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Internet Service in West Virginia

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Internet Access in West Virginia

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Coverage by County

West Virginia Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage by county.
69.2%
69.2% TERRESTRIAL BROADBAND COVERAGE
39.3%
39.3% POPULATION UNDERSERVED

58.7

44th

Broadband Speeds

80.6%

of West Virginians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

40.8%

of West Virginians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

95.1%

of West Virginians have access to wireline service.

3.6%

of West Virginians have access to fiber-optic service.

78.9%

of West Virginians have access to cable service.

88.3%

of West Virginians have access to DSL service.

Largest Competing Providers In West Virginia

Coverage by County in West Virginia

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Barbour 48.4%
Berkeley 95.1%
Boone 98.3%
Braxton 46.6%
Brooke 87.7%
Cabell 95.1%
Calhoun 29.2%
Clay 28.9%
Doddridge 45.2%
Fayette 82.7%
Gilmer 37.5%
Grant 47.4%
Greenbrier 73.3%
Hampshire 30.2%
Hancock 94.0%
Hardy 97.8%
Harrison 90.1%
Jackson 69.9%
Jefferson 96.4%
Kanawha 96.8%
Lewis 73.4%
Lincoln 79.6%
Logan 94.8%
McDowell 82.5%
Marion 90.6%
Marshall 80.0%
Mason 57.8%
Mercer 91.8%
Mineral 72.4%
Mingo 86.1%
Monongalia 54.2%
Monroe 31.7%
Morgan 69.0%
Nicholas 57.2%
Ohio 95.3%
Pendleton 28.1%
Pleasants 62.0%
Pocahontas 43.5%
Preston 64.6%
Putnam 87.2%
Raleigh 98.4%
Randolph 77.8%
Ritchie 17.8%
Roane 45.8%
Summers 51.0%
Taylor 88.0%
Tucker 49.5%
Tyler 30.3%
Upshur 71.4%
Wayne 85.7%
Webster 66.9%
Wetzel 55.3%
Wirt 50.7%
Wood 93.7%
Wyoming 94.0%

Internet Speed in Top West Virginia Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Charleston 41.0 MBPS 16 Providers
2. Morgantown 93.2 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Huntington 93.6 MBPS 17 Providers
4. Martinsburg 83.3 MBPS 16 Providers
5. Parkersburg 84.1 MBPS 11 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in West Virginia

Provider Avg. Download Speed
XFINITY from Comcast 112.0 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 80.0 MBPS
CAS Cable 70.9 MBPS
Shentel 38.1 MBPS
Frontier Communications 6.7 MBPS

The State of Broadband in West Virginia, 2020

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

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.

Best-Connected Cities

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.

Worst-Connected Cities

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.

Governmental Initiatives

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.

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

West Virginia Cities

Average speed over time
Alderson 49.1% 10 providers
Augusta 30.1% 8 providers
Barboursville 94.6% 13 providers
Beaver 99.7% 9 providers
Beckley 99.6% 11 providers
Belington 53.9% 11 providers
Belle 100.0% 9 providers
Berkeley Springs 75.2% 11 providers
Bluefield 96.9% 14 providers
Branchland 70.2% 8 providers
Bridgeport 96.4% 14 providers
Bruceton Mills 79.4% 10 providers
Buckhannon 79.8% 12 providers
Bunker Hill 93.7% 11 providers
Chapmanville 96.0% 10 providers
Charles Town 98.4% 11 providers
Charleston 97.0% 16 providers
Chester 99.1% 9 providers
Clarksburg 95.8% 13 providers
Clendenin 69.3% 10 providers
Culloden 96.6% 11 providers
Daniels 99.5% 10 providers
Danville 96.9% 10 providers
Delbarton 95.8% 8 providers
Dunbar 100.0% 10 providers
Elkins 99.0% 10 providers
Elkview 88.4% 11 providers
Fairmont 96.6% 14 providers
Falling Waters 99.7% 12 providers
Fayetteville 96.7% 9 providers
Follansbee 99.1% 13 providers
Gerrardstown 97.9% 11 providers
Glenville 47.9% 11 providers
Grafton 90.4% 9 providers
Harpers Ferry 98.8% 14 providers
Hedgesville 76.5% 12 providers
Hinton 82.7% 10 providers
Huntington 97.1% 17 providers
Hurricane 94.1% 13 providers
Inwood 99.0% 11 providers
Jane Lew 83.6% 13 providers
Kearneysville 97.2% 12 providers
Kenova 84.5% 9 providers
Keyser 81.0% 10 providers
Kingwood 86.7% 10 providers
Lewisburg 88.5% 12 providers
Logan 99.6% 10 providers
Lost Creek 82.8% 11 providers
Madison 100.0% 10 providers
Mannington 69.5% 11 providers
Martinsburg 97.8% 16 providers
Milton 79.5% 10 providers
Mineral Wells 89.2% 10 providers
Moorefield 99.3% 8 providers
Morgantown 56.5% 16 providers
Moundsville 92.5% 9 providers
Mount Hope 98.7% 11 providers
New Cumberland 76.2% 10 providers
New Martinsville 79.0% 10 providers
Nitro 99.9% 9 providers
Oak Hill 98.2% 11 providers
Ona 94.1% 10 providers
Parkersburg 99.7% 11 providers
Pennsboro 64.3% 7 providers
Petersburg 70.4% 9 providers
Peterstown 66.2% 10 providers
Philippi 56.0% 10 providers
Poca 91.5% 11 providers
Point Pleasant 82.5% 12 providers
Princeton 94.3% 11 providers
Rainelle 75.9% 9 providers
Ranson 99.4% 10 providers
Ravenswood 79.4% 11 providers
Ripley 83.3% 14 providers
Romney 56.5% 7 providers
Ronceverte 81.7% 10 providers
Saint Albans 99.8% 10 providers
Saint Marys 58.1% 9 providers
Salem 63.2% 11 providers
Scott Depot 98.0% 12 providers
Shepherdstown 86.0% 11 providers
Shinnston 89.2% 9 providers
Spencer 74.1% 11 providers
Summersville 71.7% 11 providers
Sutton 50.9% 11 providers
Terra Alta 66.6% 10 providers
Vienna 99.6% 11 providers
Washington 95.8% 12 providers
Wayne 94.9% 10 providers
Weirton 98.5% 15 providers
Welch 95.2% 7 providers
Wellsburg 91.9% 12 providers
Weston 86.7% 13 providers
Wheeling 96.8% 14 providers
White Sulphur Springs 70.7% 8 providers
Williamson 97.2% 9 providers
Williamstown 98.6% 11 providers
Winfield 86.6% 11 providers
Last Updated on 9/1/2020.