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Which states have the best internet access?

Which states have the best internet access?
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Can you remember when you first got internet access in your home? Most likely it was in the early 1990s and you had to connect through a dial-up modem. I can still hear the annoying connection sounds ringing in my ears.

It has come a long way since those days. Internet connections now have amazingly fast speeds that previously seemed unattainable. But is internet access equal from state to state?

Which states have the best internet access?

Having great access to the internet is more important than ever. With more and more people using smartphones and streaming services, working from home, taking online classes and more, internet access is critical.

It's estimated that over 80 percent of U.S. households now have a broadband internet subscription. Of those, nearly 65 percent have access to download speeds faster than 100 Mbps.

The FCC recently conducted a study to determine which states have major internet providers that offer the best internet access. They looked at two factors, the percentage of households in each state with a broadband internet subscription, as well as the percentage of a state's population with access to fast download speed.

Here are the top 10 Best States for internet access:

  1. Massachusetts - 87.3 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 96.7 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  2. Washington - 87.5 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 95.5 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  3. Connecticut - 79 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 98 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  4. Utah - 87.1 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 93 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  5. New Jersey - 85.9 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 96.5 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  6. Rhode Island - 83.9 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 99 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  7. New Hampshire - 88.4 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 75.4 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  8. Maryland - 79 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 83 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  9. Oregon - 85.3 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 86.7 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.
  10. Minnesota - 84.8 percent of households with a computer have a broadband subscription. 80 percent of the population has fast download speeds above 100 Mbps.

Did your state make the top 10? If not, you're probably just fine. Infrastructure is constantly changing and your state could make the list next time.

Besides, unless you're doing some serious surfing, you don't need the fastest speeds in the country. Click here to find out how much internet speed you really need.

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