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Internet Providers in Carol Stream, Illinois
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Internet Access in Carol Stream, Illinois
4 Internet providers can provide service to the average Carol Stream location. In context, this is actually a lot of choice in comparison to similar-sized cities. Competition often results in lower regional pricing.
Looking specifically at the network technologies within Carol Stream, there are essentially two primary options: cable (providers like XFINITY from Comcast) and DSL (providers like EarthLink).
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are Carol Stream's most common wired Internet providers.
We should note that since FCC data is only collected twice annually and only released six months after, availability shown here may not be complete. Our process incorporates availability and plan data directly from some major ISPs to help fix this issue.
Aside from the Internet providers listed above, XFINITY from Comcast provides a third choice for coverage in close to one hundred percent of Carol Stream. Fixed wireless providers such as Future Link IT and satellite companies such as are sometimes a good choice, but the main wired options usually offer a stronger deal so far as speed and pricing.
- There are 20 internet providers in Carol Stream with 9 of those offering residential service
- Carol Stream is the 128th most connected city in Illinois ahead of Bloomingdale, Winfield, Bartlett, and Hanover Park, but behind Glendale Heights.
- The fastest zip code in Carol Stream for July 2021 is 60188. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
3.5% of consumers in Carol Stream1,000 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 Carol Stream, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||99.8%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||96.5%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||96.5%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||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.
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.
Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting Around Carol Stream
Data from our research team shows that some of the top ISPs use data caps for their residential Internet packages. Data caps are controversial because subscribers see caps as a tactic to discourage streaming services. Providers insist that data caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the issue is over-the-top streaming, which easily eats up anywhere from 1–7GB/hour.
Compare Carol Stream to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Carol Stream||186.9 Mbps||11||$0.26 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +347.5 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -38.1 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -26.3 Mbps )||15 ( +4 )||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -17.4 Mbps )||23 ( +12 )||$0.26 ( + $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -24.8 Mbps )||8 ( -3 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Carol Stream
Awesome Tech Service
During this difficult time with the COVID 19 pandemic, my service started lacking in quality. It is very important that I have wifi for my daughter's education as e-learning is now essential to her growth in education. I set many times for a tech to come to our home and fix the problem but kept rescheduling time and dates because I was worried about compromising the health of my family and young children. But eventually had no other choice. Tech showed up very promptly on time checking everything outside with my husband and explaining everything! When he said he needed to come to the house and check our modem, we were hesitant but offered him a mask and gloves. He very politely informed us he had some and went to his van and geared up. Upon entering my home he said "sorry, I'll be right back" and return quickly with booties to put over his boots. Very much appreciated considering my daughter crawls all over the floor and puts everything in her mouth! After going inside and working his magic, he also engaged with my young child and was very patient when my husband had to step away for a moment. After installing our new modem, he took the time to explain things to us and was very informative and helpful! I recommend this tech to anyone that's having doubts during this hard time! He is 100% safe, professional, and informative.