Internet Providers in Orange Beach, AL

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Residential Internet Statistics for Orange Beach, AL
Internet Providers: 6
Internet Plans: 9
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $74.33

Internet Access in Orange Beach, Alabama

Government-sourced Form 477 datasets are the backbone for broadband availability information listed below. To date, we've processed 3,802 rows of governmental data on Internet access in Orange Beach. Our research team has hand-sourced pricing details and terms on 222 residential broadband plans in Orange Beach. The download speed averages are based on 1,308 speed tests in Orange Beach.

Viasat Internet is the most common choice for Orange Beach residents. close to one hundred percent of Orange Beach census blocks can receive access to them. HughesNet is also a common choice, with coverage in virtually one hundred percent of Orange Beach with Satellite service. The fastest package we've seen for HughesNet in Orange Beach is 25 Mbps download.

The average home in Orange Beach has 2-3 wired broadband options to choose from (2.3 per census block specifically). 3.58 percent of the Orange Beach area are limited to one or fewer choices. Regardless of other networks in the area, such as wireless, DSL and cable broadband usually provide the best price for home use.

When we're looking at network tech offered around Orange Beach, we see that the most prevalent hardwired Internet technology options are Fiber and DSL, with 51.27% and 97.57% respectively. Fiber technology uses newer fiber-optic cables, which are made of hair-like glass or plastic strands that can send Internet data using light. Fiber network technology outputs stronger download rates and uptime, but sometimes switch over to older copper wiring in the "last mile" near a subscriber. As a result, some fiber connections might not offer "gigabit" performance. Telephone providers are the main source for DSL service, because DSL transmits data packets over telephone lines. DSL underperforms when compared with all other wired Internet options except dial-up.

While the main ISPs are Viasat and HughesNet, Mediacom Cable also serves Orange Beach with a maximum speed of 1,000 Mbps. There are also 5 providers in Orange Beach with enterprise connections like MPLS. See the map on this page to compare broadband coverage at a granular level, or check our speed data to compare how Viasat compares to other local ISPs in real-world speed tests.

Internet Statistics 2021

200 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 Orange Beach, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Mediacom Cable 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Island Fiber 300 Mbps Fiber 27s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Orange Beach, Alabama

  • CenturyLink - DSL - 97.6% Availability in Orange Beach - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Mediacom - Cable - 97.6% Availability in Orange Beach - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit - Fiber - 51.3% Availability in Orange Beach - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Island Fiber - Fiber - 21.6% Availability in Orange Beach - Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Orange Beach - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Orange Beach - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Orange Beach

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Orange Beach is the 17th most connected city in Alabama ahead of Gulf Shores, Foley, Summerdale, Lillian, and Elberta.

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 Baldwin 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: 35% of people living in Orange Beach 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 96% of Orange Beach 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 Baldwin County, approximately 23,000 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.

Internet Coverage Around Columbia Southern University

Students residing within 2 miles of Columbia Southern University can expect to have a selection of 1 ISPs providers. As elsewhere in Orange Beach, Viasat and HughesNet are the most prevalent options. Speed test data suggests that internet connectivity in the Columbia Southern University area exceeds 25 Mbps, with averages in the zip code around (42.38 Mbps as of our latest data.) This speed should be adequate for students in Orange Beach who need to stream high-definition video, split the cost of a router with roommates, and etc. Since these averages are calculated on public speed test data, they often trend lower than actual top speeds accessible in an area. Use the zip search field above to see more information on internet options at a specific address.

Data Limits in Orange Beach

Many Internet providers have moved to add data limits to their residential broadband packages recently. This trend is certainly true for the Orange Beach market, with Internet companies such as Mediacom selling plans with data caps. This won't matter for the majority of residents, but is liable to affect those who share the WiFi with household members or techies who consume a large amount of 4K video. Data caps with cable packages are usually in the neighborhood of 1 Terabyte, which is an issue for fewer than 1% of customers, according to reports from Xfinity. Mediacom Cable customers should double check data use policies before signing a contract.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Orange Beach

Provider Type Coverage Speed
CenturyLink DSL 97.6%+ 100 Mbps
Mediacom Cable Cable 97.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit Fiber 51.3%+ 940 Mbps
Island Fiber Fiber 21.6%+ 300 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Harbor Communications Fixed Wireless 100% 20 Mbps
Mediacom Business Cable 47.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 35.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Uniti Fiber Fiber 20.2%+ 25 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 6.4%+ 100 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 2.6%+ -- Mbps

Compare Orange Beach to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Orange Beach 42.4 Mbps 6 $0.31 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +373 Mbps ) 16 ( +10 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +76.5 Mbps ) 17 ( +11 ) $0.15 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +73.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.19 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +85 Mbps ) 23 ( +17 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +85.2 Mbps ) 8 ( +2 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )