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Broadband Service in Virginia

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Internet Access in Virginia

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Coverage by County

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83.4%
83.4% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
51.3%
51.3% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

115.4

15th

Broadband Speeds

90.4%

of Virginians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

43.7%

of Virginians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

96.3%

of Virginians have access to wireline service.

51.3%

of Virginians have access to fiber-optic service.

88.1%

of Virginians have access to cable service.

79.6%

of Virginians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Virginia

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Accomack 58.6%
Albemarle 87.2%
Alleghany 94.7%
Amelia 61.2%
Amherst 70.6%
Appomattox 53.1%
Arlington 99.4%
Augusta 79.3%
Bath 72.1%
Bedford 69.3%
Bland 100.0%
Botetourt 80.0%
Brunswick 26.4%
Buchanan 100.0%
Buckingham 33.4%
Campbell 79.1%
Caroline 66.0%
Carroll 65.3%
Charles City 4.8%
Charlotte 30.4%
Chesterfield 98.3%
Clarke 63.7%
Craig 64.0%
Culpeper 84.8%
Cumberland 18.9%
Dickenson 97.7%
Dinwiddie 54.9%
Essex 68.8%
Fairfax County 98.5%
Fauquier 70.8%
Floyd 69.5%
Fluvanna 83.4%
Franklin County 79.6%
Frederick 82.6%
Giles 73.4%
Gloucester 94.1%
Goochland 67.2%
Grayson 100.0%
Greene 81.1%
Greensville 28.2%
Halifax 48.6%
Hanover 89.2%
Henrico 99.1%
Henry 96.4%
Highland 58.8%
Isle of Wight 85.7%
James City 96.3%
King and Queen 19.7%
King George 93.6%
King William 48.2%
Lancaster 73.8%
Lee 90.0%
Loudoun 96.6%
Louisa 36.2%
Lunenburg 29.3%
Madison 52.1%
Mathews 94.0%
Mecklenburg 49.9%
Middlesex 88.1%
Montgomery 90.0%
Nelson 37.3%
New Kent 80.1%
Northampton 71.6%
Northumberland 83.5%
Nottoway 52.8%
Orange 68.8%
Page 82.9%
Patrick 35.6%
Pittsylvania 58.3%
Powhatan 82.2%
Prince Edward 67.0%
Prince George 89.5%
Prince William 99.1%
Pulaski 87.1%
Rappahannock 92.8%
Richmond County 59.2%
Roanoke County 97.5%
Rockbridge 81.5%
Rockingham 83.4%
Russell 89.0%
Scott 84.0%
Shenandoah 85.0%
Smyth 93.9%
Southampton 48.0%
Spotsylvania 96.9%
Stafford 99.4%
Surry 3.3%
Sussex 33.1%
Tazewell 95.7%
Warren 92.1%
Washington 99.3%
Westmoreland 90.5%
Wise 96.9%
Wythe 85.4%
York 98.8%
Alexandria 99.4%
Bedford City 100.0%
Bristol 100.0%
Buena Vista 97.8%
Charlottesville 99.3%
Chesapeake 98.8%
Colonial Heights 99.1%
Covington 99.8%
Danville 99.6%
Emporia 97.4%
Fairfax City 96.9%
Falls Church 99.2%
Franklin City 100.0%
Fredericksburg 95.3%
Galax 96.4%
Hampton 97.8%
Harrisonburg 91.7%
Hopewell 98.6%
Lexington 96.4%
Lynchburg 89.7%
Manassas 98.3%
Manassas Park 99.9%
Martinsville 98.9%
Newport News 98.0%
Norfolk 95.8%
Norton 97.6%
Petersburg 98.8%
Poquoson 99.1%
Portsmouth 98.3%
Radford 99.7%
Richmond City 96.0%
Roanoke City 98.1%
Salem 96.7%
Staunton 98.1%
Suffolk 95.3%
Virginia Beach 97.9%
Waynesboro 98.4%
Williamsburg 68.8%
Winchester 99.8%

Internet Speed in Top Virginia Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Virginia Beach 103.2 MBPS 19 Providers
2. Richmond 98.9 MBPS 18 Providers
3. Alexandria 141.1 MBPS 23 Providers
4. Norfolk 96.8 MBPS 15 Providers
5. Chesapeake 128.4 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Virginia

Provider Avg. Download Speed
Verizon Fios 178.4 MBPS
Verizon High Speed Internet 153.7 MBPS
XFINITY from Comcast 115.0 MBPS
Cox Communications 106.1 MBPS
All Points Broadband 6.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Virginia, 2020

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

Virginia comes in at 15th in the nation when it comes to access to broadband internet. 91.1% of residents enjoy access to wired broadband internet speeds of 25 Mbps or faster. The western part of the state and the Delmarva Peninsula generally enjoy faster speeds than the rest of the state. Virginia’s average download speed is currently 90.7 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Virginia

The “digital divide” is a term used to quantify the gulf between people who have reliable access to the internet and those who do not. In Virginia, when taking both access and affordability into account, the state is well above average when it comes to its citizens having access to affordable broadband.

