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Broadband Service in Washington

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Internet Access in Washington

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Coverage by County

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94.6%
94.6% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
15.4%
15.4% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

81.8

16th

Broadband Speeds

92.6%

of Washingtonians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

23.4%

of Washingtonians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

98.6%

of Washingtonians have access to wireline service.

53.3%

of Washingtonians have access to fiber-optic service.

90.9%

of Washingtonians have access to cable service.

93.9%

of Washingtonians have access to DSL service.

Coverage by County in Washington

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 70.5%
Asotin 95.0%
Benton 93.4%
Chelan 89.5%
Clallam 76.8%
Clark 94.9%
Columbia 97.1%
Cowlitz 95.4%
Douglas 93.0%
Ferry 100.0%
Franklin 87.0%
Garfield 72.5%
Grant 82.5%
Grays Harbor 90.7%
Island 97.8%
Jefferson 79.1%
King 98.9%
Kitsap 96.4%
Kittitas 87.4%
Klickitat 41.5%
Lewis 76.7%
Lincoln 81.2%
Mason 88.7%
Okanogan 44.0%
Pacific 87.7%
Pend Oreille 99.9%
Pierce 98.1%
San Juan 87.6%
Skagit 92.2%
Skamania 38.8%
Snohomish 96.7%
Spokane 93.8%
Stevens 98.4%
Thurston 98.7%
Wahkiakum 20.1%
Walla Walla 99.9%
Whatcom 93.4%
Whitman 73.6%
Yakima 82.0%

Internet Speed in Top Washington Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Seattle 74.6 MBPS 26 Providers
2. Spokane 68.7 MBPS 23 Providers
3. Tacoma 71.0 MBPS 20 Providers
4. Vancouver 98.5 MBPS 20 Providers
5. Everett 52.0 MBPS 17 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in Washington

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 105.9 MBPS
Wave Broadband 96.3 MBPS
CenturyLink 61.3 MBPS
Charter Spectrum 56.8 MBPS
PocketiNet Communications 33.4 MBPS

The State of Broadband in Washington, 2020

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

Washington is the 16th most connected state in the U.S. The state averages connection throughout, although some areas are much less connected than others. Recently, the reported average statewide speed for Washington was 60 Mbps.

The Digital Divide in Washington

When measuring the digital divide in Washington, the affordability and availability of public broadband must be taken into account. With this in mind, there are a total of 242 providers in the state. Although this is the case, there are 338,000 people in the state without access to a wired connection capable of 25 Mbps download speeds. It should also be noted that there are 529,000 people who currently only have access to one provider, making it impossible for them to switch. Another 103,000 people in Washington have no wired internet provider at all where they live.

When it comes to broadband speeds, 94.6% of Washingtonians have access to wired broadband 25 Mbps or faster, while 92.8% have access to broadband 100 Mbps or faster. On the other hand, only 25.8% of Washingtonians have access to 1-gigabit broadband.

Best-Connected Cities

Kirkland came in 1st as the most connected town in the state. Not far behind were the towns of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, and Langley. 100% of the population in all five of these towns enjoy access to affordable broadband and have the option to choose any service.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other hand, some of the worst connected towns in Washington were Ardenvoir, Manchester, Laurier, Hay, and Oysterville. None of these towns have access to affordable wired broadband and have limited choices for their services.

Governmental Initiatives

The government of Washington is working to improve its broadband infrastructure. The Community Economic Revitalization Board has been actively trying to improve local economic development in communities.

The Washington State Broadband Project has been awarded over $7 million in federal grants since the year 2011 for the Washington State Initiative. An additional $166 million was awarded to broadband initiatives to further connections throughout the state.

Sources: Data collected via the FCC, NTIA, and other sources. For a full list of data sources please visit our data page.

