Internet Access in Mississippi

Oklahoma has the 26th best internet in the USA, falling right in the middle of the rank. Most residents enjoy access to a broadband connection, especially those living in bigger cities. Still, thousands of residents live without any internet connection in more rural and less populated areas. The state-wide download speed currently sits at 66.2 Mbps.

Speed for Major providers in Mississippi
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58.70%

Terrestrial Broadband Coverage

56.80%

Wired Low Price Plan Access

59.8

Mbps Average State Wide Speed

42nd

State Broadband Access Ranking

80.9%

of Mississippians have access to broadband 100mbps or faster.

56.3%

of Mississippians have access to 1 gigabit broadband.

Internet Speed in Top Mississippi Cities
Top Cities
Avg Download Speed
No. Of Providers

Jackson

61.8 MBPS

16 Providers

Gulfport

82.6 MBPS

18 Providers

Hattiesburg

80.7 MBPS

16 Providers

Brandon

67.8 MBPS

14 Providers

Meridian

55.0 MBPS

15 Providers

The State of Broadband

Mississippi is among the ten worst states with regards to state broadband access, ranking in at 42nd. It ranks so low because of the slow average download speed of 84.5 Mbps, and because over 16% percent of the population does not have access to a 25 Mbps internet connection. On the flipside, 39.9% of Mississippians have access to fiber-optic service, which is significantly higher than the national average that currently sits at 25%.

The Digital Divide

The “digital divide” is a term used to quantify the gulf between people who have reliable access to the internet and those who do not. That 16% of people without sufficient speed of connection translates to 368,000 residents. 258,000 Mississippians are sitting without any access or options at all based, and another 236,000 people only have one option based on their location. Having limited options means not being able to find the best deals and a lot of residents being stuck dissatisfied.

56.8% of Mississippians are able to opt for a low-priced monthly internet plan (costing $60 or less), according to affordability data. This is above the nationwide average of 51.5%.

Best-Connected Cities

Mississippi's top-ranking city is Jackson. Jackson, Long Beach, Horn Lake, and Madison rank as the four best states with regard to having the best combination of internet coverage, speed, and affordability.

Worst-Connected Cities

On the other side of the spectrum, Delta City, Tippo, Philipp, and Morgan City rank the lowest in terms of access and affordability.

Governmental Initiatives

Since 2010, $7,011,691 in federal grants and an additional $102,364,489 have gone towards developing, data collecting and expanding Mississippi's broadband infrastructure.