Especially in the more rural and remote areas of the US, high-speed internet access (or internet access in general) can be difficult. However, in today’s highly “connected” world, online access has transitioned from a mere luxury to an almost necessity.
Internet Access in Rural Areas – How is Arkansas doing?
Arkansas ranks 41st on the national broadband access ranking. This relatively low ranking is closely related to the fact that over 20% of Arkansas residents still do not have access to wired broadband at speeds of 25 Mbps or more. In addition, only 11.7% of the population have access to fiber-optic internet services, which is less than half the national average of 25% of consumers with access to fiber-optic internet. Still, compared to some other states in the US, Arkansas has a relatively high average download speed of 104.1 Mbps. These figures were last updated on July 6, 2021.
Only 4.9% of Arkansas residents don’t have internet access at home, but luckily 99.8% of the state is covered by mobile broadband providers. While 92.3% of residents have access to a connection of at least 10 Mbps (i.e., megabits per second), only 58.5% of residents have access to 25 Mbps (megabits per second) internet speed.
Cable internet is available in 74.8% of the state. Fiber optic internet is only available to 6.6% of the population, and a speed of up to 1 Gbps (gigabits per second) only to 2.3% of the population. Both are percentages well below the national average.
Satellite Internet can significantly improve the Internet Access Arkansas
The good news: Satellite internet is a viable option to improve high-speed internet availability, even where land-bound cable connectivity is not available. HughesNet offers a reliable high-speed internet connection regardless of where you live!