Washington Cities

Average speed over time
Aberdeen 99.4% 13 providers
Airway Heights 99.3% 14 providers
Anacortes 99.3% 13 providers
Arlington 81.0% 14 providers
Auburn 99.3% 18 providers
Bainbridge Island 100.0% 11 providers
Battle Ground 92.5% 12 providers
Belfair 83.9% 12 providers
Bellevue 99.7% 23 providers
Bellingham 99.1% 16 providers
Benton City 68.6% 16 providers
Black Diamond 95.3% 10 providers
Blaine 87.8% 12 providers
Bonney Lake 99.3% 10 providers
Bothell 99.6% 17 providers
Bow 83.8% 12 providers
Bremerton 95.6% 16 providers
Brewster 9.0% 14 providers
Brush Prairie 98.4% 12 providers
Buckley 98.5% 9 providers
Burlington 96.6% 13 providers
Camano Island 95.2% 11 providers
Camas 99.4% 12 providers
Carnation 96.0% 11 providers
Cashmere 91.4% 11 providers
Castle Rock 91.5% 11 providers
Centralia 94.7% 15 providers
Chattaroy 65.4% 16 providers
Chehalis 77.0% 15 providers
Chelan 61.7% 16 providers
Cheney 75.3% 15 providers
Chewelah 100.0% 11 providers
Clarkston 97.3% 12 providers
Cle Elum 66.9% 12 providers
Clinton 100.0% 12 providers
Colbert 75.4% 16 providers
Colfax 71.6% 14 providers
College Place 100.0% 16 providers
Colville 100.0% 14 providers
Concrete 87.0% 10 providers
Connell 35.1% 14 providers
Coupeville 96.4% 13 providers
Davenport 95.1% 11 providers
Deer Park 97.5% 15 providers
Dupont 100.0% 8 providers
Duvall 89.6% 12 providers
East Wenatchee 98.7% 12 providers
Eatonville 66.2% 10 providers
Edmonds 99.8% 14 providers
Elk 98.9% 16 providers
Ellensburg 92.9% 12 providers
Elma 74.8% 12 providers
Enumclaw 92.8% 11 providers
Ephrata 100.0% 15 providers
Everett 99.2% 17 providers
Everson 80.3% 11 providers
Fall City 95.6% 9 providers
Federal Way 99.2% 13 providers
Ferndale 92.8% 11 providers
Forks 6.5% 9 providers
Freeland 100.0% 11 providers
Friday Harbor 91.4% 10 providers
Gig Harbor 97.0% 13 providers
Gold Bar 89.5% 9 providers
Goldendale 0.0% 12 providers
Graham 98.6% 12 providers
Grandview 74.9% 13 providers
Granger 75.2% 13 providers
Granite Falls 90.1% 12 providers
Greenacres 96.5% 17 providers
Hoquiam 92.6% 13 providers
Issaquah 99.8% 16 providers
Kalama 91.4% 11 providers
Kelso 95.3% 12 providers
Kenmore 99.5% 12 providers
Kennewick 99.3% 17 providers
Kent 99.0% 17 providers
Kettle Falls 100.0% 12 providers
Kingston 94.1% 11 providers
Kirkland 99.9% 16 providers
La Center 51.2% 15 providers
La Conner 97.4% 10 providers
Lacey 99.4% 13 providers
Lake Stevens 98.8% 10 providers
Lakebay 84.0% 10 providers
Lakewood 99.8% 12 providers
Langley 100.0% 10 providers
Leavenworth 75.0% 12 providers
Liberty Lake 96.2% 16 providers
Longview 99.0% 11 providers
Lynden 92.6% 12 providers
Lynnwood 99.7% 20 providers
Mabton 67.5% 12 providers
Maple Valley 99.1% 11 providers
Marysville 96.5% 16 providers
Mattawa 28.4% 11 providers
Mead 82.9% 15 providers
Medical Lake 76.8% 15 providers
Mercer Island 99.9% 13 providers
Milton 99.1% 10 providers
Monroe 93.7% 13 providers
Montesano 86.3% 11 providers
Moses Lake 100.0% 14 providers
Mount Vernon 93.0% 12 providers
Mountlake Terrace 99.9% 14 providers
Moxee 80.9% 12 providers
Mukilteo 99.9% 13 providers
Naches 19.4% 14 providers
Newman Lake 93.2% 13 providers
Newport 98.6% 13 providers
Nine Mile Falls 80.3% 15 providers
North Bend 98.5% 10 providers
Oak Harbor 98.0% 12 providers
Ocean Park 98.0% 10 providers
Ocean Shores 99.1% 11 providers
Okanogan 76.2% 11 providers
Olalla 99.6% 10 providers
Olympia 99.0% 14 providers
Omak 72.8% 11 providers
Onalaska 75.2% 11 providers
Oroville 61.7% 12 providers
Orting 95.4% 10 providers
Othello 68.8% 15 providers
Otis Orchards 99.9% 13 providers
Pacific 100.0% 9 providers
Pasco 96.8% 18 providers
Port Angeles 87.5% 10 providers
Port Ludlow 92.9% 9 providers
Port Orchard 98.5% 12 providers
Port Townsend 95.3% 9 providers
Poulsbo 96.0% 13 providers
Prosser 56.1% 15 providers
Pullman 89.5% 12 providers
Puyallup 100.0% 19 providers
Quincy 87.9% 18 providers
Rainier 98.9% 8 providers
Raymond 79.1% 10 providers
Redmond 99.4% 16 providers
Renton 99.5% 18 providers
Richland 99.1% 22 providers
Ridgefield 97.6% 16 providers
Rochester 92.1% 9 providers
Roy 91.1% 11 providers
Royal City 9.3% 12 providers
Sammamish 99.9% 16 providers
Seabeck 87.0% 10 providers
Seattle 98.7% 26 providers
Sedro Woolley 88.5% 12 providers
Selah 97.4% 14 providers
Sequim 86.7% 13 providers
Shelton 96.4% 12 providers
Silverdale 93.7% 14 providers
Snohomish 97.7% 13 providers
Snoqualmie 95.3% 12 providers
Soap Lake 100.0% 13 providers
Spanaway 99.5% 9 providers
Spokane 97.4% 23 providers
Stanwood 83.4% 12 providers
Steilacoom 79.9% 9 providers
Sultan 95.9% 10 providers
Sumner 99.8% 13 providers
Sunnyside 82.9% 15 providers
Tacoma 99.2% 20 providers
Tenino 99.8% 10 providers
Toledo 99.9% 10 providers
Tonasket 42.0% 14 providers
Toppenish 72.9% 12 providers
University Place 100.0% 11 providers
Vancouver 99.5% 20 providers
Vashon 99.0% 11 providers
Veradale 99.8% 18 providers
Walla Walla 99.9% 16 providers
Wapato 54.6% 13 providers
Warden 28.0% 11 providers
Washougal 80.4% 11 providers
Wenatchee 98.8% 14 providers
West Richland 92.7% 15 providers
White Salmon 78.0% 14 providers
Winlock 35.4% 11 providers
Woodinville 99.3% 16 providers
Woodland 75.5% 16 providers
Yacolt 12.0% 10 providers
Yakima 94.8% 18 providers
Yelm 99.2% 9 providers
Zillah 57.5% 13 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.