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Friday, April 30, 2021

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Does Your State Need More Broadband?

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Round-Up for the Week of April 26-30, 2021

Kevin Taglang
Taglang

This week, President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress to offer an update on his first 100 days in office and to pitch his proposals for unprecedented public investment in America. A key element of President Biden's plan is a $100 billion investment to ensure everyone in the U.S. has access to affordable broadband internet access service, including $80 billion specifically for broadband infrastructure. In the address, the President said his American Jobs Plan "creates jobs connecting every American with high-speed Internet, including 35 percent of rural America that still doesn’t have it." He also announced that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the effort. 

Universal broadband is a bipartisan priority. Earlier this month, a group of Senate Republicans offered their own version of an infrastructure plan, calling for a $65 billion investment in broadband infrastructure. $80 billion. $65 billion. What's $15 billion between friends?  

To try to capture the scale of the U.S.'s broadband challenge, the White House released state-by-state fact sheets examining the status of each state's infrastructure. For broadband, the fact sheets look at what percentage of residents have access to 100/10 Mbps broadband service, how many providers compete to provide 100/10 service, and how many people remain unconnected. 

Alabama

  • 16.8% of Alabamians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 55.4% of Alabamians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 18.4% of Alabama households do not have an internet subscription. 

Alaska

  • 24.5% of Alaskans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 68.8% of Alaskans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 12% of Alaska households do not have an internet subscription. 

Arkansas

  • 27% of Arkansans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 54% of Arkansans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 20% of Arkansas households do not have an internet subscription. 

Arizona

  • 14% of Arizonans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 45% of Arizonans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 13% of Arizona households do not have an internet subscription. 

California

  • 5.5% of Californians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 59.2% of Californians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 10% of California households do not have an internet subscription. 

Colorado

  • 12.1% of Coloradans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 38.1% of Coloradans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 9% of Colorado households do not have an internet subscription. 

Connecticut

District of Columbia

  • Nearly 13% of District households do not have an internet subscription. 
  • [Learn more about DC's digital divide]

Delaware

  • Almost 4% of residents in Delaware live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • More than 40% of Delaware residents live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • 11% of Delaware households do not have an internet subscription.

Florida

  • 6% of Floridians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 51.1% of Floridians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 13% of Florida households do not have an internet subscription.

Georgia

  • 10% of Georgians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 38.8% of Georgians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 15% of Georgia households do not have an internet subscription.

Hawaii

  • 44% of Hawaiians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds. 
  • 12% of Hawaii households do not have an internet subscription.

Iowa

  • 13.4% of Iowans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds. 
  • 61% of Iowans live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • 16% of Iowa households do not have an internet subscription.

Idaho

  • 24% of Idahoans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds. 
  • 64% of Idahoans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 11.6% of Idaho households do not have an internet subscription.

Illinois

  • 7% of Illinoisans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 62% of Illinoisans live in areas where there is only one such provider. 
  • 14% of Illinois households do not have an internet subscription. [Learn more about the digital divide in Illinois]

Indiana

  • 12.4% of Hoosiers live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 48.4% of Hoosiers live in areas where there is only one such provider. 
  • 16% of Indiana households do not have an internet subscription.

Kansas

  • 14.3% of Kansans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 51% of Kansans live in areas where there is only one such provider. 
  • 15% of Kansas households do not have an internet subscription.

Kentucky

  • 12% of Kentuckians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 50% of Kentuckians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 17% of Kentucky households do not have an internet subscription.

Louisiana

  • 14% of Louisianans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 60% of Louisianans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 19% of Louisiana households do not have an internet subscription.

Massachusetts

  • 2.5% of Bay Staters live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 45.6% of Bay Staters live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 11.1% of Massachusetts households do not have an internet subscription.

Maryland

  • 3.8% of Marylanders live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 34.5% of Marylanders live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 10.9% of Maryland households do not have an internet subscription. [See more on the digital divide in Maryland and Baltimore]

Maine

  • 8% of Mainers live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 85.3% of Mainers live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 15% of Maine households do not have an internet subscription.

Michigan

  • 8.9% of Michiganders live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 51.4% of Michiganders live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 14.1% of Michigan households do not have an internet subscription.

