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Mass. Ranked a Top 10 State for Best Internet Access

By Tom Marino | November 27, 2023
Last Updated: November 26, 2023

WORCESTER – A new study on internet access across the United States has ranked Massachusetts the state with the seventh most efficient internet in the U.S. The study evaluated factors such as internet speed, strength, quality, and cost.

Leading the list is Connecticut, followed by New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Illinois, and Rhode Island, which were all ranked higher than Massachusetts.

Rhode Island, ranking sixth, joins Massachusetts in representing the Northeast’s strong internet infrastructure. The top ten also includes North Dakota, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, alongside Massachusetts.

The top ranked states for internet access: 

Rank State Internet
speed score
Internet
price score
Accessibility
score
Overall index
score (/100)
1 Connecticut 80.06 98.44 67.7 80.87
2 New Jersey 73.03 78.44 67.87 72.75
3 New Hampshire 67.01 100 45.88 68.81
4 New York 71.45 92.42 45.84 68.42
5 Illinois 54.2 73.47 79.04 67.98
6 Rhode Island 74.44 68.35 54.14 65.82
7 Massachusetts 61.31 85.23 54.21 65.44
8 North Dakota 90.38 22.64 69.65 64.72
9 Maryland 70.78 54.88 63.45 63.92
10 Pennsylvania 51.89 79.46 62.48 63.07

At the other end of the spectrum, Alaska ranks as the state with the most challenging internet access, scoring just 9.61 out of 100. Montana and West Virginia follow, hampered by the slowest internet speeds and restricted coverage, respectively. Idaho and New Mexico are also in the bottom five, with Wyoming, Oregon, Arkansas, Arizona, and Michigan completing the list of the ten states with the most limited internet access.

The study was produced by NetworkBuildz A spokesperson pointed out the significant disparity in internet access across the states, with the Northeast showing strong connectivity, but Western and some rural states facing more significant challenges.

The lowest ranked states for internet access:

Rank State Internet
speed score
Internet
price score
Accessibility
score
Overall index
score (/100)
1 Alaska 19.17 3.89 3.48 9.61
2 Montana 10.63 39.23 32.97 26.11
3 West Virginia 28.58 23.62 29.74 27.62
4 Idaho 39.88 17.28 27.13 29.32
5 New Mexico 25.25 23.27 50.57 33.38
6 Wyoming 27.26 35.66 39.67 33.81
7 Oregon 52.12 24.51 23.73 34.84
8 Arkansas 42.7 3.67 55.88 36.52
9 Arizona 57.36 4.11 42.85 37.8
10 Michigan 45.79 37.51 32.94 39.12

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