Still, approximately 697,000 Virginians do not have access to a wired internet connection of 25 Mbps or more. There are also 608,000 Virginians who have access to only one ISP (Internet Service Provider,) leaving them no option to switch. Another 306,000 people in Virginia don’t have access to any wired internet options at all.

Our latest affordability data shows that 51.3% of Virginians have access to an affordable internet plan. This comes in just slightly lower than the national average for states, which is 51.5%.

Best-Connected Cities

Woodbridge is the best-connected city in the state of Virginia. Everyone who lives there enjoys access to broadband speeds, and 99% of residents have access to wired broadband. The next four best-connected cities are Manassas, Henrico, Fredericksburg, and Arlington.

Worst-Connected Cities

In Virginia, Norwood is the worst-connected town when it comes to broadband internet access. The next four worst-connected cities and towns are Capeville, Doe Hill, Hood, and Stevensville.

Governmental Initiatives

The government of Virginia commonly grants millions of dollars of funding to a number of broadband initiatives to better connect its residents. For example, since 2010, Wired Virginia has been awarded $8,099,979 in grants for Virginia’s Broadband Initiative. $199,044,242 was additionally awarded to other broadband infrastructure projects in Virginia. The largest single federal grant for broadband infrastructure was given to The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development at $62,540,162.

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.

Top Virginia Cities

Average speed over time
Alexandria 99.1% 23 providers
Arlington 99.4% 32 providers
Charlottesville 95.8% 14 providers
Chesapeake 98.8% 17 providers
Fairfax 95.1% 25 providers
Falls Church 97.9% 21 providers
Fredericksburg 98.7% 16 providers
Hampton 98.2% 14 providers
Henrico 99.0% 15 providers
Manassas 98.8% 20 providers
Newport News 97.8% 14 providers
Norfolk 95.8% 15 providers
Richmond 97.5% 18 providers
Roanoke 98.3% 21 providers
Springfield 99.9% 18 providers
Virginia Beach 97.9% 19 providers
Woodbridge 99.5% 15 providers

