Internet Service in Vermont

Internet Access in Vermont

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Coverage by County

79.0%
1.1%

78.5

47th

Broadband Speeds

86.5%

of Vermonters have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

17.7%

of Vermonters have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

99.1%

of Vermonters have access to wireline service

22.8%

of Vermonters have access to fiber-optic service

82.7%

of Vermonters have access to cable service

97.4%

of Vermonters have access to DSL service

Largest Competing Providers In Vermont

  1. Xfinity vs Consolidated
  2. Xfinity vs TDS
  3. Spectrum vs TDS

Coverage by County in Vermont

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Addison 85.9%
Bennington 95.8%
Caledonia 85.7%
Chittenden 98.1%
Essex 67.1%
Franklin 90.6%
Grand Isle 99.6%
Lamoille 91.5%
Orange 81.1%
Orleans 85.0%
Rutland 95.8%
Washington 94.2%
Windham 90.9%
Windsor 95.9%

Internet Speed in Top Vermont Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Burlington 109.4 MBPS 18 Providers
2. Rutland 123.7 MBPS 14 Providers
3. Essex Junction 70.7 MBPS 16 Providers
4. South Burlington 96.4 MBPS 18 Providers
5. Barre 69.2 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Vermont

The State of Broadband in Vermont, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 2/2/2021.

