It’s one thing to have broadband internet available to homes in a city. It’s another thing to have homes actually CONNECTED to it. In the list of “Worst Connected Cities” in the U.S., where do our state’s two largest cities fall?
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) works for “digital equity” – getting high-speed internet service to everyone, as a key part of improving people’s lives and expanding their possibilities. As part of that work, they released a study comparing the number of households in a city to the number of households connected to broadband. (And no, having a cell phone in the house didn’t count.)
Then they ranked the 186 largest cities in the country according to the percent of households without fixed broadband. Finally, they called out for special attention the “25 Worst Connected Cities in the U.S.”
First, the good news: neither Louisville nor Lexington are in that Top 25. Instead, Brownsville, Texas is #1, with 67% of their households lacking broadband internet connectivity. Coming after Brownsville are Detroit, Hialeah (FL), Shreveport, and Memphis. You can see the entire list on their site.
So what about Lou and Lex? Not too bad, but not as good as we would like.
The median percentage for the entire list is 30.88%. That’s right, out of all these cities, the middle of the pack is over 30% of your households without high-speed internet. Keep that in mind as we look to our two bigger cities.
Louisville is the 92nd worst-connected city, with a not-connected rate of 30.91%. In other words, The Ville is almost right in the middle of the list.
Lexington, on the other hand, is in much better shape. They are 145 on the list of 186, with only 24.27% of their households without high-speed broadband.
And just for fun, we peeked at the numbers for some other cities, and put them into this handy-dandy table. Remember, lower percentages are better, and being further down the list is better too.
|City||% Households w/o Broadband||Rank in list of 186 cities|
Louisville is way ahead of Indy, which is a little surprising, considering how often Louisvillians compare themselves to their Hoosier counterparts. And, with some work, Louisville could catch up to our neighbor to the south, Nashville.
But in this list, at least, Lexington is #1 in Kentucky.