Internet Service in West Virginia

Internet Access in West Virginia

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Coverage by County

69.2%
39.3%

72.4

44th

Broadband Speeds

75.8%

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

32.1%

of West Virginians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Coverage

94.6%

of West Virginians have access to wireline service

5.2%

of West Virginians have access to fiber-optic service

74.0%

of West Virginians have access to cable service

88.3%

of West Virginians have access to DSL service

Largest Competing Providers In West Virginia

  1. Frontier vs Suddenlink
  2. Frontier vs Xfinity

Coverage by County in West Virginia

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Barbour 46.9%
Berkeley 95.0%
Boone 88.5%
Braxton 46.7%
Brooke 92.5%
Cabell 93.9%
Calhoun 29.2%
Clay 24.8%
Doddridge 45.7%
Fayette 73.3%
Gilmer 37.5%
Grant 49.2%
Greenbrier 64.9%
Hampshire 28.7%
Hancock 94.4%
Hardy 98.2%
Harrison 86.5%
Jackson 64.1%
Jefferson 96.5%
Kanawha 91.0%
Lewis 71.0%
Lincoln 74.6%
Logan 73.7%
McDowell 82.5%
Marion 89.8%
Marshall 80.4%
Mason 46.9%
Mercer 88.5%
Mineral 76.7%
Mingo 82.7%
Monongalia 47.3%
Monroe 31.0%
Morgan 69.0%
Nicholas 56.1%
Ohio 95.4%
Pendleton 58.0%
Pleasants 53.8%
Pocahontas 64.3%
Preston 65.7%
Putnam 84.1%
Raleigh 90.4%
Randolph 67.2%
Ritchie 48.1%
Roane 35.3%
Summers 41.8%
Taylor 86.2%
Tucker 53.7%
Tyler 26.0%
Upshur 64.4%
Wayne 79.7%
Webster 66.9%
Wetzel 50.5%
Wirt 41.8%
Wood 91.6%
Wyoming 93.7%

Internet Speed in Top West Virginia Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Charleston 42.0 MBPS 17 Providers
2. Morgantown 119.9 MBPS 16 Providers
3. Huntington 123.2 MBPS 18 Providers
4. Martinsburg 91.5 MBPS 17 Providers
5. Parkersburg 124.2 MBPS 11 Providers

Speeds for Major Providers in West Virginia

Provider Avg. download speed
XFINITY from Comcast 156.2 MBPS
Suddenlink Communications 106.9 MBPS
CAS Cable 79.1 MBPS
Shentel 59.0 MBPS
Frontier Communications 6.1 MBPS

The State of Broadband in West Virginia, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 6/7/2021.