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
Alburgh 98.9%
10 providers
Arlington 95.5%
13 providers
Barnet 67.7%
10 providers
Barre 98.3%
17 providers
Barton 81.9%
11 providers
Bellows Falls 99.4%
13 providers
Bennington 99.4%
15 providers
Bethel 98.1%
13 providers
Bomoseen 91.2%
10 providers
Bondville 93.3%
9 providers
Bradford 90.2%
11 providers
Brandon 85.2%
10 providers
Brattleboro 96.2%
14 providers
Bridgewater Corners 100.0%
11 providers
Bridport 65.1%
11 providers
Bristol 97.6%
10 providers
Brookfield 96.3%
13 providers
Brownsville 100.0%
11 providers
Burlington 99.4%
18 providers
Cabot 88.1%
12 providers
Cambridge 83.3%
13 providers
Castleton 92.2%
11 providers
Charlotte 98.9%
13 providers
Chelsea 69.8%
12 providers
Chester 99.1%
11 providers
Chittenden 100.0%
11 providers
Colchester 92.1%
16 providers
Concord 82.1%
10 providers
Corinth 0.0%
9 providers
Craftsbury 94.8%
10 providers
Cuttingsville 99.3%
11 providers
Danby 100.0%
11 providers
Danville 87.9%
13 providers
Derby 89.6%
11 providers
Derby Line 67.0%
9 providers
Dorset 96.9%
12 providers
East Barre 87.3%
12 providers
East Burke 85.1%
9 providers
East Calais 78.0%
10 providers
East Dorset 91.1%
11 providers
East Fairfield 69.1%
10 providers
East Hardwick 60.0%
10 providers
East Montpelier 89.4%
13 providers
East Thetford 95.0%
10 providers
East Wallingford 100.0%
9 providers
Eden 85.3%
9 providers
Eden Mills 88.7%
9 providers
Enosburg Falls 66.0%
12 providers
Essex Junction 99.5%
16 providers
Fair Haven 74.3%
13 providers
Fairfax 87.0%
10 providers
Fairfield 37.2%
10 providers
Fairlee 83.7%
11 providers
Florence 97.6%
10 providers
Franklin 91.3%
11 providers
Glover 64.7%
10 providers
Grafton 100.0%
9 providers
Grand Isle 99.9%
12 providers
Graniteville 96.1%
10 providers
Greensboro Bend 54.2%
9 providers
Groton 93.9%
11 providers
Hardwick 83.8%
11 providers
Hartland 99.6%
11 providers
Hinesburg 99.0%
11 providers
Huntington 98.1%
10 providers
Hyde Park 88.7%
8 providers
Irasburg 72.6%
11 providers
Island Pond 85.1%
8 providers
Jacksonville 66.6%
7 providers
Jamaica 75.8%
8 providers
Jeffersonville 86.3%
12 providers
Jericho 98.6%
14 providers
Johnson 93.4%
10 providers
Killington 100.0%
10 providers
Londonderry 94.7%
8 providers
Lowell 49.9%
10 providers
Ludlow 97.4%
14 providers
Lunenburg 38.0%
11 providers
Lyndonville 90.7%
12 providers
Manchester Center 99.8%
11 providers
Marshfield 58.6%
11 providers
Middlebury 92.7%
17 providers
Middletown Springs 100.0%
11 providers
Milton 97.2%
13 providers
Montgomery Center 99.1%
9 providers
Montpelier 94.7%
14 providers
Moretown 90.5%
13 providers
Morrisville 95.4%
12 providers
Mount Holly 100.0%
10 providers
New Haven 94.4%
11 providers
Newbury 94.3%
10 providers
Newfane 81.4%
8 providers
Newport 95.3%
10 providers
North Bennington 96.6%
11 providers
North Clarendon 99.2%
14 providers
North Ferrisburgh 95.5%
11 providers
North Hero 99.8%
10 providers
North Springfield 99.6%
11 providers
North Troy 96.2%
9 providers
Northfield 94.7%
15 providers
Norwich 97.5%
12 providers
Orleans 86.6%
9 providers
Pawlet 98.6%
13 providers
Perkinsville 99.3%
11 providers
Pittsfield 99.3%
9 providers
Pittsford 99.1%
10 providers
Plainfield 87.8%
12 providers
Plymouth 97.0%
12 providers
Poultney 98.2%
10 providers
Proctor 99.9%
11 providers
Proctorsville 99.7%
11 providers
Putney 89.5%
11 providers
Quechee 86.2%
10 providers
Randolph 96.2%
16 providers
Randolph Center 95.3%
13 providers
Readsboro 60.4%
7 providers
Richford 88.0%
9 providers
Richmond 99.4%
13 providers
Ripton 54.6%
8 providers
Rochester 99.0%
12 providers
Roxbury 82.0%
13 providers
Rutland 99.7%
14 providers
Saint Albans 99.7%
14 providers
Saint Johnsbury 93.3%
12 providers
Salisbury 59.8%
10 providers
Saxtons River 100.0%
9 providers
Shaftsbury 95.8%
11 providers
Sharon 75.2%
10 providers
Sheffield 61.9%
10 providers
Shelburne 99.2%
15 providers
Sheldon 90.0%
11 providers
Shoreham 44.5%
9 providers
South Burlington 99.0%
18 providers
South Hero 100.0%
13 providers
South Londonderry 91.2%
9 providers
South Royalton 89.6%
14 providers
South Ryegate 93.3%
8 providers
Springfield 99.4%
13 providers
Starksboro 97.4%
9 providers
Stockbridge 99.4%
10 providers
Stowe 96.7%
16 providers
Strafford 97.3%
10 providers
Swanton 99.4%
12 providers
Thetford Center 90.9%
11 providers
Townshend 80.4%
10 providers
Tunbridge 84.4%
11 providers
Underhill 96.6%
11 providers
Vergennes 91.7%
13 providers
Vernon 98.5%
10 providers
Vershire 95.3%
10 providers
Waitsfield 94.7%
12 providers
Wallingford 99.9%
13 providers
Warren 97.3%
8 providers
Washington 60.0%
10 providers
Waterbury 94.8%
14 providers
Waterbury Center 99.7%
9 providers
Waterville 86.8%
9 providers
Wells River 93.3%
8 providers
West Burke 80.7%
10 providers
West Charleston 94.9%
8 providers
West Danville 57.3%
11 providers
West Dover 82.3%
8 providers
West Pawlet 95.2%
11 providers
West Rutland 99.4%
11 providers
West Topsham 6.1%
9 providers
West Townshend 55.4%
9 providers
Westfield 83.6%
8 providers
Westford 99.0%
10 providers
Westminster 97.5%
11 providers
Weston 98.9%
9 providers
White River Junction 93.2%
14 providers
Whiting 29.5%
11 providers
Williamstown 85.5%
15 providers
Williston 98.8%
18 providers
Wilmington 83.9%
11 providers
Windsor 96.5%
15 providers
Winooski 100.0%
14 providers
Wolcott 84.6%
11 providers
Woodstock 95.8%
13 providers
Worcester 93.2%
11 providers