Minnesota

  • 11.6% of Minnesotans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 62.7% of Minnesotans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 12.1% of Minnesota households do not have an internet subscription.

Missouri

  • 18% of Missourians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 50% of Missourians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 15% of Missouri households do not have an internet subscription.

Mississippi

  • 26% of Mississippians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 50.1% of Mississippians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 23% of Mississippi households do not have an internet subscription.

Montana

  • 28% of Montanans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 64.6% of Montanans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 15% of Montana households do not have an internet subscription.

North Carolina

  • 6.5% of North Carolinians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 56.3% of North Carolinians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 14% of North Carolina households do not have an internet subscription.

North Dakota

  • 7% of North Dakotans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 56.7% of North Dakotans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 15% of North Dakota households do not have an internet subscription.

Nebraska

  • 16.82% of Nebraskans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 50.98% of Nebraskans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 13% of Nebraska households do not have an internet subscription.

Nevada

  • 8.6% of Nevadans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 72% of Nevadans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 14% of Nevada households do not have an internet subscription.

New Hampshire

  • 5% of Granite Staters live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 62.7% of Granite Staters live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 10% of New Hampshire households do not have an internet subscription.

New Jersey

  • 31.2% of New Jersey residents live in areas where there is only one broadband internet provider offering 100/10 speeds.
  • 10% of New Jersey households do not have an internet subscription. [Learn more about New Jersey's digital divide]

New Mexico

  • 22% of New Mexico residents live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 68.9% of New Mexicans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 21% of New Mexico households do not have an internet subscription.

New York

Ohio

  • 6.2% of Ohioans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 58.2% of Ohioans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 14% of Ohio households do not have an internet subscription.

Oklahoma

  • 24% of Oklahomans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 55.5% of Oklahomans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 16% of Oklahoma households do not have an internet subscription.

Oregon

  • 9.8% of Oregonians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 44.5% of Oregonians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 11% of Oregon households do not have an internet subscription.

Pennsylvania

  • 5% of Pennsylvanians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 44% of Pennsylvanians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 14% of Pennsylvania households do not have an internet subscription.

Puerto Rico

  • Over 13% of Puerto Ricans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 68.8% of Puerto Ricans live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • Nearly 40% of Puerto Rico households do not have an internet subscription.

Rhode Island

  • More than 1.4% of Rhode Islanders live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 10.5% of Rhode Islanders live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • Over 12% of Rhode Island households do not have an internet subscription.

South Carolina

  • More than 12% of South Carolinians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 55.5% of South Carolinians live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • Over 17% of South Carolina households do not have an internet subscription.

South Dakota

  • 13% of South Dakotans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 48% of South Dakotans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 15% of South Dakota households do not have an internet subscription. 

Tennessee

  • Nearly 10% of Tennesseans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 46.8% of Tennesseans live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • 17% of Tennessee households do not have an internet subscription.

Texas

  • More than 12% of Texans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 43.3% of Texans live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • 13.7% of Texas households do not have an internet subscription.

Utah

  • 9.25% of Utahns live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 54.35% of Utahns live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 9.2% of Utah households do not have an internet subscription.

Virginia

  • 9.7% of Virginians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 39.4% of Virginians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 13.3% of Virginia households do not have an internet subscription.

Vermont

  • More than 14.5% of Vermonters live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 66.5% of Vermonters live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • Over 12% of Vermont households do not have an internet subscription.

Washington

  • 8.49% of Washingtonians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 53.82% of Washington live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 8.8% of Washington households do not have an internet subscription.

Wisconsin

  • More than 13.9% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 69% of Wisconsin residents live in areas where there is only one such provider.
  • Approximately 14% of Wisconsin households do not have an internet subscription.

West Virginia

  • 24% of West Virginians live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 66.8% of West Virginians live in areas where there is only one such internet provider.
  • 19% of West Virginia households do not have an internet subscription.

Wyoming

  • 27% of Wyomingites live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides 100/10 speeds.
  • 63.6% of Wyomingites live in areas where there is only one such internet provider. 
  • Nearly 12% of Wyoming households do not have an internet subscription. 

Looking at all of these statistics across the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico has informed the Biden broadband agenda, which is not just about infrastructure but addresses competition as well to ensure everyone in America has affordable access to the robust broadband they need to fully participate in the 21st century.

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