Internet Service Providers in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Internet Coverage and Availability

Internet Availability by County

82.6%
44.0%

128.6

30th

High-Speed Internet Access

87.3%

of Wisconsinites have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

22.6%

of Wisconsinites have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Wired Internet Access

97.4%

of Wisconsinites have access to wireline service

23.5%

of Wisconsinites have access to fiber-optic service

83.2%

of Wisconsinites have access to cable service

90.0%

of Wisconsinites have access to DSL service

Metro & Rural County Coverage

County Name % Broadband Coverage
Adams 73.1%
Ashland 84.0%
Barron 90.9%
Bayfield 91.6%
Brown 96.7%
Buffalo 82.7%
Burnett 94.7%
Calumet 87.0%
Chippewa 90.6%
Clark 70.2%
Columbia 70.9%
Crawford 91.3%
Dane 96.7%
Dodge 79.8%
Door 67.0%
Douglas 85.5%
Dunn 81.8%
Eau Claire 94.4%
Florence 96.4%
Fond du Lac 85.2%
Forest 62.4%
Grant 81.5%
Green 86.7%
Green Lake 77.4%
Iowa 67.9%
Iron 75.9%
Jackson 72.6%
Jefferson 87.5%
Juneau 74.5%
Kenosha 98.7%
Kewaunee 53.7%
La Crosse 97.7%
Lafayette 61.1%
Langlade 56.7%
Lincoln 61.4%
Manitowoc 88.0%
Marathon 77.8%
Marinette 86.2%
Marquette 79.7%
Menominee 51.6%
Milwaukee 100.0%
Monroe 86.1%
Oconto 83.3%
Oneida 73.9%
Outagamie 95.8%
Ozaukee 98.2%
Pepin 87.0%
Pierce 80.1%
Polk 85.5%
Portage 92.4%
Price 65.2%
Racine 97.8%
Richland 72.4%
Rock 91.2%
Rusk 70.0%
St. Croix 89.1%
Sauk 87.4%
Sawyer 84.1%
Shawano 60.5%
Sheboygan 91.1%
Taylor 68.9%
Trempealeau 89.8%
Vernon 96.2%
Vilas 49.0%
Walworth 92.2%
Washburn 80.9%
Washington 95.1%
Waukesha 99.9%
Waupaca 76.1%
Waushara 68.7%
Winnebago 98.2%
Wood 93.4%

Internet Speed in Top Wisconsin Cities

City Avg. Download Speed No. of Providers
1. Milwaukee 166.3 MBPS 28 Providers
2. Madison 150.3 MBPS 28 Providers
3. Green Bay 115.6 MBPS 20 Providers
4. Racine 214.9 MBPS 21 Providers
5. Appleton 115.4 MBPS 21 Providers

Fastest Major Providers in Wisconsin

Provider Avg. download speed
TDS Telecom 237.1 MBPS
AT&T Internet 179.3 MBPS
Spectrum 144.0 MBPS
CenturyLink 76.3 MBPS
Bertram Internet 28.9 MBPS

High-Speed Internet in Wisconsin, 2021

Written by the BroadbandNow team. Last updated 11/22/2021.

Wisconsin ranks 30th when compared to the rest of the states in the US in terms of broadband coverage. Within Wisconsin, none of the counties have less than 45% high-speed internet coverage. The counties with the best coverage are largely concentrated in the southeast corner of the state. Only 13.4% of Wisconsinites have access to fiber-optic service, which is nearly half the national average of 25% of Americans with access to the same. According to user speed tests, Wisconsin’s statewide average download speed is 126.0 Mbps, which is significantly faster than a number of higher-ranking states.

The Digital Divide in Wisconsin

As touched on previously, when comparing coverage statistics throughout Wisconsin’s counties, not all Wisconsinites have equal access to high-speed internet at an affordable price. This inequality creates what is known to the tech world as a ‘digital gap’ between those who have access to the latest telecommunications technology and those who do not.

There are currently 231 internet providers operating within Wisconsin. Even so, 173,000 people in Wisconsin do not have access to a wired internet provider at their place of residence, and 836,000 Wisconsinites only have access to one provider, which severely limits their options when it comes to finding a suitable plan. While 88.4% of the population in Wisconsin has access to a wired broadband connection with speeds of 25 Mbps or faster, 592,000 people do not have access to a connection capable of such speeds.

Further, recent affordability data shows that 44.0% of Wisconsinites have access to a ‘low-priced’ internet plan, meaning a plan that costs $60 or less per month. This is a bit behind the national average of 51.5% of Americans who have access to a low-priced plan.

