Internet Providers in Shelby, Alabama

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Residential Internet Statistics for Shelby, AL
Wired Internet Providers: 1
Average Speed Test Result: 16.77 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 100 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 8.38%

Internet Access in Shelby, Alabama

For more sparsely populated cities such as Shelby, fixed microwave Internet and mobile LTE-type Internet services are the primary broadband choice. FCC records show essentially zero broadband Internet availability at residential addresses, but fixed wireless presents a decent alternative with availability for 95.00 percent of the population.

The packages shown on this page are collected by hand by our data science and research staff. The 13 packages displayed above are the latest of 104 packages we've aggregated in Shelby to date.

9.08 percent of Shelby is stuck with only one or zero choices for Internet service. Outside these underserved areas, the average Internet user can find at least 2 providers to choose from. Areas that have better competition usually will find reduced prices and higher speeds as providers are incentivized to upgrade network infrastructure to earn subscribers.

AT&T is one of the top three providers in Shelby, available for 95 percent of local addresses.

According to the most recent FCC filings, Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the largest telecoms in Shelby in terms of coverage. As the maps below illustrate, the more common providers frequently cover the same addresses around Shelby.

Internet Statistics 2021

200 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 Shelby, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
AT&T 100 Mbps Fixed Wireless and DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Shelby, Alabama

  • AT&T - 95.0% Availability in Shelby - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Shelby - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Shelby - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Shelby

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Shelby is the 371st most connected city in Alabama ahead of Jemison and Wilsonville, but behind Calera, Thorsby, and Columbiana.

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

Approximately 2,000 people in Shelby 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.

Approximately 91% of Shelby 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 Shelby County, approximately 2,000 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 and Cord Cutting in Shelby

Data collected by our research team shows that many of the common ISPs in the area currently place some sort of limit on streaming for their home broadband plans. Data caps are disliked because customers view caps as a tactic to stop streaming services. Providers maintain caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage heavy network traffic. Either way, the culprit is video streaming, which can use 1–7GB per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Shelby

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Fixed Wireless and DSL 95.0%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
AT&T Fixed Wireless 100% 25 Mbps
NetFortris Fiber 9.0%+ -- Mbps

Compare Shelby to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Shelby 16.8 Mbps 5 $2.86 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +332.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +90.3 Mbps ) 18 ( +13 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +82.9 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.30 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +94.9 Mbps ) 21 ( +16 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +98.5 Mbps ) 9 ( +4 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )