Internet Providers in Anniston, AL

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Residential Internet Statistics for Anniston, AL
Internet Providers: 8
Internet Plans: 16
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $69.36

Internet Access in Anniston, Alabama

Government-sourced data is the core source for Anniston-area availability information described on BroadbandNow. Since 2014, we've processed 20,080 rows of FCC and privatized databases about Internet access within Anniston. We've hand-collected local pricing and fine print info on 296 Internet deals in Anniston and the surrounding area. Speed information is split between major providers and drawn from 19,905 user speed test records gathered in a 12 month period.

Taking a look now at network tech in use around Anniston, the most prevalent wired Internet tech varieties are IPBB (94.97 percent coverage) and Fiber (22.60 percent coverage). Fiber technology is built on newer fiber-optical lines, which are made of thousands of glass strands which can send digital data as light. Thanks in part tothe prevalence of fiber infrastructure, Internet speeds in Anniston rank 15.12 percent higher than the state average in Alabama. Fiber network technology provides stronger speeds and reliability, but sometimes switch over to slower copper cables in the "last mile" near a subscriber. As a result, not all fiber connections offer "gigabit" speeds.

Sparklight (formerly Cable One) is an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet). They offer 98 percent local coverage and a maximum speed of 1,000 Mbps. There are 6 companies within city limits marketing enterprise-level subscriptions like point-to-point connectivity. The small business providers listed here include every provider with business services on their site, but residential providers sometimes offer unlisted business packages as well.

Since many buildings are only wired for one telephone provider and one cable television company, the majority of Anniston households have 2-3 wired broadband options available (2.45 per census block specifically). 5.5 percent of the Anniston area — 2,000 people — are limited to one or fewer options. DSL and cable broadband services almost always offer the most agreeable price for home use.

Viasat Internet is the most widespread Internet option overall, registered with coverage in close to one hundred percent of Anniston residents. HughesNet, in contrast, has coverage to close to one hundred percent of local residents. The top speed recorded for Viasat is 100 Mbps, while HughesNet advertised up to 25 Mbps. As a rule, anything over 10 Mbps is enough for streaming SD video over WiFi. However, it may become an issue for multiple users or bandwidth-intensive services like video chat, cloud apps, and etc. You can explore the availability maps below to see how Internet options compare on a granular level.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Anniston with 8 of those offering residential service
  • Anniston is the 192nd most connected city in Alabama ahead of Weaver, Jacksonville, and Alexandria, but behind Eastaboga and Oxford.
  • The fastest zip code in Anniston for April 2021 is 36206. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

2,000 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 Anniston, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Sparklight 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Anniston, Alabama

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 95.0% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Sparklight - Cable - 98.1% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 22.3% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 22.6% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 5.5% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Sparklight - Fiber - 1.1% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Anniston - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Anniston

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Anniston is the 192nd most connected city in Alabama ahead of Weaver, Jacksonville, and Alexandria, but behind Eastaboga and Oxford.

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.

Fiber Availability: 23% of people living in Anniston have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 95% of Anniston 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.

As of this month, 36206 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Anniston.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In Calhoun County, approximately 9,000 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 Anniston

Internet providers have moved to increase the use of data limits onto residential broadband packages lately. This trend is certainly true for Anniston, with ISPs like Sparklight selling plans with data caps. It's not a major concern for most Internet subscribers, but can be an issue for users who share their connection with household members or techies who stream a large amount of high-def content. Caps on cable plans are usually around one Terabyte, which is way more than is used by 99% of customers. Potential Sparklight (formerly Cable One) customers should confirm data limits before signing a contract.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Anniston

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 95.0%+ 100 Mbps
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Cable 98.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 22.3%+ 100 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 22.6%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 5.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Sparklight Fiber 1.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 18.9%+ 940 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 2.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Sparklight Business Fiber 1.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Copper 1.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Uniti Fiber Fiber 1.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 1.1%+ 50 Mbps

Compare Anniston to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Anniston 114.4 Mbps 8 $0.41 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +301 Mbps ) 16 ( +8 ) $0.70 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +4.5 Mbps ) 17 ( +9 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +1.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +13 Mbps ) 23 ( +15 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +13.2 Mbps ) 8 $0.37 ( $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Anniston

High Speed and dependable

M2 Connections is a small business and they put their customers first no matter what. They focus on helping others and not the bottom dollar. The speed is incredible and very reliable.