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Internet Providers in Alton, Illinois
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Internet Access in Alton, Illinois
4 Internet providers are available at the average Alton resident. In context, this is a good amount of choice compared to other communities. Competition of two or more Internet providers in a city is correlated with lower pricing.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the most common Internet choices in Alton.
Remember that since FCC data is only processed twice a year and only released six months after, data shown here may have minor inaccuracies.
Spectrum is another commonly available broadband option for Alton, offering primarily Cable connections in 97 percent of the area. Wisper ISP offers an alternative wireless service worth taking note of to practically one hundred percent of the area, although it requires roof access or line of site with a Wisper ISP access point.
So, looking at the big picture, Alton's broadband Internet infrastructure follows a pattern seen in many Illinois cities: wide availability of cable and DSL Internet service, except that most houses are limited to a single company for either type of service. The cable/DSL pattern has a simple cause. Internet providers started as cable television and landline phone companies. So, they already own these already connected wired networks on telephone poles for delivering Internet bundles.
Internet Statistics 2022
6.4% of consumers in Alton2,000 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 Alton, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||92.5%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Rise Broadband||25 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||5m 27s||90.3%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||115 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 11s||41.6%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Ultra Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||41.6%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Alton
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.
Data Cap Issues Around Alton
Data from our research team suggests that some of the top providers in the area use data caps on residential broadband plans. Data caps are a public issue since consumers view them as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting", while providers maintain caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. Either way, the issue is over-the-top streaming services, which can use anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hr.
Compare Alton to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Alton||160.3 Mbps||9||$0.50 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +385.3 Mbps )||21 ( +12 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( +1 Mbps )||20 ( +11 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( +20.6 Mbps )||19 ( +10 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +26.3 Mbps )||26 ( +17 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( +18.8 Mbps )||10 ( +1 )||$0.36 ( $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Alton
I'm getting around 100 to 130 Mbps depending on town bandwidth. They hooked me up with a free modem and their rental routers for $5 per month.