Virginia Cities and Towns

Average speed over time
Abingdon 99.3% 10 providers
Aldie 99.5% 12 providers
Altavista 94.1% 12 providers
Amelia Court House 60.8% 10 providers
Amherst 49.2% 13 providers
Annandale 99.3% 16 providers
Appomattox 63.4% 12 providers
Ashburn 99.4% 33 providers
Ashland 93.0% 11 providers
Axton 73.4% 9 providers
Aylett 48.5% 9 providers
Bassett 94.8% 8 providers
Bealeton 86.6% 13 providers
Bedford 69.7% 14 providers
Berryville 72.4% 15 providers
Big Stone Gap 98.7% 11 providers
Blacksburg 91.3% 16 providers
Blackstone 66.7% 10 providers
Bluefield 96.1% 12 providers
Boones Mill 80.8% 15 providers
Bridgewater 83.0% 12 providers
Bristol 99.9% 11 providers
Bristow 99.8% 16 providers
Broadway 72.9% 12 providers
Buena Vista 92.1% 9 providers
Bumpass 17.5% 12 providers
Burke 99.5% 16 providers
Carrollton 99.9% 10 providers
Castlewood 85.1% 11 providers
Cedar Bluff 97.3% 14 providers
Centreville 99.3% 16 providers
Chantilly 99.7% 24 providers
Chase City 62.6% 11 providers
Chatham 38.0% 13 providers
Chester 97.4% 12 providers
Chesterfield 99.7% 12 providers
Chilhowie 98.4% 9 providers
Christiansburg 97.0% 16 providers
Clifton 99.8% 15 providers
Clifton Forge 98.7% 7 providers
Clintwood 95.4% 12 providers
Coeburn 95.2% 11 providers
Collinsville 99.3% 10 providers
Colonial Beach 91.7% 11 providers
Colonial Heights 99.1% 11 providers
Covington 94.7% 8 providers
Crewe 48.9% 8 providers
Crozet 90.5% 11 providers
Culpeper 91.3% 14 providers
Danville 96.1% 18 providers
Dayton 82.2% 11 providers
Dillwyn 26.6% 9 providers
Disputanta 82.4% 9 providers
Dublin 88.2% 17 providers
Duffield 88.5% 11 providers
Dumfries 99.9% 13 providers
Edinburg 91.8% 6 providers
Elkton 91.6% 11 providers
Emporia 54.4% 10 providers
Evington 86.4% 13 providers
Fairfax Station 99.9% 10 providers
Farmville 83.6% 12 providers
Ferrum 69.2% 8 providers
Fishersville 95.7% 14 providers
Floyd 68.8% 9 providers
Forest 95.4% 17 providers
Fort Belvoir 91.0% 15 providers
Fort Eustis 95.2% 9 providers
Franklin 92.4% 11 providers
Front Royal 94.1% 12 providers
Gainesville 99.4% 17 providers
Galax 94.2% 12 providers
Gate City 90.9% 10 providers
Glade Spring 99.1% 9 providers
Glen Allen 98.6% 13 providers
Gloucester 94.9% 11 providers
Gordonsville 50.4% 13 providers
Great Falls 99.9% 15 providers
Gretna 39.3% 9 providers
Grottoes 90.2% 12 providers
Grundy 100.0% 10 providers
Halifax 66.2% 10 providers
Hardy 85.8% 13 providers
Harrisonburg 92.1% 17 providers
Hayes 98.4% 10 providers
Haymarket 98.3% 14 providers
Herndon 98.0% 26 providers
Hillsville 71.0% 12 providers
Honaker 92.5% 12 providers
Hopewell 94.6% 9 providers
Hurt 65.8% 8 providers
Jonesville 90.1% 9 providers
King George 93.4% 15 providers
Lawrenceville 45.2% 11 providers
Lebanon 82.8% 12 providers
Leesburg 98.1% 19 providers
Lexington 91.8% 12 providers
Locust Grove 84.7% 11 providers
Lorton 99.7% 15 providers
Louisa 56.6% 12 providers
Lovettsville 62.9% 14 providers
Luray 79.0% 9 providers
Lynchburg 90.7% 18 providers
Madison 59.0% 13 providers
Madison Heights 94.1% 13 providers
Marion 94.8% 8 providers
Marshall 27.7% 14 providers
Martinsville 95.9% 10 providers
Max Meadows 92.9% 12 providers
Mc Lean 99.6% 26 providers
Meadowview 99.4% 9 providers
Mechanicsville 95.8% 14 providers
Midlothian 98.9% 14 providers
Mineral 28.4% 12 providers
Moneta 66.2% 13 providers
Montpelier 67.2% 6 providers
Montross 89.1% 11 providers
Moseley 99.4% 9 providers
Nokesville 98.3% 14 providers
North Tazewell 98.6% 12 providers
Norton 97.7% 13 providers
Oakton 99.9% 14 providers
Orange 86.8% 14 providers
Palmyra 89.6% 7 providers
Pearisburg 76.7% 16 providers
Pennington Gap 94.6% 10 providers
Petersburg 94.6% 13 providers
Poquoson 99.1% 10 providers
Portsmouth 98.3% 15 providers
Powhatan 84.1% 13 providers
Prince George 98.1% 16 providers
Pulaski 97.0% 12 providers
Purcellville 86.4% 15 providers
Quantico 90.3% 13 providers
Quinton 94.5% 10 providers
Radford 91.7% 18 providers
Reston 99.2% 27 providers
Richlands 99.9% 12 providers
Ridgeway 94.4% 9 providers
Ringgold 80.9% 11 providers
Rocky Mount 88.4% 11 providers
Round Hill 87.3% 10 providers
Ruckersville 96.5% 13 providers
Rustburg 87.3% 12 providers
Ruther Glen 76.6% 14 providers
Salem 96.7% 15 providers
Saltville 99.6% 10 providers
Sandston 99.9% 14 providers
Scottsville 59.2% 8 providers
Smithfield 93.2% 9 providers
South Boston 82.3% 14 providers
South Hill 66.2% 10 providers
Spotsylvania 93.2% 13 providers
Stafford 99.4% 13 providers
Stanardsville 62.0% 10 providers
Stanley 95.5% 9 providers
Staunton 92.5% 16 providers
Stephens City 93.5% 12 providers
Sterling 99.5% 28 providers
Strasburg 90.4% 10 providers
Stuart 26.0% 8 providers
Stuarts Draft 95.2% 14 providers
Suffolk 95.3% 14 providers
Tappahannock 82.1% 13 providers
Tazewell 92.3% 12 providers
Triangle 100.0% 12 providers
Troutville 94.0% 12 providers
Vienna 99.0% 22 providers
Vinton 96.8% 16 providers
Warrenton 94.9% 17 providers
Warsaw 56.5% 11 providers
Waverly 38.3% 10 providers
Waynesboro 97.5% 16 providers
West Point 74.3% 8 providers
Williamsburg 92.1% 15 providers
Winchester 90.0% 17 providers
Windsor 70.1% 8 providers
Wise 98.1% 11 providers
Woodstock 96.6% 6 providers
Wytheville 89.2% 16 providers
Yorktown 99.1% 14 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.