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
Albright 63.8%
10 providers
Alderson 33.3%
11 providers
Alum Creek 85.2%
8 providers
Ansted 93.1%
9 providers
Athens 75.1%
10 providers
Augusta 1.8%
8 providers
Ballard 0.0%
7 providers
Barboursville 93.6%
13 providers
Beaver 98.0%
8 providers
Beckley 96.8%
11 providers
Belington 53.9%
10 providers
Belle 96.6%
9 providers
Benwood 98.9%
10 providers
Berkeley Springs 75.0%
12 providers
Bluefield 97.1%
14 providers
Branchland 69.3%
8 providers
Bridgeport 95.4%
14 providers
Bruceton Mills 83.1%
10 providers
Buckhannon 72.6%
13 providers
Buffalo 73.8%
8 providers
Bunker Hill 93.8%
11 providers
Burlington 5.6%
7 providers
Cameron 8.5%
7 providers
Capon Bridge 36.6%
9 providers
Chapmanville 94.5%
10 providers
Charles Town 98.4%
10 providers
Charleston 95.0%
17 providers
Chester 99.0%
10 providers
Clarksburg 95.5%
13 providers
Clay 4.8%
8 providers
Clendenin 51.5%
9 providers
Colliers 91.5%
13 providers
Cottageville 73.2%
8 providers
Cowen 83.8%
9 providers
Craigsville 98.2%
9 providers
Culloden 88.4%
11 providers
Daniels 97.3%
10 providers
Danville 82.7%
11 providers
Davisville 96.6%
10 providers
Delbarton 94.9%
8 providers
Dunbar 96.4%
10 providers
Eleanor 99.5%
8 providers
Elkins 94.1%
10 providers
Elkview 72.5%
11 providers
Evans 72.6%
10 providers
Fairmont 96.5%
16 providers
Fairview 27.6%
11 providers
Falling Waters 99.7%
12 providers
Farmington 87.7%
11 providers
Fayetteville 94.3%
9 providers
Flemington 62.6%
11 providers
Follansbee 99.1%
13 providers
Fort Ashby 81.4%
9 providers
Franklin 92.3%
8 providers
French Creek 35.0%
11 providers
Gassaway 80.9%
12 providers
Gerrardstown 97.9%
12 providers
Gilbert 98.2%
8 providers
Glenville 47.9%
11 providers
Grafton 91.3%
10 providers
Grantsville 81.9%
8 providers
Great Cacapon 35.3%
9 providers
Hamlin 92.8%
8 providers
Harpers Ferry 98.8%
14 providers
Harrisville 67.3%
8 providers
Harts 65.8%
8 providers
Hedgesville 74.9%
12 providers
Hinton 66.6%
10 providers
Huntington 96.5%
18 providers
Hurricane 89.5%
13 providers
Huttonsville 14.5%
8 providers
Iaeger 75.2%
6 providers
Inwood 99.0%
11 providers
Jane Lew 76.2%
12 providers
Kearneysville 97.9%
12 providers
Kenna 22.6%
10 providers
Kenova 84.6%
8 providers
Kermit 86.3%
6 providers
Keyser 83.8%
10 providers
Kingwood 85.8%
9 providers
Leon 5.7%
9 providers
Letart 46.7%
7 providers
Lewisburg 84.7%
13 providers
Logan 94.4%
10 providers
Lost Creek 74.0%
10 providers
Lumberport 58.7%
10 providers
Madison 95.1%
10 providers
Maidsville 3.2%
10 providers
Mannington 70.0%
9 providers
Marlinton 71.2%
7 providers
Martinsburg 97.7%
17 providers
Masontown 64.8%
8 providers
Meadow Bridge 0.0%
7 providers
Mill Creek 73.6%
9 providers
Milton 72.9%
10 providers
Mineral Wells 88.2%
10 providers
Montgomery 79.2%
10 providers
Montrose 34.5%
10 providers
Moorefield 99.3%
8 providers
Morgantown 48.9%
16 providers
Moundsville 92.8%
10 providers
Mount Clare 94.9%
11 providers
Mount Hope 86.9%
10 providers
Mount Nebo 3.1%
9 providers
Mullens 96.7%
8 providers
New Cumberland 78.3%
10 providers
New Martinsville 73.5%
9 providers
Nitro 96.5%
10 providers
Oak Hill 95.3%
11 providers
Oceana 99.6%
8 providers
Ona 87.7%
10 providers
Paden City 89.8%
8 providers
Parkersburg 97.6%
11 providers
Parsons 55.9%
9 providers
Paw Paw 3.7%
8 providers
Pennsboro 66.4%
7 providers
Petersburg 70.4%
9 providers
Peterstown 75.9%
9 providers
Philippi 54.8%
10 providers
Pineville 99.1%
8 providers
Poca 86.9%
11 providers
Point Pleasant 77.4%
12 providers
Prichard 98.5%
10 providers
Princeton 90.3%
11 providers
Proctor 24.7%
10 providers
Rainelle 66.7%
9 providers
Ranger 80.7%
7 providers
Ranson 99.7%
10 providers
Ravenswood 73.8%
11 providers
Reedsville 78.0%
8 providers
Ridgeley 84.9%
9 providers
Ripley 80.2%
14 providers
Rivesville 70.3%
8 providers
Romney 60.4%
7 providers
Ronceverte 78.6%
11 providers
Rupert 86.2%
8 providers
Saint Albans 97.3%
10 providers
Saint Marys 50.4%
9 providers
Salem 63.2%
12 providers
Salt Rock 84.9%
7 providers
Sandyville 30.8%
9 providers
Scarbro 91.8%
9 providers
Scott Depot 91.7%
12 providers
Shady Spring 88.3%
8 providers
Shenandoah Junction 97.7%
10 providers
Shepherdstown 85.3%
12 providers
Shinnston 80.2%
9 providers
Sophia 53.0%
8 providers
Spencer 63.4%
11 providers
Summersville 71.7%
10 providers
Sutton 51.1%
11 providers
Terra Alta 65.8%
10 providers
Valley Grove 66.7%
10 providers
Vienna 97.7%
11 providers
Walker 43.0%
10 providers
Wardensville 88.6%
9 providers
Washington 95.2%
12 providers
Waverly 38.8%
10 providers
Wayne 90.5%
9 providers
Webster Springs 66.6%
7 providers
Weirton 98.5%
15 providers
Welch 95.2%
7 providers
Wellsburg 92.8%
12 providers
West Hamlin 83.1%
7 providers
West Union 47.9%
10 providers
Weston 85.9%
13 providers
Wheeling 97.0%
14 providers
White Sulphur Springs 59.4%
8 providers
Williamson 87.8%
9 providers
Williamstown 95.4%
11 providers
Winfield 87.1%
10 providers