West Virginia is the 44th most well-connected state, putting its “country roads” almost at the bottom of the list in terms of broadband internet connectivity in the nation. Geographically, The southwest portion of the state enjoys the fastest speeds. The average download speed in West Virginia is 47.1 Mbps, which is considerably slower than most states’ average speeds.
The Digital Divide in West Virginia
When quantifying the digital divide, we consider both affordability and access. That said, there are 403,000 West Virginians with no access to a wired broadband (25 Mbps or more) internet connection. 399,000 West Virginia residents have access to just one wired internet provider, leaving them no option to switch; additionally, 101,000 residents don’t have access to any wired ISP (Internet Service Provider).
When it comes to pricing, our affordability data shows that only 39.3% of West Virginia residents have access to an affordable wired internet plan of under $60 per month.
Beckley is the best-connected city in West Virginia. All residents here have access to broadband internet. The next four best-connected cities in the state are Saint Albans, Vienna, Mount Hope, and Parkersburg.
Monterville is the worst-connected city in the state. The average fastest speed in this city is just 0.09 Mbps. The next four worst-connected cities in West Virginia are Selbyville, Brohard, Pickens, and Folsom.
Since 2010, The West Virginia Broadband Program has been awarded $4,749,181 by the government of West Virginia to extend connectivity in the state. Another $126,323,296 was given to the Executive Office of the State of West Virginia with the purpose of adding about 2,400 miles of fiber to the state’s infrastructure.
The information above is taken from a mix of public and private datasets. More about our data here.