Internet Service Providers in Forest City, Illinois

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Residential Internet Statistics for Forest City, IL
Wired Internet Providers: 4
Average Speed Test Result: 25.98 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 62.36%

Internet Access in Forest City, Illinois

FCC data is the backbone of the Forest City-area Internet access data listed here. To date, we've processed 1,031 rows of governmental data catalogues on Internet access in Forest City. Our research division has manually gathered local price data for 214 Internet and bundle plans in Forest City. We currently have limited speed test data on the Forest City area — only 82 total recordings in the past year. Residents should note advertised plan speeds listed above for ISPs like HughesNet.

Taking a look now at network technologies available in the area, we see that the most widespread physical wire Internet technology options are DSL and Fixed Wireless, with 84.83% and 17.60% respectively. DSL Internet service is delivered by twisted copper telephone wires on utility poles, and is sold by companies like CenturyLink that own phone lines. DSL underperforms when compared with all other major Internet technologies except dial-up.

The average location in Forest City has 3-4 providers at any given location. Only 63.3 percent of Forest City residents are stuck with one or fewer options for broadband.

CenturyLink is a common alternative to the primary providers, serving Forest City with 84 percent availability and a maximum speed of 60 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't the only choice for Internet for residents of Forest City. fixed wireless companies like Rocket Communications can reach 10 Mbps over wireless technology. Outside of consumer Internet, there are also 2 companies within city limits marketing enterprise and business services like point-to-point connectivity. Our listings include every provider with business plans on their website, but residential providers sometimes offer unlisted business options as well.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most widespread Internet option on the whole. They offer coverage for close to one hundred percent of the area. HughesNet is available for virtually one hundred percent of the population. The fastest speed recorded for Viasat reaches 35 Mbps, while HughesNet advertised up to 25 Mbps. As a rule, any speed over 10 megabits per second (Mbps) will be sufficient for streaming lower-quality videos on WiFi. However, it may become an issue when multiple users try to access bandwidth-intensive services like Skype, cloud apps, and etc. Refer to the availability map on this page to see how broadband coverage compares down to the census block level.

Internet Statistics 2021

300 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 Forest City, Illinois

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
CenturyLink 60 Mbps DSL 2m 16s
CASSCOMM 1,000 Mbps Cable, DSL, and Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Forest City, Illinois

  • CenturyLink - 84.8% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 60 Mbps
  • CASSCOMM - 36.0% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - 17.6% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Forest City

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Forest City is the 746th most connected city in Illinois ahead of Manito, but behind Mason City, Havana, Green Valley, and Glasford.

The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.

Approximately 1,000 people in Mason County don't have access to any wired internet.

This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.

Approximately 37% of Forest City residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.

This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.

In Mason County, approximately 3,000 people do not have access to 25 Mbps wired broadband.

25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.

Data Caps in Forest City

Internet companies have been moving to add data limits to their home WiFi and Internet plans. Some Internet service providers in the area, including CenturyLink, have data caps according to the most recent data. Data caps as a trend fall under a wide range. They typically can be from 250 Gigabytes to a Terabyte. Most home broadband caps will be very high, so they don't pose a problem for most subscribers. CenturyLink customers in Forest City should confirm data caps when signing up, and not assume them based on statements online.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Forest City

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Rocket Communications Fixed Wireless 100% 50 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 84.8%+ 60 Mbps
CASSCOMM Cable, DSL, and Fiber 36.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 17.6%+ 50 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 66.2%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL and Fiber 100% 1,000 Mbps

Compare Forest City to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Forest City 26 Mbps 8 $1.17 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +323.1 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +81.1 Mbps ) 18 ( +10 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +73.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.30 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +85.7 Mbps ) 21 ( +13 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +89.3 Mbps ) 9 ( +1 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )