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Internet Providers in Lake Forest, Illinois
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Internet Access in Lake Forest, Illinois
Information below is calculated from biannual FCC provider territory reports. We leverage direct provider reports and other private datasets to validate that data, down to the census block level. Plan, pricing, and other information is collected by our data analysis team. BroadbandNow has collected and verified 473 broadband plans in Lake Forest since 2014. Average speed data is based on 21,746 local speed tests and intended for provider comparison purposes, not as an indicator of the fastest Internet speedsin the area.
Xfinity as well as EarthLink can also provide Internet service in Lake Forest, often competing for the same customers.
Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, generally, will overlap. As you might predict, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is common in Lake Forest.
Lake Forest residents on average have two or more Internet companies to choose from. The map on this page illustrates how competition changes in different parts of Lake Forest.
The takeaway here is that Lake Forest's broadband infrastructure conforms with a common pattern in US towns and cities: wide coverage of cable and DSL service, except that most houses are stuck with only one option for subscribing to either type of Internet service.  The cable/DSL pattern has a logical cause. Internet providers are former television and landline phone companies. So, they already own these existing networks for delivering Internet services. The area's average download performance is currently 3.80 percent ahead of the state average, accounting for all cities. Take a look at the public speed test results directly below to see how providers add up long term.
- There are 19 internet providers in Lake Forest with 8 of those offering residential service
- Lake Forest is the 513th most connected city in Illinois ahead of Highwood and Great Lakes, but behind Lincolnshire, Highland Park, and Lake Bluff.
- Explore internet access for communities within Lake Forest: Mettawa
Internet Statistics 2022
2.7% of consumers in Lake Forest500 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 Lake Forest, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||96.2%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||97.3%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||115 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 11s||76.4%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Ultra Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||76.4%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Lake Forest
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.
Internet Service Access for Education in Lake Forest
Lake Forest College and Lake Forest Graduate School Of Management are the largest universities in Lake Forest. For the 2,096 combined students living in the area, strong internet service access is a must for obtaining educational materials and viewing research. Students living close to Lake Forest College and Lake Forest Graduate School Of Management are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip where both campuses are located show an average speed of 186.06 Mbps. Average speeds are often different since they include residential networking problems, and the actual download speed you can expect shouldn't be less than 10–30% below the advertised speeds above. FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to improve internet access for college and high school attendees.
Data Caps in Lake Forest
Data collected by our research team suggests that top providers in the area currently place some sort of limit on streaming for their residential Internet plans. Data caps are a public issue since subscribers view them as a strategy for limiting streaming, while providers explain they are a necessary tool for managing network traffic. Either way, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which can eat up anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Lake Forest to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Lake Forest||186.1 Mbps||10||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +359.5 Mbps )||21 ( +11 )||$0.33 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -24.8 Mbps )||20 ( +10 )||$0.33 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -5.2 Mbps )||19 ( +9 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +0.5 Mbps )||26 ( +16 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -7 Mbps )||10||$0.39 ( + $0.00 )|