Internet Providers in Fort Smith, AR

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Internet Statistics for Fort Smith, AR
Fastest Speed Available: 1,0000 Mbps

Internet Access in Fort Smith, Arkansas

There are two main Internet service types around Fort Smith: cable (98.88% availability) and DSL (98.34% availability). Cable Internet is usually provided by traditional cable TV providers using their pre-existing coaxial television wires mounted on telephone poles. DSL is sent over landline phone wires. Most Fort Smith neighborhoods and census blocks can access coaxial cable and/or DSL service from two or more Internet companies.

Cox Communications is also a common Internet choice in Fort Smith, offering primarily Cable connections with coverage in 98 percent of Fort Smith.

Since FCC coverage data is currently tallied up twice a year and only published 6+ months after that, data shown here may have minor inaccuracies. We aggregate availability and plan data directly from some companies to help fix this problem.

Most Fort Smith homes have about 2 companies available. Accounting for all blocks in the city, the density of competition is exactly 2.99 options for each location.

According to the latest FCC filings, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the most commonly avialable Internet providers in Fort Smith in terms of coverage. As the interactive map below shows, these ISPs frequently compete at addresses around Fort Smith.

  • There are 17 internet providers in Fort Smith with 13 of those offering residential service
  • Fort Smith is the 56th most connected city in Arkansas ahead of Van Buren, Roland, and Arkoma, but behind Pocola and Barling.
  • Explore internet access for communities within Fort Smith: Bonanza
  • The fastest zip code in Fort Smith for April 2021 is 72901. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 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 Fort Smith, Arkansas

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Dobson Technologies 10,000 Mbps Fiber 0s
Cox Communications 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Wave Rural Connect 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Dobson Telephone Company 40 Mbps DSL 3m 24s
Dobson Technologies 40 Mbps DSL 3m 24s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Windstream 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Fort Smith, Arkansas

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 97.3% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Cox - Cable - 98.9% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 38.8% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 25.5% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Dobson Technologies - Fiber - 7.0% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 10,000 Mbps
  • Wave Rural Connect - Fiber - 9.8% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Pinnacle - DSL - 9.4% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 40 Mbps
  • Dobson Telephone Company - DSL - 9.1% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 40 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 8.9% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - DSL - 1.2% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Windstream - DSL - 0.9% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Fort Smith - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Fort Smith

Fort Smith Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Fort Smith is the 56th most connected city in Arkansas ahead of Van Buren, Roland, and Arkoma, but behind Pocola and Barling.

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

Approximately 1,000 people in Sebastian 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: 34% of people living in Fort Smith 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 99% of Fort Smith 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, 72901 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Fort Smith.

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

In Sebastian County, approximately 4,000 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 for Educational Purposes in Fort Smith

Economic development reports routinely find a strong pattern between internet service availability and enhanced schooling. At the college level, personal Internet access is almost a necessity as colleges like University Of Arkansas-Fort Smith migrate to online platforms to share out-of-class work and research. Looking at 9,332 speed tests reported over the past year at areas within 2 miles of University Of Arkansas-Fort Smith campus, performance averages are close to 95.95 Mbps — far above the minimum connection speed needed for streaming video and interfacing with hosted or communication platforms.

Data Caps and Video Streaming in Fort Smith

Data collected by our researchers suggests that many of the common ISPs in Fort Smith currently place some sort of limit on data use on residential broadband plans. Data caps are a public issue since subscribers see caps as a tactic to stop video streaming, while providers maintain data caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network traffic. In either case, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which easily uses anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hr.

Internet access in Fort Smith neighborhoods

To date, we've compiled information on Internet availability across the following neighborhoods in Fort Smith: Bonanza.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Fort Smith

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 97.3%+ 100 Mbps
Cox Communications Cable 98.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 38.8%+ 100 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 25.5%+ 940 Mbps
Dobson Technologies Fiber 7.0%+ 10,000 Mbps
Wave Rural Connect Fiber 9.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Dobson Technologies DSL 9.4%+ 40 Mbps
Dobson Telephone Company DSL 9.1%+ 40 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 8.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 1.2%+ 100 Mbps
Windstream DSL 0.9%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Cox Business Cable 65.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 20.0%+ 940 Mbps
Dobson Technologies Fiber 14.3%+ 10,000 Mbps
Wave Rural Connect Fiber 11.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 8.1%+ 1.5 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Copper 1.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Windstream Copper 0.8%+ 5 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.7%+ -- Mbps
Cox Business Fiber 0.7%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Fort Smith to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Fort Smith 133.3 Mbps 13 $0.30 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +282.1 Mbps ) 16 ( +3 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -14.4 Mbps ) 17 ( +4 ) $0.15 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -17.1 Mbps ) 15 ( +2 ) $0.19 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -5.9 Mbps ) 23 ( +10 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -5.7 Mbps ) 8 ( -5 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )