Internet Providers in Tampa, FL
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Residential Internet Statistics for Tampa, FL
|Fastest Speed Available:||10,000 Mbps|
|Average Plan Price:||$83.65|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Tampa, Florida
Internet Access in Tampa, Florida
3-4 Internet providers are available for the average Tampa resident. This is a high amount of competition in comparison to other communities. Competition is correlated with more affordable pricing.
The plans listed above are manually collected by our research staff.
Spectrum and Frontier Communications can also provide coverage in Tampa, often competing for the same customers.
Coverage from the two most common companies, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, as a rule, will overlap. As residents might expect, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common.
Overall, Tampa's Internet situation follows a similar pattern to other Florida cities and towns: strong access to bundled cable and DSL, with the caveat that the majority of houses are stuck with one company for setting up either type of Internet service. The cable/DSL pattern is normal because Internet companies used to be TV and phone corporations. So, they use these existing networks for delivering their broadband Internet services. Fiber is growing as a third option. While some "Fiber" services aren't actually true "Fiber to the Home" connections, 96.52 percent of the population has coverage by fiber Internet that reaches as far as a box near the property line.
- There are 24 internet providers in Tampa with 10 of those offering residential service
- Tampa is the 15th most connected city in Florida ahead of Brandon, Riverview, Lutz, Gibsonton, and Apollo Beach.
- Explore internet access for communities within Tampa: Northdale, Temple Terrace, Westchase, Ybor City, Carrollwood, Palma Ceia, and Tampa Palms
- The fastest zip code in Tampa for April 2021 is 33612. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
1.6% of consumers in Tampa11,000 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 Tampa, Florida
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|Hotwire Communications||10,000 Mbps||Fiber||0s|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||Fiber||8s|
|EarthLink Fiber||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||1m 11s|
|EarthLink||30 Mbps||DSL||4m 33s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Tampa, Florida
- Frontier - DSL - 97.0% Availability in Tampa - Call For Speed Availability
- Spectrum - Cable - 99.9% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Frontier - Fiber - 96.5% Availability in Tampa - Call For Speed Availability
- EarthLink - DSL - 26.9% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 30 Mbps
- EarthLink - Fiber - 26.5% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Xfinity - Cable - 0.8% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
- Hotwire Communications - Fiber - 0.0% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 10,000 Mbps
- Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Tampa - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
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.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
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 Access for Education in Tampa
University Of South Florida-Main Campus and The University Of Tampa are the biggest universities in Tampa. For the 49,621 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for obtaining online course materials and viewing research. University Of South Florida-Main Campus residential buildings have 1-2 providers servicing the area on average, while The University Of Tampa has nearer to 1. Both local colleges are showing an average documented speed of 92.47 Mbps. This stat is based on 2,220 aggregated speed test data originating surrounding campus buildings. FCC and US Government reports regularly cite the need to better internet service access for college and high school attendees.
Data Cap Issues Around Tampa
Data collected by our market researchers suggests that common providers in the area place some sort of limit on streaming on residential Internet packages. Data caps are disliked since consumers see them as a strategy to discourage streaming services, while providers insist caps are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the problem is video streaming, which easily uses anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Internet access in Tampa neighborhoods
We've analyzed data and statistics on Broadband availability across these neighborhoods within Tampa: Northdale, Temple Terrace, Westchase, Ybor City, Carrollwood, Palma Ceia, Tampa Palms.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Tampa
|Frontier Communications||DSL||97.0%+||Call For Speed Availability|
|Frontier Communications||Fiber||96.5%+||Call For Speed Availability|
|EarthLink Fiber||Fiber||26.5%+||1,000 Mbps|
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||0.8%+||1,200 Mbps|
|RapidSystems||Fixed Wireless||0.6%+||25 Mbps|
|Hotwire Communications||Fiber||0.0%+||10,000 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet||Satellite||100%||100 Mbps|
|Frontier Business||DSL||93.2%+||Call For Speed Availability|
|Frontier Business||Fiber||86.0%+||Call For Speed Availability|
|Spectrum Business||Cable||99.2%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Tampa Bay Fiber||Fixed Wireless||56.0%+||2,000 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Business||Fiber||20.9%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Crown Castle Fiber||Fiber||25.1%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Verizon Business||Copper||16.9%+||50 Mbps|
|Spectrum Business||Fiber||16.6%+||940 Mbps|
|RapidSystems||Fixed Wireless||9.1%+||50 Mbps|
|GTT Communications||Copper||8.9%+||6 Mbps|
|Comcast Business||Cable||0.7%+||987 Mbps|
|Cogent Communications||Fiber||0.5%+||1,000 Mbps|
|TPx Communications||Copper||0.5%+||1.5 Mbps|
|Uniti Fiber||Fiber||0.2%+||25 Mbps|
|Fision Work||Fiber||0.0%+||10,000 Mbps|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Tampa
Good Technician, Benny
Solved my problem, good job
Awesome customer service
I made a call because of my bill. Customer service rep in North Carolina went over and beyond the call. It took less than 5 minutes to get a credit on the account and he was so sweet and professional. You normally don't receive this kind of customer service with Spectrum but today I did. Thanks, you made a difference.
I'm a new customer with Spectrum and I signed a contract that promised a free modem. Was happy with the tech's installation. He was very professional. The gripe I have is that I assumed the free modem would be new and not one that looks to have seen better days. I hope customer service will be understanding and helpful when the modem crashes.
Decent Internet for poorly covered areas
Decent Internet with surprisingly fast download speeds albeit with high latencies. Pages and streaming very slow to get started but once they start, good speed is held. Upload speeds good enough, though slow. Due to high latency, VPN usage is almost useless.
consistent reliable service