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Internet Providers in Meridian, Idaho
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Internet Access in Meridian, Idaho
FCC data shows two primary broadband service options in Meridian — coaxial cable (97.15% coverage) and DSL (close to one hundred percent coverage). Cable broadband is usually delivered through TV corporations using pre-existing copper coaxial TV wires mounted on telephone poles or buried in the street. DSL Internet, similarly, is sent via twisted copper phone wires. Most Meridian street addresses can access both cable service and DSL from two or more Internet companies.
The packages displayed on this page are manually collected through our research team. The 39 packages shown are the most relevant of 352 broadband plans we've aggregated in Meridian to date.
Meridian residents generally have two or more ISPs at a given address. The mapping tool on this page illustrates how competition changes in different parts of the city.
Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in general, will overlap. As you might predict, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common in Meridian.
Besides the Internet options listed above, CenturyLink is a third choice for coverage in virtually one hundred percent of the Meridian area. Wireless providers such as SpeedyQuick Networks and satellite companies such as are sometimes a good choice, but the main wired options usually offer a better deal so far as speed and pricing.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.3% of consumers in Meridian1,000 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 Meridian, Idaho
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Sparklight (formerly Cable One)||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||97.2%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||99.7%|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s||95.9%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||20.6%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Meridian
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.
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 Access for Education in Meridian
University Of Phoenix-Idaho and Broadview University-Boise are the largest universities in Meridian. For the 361 combined students living in the area, fast internet service access is a must for accessing educational materials and viewing research. Students living close to University Of Phoenix-Idaho and Broadview University-Boise are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip where both campuses are located show an average speed of 91.08 Mbps. Average speeds are often misleading since they reflect home network issues, and the real download speed you can achieve shouldn't be less than 10–30% below the advertised speeds here. FCC and US Government reports frequently cite the need to better internet service availability for college and high school students. There is a positive correlation between improved high-speed internet service access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.
Data Caps and Cord Cutting in Meridian
Data from our research team suggests that top ISPs use data caps on residential broadband packages. Data caps are controversial since customers see caps as a tactic to stop streaming, while providers explain they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the issue is the same: streaming services, which can eat up anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Meridian to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Meridian||84.3 Mbps||10||$0.40 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +461.3 Mbps )||19 ( +9 )||$0.33 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( +77 Mbps )||18 ( +8 )||$0.29 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( +96.6 Mbps )||17 ( +7 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +102.3 Mbps )||24 ( +14 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( +94.8 Mbps )||9 ( -1 )||$0.39 ( $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Meridian
From bad to worse since Sparklight rebranding
Having no competition, CableOne has had overpriced, slow, and inconsistent speeds for the last fifteen years I have been their customer. But since the Sparklight change, it has gotten much worse. Now their customer login page regularly fails to load, and when the speed test they provide in the portal does load, the speeds often fall below 5Mbps (up and down using a wired connection) on a 300/30 plan. Working from home has become almost intolerable, and there are still no viable alternatives in this market. The data caps have added insult to the whole process - now its either buy a higher plan that you won't ever get the advertised speeds for OR blow the data cap when one computer automatically updates itself that month.
Data cap a deal breaker
Quality service and internet speed are awesome, the only complaint is their data caps. If you like streaming services like Netflix and Sling you are screwed with Cable One.