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Internet Service in Vermont

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Internet Access in Vermont

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Coverage by County

Vermont Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
79.0%
79.0% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
1.1%
1.1% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

64.0

47th

Broadband Speeds

85.5%

of Vermonters have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

16.6%

of Vermonters have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.1%

of Vermonters have access to wireline service.

21.5%

of Vermonters have access to fiber-optic service.

82.6%

of Vermonters have access to cable service.

97.4%

of Vermonters have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In Vermont

Coverage by County in Vermont

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Addison 82.6%
Bennington 95.4%
Caledonia 83.5%
Chittenden 98.1%
Essex 67.1%
Franklin 89.0%
Grand Isle 67.6%
Lamoille 90.1%
Orange 77.0%
Orleans 80.7%
Rutland 95.4%
Washington 93.0%
Windham 90.5%
Windsor 95.8%

Internet Speed in Top Vermont Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Burlington 94.2 MBPS 18 Providers
2. Rutland 106.4 MBPS 14 Providers
3. Essex Junction 63.6 MBPS 16 Providers
4. South Burlington 89.8 MBPS 17 Providers
5. Barre 56.2 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Vermont

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Vermont Telephone Company 108.4 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 99.4 MBPS
Burlington Telecom 99.1 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 71.0 MBPS
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) 32.9 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Vermont, 2020

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

Ranked 47th in the US in terms of broadband access, Vermont is in the top five worst-connected states in the country. Despite being known for its forested landscape, Vermont does have fairly widespread high-speed internet coverage throughout the state. However, Vermont’s average download speed of 98.6 Mbps is on the low side when compared to other states, while the cost of internet is comparatively high.

The Digital Divide in Vermont

While the majority of Vermont’s population has access to high-speed internet, and a few are even able to get a low-priced monthly plan, there remains a significant demographic of Vermonters without access to these technological advantages. This inequality creates a “digital gap,” or divide, within Vermont.

For example, 91.2% of Vermont’s residents have access to wired a broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. Still, 25,000 people do not have a connection with such speeds available to them, and another 7,000 people do not have a wired connection available to them at all at their place of residence. Further, while 62 internet providers serve Vermont’s population, 90,000 residents only have access to one internet provider at their home, making it impossible to switch to another provider, should the need arise.

One notable factor that makes Vermont rank so low in comparison to the other states is the cost of internet for its residents. Affordability data reveals that only 1.1% of Vermonters have access to a low-priced internet plan. This means that almost 99% of the population is paying over $60 a month for internet services.

Best-Connected Cities

Although Vermont ranks poorly compared to other states, some cities within the state offer the best combination of price, coverage, and speed available to Vermonters. The top five best-connected cities in Vermont are Burlington, Bennington, Newport, Rutland, and South Burlington, with Burlington ranking highest in the state.

Worst-Connected Cities

In contrast to the best cities in the state, the five cities with the worst internet connection in Vermont in terms of cost, download speeds, and availability are West Halifax, West Wardsboro, Eden Mills, Jacksonville, and East Dover, with West Halifax ranking lowest in the state.

See how Vermont stacks up against other states nationwide here.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, over $3.5 million has been awarded to Vermont Center for Geographic Information, Inc. in federal grants to fund broadband data and development within the state. Working through BroadbandVT.org in conjunction with other partners, the program has created interactive broadband maps and works to “advance public knowledge about broadband expansion efforts, issues of the digital divide, and opportunities for change throughout our state.”

An additional $45,649,894 in federal grant funding has gone toward fueling broadband infrastructure expansion projects within Vermont.

In 2019, the Broadband Innovation Grant program was created by the state of Vermont with the goal “to help communities conduct feasibility studies and create business plans related to the deployment of broadband in rural, unserved and underserved areas of Vermont.”

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.

Vermont Cities

Average speed over time
Barre 98.3% 17 providers
Bellows Falls 99.4% 13 providers
Bennington 99.4% 14 providers
Brandon 85.2% 11 providers
Brattleboro 96.1% 15 providers
Bristol 97.3% 10 providers
Burlington 99.4% 18 providers
Castleton 91.5% 13 providers
Chester 99.1% 11 providers
Colchester 92.1% 16 providers
Enosburg Falls 64.3% 12 providers
Essex Junction 99.5% 16 providers
Fair Haven 68.2% 12 providers
Fairfax 83.1% 10 providers
Hinesburg 98.8% 12 providers
Jericho 97.7% 14 providers
Lyndonville 90.7% 12 providers
Manchester Center 99.5% 11 providers
Middlebury 90.0% 17 providers
Milton 97.2% 13 providers
Montpelier 94.7% 14 providers
Morrisville 95.4% 12 providers
Newport 95.3% 11 providers
Northfield 94.9% 15 providers
Putney 89.5% 13 providers
Randolph 96.2% 16 providers
Richmond 99.2% 13 providers
Rutland 99.7% 14 providers
Saint Albans 99.7% 14 providers
Saint Johnsbury 93.3% 12 providers
Shelburne 99.4% 15 providers
South Burlington 99.0% 17 providers
Springfield 99.4% 13 providers
Stowe 93.7% 16 providers
Swanton 99.4% 12 providers
Vergennes 88.2% 13 providers
Waterbury 94.8% 14 providers
White River Junction 93.1% 14 providers
Williston 98.8% 18 providers
Windsor 96.5% 15 providers
Winooski 100.0% 14 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.