According to 2007 figures, two thirds of Connecticut residents had internet service in the home, with the majority of these having a broadband service. The 2009 Speed Matters survey showed an average download speed of 7.1 mbps, putting the state ninth in the rankings. This was a marked improvement from 6.0 mbps the previous year although it resulted in no change in ranking. Only 10% reported a download speed below 786 kbps from their internet provider.
In August 2009, the state submitted a grant application of just over $5 million under the NTIA State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. The funds are to be used to assess the availability of broadband internet services across the state. The aim is to start a dialog with internet providers so as to provide maps of availability through DSL, fiber optic cable or as wireless internet access. This will then act as a basis for extended delivery of service.
High speed internet is available in most towns and cities in the state, with a choice of ISP generally possible although less so in rural areas. Connecticut is one of the sixteen states where Verizon has a presence. It claims to have invested over $2.5 billion in its New England network over a nine year period and in November 2009 announced extended coverage of its wifi network in New Haven County.
Although ranked only 48th by area, Connecticut is the fourth mostly densely populated state with 3.5 million residents in 2008. A combination of continental or sub-tropical climate and easy access to forests, rivers, lakes and waterfalls makes it a popular area for recreation.
Connecticut has a long maritime history although it has no direct ocean coast. There is also the ready availability of raw materials, thriving agriculture and industrial output that features transportation equipment, especially helicopters, aircraft parts and nuclear submarines. Arts, film, history and tourism also make a significant contribution.
The average per capita income was the highest of all states in 2007, although not evenly spread. The largest city is Bridgeport, while the state capital, Hartford, comes second followed by New Haven and Stamford.
Cities in Connecticut likely to have, or soon to receive, fiber optic cable internet services include Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury, Norwalk and Danbury. Locations in CT with highest population counts will be targeted first by providers, though relatively high speeds can be achieved with dial-up or DSL through companies such as Netzero and Charter Communications Cable.