Best-Connected Cities

In terms of coverage, high-speed connection, and affordability, some cities in Wisconsin stand out among the rest. The overall best-connected cities in the state are Racine, Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay, with the first in the list ranking highest.

Internet for Rural Areas in Wisconsin

On the other hand, the cities with the worst internet connection in Wisconsin are Mather, Lebanon, Eureka, and Marquette. No residents in any of these cities have access to a wired broadband internet option.

Find out how Wisconsin’s connection compares to the rest of the nation.

Governmental Initiatives

To further broadband development and data collection throughout Wisconsin, the state has been awarded $4,540,152 in federal grants since 2010. Additional federal grants amounting to $57,969,654 have gone toward the expansion of broadband infrastructure statewide.

The Wisconsin Broadband Office (WBO) operates with the goal of increasing broadband technologies within the state. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin reports that “On September 4, 2019, Governor Tony Evers opened the Broadband Expansion Grant application round for the 2020 Fiscal Year. This grant announcement opens up to $24 million for improving internet access across Wisconsin.”

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.

Internet Providers By City in Wisconsin

Average speed over time
Algoma 67.0%
15 providers
Altoona 99.9%
10 providers
Amery 82.1%
11 providers
Antigo 73.0%
12 providers
Appleton 99.8%
21 providers
Arcadia 82.6%
9 providers
Ashland 88.4%
10 providers
Athens 25.1%
13 providers
Baldwin 84.9%
10 providers
Baraboo 92.9%
14 providers
Barron 90.3%
11 providers
Beaver Dam 93.7%
12 providers
Belleville 84.8%
14 providers
Beloit 95.4%
17 providers
Berlin 77.5%
13 providers
Black Creek 69.0%
15 providers
Black River Falls 82.6%
10 providers
Bloomer 99.6%
13 providers
Boscobel 87.9%
9 providers
Brillion 76.0%
16 providers
Bristol 93.8%
14 providers
Brodhead 68.1%
16 providers
Brookfield 100.0%
19 providers
Burlington 98.6%
18 providers
Cadott 54.8%
13 providers
Cambridge 70.1%
15 providers
Campbellsport 29.6%
16 providers
Cedarburg 99.5%
12 providers
Chetek 87.2%
12 providers
Chilton 62.3%
15 providers
Chippewa Falls 96.3%
14 providers
Clintonville 75.1%
13 providers
Colgate 99.8%
13 providers
Columbus 69.9%
15 providers
Cottage Grove 89.8%
17 providers
Crivitz 81.9%
8 providers
Cross Plains 97.0%
11 providers
Cudahy 100.0%
15 providers
Cumberland 82.9%
10 providers
De Forest 96.6%
15 providers
De Pere 95.4%
20 providers
Delafield 100.0%
13 providers
Delavan 87.2%
16 providers
Denmark 72.5%
16 providers
Dodgeville 77.2%
10 providers
Dousman 99.6%
12 providers
Eagle 98.6%
12 providers
Eagle River 60.2%
13 providers
East Troy 99.5%
11 providers
Eau Claire 98.9%
15 providers
Edgerton 86.7%
14 providers
Elk Mound 90.1%
12 providers
Elkhorn 93.5%
16 providers
Ellsworth 65.9%
15 providers
Elm Grove 100.0%
16 providers
Evansville 77.2%
15 providers
Fond Du Lac 98.7%
18 providers
Fort Atkinson 86.8%
15 providers
Franklin 99.9%
18 providers
Franksville 61.6%
15 providers
Genoa City 93.9%
17 providers
Germantown 100.0%
16 providers
Grafton 100.0%
14 providers
Green Bay 99.2%
20 providers
Greendale 100.0%
18 providers
Greenville 100.0%
13 providers
Hales Corners 100.0%
16 providers
Hartford 93.8%
15 providers
Hartland 100.0%
14 providers
Hayward 91.8%
11 providers
Holmen 96.4%
12 providers
Hortonville 88.1%
12 providers
Hudson 98.6%
13 providers
Jackson 99.5%
15 providers
Janesville 96.2%
19 providers
Jefferson 86.2%
15 providers
Kaukauna 95.4%
