According to a Surfshark study, rural states tend to overpay for their internet, while urban states tend to get fair internet prices
Vermont Business Magazine Surfshark’s new Internet Value Index (IVi) shows that Vermont has the most overpriced internet in the Northeast. The index is calculated by dividing each state’s internet speed by internet affordability. The study reveals large disparities between rural and urban states in terms of internet value, highlighting the country’s digital divide.
Vermont ranks 45th in the U.S by internet value with an index of 0.38.
The Northeast is the best-performing region in the country, with an internet value that's 30% higher than the U.S average.
“Affordable and fast internet is crucial these days - schoolchildren need it to keep up with their homework and take part in online classes, and remote workers need it to perform their work effectively.”- comments Agneska Sablovskaja, Lead Researcher at Surfshark. “However, 3 out of 4 rural states are at a disadvantage when it comes to getting fair internet prices, further isolating them from the opportunities that wealthier and more urban states have."
Vermont is one of the worst-performing states, ranking 6th from the bottom in the U.S by internet value. Slightly luckier internet denizens reside in New Mexico (44th) and Alaska (43rd).
The Northeast is the best-performing region in the country, with an internet value that's 30% higher than the U.S average. Vermont is the worst-performing state in the region with an Internet Value Index of 0.38 (48% lower than the region’s average and 34% lower than the U.S. average). Neighboring New York outranks Vermont by 42 places:
- New Yorkers have to work 1 minute to afford 5.6 Mbps of mobile internet. Meanwhile, Vermonters work 2 minutes 29 seconds (149% more) for the same quality internet.
- As for mobile internet, New Yorkers have to work 1 hour to afford 37.9 Mbps of broadband internet. Meanwhile, Vermonters work 2 hours 19 minutes (132% more) for the same quality internet.
New Jersey and Mississippi — two states at opposite ends of the internet value pole:
- New Jersey, Massachusetts and New York get the best internet prices.
- Mississippi, Wyoming and Arkansas have the most overpriced internet in the country.
New Jersey has the best internet value out of all U.S. states. New Jerseyans have to work only 1 minute to afford 5.5 Mbps of mobile internet, and 1 hour to afford 45 Mbps of broadband internet.
Vermont's index is 61.6% lower than New Jersey's - Vermonters work 146% more for the same quality of mobile internet, and 175.8% more for broadband.
3 out of 4 rural states overpay for the internet
A state’s Internet Value Index is influenced by many factors, such as economic position, population density, percentage of urban area, and whether a state is landlocked or not. Rural states are suffering the most in terms of internet value: 3 out of 4 rural states have overpriced internet. The situation is vastly different in more urbanized states, where 3 out of 4 states get fair internet prices.
The Northeast gets the highest internet value, while all other regions have indexes that are below the U.S. average
Out of four U.S. regions, the South performs the worst in terms of internet value — 3 of the bottom 5 states are in the South. The West and Midwest perform slightly better but are still below the U.S. average. Meanwhile, Northeastern states get the best internet value, with an average index 30% higher than the U.S. average.
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11.29.2022. Surfshark’s Internet Value Index