Internet Providers in Alexandria, AL

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Residential Internet Statistics for Alexandria, AL
Internet Providers: 7
Internet Plans: 5
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $72

Internet Access in Alexandria, Alabama

Alexandria offers 4 residential Internet providers, or 7 total providers including business and mobile. There are 4 choices for wired broadband like DSL and cable.

The plans listed on this page are manually gathered by our data science division. Our team has gathered 119 plans in Alexandria, in total.

20.99 percent of Alexandria is still left with one or fewer Internet choices as of 2021. Accounting for all census blocks in city limits, the average resident has at least 2-3 providers to choose from. Addresses that have better choices will get reduced prices and higher speed, since these providers are incentivized to upgrade network infrastructure to win customers.

DSL and cable are the two primary broadband types around the Alexandria area. They are frequently overlapping and generally competing with each other. Cable network speed is overall stronger. That said, overall performance seen with either type are similar and which is "best" frequently varies based on the network quality in a given neighborhood.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most common on the whole. They have Internet coverage reaching close to one hundred percent of the area. HughesNet, in contrast, has registered coverage to near one hundred percent of the population. The fastest download speed recorded for Viasat reaches 35 Mbps, while HughesNet advertised up to 25 Mbps. In general, any speed above 10 megabits per second (Mbps) will be sufficient for streaming SD video on WiFi, but becomes challenging when multiple users try to access bandwidth-intensive apps such as video conferencing and multiplayer gaming. You can peruse our availability map below to compare Internet options down to the census block level.

Internet Statistics 2021

900 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Alexandria, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Alexandria, Alabama

  • Sparklight - Cable - 99.6% Availability in Alexandria - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 79.0% Availability in Alexandria - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Alexandria - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Alexandria - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Alexandria

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Alexandria is the 294th most connected city in Alabama behind Wellington, Oxford, Ohatchee, Jacksonville, and Weaver.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 5,000 people in Calhoun County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Approximately 79% of Alexandria residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

In Calhoun County, approximately 6,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Data Caps in Alexandria

Internet providers have decided to add data limits onto their residential broadband packages lately. This trend holds true in the Alexandria market, with ISPs like Sparklight advertising plans with data caps. This won't really matter for the majority of residents, but is liable to affect those who share the service with multiple other household members or "power users" who upload a large amount of 4K content. Caps for cable packages are usually about 1 Terabyte, which is a problem for less than 1% of customers. Sparklight (formerly Cable One) customers in Alexandria should verify data caps before signing a contract, and not assume them based on online statements.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Alexandria

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Cable 99.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Internet IPBB 79.0%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps

Compare Alexandria to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Alexandria 42 Mbps 4 $1.06 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +373.4 Mbps ) 14 ( +10 ) $0.54 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +76.9 Mbps ) 18 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +74.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +11 ) $0.36 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +85.4 Mbps ) 21 ( +17 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +85.6 Mbps ) 8 ( +4 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )