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Fixed Wireless Internet in the USA

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Dec 7, 2023

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Providers Offering Fixed Wireless Service

We've found 1716 providers offering Fixed Wireless service in the US. Below are stats on their coverage and speeds.

Telesystems Services 13,228 1 30 mbps
On-Ramp Indiana 13,197 1 50 mbps
Applied Connective Technologies 13,158 1 30 mbps
Kinex Telecom 13,045 1 250 mbps
Sharon Telephone Company 13,023 1 1 mbps
Yakama Nation Networks 13,011 1 25 mbps
Pointe Wireless 13,010 1 3 mbps
WIConnect Wireless 13,002 1 20 mbps
Standing Rock Telecommunications 12,983 2 10 mbps
America Internet 12,873 1 80 mbps
Clatskanie Co-op 12,818 4 75 mbps
BitWind Communications 12,770 1 1.5 mbps
GCET 12,759 1 200 mbps
HardyNet 12,710 1 10 mbps
Geneva On-Line 12,710 1 100 mbps
Impulse Internet Services 12,635 1 30 mbps
Emerald Broadband 12,610 1 150 mbps
Eastern Carolina Broadband, LLC 12,512 1 60 mbps
Complete Computers 12,483 1 10 mbps
NexGenAccess 12,467 1 30 mbps
Red Spectrum Communications 12,458 2 25 mbps
Country Road Networks 12,446 1 10 mbps
Resonance Broadband 12,442 1 100 mbps
NetWireless Solutions 12,385 1 1.5 mbps
Weiss Internet 12,352 1 50 mbps
Eastern Colorado Independent Networks 12,330 1 50 mbps
Lockridge Networks 12,309 1 50 mbps
Coon Valley Cooperative Telephone 12,308 1 100 mbps
Citizens Telephone Corporation 12,192 1 50 mbps
GoBrolly Communications 12,190 2 35 mbps
Net Doctors 12,179 11 110 mbps
Urban Communications 12,176 1 50 mbps
Silicon Slopes Broadband 12,137 1 50 mbps
Upward Access 12,132 1 10 mbps
High Rapid Networks 12,096 1 113 mbps
Desertgate 12,038 1 100 mbps
Countrymen Communications 12,034 1 75 mbps
5D Networks 11,999 1 25 mbps
Comteck of Indiana 11,950 1 10 mbps
Fireball Internet 11,921 1 977 mbps
Farmers Telecommunications 11,901 1 50 mbps
Ultranet 11,878 1 6 mbps
Ozarks WIFI 11,842 1 10 mbps
Coleman County Telephone Cooperative 11,797 1 25 mbps
SBT Internet 11,793 2 47 mbps
Nexus Air Fiber 11,766 2 60 mbps
Ohio Transparent Telecom 11,675 1 100 mbps
SonicNet 11,670 2 100 mbps
Verona Networks 11,670 1 100 mbps
KV Wireless 11,640 1 25 mbps
Comporium Communications 11,562 1 6 mbps
Iowa Connect 11,485 1 25 mbps
Heavenwire.net 11,483 3 30 mbps
WTC 11,475 1 25 mbps
Advanced Wireless 11,458 1 40 mbps
Cavenet 11,438 1 3 mbps
Unlimited Net 11,386 1 25 mbps
Lake Linx 11,373 1 250 mbps
New Source Broadband 11,370 1 100 mbps
Cirrinity 11,361 1 30 mbps
Summit Digital 11,233 1 25 mbps
Internet Connect 11,206 1 300 mbps
Coppernet Systems 11,147 1 100 mbps
CougarWireless 11,118 1 50 mbps
UniFi North 11,103 1 110 mbps
Rock Port Telephone 11,090 2 25 mbps
Unwired 11,076 1 100 mbps
Wilson Creek Communications 11,036 1 35 mbps
Skynet Communications (Kentucky) 10,956 1 20 mbps
Kaptel 10,919 1 30 mbps
Mtida 10,909 1 30 mbps
Tnet Broadband Internet 10,906 2 45 mbps
WLanJV 10,889 2 100 mbps
Future Link IT 10,803 4 150 mbps
600Amps Internet Services 10,796 1 200 mbps
Veopoint Internet 10,789 1 10 mbps
NEOKNET 10,712 1 0.768 mbps
Tri State Internet 10,709 2 300 mbps
Rio Cities 10,675 1 4096 mbps
Infinium 10,664 1 50 mbps
CASSCOMM 10,587 1 50 mbps
Paladin Wireless 10,579 1 100 mbps
MassiveMesh 10,489 1 1000 mbps
KitePilot Wireless Internet 10,460 1 3 mbps
Monon Telephone 10,419 1 10 mbps
InteliPort 10,348 1 250 mbps
Us New Era Internet corp 10,268 1 100 mbps
Big Sky Internet 10,267 2 20 mbps
Onetone Telecom 10,265 1 990 mbps
Prologic Technology 10,225 1 50 mbps
Panora Telco 10,220 1 35 mbps
Grundy Center Municipal Utilities 10,215 1 1.5 mbps
Az AirNet 10,144 3 100 mbps
St Joe Wireless 10,114 2 10 mbps
Ethx 10,102 1 50 mbps
Citizens Communications Broadband 10,094 1 25 mbps
9Stone 10,017 1 1000 mbps
Northern Connections 9,974 2 1000 mbps
Nimbus Solutions 9,941 1 60 mbps
Vaughnsville Communications 9,914 1 25 mbps

Terrestrial Fixed Wireless Internet In the United States

46%
46% Fixed Wireless COVERAGE

For a full list of providers offering fixed wireless internet service, visit the fixed wireless provider page where we list every provider in the US and the communities they serve.

Fixed Wireless Performance

As with all types of broadband services, speeds and plans of fixed wireless service vary from provider to provider.

In general, residential fixed wireless plans are comparable to DSL or cable in terms of speeds offered — in the neighborhood of 5–50 Mbps.

Business-class fixed wireless plans are often much faster, with leading companies offering 500 Mbps symmetrical plans that rival dedicated fiber in terms of reliability, security, and speed of installation.

While these speeds aren’t astounding they can be an incredibly appealing option, especially as an alternative to satellite service. Fixed Wireless is often available in areas with a low concentration of wired options due to the flexible nature of fixed wireless deployment.

Should You Get Fixed Wireless Internet Service?

For consumers who have relied on old dial-up connections, or satellite for their internet connections, the introduction of fixed wireless broadband into their area can be a game changer. If you live in a rural area and have few options for internet access, then fixed wireless can be a great choice.

Benefits

For consumers who have few other options besides satellite fixed wireless can be a great alternative.

Large Coverage Area

One of the most appealing benefits of fixed wireless broadband is its broad consumer availability.

Because service providers aren’t required to invest heavily in new cable and infrastructure, offering service to larger areas is often more cost effective.

Relatively Low Latency

One of the key benefits of fixed wireless broadband over other rural technologies is its relatively low latency making online gaming and video conferencing programs such as Skype feasible.

Limitations

Line of Sight

One of the biggest limitations of fixed wireless internet is that in most implementations the antenna at the consumer’s premises and the ground station of the provider must have a direct line of sight.

This can be problematic in different types of terrain and it also makes fixed wireless connections subject to different weather conditions.

Security Considerations

Encryption and authentication are the key considerations for network engineers implimenting fixed wireless service. While the security concerns for a wireless service are somewhat different from a wired one, the protocols for encrypting and authenticating connections are generaly equally secure between the two technology types.

Average Higher Residential Cost

Depending on your service area, residential fixed wireless is often slightly more expensive for the speed you receive. However, it’s often worth considering since fixed wireless providers tend to be smaller than “big cable” corporations and have local customer support and are usually faster to fix any outages or issues.

Rain Fade

Like any wireless service, severe storms can cause a slight reduction in download and upload speeds called “rain fade.”

What fixed wireless looks like

Fixed wireless broadband is a method of delivering Internet connection to consumers over the airwaves.

Similar to DSL and cable Internet, fixed wireless is a “last mile” technology that bridges the relatively short gap between the mainstream Internet “backbone” and consumer residences. 

Fixed wireless is a “last mile” technology that bridges the relatively short gap between the mainstream Internet “backbone” and consumer residences.

While DSL and cable bridge this gap using wired phone and television connections, fixed wireless accomplishes the same outcome by broadcasting the connection via radio waves from an access point (usually mounted on a tower) to reception dishes at consumer residences.

Simplified fixed wireless

Misconceptions about fixed wireless

Fixed wireless is not satellite

Fixed wireless is not satellite

While fixed wireless broadcasts from terrestrial towers, satellite Internet broadcasts from earth orbit. Satellite’s “bird’s eye view” translates to wide coverage, but the extra distance creates higher latency.

Fixed wireless is not Wi-Fi

Fixed wireless is not mobile

Mobile coverage operates like a giant Wi-Fi bubble — coverage is broadcast from towers, and any device within range can connect. Fixed wireless operates more like an invisible wire connecting two locations — coverage is broadcast from towers in a straight line to a specific customer.

Fixed wireless is not Wi-Fi

Fixed wireless is not Wi-Fi

Fixed wireless provides a direct point-to-point connection, requiring line-of-sight between the access point and reception device. Unlike Wi-Fi, fixed wireless cannot pass through or around minor barriers.

Why is it called "fixed"?

Internet Backbone

When implemented properly, fixed wireless can deliver gigabit connection speeds rivaling fiber connections. 

Magic? Hardly. The technology that makes fixed wireless effective is surprisingly simple: directional broadcasting.

The Technology: How it works

Because customer locations are stationary, fixed wireless connections can be focussed — think of how a magnifying glass channels light — making the “beam” much stronger than an omnidirectional broadcast such as AM/FM radio.

Wireless Technology: How it works

Directional connections on the lower end of the radio spectrum can rival DSL and cable. Broadcasting over higher-frequency microwave and EHF (Extremely high frequency) bands boosts the signal strength even more, achieving gigabit speeds comparable to fiber when properly implemented.

It’s not just small-time Internet providers that are excited about fixed wireless. Access to EHF frequencies has led big companies like Google and Facebook to invest in developing their own fixed wireless technologies and networks. 

Ambitious startups like Starry Internet plan to actively compete with major ISPs using fixed wireless technology.

The Configuration: Connection types

  • Point-to-point: Point-to-point fixed wireless configurations connect two locations exclusively, like a bridge. Most often used for the connection between access points on a tower and the Internet “backbone,” or to connect two buildings that need to share their network. 
  • Point-to-multipoint: Point-to-multipoint fixed wireless configurations connect a set number of locations from a single access point. Most often used to bridge the gap between a tower and customer residences.
Wireless Connnection types

The Challenge: Spectrum shortage

Crowded spectrum

Like any wireless technology, fixed wireless is deployed over airwaves. This creates challenges because it has to share those airwaves with every other wireless technology.

Between radio, Wi-Fi, military communications, mobile data, talk & text, satellite broadcasts, baby monitors, microwaves, ham radios, and hundreds of other devices, spectrum is crowded — so much so that most frequencies require licenses to use. 

Fixed wireless technology can broadcast data across most of the radio and microwave spectrums  , so the frequency of a connection varies from implementation to implementation based on what is available.

Available frequency

Many WISPs (wireless internet service providers) in rural areas broadcast on unlicensed bands (think of them as “cowboy bands”), at the risk of interference from other devices. In urban areas signal congestion from competing broadcasts (3G, 4G, etc.) makes free bandwidth difficult to find. It is only recently that technological advances have circumnavigated this problem by opening up high frequency microwave bands.

If the FCC and private companies are able to coordinate themselves to share the spectrum, fixed wireless will likely become a major challenger to wired technologies like fiber, cable, and DSL. 

Pros & Cons

pros


  • Fast and affordable to install
  • Flexible for rural coverage
  • Low latency
  • Generates competition for ISPs

cons


  • Line-of-sight requirement
  • Higher average cost
  • Spectrum shortage
  • Wireless security concerns

Largest Fixed Wireless Providers

  1. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
    100.17% Coverage
    > 100.17
  2. Always ON
    100.17% Coverage
    > 100.17
  3. Verizon Business
    41.52% Coverage
    > 41.52
  4. EarthLink 5G Home Internet
    37.22% Coverage
    > 37.22
  5. Verizon 5G Home Internet
    13.27% Coverage
    > 13.27
  6. GeoLinks
    10.25% Coverage
    > 10.25
  7. MHO Networks
    6.16% Coverage
    > 6.16

States with the most Fixed Wireless coverage

  1. Nevada
    99.1% Coverage
    99.1
  2. Puerto Rico
    99.0% Coverage
    99.0
  3. Utah
    98.8% Coverage
    98.8
  4. Maine
    98.8% Coverage
    98.8
  5. Ohio
    98.7% Coverage
    98.7
  6. Idaho
    98.6% Coverage
    98.6
  7. Minnesota
    98.6% Coverage
    98.6

Fixed Wireless Providers: Availability by State

Alabama 4,897,165 97.5% 23 Fixed Wireless Providers
Alaska 378,283 51.6% 16 Fixed Wireless Providers
Arizona 7,002,751 97.9% 43 Fixed Wireless Providers
Arkansas 2,952,197 98.0% 30 Fixed Wireless Providers
California 38,921,427 98.4% 109 Fixed Wireless Providers
Colorado 5,685,376 98.5% 61 Fixed Wireless Providers
Connecticut 3,546,807 98.4% 5 Fixed Wireless Providers
Delaware 975,000 98.5% 5 Fixed Wireless Providers
District of Columbia 664,032 96.3% 9 Fixed Wireless Providers
Florida 21,204,345 98.5% 35 Fixed Wireless Providers
Georgia 10,476,246 97.8% 27 Fixed Wireless Providers
Hawaii 1,365,190 93.8% 5 Fixed Wireless Providers
Idaho 1,814,094 98.6% 42 Fixed Wireless Providers
Illinois 12,615,195 98.5% 68 Fixed Wireless Providers
Indiana 6,685,102 98.5% 56 Fixed Wireless Providers
Iowa 3,143,152 98.5% 84 Fixed Wireless Providers
Kansas 2,872,071 97.8% 47 Fixed Wireless Providers
Kentucky 4,388,684 97.4% 25 Fixed Wireless Providers
Louisiana 4,555,286 97.8% 22 Fixed Wireless Providers
Maine 1,345,330 98.8% 12 Fixed Wireless Providers
Maryland 6,079,624 98.4% 22 Fixed Wireless Providers
Massachusetts 6,869,635 97.7% 14 Fixed Wireless Providers
Michigan 9,895,939 98.2% 47 Fixed Wireless Providers
Minnesota 5,627,174 98.6% 53 Fixed Wireless Providers
Mississippi 2,877,475 97.2% 14 Fixed Wireless Providers
Missouri 6,042,278 98.2% 73 Fixed Wireless Providers
Montana 1,038,254 95.8% 30 Fixed Wireless Providers
Nebraska 1,932,670 98.5% 44 Fixed Wireless Providers
Nevada 3,075,431 99.1% 29 Fixed Wireless Providers
New Hampshire 1,352,733 98.2% 8 Fixed Wireless Providers
New Jersey 9,150,588 98.5% 6 Fixed Wireless Providers
New Mexico 2,041,503 96.4% 38 Fixed Wireless Providers
New York 19,823,486 98.1% 24 Fixed Wireless Providers
North Carolina 10,231,644 98.0% 27 Fixed Wireless Providers
North Dakota 706,093 90.6% 16 Fixed Wireless Providers
Ohio 11,646,055 98.7% 61 Fixed Wireless Providers
Oklahoma 3,871,059 97.8% 50 Fixed Wireless Providers
Oregon 4,169,036 98.4% 44 Fixed Wireless Providers
Pennsylvania 12,769,952 98.2% 32 Fixed Wireless Providers
Rhode Island 1,067,640 97.3% 3 Fixed Wireless Providers
South Carolina 5,031,924 98.3% 10 Fixed Wireless Providers
South Dakota 832,758 93.9% 28 Fixed Wireless Providers
Tennessee 6,778,152 98.1% 25 Fixed Wireless Providers
Texas 28,670,433 98.4% 140 Fixed Wireless Providers
Utah 3,231,375 98.8% 38 Fixed Wireless Providers
Vermont 626,357 97.4% 11 Fixed Wireless Providers
Virginia 8,406,114 97.4% 27 Fixed Wireless Providers
Washington 7,577,373 98.3% 49 Fixed Wireless Providers
West Virginia 1,727,707 96.3% 23 Fixed Wireless Providers
Wisconsin 5,801,776 98.4% 41 Fixed Wireless Providers
Wyoming 561,103 97.3% 23 Fixed Wireless Providers

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