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Internet Providers in Fairhope, Alabama
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Internet Access in Fairhope, Alabama
Fairhope has 5 residential Internet Service Providers, and 12 if you include business and mobile service. Consumers in the area have access to 5 choices for wired broadband which in Fairhope is most likely DSL, cable, or fiber service.
Coverage from the two most common providers, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in most cases, will overlap. As a result, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is common.
2-3 providers for each block isn't a strong amount of broadband competition, but it's enough to drive price and speed competition in blocks with provider overlap. Choice can vary depending on your neighborhood.
Looking at network options, Cable, DSL, and even fiber are available in the area. As a rule of thumb, Fiber is the fastest medium for transmitting Internet connectivity. Fiber is closely followed by cable, with DSL in the rear of the group. Cable has 98.23 percent coverage around Fairhope, and is popular as a mid-range choice that is a compromise between fiber's high speeds and DSL's low pricing.
Broadband coverage statistics here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are drawn from public governmental data and privatized data collected from telecom industry sources. Averaged statistics regarding speed averages comes primarily from M-Labs, which is the speed test utility integrated into BroadbandNow as well as Google search results. Our market researchers have manually collected package price and plan details on 329 Internet plans in the Fairhope market to date.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.7% of consumers in Fairhope700 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.
This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Fairhope, Alabama
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Mediacom Cable||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||98.2%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||95.9%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|C Spire Fiber||20 Mbps||Fiber||6m 49s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Data Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Fairhope
Data from our market researchers shows that popular providers use data caps for their residential broadband connections. Data caps are controversial because consumers see caps as a strategy to limit streaming. Providers explain that they are a reasonable strategy for managing network traffic. Either way, the issue is the same: streaming services, which can eat up anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hr.
Compare Fairhope to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Fairhope||244.5 Mbps||6||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +289.9 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.41 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -95.7 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.22 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -83.9 Mbps )||15 ( +9 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -75 Mbps )||23 ( +17 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -82.4 Mbps )||8 ( +2 )||$0.30 ( $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Fairhope
Stellar customer service
The difference between Mediacom and AT&T is that Mediacom cares. I have used both services and the difference is vast. After a recent hurricane in my area, Mediacom went above and beyond to ensure that I was up and running again. There was an unknown problem with the equipment on the pole at my house, and they had it fixed within an hour of my request. They legit care, and that goes a long way!
Mediacom 1Gb not here yet
Price high for the speed available, slows down during prime time, works fine for streaming all the time.