Internet Providers in Central, AZ

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Residential Internet Statistics for Central, AZ
Internet Providers: 5
Internet Plans: 4
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $78.75

Internet Access in Central, Arizona

Data on this page is based on the FCC's bi-annual broadband coverage reporting. BroadbandNow leverages direct provider coverage reports and other privatized data to further validate the data on a census block or lit address level. Plane and pricing data is collected manually through our research team. BroadbandNow has analyzed 90 Internet plans in and near Central in the past few years. FCC Internet coverage data is updated biannually. However, it frequently gets posted to BroadbandNow up to six months ahead of FCC releases thanks to direct data agreements with our partners.

When we're looking at network technologies in use within Central, the most common physical wire broadband Internet tech options are Satellite (near one hundred percent coverage) and Cable (95.35 percent coverage). Traditional cable TV corporations are where customers look for cable Internet and Wifi service, thanks to the fact that they can leverage pre-existing coaxial TV cables — which have already been built out to homes in the area — to connect subscribers to the Internet. Cable often makes sense for Central residents due to the strong speeds in an attainable price range.

The majority of Central households have 2 wired broadband providers to choose from. 100% of Central residents — 600 people in total — are limited to one or fewer options. cable and DSL Internet are likely to provide the best budget price for home use.

Viasat Internet is the most common option in Central. They are accessible for near one hundred percent of Central. HughesNet is the most common followup choice, with coverage in virtually one hundred percent of local addresses with Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan in Central is 25 megabits per second.

Outside of the Internet providers listed above, Sparklight (formerly Cable One) is another option to consider. They have wired broadband in 95 percent of the Central area. Wireless providers such as TWN Communications are also worth considering, but the incumbent wired options are usually a better deal so far as performance.

  • There are 7 internet providers in Central with 5 of those offering residential service
  • Central is the 150th most connected city in Arizona ahead of Bylas and Morenci, but behind Safford, Thatcher, and Pima.

Internet Statistics 2021

600 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 Central, Arizona

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Central, Arizona

  • Sparklight - Cable - 95.4% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Central

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Central is the 150th most connected city in Arizona ahead of Bylas and Morenci, but behind Safford, Thatcher, and Pima.

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

Approximately 6,000 people in Graham 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.

In Graham County, approximately 12,000 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 Cap Issues and Cord Cutting Around Central

Data collected by our researchers suggests that many of the popular providers place a limit on data use on home broadband plans. Data caps are disliked because users see caps as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting", while providers explain data caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the culprit is streaming video, which easily uses 1–7GB/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Central

Provider Type Coverage Speed
TWN Communications Fixed Wireless 100% 15 Mbps
Bluespan Fixed Wireless 100% 50 Mbps
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Cable 95.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
TWN Communications Fixed Wireless 100% 15 Mbps