Internet Providers in Chicago, Illinois
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Residential Internet Statistics for Chicago, IL
|Wired Internet Providers:||7|
|Average Speed Test Result:||99.73 Mbps|
|Top Advertised Speed:||1,200 Mbps|
|No Broadband Access:||0.43%|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Chicago, Illinois
Internet Access in Chicago, Illinois
The average address in Chicago is serviceable by 4-5 Internet Service Providers, or "ISPs." This is a lot of choice contrasted with other communities. Competition often results in better pricing.
The data on this page comes via FCC filings. Then, it's validated using privatized data sources to create more accurate resources than can be accessed through the FCC directly. Information about pricing of individual broadband plans is sourced by manually collecting tens of thousands of data points every year. We've catalogued 792 Chicago Internet plans since 2014, with 65 Internet plans currently marketed in the area.
Considering network tech offered across the area, we see that the most widespread physical wire Internet connection options are IPBB and Fiber, with 98.60% and 26.34% respectively. Fiber is built on newer, more modern Fiber-optical lines, which are made of hair-like glass strands that deliver digital data as light. Fiber Internet results in better speed and performance, but may switch over to slower copper wiring in the "last mile" near a subscriber. As a result, some fiber connections might not offer true "gigabit" performance.
XFINITY from Comcast is a common second choice to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet), serving Chicago with 98 percent availability and a top speed of 987 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't the only way to get Internet service in Chicago. fixed wireless companies like Everywhere Wireless are able to offer 1,000 Mbps via direct wireless links. There are 31 companies in city limits selling specialized enterprise and business products and services such as SD-WAN. BroadbandNow includes all providers with business plans online, but home providers often have unlisted business plans as well.
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the most commonly avialable ISPs in Chicago so far as coverage. The more common ISPs often compete at addresses in different neighborhoods around Chicago.
- There are 46 internet providers in Chicago with 13 of those offering residential service
- Chicago is the 2nd most connected city in Illinois ahead of Oak Park, Berwyn, Cicero, Riverside, and Forest Park.
- Explore internet access for communities within Chicago: Jefferson Park, Calumet Park, Norridge, Merrionette Park, Burnham, and Bedford Park
- The fastest zip code in Chicago for February 2021 is 60654. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
0.8% of consumers in Chicago21,000 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 Chicago, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||100 Mbps||DSL||1m 21s|
|Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Chicago, Illinois
- AT&T Internet - 98.6% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- Xfinity - 98.7% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
- RCN - 21.3% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- WOW! - 17.1% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
- AccessMedia3 - 0.2% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 250 Mbps
- Consolidated - 0.0% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
- Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Chicago - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
- HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Chicago - 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.
Broadband Access for Education in Chicago
Devry University-Illinois and Depaul University are the largest universities in Chicago. For the 48,019 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for obtaining educational materials and viewing research. Devry University-Illinois residential buildings have 3-4 internet providers available in area on average, while Depaul University has closer to 3. Devry University-Illinois students that live close to campus can expect to get download speeds of around 155.66 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Devry University-Illinois zip code. Speeds close to Depaul University average out to 147.28 Mbps over 124,341 tests run in the past year.
FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to better internet service access for college and high school students.
