Internet Providers in Lake Wales, FL

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Residential Internet Statistics for Lake Wales, FL
Wired Internet Providers: 4
Average Speed Test Result: 59.4 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,200 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 12.36%

Internet Access in Lake Wales, Florida

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) has the most coverage in Lake Wales. HughesNet is also a common option.

20.98 percent of residents (7,000 residents total) have a single choice for home residential broadband, or none.

The data on this page is sourced from FCC filings. Data is enhanced through privatized databases and direct provider reporting to output more useful results than governmental websites. Information on pricing and speeds of listed Internet plans is generated by manually collecting thousands of plans each year.

Frontier Communications provides a common second choice to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet). They offer 83 percent local coverage and a maximum speed of 12 Mbps. Aside from consumer Internet, there are 7 providers in the city selling specialized enterprise and business subscriptions like point-to-point connectivity. We list every provider with business services online, but consumer-focused companies often offer unlisted business options as well.

In summary, Lake Wales's broadband situation follows a similar pattern to other Florida metro areas: strong availability of bundled cable and DSL, but limited choice since most houses are limited to one option for setting up either type of Internet service. The cable/DSL pattern has a simple reason. Broadband Internet companies used to be TV and landline telephone corporations. So, they already own these legacy wired networks on utility poles to deliver broadband bundles.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Lake Wales with 6 of those offering residential service
  • Lake Wales is the 181st most connected city in Florida ahead of Eagle Lake, Dundee, Frostproof, and Babson Park, but behind Winter Haven.
  • The fastest zip code in Lake Wales for February 2021 is 33853. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

7,000 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 Lake Wales, Florida

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
Spectrum 940 Mbps Cable 8s
Frontier Communications 940 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Lake Wales, Florida

  • Frontier - 83.4% Availability in Lake Wales - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Xfinity - 63.1% Availability in Lake Wales - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • Spectrum - 32.1% Availability in Lake Wales - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Lake Wales - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Lake Wales - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Lake Wales

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Lake Wales is the 181st most connected city in Florida ahead of Eagle Lake, Dundee, Frostproof, and Babson Park, but behind Winter Haven.

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

Approximately 9,000 people in Polk 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 79% of Lake Wales 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, 33853 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Lake Wales.

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

In Polk County, approximately 23,000 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 for Education in Lake Wales

Economic development studies regularly identify a strong pattern between broadband access and improved schooling. Internet is increasingly required as universities including Warner University adapt web-based platforms to distribute coursework. Looking at 2,941 speed tests reported in the past annum at areas within 2 miles of Warner University campus, performance averages are close to 86.85 Mbps — considerably higher than the minimum connection speed needed for viewing video and interfacing with hosted or communication platforms.

Data Cap Issues Around Lake Wales

Data collected by our researchers shows that common providers in the area currently place a limit on streaming on residential broadband plans. Data caps are disliked because consumers view caps as a strategy to discourage "cord cutting". Providers insist caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the problem is the same: streaming services, which can consume anywhere from 1–7GB/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Lake Wales

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Frontier Communications DSL and Fiber 83.4%+ 940 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 63.1%+ 1,200 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 32.1%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 84.1%+ 987 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL and Fiber 95.6%+ 940 Mbps
Alternative Choice Wireless Fixed Wireless 100% -- Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable and Fiber 14.1%+ 940 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 7.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 11.6%+ 6 Mbps
Windstream Copper 1.1%+ 20 Mbps

Compare Lake Wales to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Lake Wales 59.4 Mbps 6 $0.30 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +289.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.46 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +47.7 Mbps ) 18 ( +12 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +40.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.30 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +52.3 Mbps ) 21 ( +15 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +55.9 Mbps ) 9 ( +3 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )