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Internet Providers in Bloomington, Illinois
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Internet Access in Bloomington, Illinois
Broadband Internet competition is above-average in Bloomington compared with other Illinois cities, with is an average of 6.18 providers available in each census block. Bloomington ranks 42nd on the "most connected city" charts. Only 2.66 percent of Bloomington addresses have fewer than two options so far as broadband service.
Coverage from the two most common providers, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in most cases, will overlap. As you might expect, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one in Bloomington.
XFINITY from Comcast and Frontier Communications also have coverage in Bloomington, often competing for the same customers.
In terms of network options, Bloomington has every common broadband varieties: fiber, cable, and DSL. Among the local options, Fiber service is overall the better option. Fiber Internet has 84.68 percent availability in Bloomington.
The coverage stats here comes via FCC provider-reported data, requiring Internet providers in Bloomington to submit deployment and subscriber data biannually. Leveraging direct agreements with telecom companies nationally, we are able to validate this data with privatized data including lit addresses submitted via Internet providers directly. The speed averages shown here are calculated from browser-based speed tests originating from the Bloomington area in the M-Labs database, which is built into Google search as well as BroadbandNow. In terms of package pricing and info we pull data manually. Our market research team has found and listed 634 broadband packages relevant for Bloomington over recent years, and 70 of those are currently active.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.7% of consumers in Bloomington2,000 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 Bloomington, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Campus Communications Group||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||25.3%|
|Mediacom Cable||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||5.1%|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||93.8%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s||81.6%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||90.6%|
|EarthLink||24 Mbps||DSL||5m 41s||38.0%|
|Gridley Telephone Co||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||1.9%|
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 Availability Surrounding Illinois Wesleyan University
Students residing within two miles of Illinois Wesleyan University can expect to have a selection between 5 Internet providers. As elsewhere in Bloomington, Viasat and HughesNet are the most prevalent options. Speed tests suggest that internet performance in the Illinois Wesleyan University area is over 25 Mbps, with averages in the zip around (134.16 Mbps as of our latest data.) This speed should be adequate for students in Bloomington who want to watch high-definition video, share a connection with housemates, and etc. That said, since these averages are calculated on public performance test data, they often trend lower than actual top speeds obtainable in an area. Use the zip search box on this page to see more information on broadband internet options at a specific address.
Data Caps Among Bloomington Internet Service Providers
Many Internet companies have begun to add "data caps" onto residential Internet plans in recent years. The trend holds true in the Bloomington market, with common Internet choices like Xfinity featuring plans with data caps. It's not a large concern for most customers, but may affect those who share their WiFi with multiple other household members or "power users" who consume a large amount of 4K video. If you are concerned about living under a set amount of data use, start by checking for fiber at your address using the search bar on this page. Fiber is sometimes higher priced. However, they usually provide unlimited data without throttling because the fiber cable doesn't have limited bandwidth seen with cable and DSL.
Compare Bloomington to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Bloomington||141.4 Mbps||13||$0.23 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +393 Mbps )||17 ( +4 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +7.4 Mbps )||17 ( +4 )||$0.16 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +19.2 Mbps )||15 ( +2 )||$0.20 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +28.1 Mbps )||23 ( +10 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +20.7 Mbps )||8 ( -5 )||$0.19 ( $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Bloomington
Fast rural service with no caps or overage fees like Satellite. They have longer live customer service hours including Saturdays than any other WISP in central IL.