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Internet Providers in Lake Wales, Florida
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Internet Access in Lake Wales, Florida
Viasat Internet 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 5 of those offering residential service
- Lake Wales is the 188th most connected city in Florida ahead of Dundee, Frostproof, and Babson Park, but behind Winter Haven and Eagle Lake.
- The fastest zip code in Lake Wales for July 2021 is 33853. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
21.0% of consumers in Lake Wales7,000 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||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||63.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL and Fiber||8s||83.4%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
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 2,418 speed tests reported in the past annum at areas within 2 miles of Warner University campus, performance averages are close to 84.7 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.
Compare Lake Wales to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Lake Wales||58.2 Mbps||6||$0.55 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +476.2 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +90.6 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +102.4 Mbps )||15 ( +9 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +111.3 Mbps )||23 ( +17 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +103.9 Mbps )||8 ( +2 )||$0.66 ( + $0.00 )|