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Terrestrial Fixed Wireless Internet In the United States

51%
51% BROADBAND COVERAGE

For a full list of providers offering fixed wireless internet service, visit the fixed wireless provider page where we list every provider in the US and the communities they serve.

Fixed Wireless Performance

As with all types of broadband services, speeds and plans of fixed wireless service vary from provider to provider.

That said, most of the fastest residential plans offered by well known providers max out at around 15-20mbps.

While these speeds aren't astounding they can be an incredibly appealing option, if your only other alternative to to pay for an expensive business connection or satellite.

Should You Get Fixed Wireless Internet Service?

For consumers who have relied on old dial-up connections, or satellite for their internet connections, the introduction of fixed wireless broadband into their area can be a game changer. If you live in an rural area and have few options for internet access, then fixed wireless can be a great choice.

Benefits

For consumers who have few other options besides satellite fixed wireless can be a great alternative.

Large Coverage Area

One of the most appealing benefits of fixed wireless broadband is it's broad consumer availability.

Because service providers aren't required to invest heavily in new cable and infrastructure, offering service to larger areas is often more cost effective.

Relatively Low Latency

One of the key benefits of fixed wireless broadband over other rural technologies is it's relatively low latency making online gaming and video conferencing programs such as Skype feasible.

Limitations

Line of Sight

One of the biggest limitations of fixed wireless internet is that in most implementations the antenna at the consumer's premises and the ground station of the provider must have a direct line of sight.

This can be problematic in different types of terrain and it also makes fixed wireless connections subject to different weather conditions.

Potential Security Vulnerabilities

While most providers have security precautions in place, there are inherit vulnerabilities to wireless technologies that aren't present in wired technologies. Because internet signal is broadcast over the airways, it is much easier for unscrupulous characters to tamper with the data being transmitted.

Average Higher Cost

When comparing prices between fixed wireless broadband and other wired connections, many consumers often see a sizable different price between plans, speed, and data limits. In general fixed wireless broadband is more expensive than other wired technologies.

How it Works

While fixed wireless implementations vary from provider to provider, generally providers maintain transmission towers (aka ground stations) that broadcast radio waves to consumer's location.

Make sure to check out the Wikipedia page further reading on how fixed wireless broadband connections are implemented.

REFERENCES AND FOOTNOTES

    Largest Fixed Wireless Providers

    1
    Rise Broadband
    5.00% Coverage
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    2
    Agile Networks
    3.56% Coverage
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    4
    GHz Wireless
    3.00% Coverage
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    5
    King Street Wireless
    2.97% Coverage
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    7
    BelWave Communications
    1.95% Coverage
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    States with the most Fixed Wireless coverage

    1
    Nevada
    96.7% Coverage
    96.7%
    2
    Idaho
    95.9% Coverage
    95.9%
    3
    Nebraska
    95.4% Coverage
    95.4%
    4
    Utah
    95.2% Coverage
    95.2%
    5
    Colorado
    95.0% Coverage
    95.0%
    6
    Illinois
    93.1% Coverage
    93.1%
    7
    Kansas
    92.2% Coverage
    92.2%

    Fixed Wireless Providers: Availabilty by State

    Alabama693,39314.1%26 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Alaska360,51048.1%17 Fixed Wireless Providers
    American Samoa40,76474.8%2 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Arizona6,209,14690.4%46 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Arkansas1,399,18046.4%29 Fixed Wireless Providers
    California15,634,48940.4%86 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Colorado5,063,46395.0%74 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Delaware33,8993.6%2 Fixed Wireless Providers
    District of Columbia43,6287.0%4 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Florida7,221,10936.3%27 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Georgia550,5615.4%18 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Hawaii7,6710.5%3 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Idaho1,603,24695.9%42 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Illinois12,091,46593.1%129 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Indiana5,811,72087.5%73 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Iowa2,100,95267.8%90 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Kansas2,694,15192.2%54 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Kentucky1,381,03531.0%49 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Louisiana1,235,17826.9%17 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Maine656,58548.8%10 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Maryland1,135,39519.0%22 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Massachusetts981,20614.8%18 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Michigan4,354,99244.2%84 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Minnesota4,453,03981.6%70 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Mississippi401,73913.3%16 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Missouri4,483,05373.1%71 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Montana723,93070.6%33 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Nebraska1,790,35395.4%43 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Nevada2,842,82296.7%34 Fixed Wireless Providers
    New Hampshire100,1507.5%13 Fixed Wireless Providers
    New Jersey232,2542.6%5 Fixed Wireless Providers
    New Mexico1,841,16185.2%33 Fixed Wireless Providers
    New York6,029,31830.8%31 Fixed Wireless Providers
    North Carolina1,140,22311.3%23 Fixed Wireless Providers
    North Dakota298,15043.0%20 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Ohio5,836,40050.3%70 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Oklahoma2,470,90463.6%50 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Oregon3,501,96687.6%70 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Pennsylvania1,652,25712.8%37 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Puerto Rico1,254,22234.7%10 Fixed Wireless Providers
    South Carolina166,5293.4%12 Fixed Wireless Providers
    South Dakota609,11772.3%24 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Tennessee1,146,75817.4%33 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Texas22,259,09582.5%183 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Utah2,839,43995.2%35 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Vermont492,20078.0%13 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Virgin Islands59,86857.6%3 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Virginia1,748,67020.9%29 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Washington5,941,14684.0%58 Fixed Wireless Providers
    West Virginia1,058,57856.5%10 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Wisconsin3,132,54053.9%56 Fixed Wireless Providers
    Wyoming480,79681.3%29 Fixed Wireless Providers
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