Data Caps Around Chicago
Data collected by our market research team suggests that some of the popular ISPs use data caps for their residential Internet connections. Data caps are controversial since consumers view caps as a strategy for limiting streaming services. Providers explain they are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the problem is streaming video, which can eat up one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Chicago
|AT&T Internet||DSL and Fiber||98.6%+||1,000 Mbps|
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||98.7%+||1,200 Mbps|
|Everywhere Wireless||Fixed Wireless||85.7%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Webpass||Fixed Wireless||1.5%+||1,000 Mbps|
|E-Vergent Wireless||Fixed Wireless||0.1%+||65 Mbps|
|Comelec Internet Services||Fixed Wireless||0.1%+||40 Mbps|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||DSL||0.0%+||100 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)||Satellite||100%||50 Mbps|
|Comcast Business||Cable||86.8%+||987 Mbps|
|Crown Castle Fiber||Fiber||50.2%+||1,000 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Business||Fiber||15.3%+||1,000 Mbps|
|GTT Communications||DSL||26.7%+||8 Mbps|
|First Communications||Copper||20.1%+||500 Mbps|
|Verizon Business||Fiber and Copper||18.1%+||1,000 Mbps|
|US Signal Company||Fiber||12.5%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Cogent Communications||Fiber||10.1%+||1,000 Mbps|
|RCN Business||Fiber||9.7%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Access One Inc||Copper||4.0%+||3.0 Mbps|
|Towerstream||Fixed Wireless||2.9%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Google Fiber Webpass||Copper||2.3%+||1,000 Mbps|
|Global Cloud Xchange||Copper||1.9%+||905 Mbps|
|Call One||Copper||1.7%+||1,000 Mbps|
|E-Vergent Wireless||Fixed Wireless||0.9%+||6 Mbps|
|Xclutel Communications||Copper||0.5%+||-- Mbps|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||Fiber||0.2%+||1,000 Mbps|
|M2 nGage||Fiber||0.3%+||1,000 Mbps|
|TPx Communications||Copper||0.2%+||100 Mbps|
|Atlantic Metro||Fiber||0.2%+||-- Mbps|
|T2 Technologies||Copper||0.1%+||50 Mbps|
|Unite Private Networks||Fiber||0.1%+||1,000 Mbps|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Chicago
My internet had been down since yesterday morning. We called today and were fortunate to get a technician. He arrived with an unwavering determination to resolve my issue. His manipulation with the tools of the trade gave me assurance that I would have Netflix and be chilling real soon! He moved from one room to next, from the basement to outside, from atop a strong ladder to the back of the reliable van, one step after another until finally done! My family and I thank you, may your jobs never be too many or your reward too few!
Better than others
We live in a rural area and have had crappy DSL (around 400kbps download) and paid over $50 a month for it. When I found out about T-Mobile I thought I would give it a shot. At first, since it is LTE internet, I thought It would not be that good because my phone internet is pretty bad and very flaky out here, but I was told by the representative that I could try it and if I didn't like it, I could send it back, no strings attached. I have to say it was better than I thought. I get speeds ranging between 16Mbps to 30Mbps and the speed is not choppy so video and games play smoothly and don't drop the connection as they do on phone tethering. It's not cable or fiber speeds but it sure beats 3.0 DSL and the price is the same with no extra fees or taxes (50$ a month).
Our Service Tech Brian Is Simply Great!!
I would like to write my very positive remarks about our local service technician (Brian Lloyd) who services our Sherrard, Illinois area (61281). His service over the years has been exceptional, not only with putting our internet service back on track but also about his conduct on the phone. Very courteous and professional with also a sense of humor (good mix). We hope that his manager(s) and colleagues see this review as a testament to his performance. Thanks Brian! Christopher B.
Great Internet speeds
We got our internet last June. Our technician was outstanding and very pleasant and informative. We have not had any need to call for service since the day it was connected (hope I didn’t just jinx myself). We do have Netflix and Amazon and it works great!
The network and company give you good service, never had an issue.
Slow to no Internet. I called several times to complain about slow internet, only to get a quote for a higher price rate. Finally cancelled the service but I was charged a $300 cancellation fee. Currently being harassed on a daily basis by phone & emails. Horrible service.
Top notch service
These guys take great care of their customers!
Internet never works
Hooked up on Nov 8th and in less then a month, I have had 5 techs to my home to fix internet problem of losing signal. Goes offline all the time, sometimes for a whole day. 5 different times they have tried things but it's still not working. It works for others, why can't they do it for me? Would not use if I didn't have to and would not recommend to anyone.
Fails 100% at providing signal
I can watch tv in 3 minute intervals and then it buffers for 20 minutes. There is never a good time for signal. But they want 500.00 to cancel.
Worst Service and even worse customer service!
We have been a Comcast Xfinty customer for over 20 years. When they forced us (and charged more!) to the digital platform we have had nothing but trouble!!! Yes, we have the original 20 year old cable line in the ground so every time it rains or is moist we have issues. I have called and said this line is shorting out with the moisture over a year ago and still no response. I have had to reset the internet modem over 6 times this week. Stay away from Xfinity, they could careless about you as a customer and your service!!!!