In Rhode Island, approximately 99.90% of the state has internet service with speeds of 15 Mbps available for purchase through internet service providers; however, approximately 28.10% of the state’s residents have little to no internet connection readily available to them. Some of those with limited internet access have dial-up or legacy copper DSL internet service, but their internet is so slow that streaming, video conferencing, online gaming and other activities requiring high-speed internet are out of reach.
Wireless providers reach 100% of the state of Rhode Island, but other forms of internet technology are less widely available in Rhode Island than in other states. Only 88.80% of the population of Rhode Island has access to DSL internet service. Cable internet is available to 99.60%, while only 98.20% have access to fiber internet. Less than 99.30% of Rhode Island is served by three or more wired internet providers (DSL, cable and fiber internet).