In a national study of broadband service providers’ market share, data-and-analytics firm ID Insight found Arkansas to have the most competitive environment nationwide.

The study, “The State of Broadband Competition in America – 2010,” based its rankings on market-share distribution analysis of states’ top-10 broadband providers.

Using over two million data points nationwide, ID Insight’s database determined market share within each state and the District of Columbia. Arkansas was ranked as the country’s most competitive state. Hawaii and Rhode Island ranked 50th and 51st, respectively.

Top 10 States, Ranked by Level of Competitiveness:

  • Arkansas
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Nebraska
  • California
  • Alabama
  • Missouri
  • Indiana
  • Texas
  • Kentucky
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Florida
  • Montana
  • Connecticut
  • North Carolina
  • Sourth Dakota
  • Oregon
  • Michigan

The authors drew several conclusions from their research, including:

There is a strong correlation between income and home value and the level of competitiveness in a state. As income and home values show an increase from state to state, the level of competition – as measured by the report – decreases.

States with the largest percentage of Internet users and the highest available speed tend to be less competitive.

The complete report, including the methodology used, is available for free at

Since it launched in December 2009, ID Insight has been providing connectivity, speed and carrier data to communities and broadband carriers applying for funding from the $7.2 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband stimulus program.

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