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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.

Largest Fixed Wireless Providers

1
Rise Broadband
4.97% 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
Utah
96.5% Coverage
96.5%
2
Nevada
96.3% Coverage
96.3%
3
Colorado
96.2% Coverage
96.2%
4
Idaho
94.5% Coverage
94.5%
5
Illinois
94.5% Coverage
94.5%
6
Arizona
93.9% Coverage
93.9%
7
Nebraska
90.9% Coverage
90.9%

Fixed Wireless Providers: Availabilty by State

Alabama776,87515.8%24 Fixed Wireless Providers
Alaska331,07944.2%17 Fixed Wireless Providers
American Samoa40,76474.8%0 Fixed Wireless Providers
Arizona6,449,43893.9%45 Fixed Wireless Providers
Arkansas1,426,91747.3%29 Fixed Wireless Providers
California27,348,75770.7%83 Fixed Wireless Providers
Colorado5,130,10996.2%73 Fixed Wireless Providers
District of Columbia61,7289.9%5 Fixed Wireless Providers
Florida4,585,30423.1%27 Fixed Wireless Providers
Georgia691,2826.7%19 Fixed Wireless Providers
Hawaii851,22159.9%3 Fixed Wireless Providers
Idaho1,579,01394.5%40 Fixed Wireless Providers
Illinois12,273,33194.5%129 Fixed Wireless Providers
Indiana5,216,07278.6%73 Fixed Wireless Providers
Iowa2,590,69883.6%91 Fixed Wireless Providers
Kansas1,819,78062.3%53 Fixed Wireless Providers
Kentucky1,939,25043.5%49 Fixed Wireless Providers
Louisiana807,06917.6%17 Fixed Wireless Providers
Maine575,38642.8%10 Fixed Wireless Providers
Maryland2,411,07240.4%21 Fixed Wireless Providers
Massachusetts1,446,58221.8%18 Fixed Wireless Providers
Michigan6,415,34465.2%85 Fixed Wireless Providers
Minnesota4,042,06474.1%70 Fixed Wireless Providers
Mississippi538,06417.8%16 Fixed Wireless Providers
Missouri4,851,83479.1%69 Fixed Wireless Providers
Montana685,27866.8%33 Fixed Wireless Providers
Nebraska1,706,63690.9%43 Fixed Wireless Providers
Nevada2,830,77096.3%32 Fixed Wireless Providers
New Hampshire368,95927.5%13 Fixed Wireless Providers
New Jersey209,9222.4%6 Fixed Wireless Providers
New Mexico1,834,03384.9%33 Fixed Wireless Providers
New York7,170,21236.6%32 Fixed Wireless Providers
North Carolina894,3728.8%24 Fixed Wireless Providers
North Dakota335,50548.4%20 Fixed Wireless Providers
Ohio5,234,43445.1%70 Fixed Wireless Providers
Oklahoma3,334,42085.8%47 Fixed Wireless Providers
Oregon3,598,67690.1%69 Fixed Wireless Providers
Pennsylvania2,502,21019.4%38 Fixed Wireless Providers
Puerto Rico1,254,22234.7%8 Fixed Wireless Providers
South Carolina411,4548.5%12 Fixed Wireless Providers
South Dakota667,55379.3%24 Fixed Wireless Providers
Tennessee1,232,02218.6%34 Fixed Wireless Providers
Texas22,526,07583.5%181 Fixed Wireless Providers
Utah2,879,11696.5%36 Fixed Wireless Providers
Vermont178,52328.3%13 Fixed Wireless Providers
Virgin Islands59,86857.6%3 Fixed Wireless Providers
Virginia1,659,89719.8%28 Fixed Wireless Providers
Washington5,899,39183.4%58 Fixed Wireless Providers
West Virginia440,96523.5%10 Fixed Wireless Providers
Wisconsin3,094,77153.3%56 Fixed Wireless Providers
Wyoming505,10885.4%29 Fixed Wireless Providers
Last Updated on 9/12/2014 by .

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