Internet Providers in Florence, Alabama

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Residential Internet Statistics for Florence, AL
Wired Internet Providers: 4
Average Speed Test Result: 100.93 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,200 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 2.9%

Internet Access in Florence, Alabama

Florence has only two dominent Internet technology choices to grapple with — coaxial cable (93.49% coverage) and DSL (89.36% availability). Coaxial cable Internet access is provided via TV providers, using pre-existing copper coaxial TV cables mounted on utility poles or buried in the road. DSL, similarly, is sent via phone wires. Most Florence neighborhoods and addresses have access to cable or DSL from at least two ISPs.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most common provider in Florence. virtually one hundred percent of the Florence area can get access to them. HughesNet is also a common option, providing close to one hundred percent of the area with Satellite service. The fastest plan we've found for HughesNet for Florence is 25 Mbps.

XFINITY from Comcast provides a common alternative. They offer a top speed of 987 Mbps. Aside from home broadband, there are also 5 companies in city limits selling enterprise and business/smb services like point-to-point connectivity and MPLS. We list every provider with business services on their site, but consumer-focused companies often offer business plans as well.

The information listed here is sourced via provider coverage reports. Data is through private data sources to create more accurate listings than governmental websites. Data on pricing and speed of current Internet plans is sourced by our research and analysis experts, who gather thousands of plans every year. There are a total of 349 plans in Florence from 2014–present. There are 40 Internet plans currently available.

In summary, the Internet situation isn't perfect in Florence. For the time being, only 6,000 Florence locals are limited to one or fewer options.

  • There are 14 internet providers in Florence with 7 of those offering residential service
  • Florence is the 170th most connected city in Alabama ahead of Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Killen, and Leighton, but behind Tuscumbia.
  • The fastest zip code in Florence for February 2021 is 35630. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

6,000 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 Florence, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
AT&T Internet 1,000 Mbps DSL, Fiber, and Fixed Wireless 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
Spectrum 940 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Florence, Alabama

  • AT&T Internet - 89.3% Availability in Florence - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Xfinity - 92.5% Availability in Florence - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • Spectrum - 1.8% Availability in Florence - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Florence - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Florence - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Florence

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Florence is the 170th most connected city in Alabama ahead of Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Killen, and Leighton, but behind Tuscumbia.

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

Approximately 9,000 people in Lauderdale 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: 11% of people living in Florence 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 90% of Florence 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, 35630 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Florence.

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

In Lauderdale County, approximately 10,000 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.

Broadband Access for Education in Florence

University Of North Alabama and Heritage Christian University are the largest universities in Florence. For the 6,934 combined students living in the area, fast internet service access is a must for accessing online course materials and conducting research. Students living close to University Of North Alabama and Heritage Christian University are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip where both campuses are located show an average speed of 108.42 Mbps. Average download speeds can be different since they reflect home network issues, and the actual download speed you can expect shouldn't be less than 10–30% less than the advertised speeds above. FCC and US Government reports frequently cite the need to improve internet availability for college and high school students.

Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting in Florence

Data from our research team suggests that many of the common providers use data caps for their residential Internet packages. Data caps are a public issue lately since users view them as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting". Providers insist caps are a necessary tool for managing network congestion. Either way, the culprit is the same: over-the-top streaming services, which can consume 1–7GB/hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Florence

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet DSL, Fiber, and Fixed Wireless 89.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 92.5%+ 1,200 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 1.8%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 98.0%+ 987 Mbps
AT&T Fiber and Fixed Wireless 16.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 1.6%+ 3.0 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 1.6%+ -- Mbps
Uniti Fiber Fiber 1.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 0.6%+ 940 Mbps

Compare Florence to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Florence 100.9 Mbps 9 $0.32 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +248.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +6 ) $0.46 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +6.2 Mbps ) 18 ( +9 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( -1.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +6 ) $0.30 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +10.8 Mbps ) 21 ( +12 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +14.4 Mbps ) 9 $0.34 ( + $0.00 )