Internet Service Providers in Section, Alabama

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Residential Internet Statistics for Section, AL
Wired Internet Providers: 3
Average Speed Test Result: 18.13 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 31.74%

Internet Access in Section, Alabama

The average home within Section has 2.36 providers to choose from. This is a normal level of competition for the US, seeing as the majority of Internet providers used to be cable television or phone providers, and most houses are equipped for one of each.

CenturyLink provides an alternative, serving Section with 90 percent local availability and a top speed of 80 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't the only option for Internet service in Section. fixed wireless companies like Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative are able to deliver 25 Mbps over direct wireless technology.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is currently the most likely option in Section. practically one hundred percent of Section census blocks can receive access to them. HughesNet is the most common second option, serving near one hundred percent of the area with predominantly Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan in Section is 25 Mbps.

In terms of network technology offered across the Section area, we see that the most prevalent physical wire Internet connection varieties are DSL and Satellite, with 90.53% and near one hundred percent respectively. DSL is transmitted by telephone wires up on utility poles, and comes from companies like CenturyLink that own phone lines. The twisted copper construction of phone lines outputs a lower bandwidth ceiling compared to more modern techs like cable and significantly less than fiber.

The coverage data on BroadbandNow comes from FCC and governmental reported data. Internet providers in Section must agree to report deployment data biannually. Using direct agreements with ISPs, we are able to validate this data with privatized data reported by Internet providers. This lets us to produce more accurate maps and availability data than government tools. Our speed averages are calculated based on browser-based speed tests from Section households from M-Labs. So far as plan price and terms info, our research team has manually filed 196 broadband plans in Section over recent years, with 14 currently available.

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 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 Section, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative 1,000 Mbps Fiber and DSL 8s
CenturyLink 80 Mbps DSL 1m 42s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Section, Alabama

  • CenturyLink - 90.5% Availability in Section - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
  • Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative - 57.6% Availability in Section - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Section - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Section - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Section

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Section is the 229th most connected city in Alabama behind Dutton, Scottsboro, Hollywood, Fyffe, and Rainsville.

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

Approximately 400 people in Jackson 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: 58% of people living in Section 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 58% of Section 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 Jackson County, approximately 3,000 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 Section

Many Internet providers have been moving to add "data caps" on their residential Internet plans in recent years. Some major Internet service providers in Section — CenturyLink included — have plans with data caps. Data caps in general fall on a wide range, and run anywhere from 250GB all the way up to a Terabyte. The majority of home Internet data caps are quite high, which means that they won't pose a problem for the majority of people. If a non-capped connection from a wired Internet provider isn't available to you, most ISPs have a usage tracking meter on their website. On the whole, data caps have been rising as the average viewer's expectations of streaming video quality grows. If you're subscribing to CenturyLink in Section, verify any data limits regarding the package before signing up.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Section

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Farmers Telecommunications Cooperative Fiber, DSL, and Fixed Wireless 59.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 90.5%+ 80 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 100% 80 Mbps

Compare Section to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Section 18.1 Mbps 6 $0.58 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +331 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +89 Mbps ) 18 ( +12 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +81.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.29 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +93.6 Mbps ) 21 ( +15 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +97.2 Mbps ) 9 ( +3 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )