Internet Providers in Tuscaloosa, AL

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Residential Internet Statistics for Tuscaloosa, AL
Internet Providers: 9
Internet Plans: 19
Fastest Speed Available: 2,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $64.99

Internet Access in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The overall most common wired Internet options within Tuscaloosa are IPBB lines alongside Fiber. FCC filings suggest IPBB has a 91.66 percent territory in the area, compared with Fiber's 29.31 percent penetration. Even considering that coaxial cable and DSL networks are often cheaper, Fiber to the Home (FTTH) networks are better designed to transmit digital data transit — not to mention that they deliver significantly better download speeds.

AT&T Internet provides an alternative. They offer 91 percent coverage and a top speed of 100 Mbps. Aside from consumer Internet, there are also 8 providers in Tuscaloosa with enterprise and business/smb services such as T1 or custom fiber loops. Our search results include every provider with business packages on their site, but residential providers sometimes offer business packages as well.

The majority of Tuscaloosa households have 2-3 wired broadband service providers to choose from. 7.59% of the Tuscaloosa area have one or fewer choices. Regardless of alternative services with local coverage, DSL and cable broadband services usually offer the most agreeable price and data packages for home use.

Viasat Internet offers the largest coverage area for Tuscaloosa residents. They are available to near one hundred percent of Tuscaloosa. HughesNet is also a common option, serving near one hundred percent of Tuscaloosa with Satellite service. The fastest plan advertised by HughesNet for Tuscaloosa is 25 Mbps download.

Coverage data on this page comes via FCC data, requiring Internet companies in Tuscaloosa to submit deployment and subscriber data biannually. By leveraging direct agreements with Internet providers nationally, BroadbandNow is able to confirm this data with privatized data submitted via Internet providers. This lets us to create more detailed maps than governmental reports. Since 2014, BroadbandNow has processed 31,250 data rows on Internet access in Tuscaloosa. Our speed averages are calculated from browser-based speed tests from the Tuscaloosa area. When it comes to pricing and info our research process is manual. Our research team has found and listed 385 Internet plans in Tuscaloosa since 2014, with 48 currently available.

  • There are 17 internet providers in Tuscaloosa with 9 of those offering residential service
  • Tuscaloosa is the 126th most connected city in Alabama ahead of Cottondale, Northport, Coker, Brookwood, and Buhl.
  • The fastest zip code in Tuscaloosa for April 2021 is 35401. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

8,000 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 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Google Fiber 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 91.7% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 87.6% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 44.3% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 29.3% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Spectrum - Cable - 14.9% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 13.0% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Google Fiber - Fiber - 0.8% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Tuscaloosa - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Tuscaloosa

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Tuscaloosa is the 126th most connected city in Alabama ahead of Cottondale, Northport, Coker, Brookwood, and Buhl.

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

Approximately 8,000 people in Tuscaloosa 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: 29% of people living in Tuscaloosa 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 92% of Tuscaloosa 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, 35401 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Tuscaloosa.

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

In Tuscaloosa 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.

Internet Service Availability near The University Of Alabama and Stillman College

Within the 2 mile area around The University Of Alabama, the average house or apartment building will have 1 different choices for consumer internet access. Stillman College currently shows 2.03 providers to choose from at homes in a a couple of miles of their location. Both The University Of Alabama and Stillman College have average internet connections that are appropriate for students needs such as streaming online video, sharing sizable files, and online gaming. Plans in this range aren't guaranteed to be obtainable in every block around campus, and may be unavailable in apartment complexes. Remember that these averages are calculatedbased on performance analysis', and performance will likely be closer to the official speeds shown here.

Data Caps Among Tuscaloosa Internet Service Providers

Internet companies have been moving to impose data "plans" onto residential Internet plans recently. The trend holds true for the Tuscaloosa market, with local Internet choices like Xfinity adding plans with data caps. It's not a large issue for the majority of residents, but can be an issue for users who consume a large amount of high-def video. Caps on cable bundles tend to be about 1 Terabyte. This is way more than is used by 99% of customers. XFINITY from Comcast customers are advised to verify data caps before signing up.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Tuscaloosa

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 91.7%+ 100 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 87.6%+ 1,200 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 44.3%+ 100 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 29.3%+ 940 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 14.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 13.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 0.8%+ 2,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 63.1%+ 987 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 67.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 18.0%+ 940 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 2.2%+ 100 Mbps
Uniti Fiber Fiber 1.5%+ 25 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 1.2%+ 50 Mbps
AssetBlack Fiber 1.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Copper 0.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.8%+ -- Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 0.5%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Tuscaloosa to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Tuscaloosa 79.4 Mbps 9 $0.27 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +336 Mbps ) 16 ( +7 ) $0.70 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +39.5 Mbps ) 17 ( +8 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +36.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +6 ) $0.27 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +48 Mbps ) 23 ( +14 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +48.2 Mbps ) 8 ( -1 ) $0.37 ( + $0.00 )

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  • Who has the cheapest internet service in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?

    In Tuscaloosa, XFINITY from Comcast currently offers the cheapest internet options. The provider has plans starting from $29.99 per month.

  • Which provider offers the fastest speeds in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?

    The fastest internet speed available in Tuscaloosa is currently 2000 Mbps. AT&T Fiber has several plans to choose from that include this speed.

  • Which provider has the best internet service in Tuscaloosa, Alabama?

    The best internet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama will depend on your specific needs and neighborhood. XFINITY from Comcast has some of the most widespread service options, whereas AT&T Fiber has the fastest speeds.