14 providers
Kenosha 99.7%
20 providers
Kewaskum 68.2%
16 providers
Kewaunee 55.4%
16 providers
Kiel 65.0%
14 providers
Kimberly 100.0%
14 providers
La Crosse 99.5%
15 providers
Ladysmith 85.1%
11 providers
Lake Geneva 93.8%
18 providers
Lake Mills 90.9%
14 providers
Lancaster 82.2%
11 providers
Little Chute 100.0%
14 providers
Lodi 87.1%
12 providers
Luxemburg 41.1%
14 providers
Madison 99.5%
28 providers
Manitowoc 97.4%
17 providers
Marinette 97.1%
11 providers
Marshall 75.2%
14 providers
Marshfield 88.2%
16 providers
Mauston 63.3%
12 providers
Mayville 82.9%
13 providers
Mc Farland 98.9%
15 providers
Medford 93.3%
12 providers
Menasha 99.3%
16 providers
Menomonee Falls 100.0%
17 providers
Menomonie 92.1%
14 providers
Mequon 100.0%
12 providers
Merrill 61.5%
14 providers
Middleton 99.9%
17 providers
Milton 98.2%
17 providers
Milwaukee 100.0%
28 providers
Mondovi 87.9%
12 providers
Monroe 94.3%
15 providers
Montello 68.8%
12 providers
Mosinee 93.6%
19 providers
Mount Horeb 97.2%
14 providers
Mukwonago 100.0%
14 providers
Muskego 100.0%
15 providers
Neenah 99.9%
17 providers
Neillsville 92.5%
11 providers
Nekoosa 83.8%
12 providers
New Berlin 100.0%
19 providers
New Holstein 74.3%
13 providers
New Lisbon 94.3%
11 providers
New London 83.7%
16 providers
New Richmond 82.6%
13 providers
Oak Creek 100.0%
18 providers
Oconomowoc 97.9%
14 providers
Oconto 87.9%
11 providers
Oconto Falls 88.4%
14 providers
Omro 98.9%
12 providers
Onalaska 99.4%
11 providers
Oneida 100.0%
14 providers
Oregon 91.4%
15 providers
Osceola 91.4%
13 providers
Oshkosh 99.3%
20 providers
Pardeeville 5.8%
12 providers
Peshtigo 88.7%
9 providers
Pewaukee 100.0%
15 providers
Platteville 83.5%
12 providers
Pleasant Prairie 99.6%
19 providers
Plover 98.4%
14 providers
Plymouth 80.4%
16 providers
Port Washington 98.7%
15 providers
Portage 81.6%
14 providers
Poynette 85.8%
12 providers
Prairie Du Chien 93.3%
11 providers
Prairie Du Sac 95.8%
12 providers
Prescott 96.8%
14 providers
Pulaski 94.8%
14 providers
Racine 100.0%
21 providers
Reedsburg 98.7%
15 providers
Rhinelander 87.9%
12 providers
Rice Lake 95.2%
12 providers
Richland Center 70.0%
12 providers
Ripon 89.3%
13 providers
River Falls 81.4%
14 providers
Saint Francis 100.0%
17 providers
Salem 98.1%
17 providers
Sauk City 85.4%
12 providers
Saukville 99.1%
16 providers
Schofield 97.8%
15 providers
Seymour 73.6%
14 providers
Shawano 84.3%
14 providers
Sheboygan 99.3%
17 providers
Sheboygan Falls 86.2%
18 providers
Slinger 98.5%
14 providers
Somerset 98.5%
11 providers
South Milwaukee 100.0%
15 providers
Sparta 87.8%
11 providers
Spooner 86.0%
12 providers
Stanley 90.1%
11 providers
Stevens Point 96.8%
14 providers
Stoughton 87.9%
15 providers
Stratford 31.3%
14 providers
Sturgeon Bay 79.0%
15 providers
Sturtevant 98.4%
16 providers
Sun Prairie 97.1%
14 providers
Superior 94.5%
13 providers
Sussex 100.0%
12 providers
Thiensville 100.0%
15 providers
Tomah 90.9%
11 providers
Tomahawk 68.7%
10 providers
Trevor 100.0%
15 providers
Twin Lakes 99.4%
17 providers
Two Rivers 95.1%
15 providers
Union Grove 86.2%
14 providers
Verona 99.6%
14 providers
Viroqua 91.8%
10 providers
Waterford 100.0%
12 providers
Waterloo 71.0%
13 providers
Watertown 86.1%
16 providers
Waukesha 100.0%
16 providers
Waunakee 97.8%
14 providers
Waupaca 85.0%
17 providers
Waupun 85.1%
13 providers
Wausau 93.0%
18 providers
Wautoma 93.3%
15 providers
West Bend 98.1%
19 providers
West Salem 96.9%
10 providers
Whitewater 80.0%
15 providers
Wisconsin Dells 86.0%
15 providers
Wisconsin Rapids 96.8%
12 providers
Woodruff 86.2%
12 providers

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