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Broadband Service in Rhode Island

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Internet Access in Rhode Island

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Coverage by County

Rhode Island Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
96.2%
96.2% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
88.5%
88.5% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

104.2

4th

Broadband Speeds

98.4%

of Rhode Islanders have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

97.2%

of Rhode Islanders have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.0%

of Rhode Islanders have access to wireline service.

84.2%

of Rhode Islanders have access to fiber-optic service.

97.3%

of Rhode Islanders have access to cable service.

80.9%

of Rhode Islanders have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Rhode Island

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Bristol 100.0%
Kent 98.5%
Newport 96.1%
Providence 98.8%
Washington 97.0%

Internet Speed in Top Rhode Island Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Providence 95.4 MBPS 15 Providers
2. Warwick 90.0 MBPS 15 Providers
3. Pawtucket 96.0 MBPS 15 Providers
4. Cranston 117.5 MBPS 15 Providers
5. Woonsocket 94.8 MBPS 14 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Rhode Island

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Charter Spectrum 175.7 MBPS
Verizon Fios 118.2 MBPS
Cox Communications 101.4 MBPS
Verizon High Speed Internet 85.9 MBPS
Windstream 68.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Rhode Island, 2020

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

Rhode Island has the 4th best broadband access ranking out of all the states in the US. While small geographically, Rhode Island is remarkably well-connected, with each of its five counties enjoying widespread high-speed internet coverage. Only 1.5% of Rhode Island’s population does not have access to 100 Mbps speeds, and the average statewide download speed is 163.1 Mbps. Additionally, 84.2% of Rhode Islanders have access to fiber-optic service, which is over triple the national average of 25% of American consumers with access to fiber internet services.

The Digital Divide in Rhode Island

While Rhode Island’s population is fairly evenly connected, there remains a digital divide - or technological gap - between those who have access to affordable, high-speed internet and those who do not.

For instance, while 44 internet providers currently operate within Rhode Island, 11,000 of the state’s residents don't have any wired internet providers offering services where they live, and another 22,000 people only have access to one internet provider at their place of residence. Beyond that, even though 98.5% of Rhode Islanders have access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, 16,000 people are left without a connection capable of such speeds.

As for internet cost, recent affordability data shows that 88.5% of Rhode Islanders have access to a low-priced internet plan (a plan costing $60 or less per month). This is far ahead of the nationwide percentage of 51.5% of US residents with access to a low-priced plan.

Best-Connected Cities

While every county in Rhode Island enjoys over 96% high-speed broadband coverage, some cities within the state stand out as the best-connected in terms of internet speeds, pricing, and availability. The top five highest-ranking cities in Rhode Island are Providence, Central Falls, Woonsocket, Warren, and Westerly, with Providence topping the list as first in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

Even with its high overall ranking, a handful of Rhode Island’s cities lag behind in comparison to the more well-connected cities. The five worst-connected cities in the state are Block Island, Slatersville, Little Compton, Albion, and Middletown, with Block Island ranking lowest in Rhode Island.

Find out more about how Rhode Island stacks up against other states throughout the country here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has been the grantee of $4,544,787 in federal grant funding to put toward broadband data and development within the state.

Over $21.7 million in federal grants has also been allocated to the expansion of broadband infrastructure in Rhode Island.

Currently, the Rhode Island Office of Innovation’s ConnectRI program is working to close the state’s digital divide.

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.

Rhode Island Cities

Average speed over time
Barrington 99.9% 11 providers
Bristol 100.0% 13 providers
Central Falls 100.0% 14 providers
Charlestown 99.3% 9 providers
Chepachet 99.8% 10 providers
Coventry 99.7% 12 providers
Cranston 95.1% 15 providers
Cumberland 99.9% 14 providers
East Greenwich 99.5% 16 providers
East Providence 99.7% 17 providers
Exeter 95.5% 9 providers
Foster 99.6% 10 providers
Greenville 99.9% 12 providers
Harrisville 99.6% 9 providers
Hope Valley 96.9% 11 providers
Jamestown 99.9% 9 providers
Johnston 100.0% 13 providers
Kingston 78.0% 9 providers
Lincoln 99.5% 14 providers
Middletown 96.8% 13 providers
Narragansett 99.8% 11 providers
Newport 91.9% 10 providers
North Kingstown 99.2% 12 providers
North Providence 95.4% 12 providers
North Scituate 99.7% 9 providers
North Smithfield 99.8% 11 providers
Pascoag 99.2% 12 providers
Pawtucket 98.8% 15 providers
Portsmouth 98.7% 10 providers
Providence 99.1% 15 providers
Riverside 99.7% 14 providers
Rumford 100.0% 15 providers
Saunderstown 99.8% 10 providers
Smithfield 99.1% 11 providers
Tiverton 98.3% 11 providers
Wakefield 99.8% 13 providers
Warren 100.0% 11 providers
Warwick 97.7% 15 providers
West Greenwich 99.3% 13 providers
West Kingston 97.2% 10 providers
West Warwick 98.5% 14 providers
Westerly 99.8% 13 providers
Woonsocket 100.0% 14 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.