Fiber Optic Internet Availability In The United States

Fiber Optic Internet Availability In The United States

Written by August 27, 2021 | Published: November 10, 2015

Fiber optic internet, it is the buzzword that is on the minds of both consumers shopping for broadband and providers deploying infrastructure, but with so many providers promising to deploy fiber, we thought it worth taking a look to see where fiber currently is and isn’t available in the US.

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Fiber Optic Internet Map

Below you’ll find a map of fiber availability in the US based on the latest data set released by the FCC/NTIA.

To view reported fiber coverage in your area, click on your state and zoom into your county.

Fiber Coverage

States With the Highest Fiber Optic Penetration

Fiber Optic Internet Penetration In The US.
State Fiber Coverage PopCovered # Fiber Providers Rank
Alabama 12.38% 607947 14 29
Alaska 1.94% 14528 3 48
Arizona 2.91% 199786 12 47
Arkansas 6.56% 197773 8 42
California 15.68% 6062038 14 27
Colorado 9.86% 525700 23 35
Connecticut 44.09% 1600993 7 12
Delaware 55.09% 518752 2 7
District of Columbia 46.21% 288419 6
Florida 39.37% 7831819 17 15
Georgia 16.87% 1732828 37 25
Hawaii 6.91% 98163 3 41
Idaho 5.39% 90081 17 43
Illinois 14.31% 1858926 38 28
Indiana 46.17% 3065895 25 11
Iowa 30.03% 930829 85 16
Kansas 19.94% 582914 40 22
Kentucky 10.61% 473434 23 32
Louisiana 9.44% 433622 15 37
Maine 1.69% 22720 10 50
Maryland 59.95% 3578702 14 5
Massachusetts 39.39% 2615001 8 14
Michigan 3.2% 315008 21 46
Minnesota 16.52% 901633 53 26
Mississippi 21.5% 648452 13 20
Missouri 8.31% 509912 26 39
Montana 3.4% 34859 11 45
Nebraska 28.07% 526895 32 18
Nevada 9.91% 291308 9 34
New Hampshire 17.06% 228722 11 24
New Jersey 62.57% 5589292 10 3
New Mexico 7.45% 160937 14 40
New York 61.54% 12042982 28 4
North Carolina 9.47% 958111 26 36
North Dakota 59.46% 412087 18 6
Ohio 10.22% 1185374 21 33
Oklahoma 8.47% 329014 23 38
Oregon 76.72% 3065968 44 2
Pennsylvania 50.59% 6515019 22 8
Puerto Rico 0.74% 26786 2
Rhode Island 97.88% 1027958 8 1
South Carolina 20.03% 975317 10 21
South Dakota 40.55% 341439 23 13
Tennessee 24.76% 1636527 19 19
Texas 10.97% 2958351 36 30
Utah 49.48% 1476103 21 9
Vermont 18.64% 117668 8 23
Virginia 47.78% 4001507 13 10
Washington 29.84% 2111779 35 17
West Virginia 1.89% 35405 3 49
Wisconsin 4.94% 287048 33 44
Wyoming 10.89% 64418 8 31

Lessons From the Data

As we compiled this map and dataset, it was easy to notice the effect of Verizon Fios and municipal broadband networks have on the fiber availability in each state, including major tech areas such as New York.

One comment, add yours Below

  • Is there any map that identifies current fiber optic installations and / or identifies future planned expansion. My curiosity is which cell towers are on fiber vs those older “microwave” towers. My philosophy is fiber is the internet future (present!) and cellular is the “last mile” solution. Will 5G overpower cable internet soon?

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