnston 100.0% 15 providers
Kingston 100.0% 12 providers
Lincoln 99.5% 16 providers
Little Compton 99.2% 11 providers
Middletown 97.0% 14 providers
Narragansett 99.8% 13 providers
Newport 94.1% 12 providers
North Kingstown 99.4% 15 providers
North Providence 95.4% 14 providers
North Scituate 99.7% 12 providers
North Smithfield 99.9% 13 providers
Pascoag 99.7% 15 providers
Pawtucket 98.9% 16 providers
Portsmouth 98.6% 12 providers
Providence 99.3% 19 providers
Riverside 99.7% 16 providers
Rumford 100.0% 17 providers
Saunderstown 99.8% 12 providers
Shannock 100.0% 12 providers
Smithfield 99.1% 14 providers
Tiverton 98.3% 12 providers
Wakefield 99.8% 15 providers
Warren 100.0% 13 providers
Warwick 97.7% 17 providers
West Greenwich 99.6% 17 providers
West Kingston 97.5% 12 providers
West Warwick 98.8% 16 providers
Westerly 99.8% 15 providers
Woonsocket 100.0% 15 providers
Wyoming 100.0% 12 providers