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Internet Providers in Florence, Alabama
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Internet Access in Florence, Alabama
Florence has only two dominent Internet technology choices to grapple with — coaxial cable (93.34% coverage) and DSL (89.31% 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 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 380 plans in Florence from 2014–present. There are 46 Internet plans currently available.
View the map shown below for more insights on Internet service market competition on a census block level. As you can see, while most areas have around 3 choices for service, some areas can be less fortunate and might be limited to one.
Internet Statistics 2021
10.3% of consumers in Florence6,000 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||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||92.4%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber and Fixed Wireless||8s||88.8%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||89.3%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||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.
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 143.14 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.
Compare Florence to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Florence||138.8 Mbps||9||$0.19 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +395.6 Mbps )||17 ( +8 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +10 Mbps )||17 ( +8 )||$0.16 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +21.8 Mbps )||15 ( +6 )||$0.20 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +30.7 Mbps )||23 ( +14 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +23.3 Mbps )||8 ( -1 )||$0.19 ( + $0.00 )|