Internet Providers in Normal, IL

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Residential Internet Statistics for Normal, IL
Internet Providers: 11
Internet Plans: 13
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $54.21

Internet Access in Normal, Illinois

Normal offers 11 residential Internet Service Providers, or 18 if you include business and mobile operators. There are 8 broadband choices (meaning DSL, cable, and fiber).

In regards to network options, Fiber, cable, and DSL have coverage in Normal. Fiber is usually the best network type. Fiber has 94.50 percent availability in Normal. Strong Fiber-Optic availability is responsible for establishing a high average download speed within Normal, which is currently 7.24 percent ahead of the Illinois average.

Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in most cases, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one in Normal.

Most households in Normal have more than one ISPs available at their building. The map provided below illustrates how competition changes in different parts of the city.

Internet coverage insights here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are drawn from a mix of government data from the FCC and private data collected directly from telecom industry sources. Statistics about speed and performance averages comes primarily from M-Labs, which is a speed test tool shown within our site as well as Google search results. The BroadbandNow market researchers have manually aggregated package pricing and plan details for 434 broadband plans in Normal as of 2021.

  • There are 17 internet providers in Normal with 11 of those offering residential service
  • Normal is the 242nd most connected city in Illinois ahead of Heyworth, Hudson, Downs, and Danvers, but behind Bloomington.
  • The fastest zip code in Normal for April 2021 is 61761. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021



Normal, IL

500 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 Normal, Illinois

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Metronet 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Campus Communications Group 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications Call For Speed Availability DSL 4m 33s
EarthLink 24 Mbps DSL 5m 41s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Normal, Illinois

  • Metronet - Fiber - 94.5% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Frontier - DSL - 92.5% Availability in Normal - Call For Speed Availability
  • EarthLink - DSL - 92.5% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 24 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 89.2% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - Fixed Wireless - 81.1% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • CCG - Fiber - 50.5% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Normal - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Normal

Normal Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Normal is the 242nd most connected city in Illinois ahead of Heyworth, Hudson, Downs, and Danvers, but behind Bloomington.

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

Approximately 5,000 people in McLean 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.

Fiber Availability: 95% of people living in Normal have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 99% of Normal 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.

As of this month, 61761 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Normal.

Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.

In McLean County, approximately 13,000 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.

Internet Service for Educational Purposes in Normal

Economic development reports often highlight a strong pattern between broadband availability and enhanced education. Internet access is practically essential as colleges including Illinois State University in Normal switch to online platforms to distribute student work. Looking at 20,595 speed tests reported in the past annum at locations within 2 miles of Illinois State University campus, performance averages are in the region of 136.5 Mbps — far higher than the minimum speeds needed for streaming video and interfacing with cloud or communication platforms.

Data Caps and Video Streaming in Normal

Data from our researchers shows that many of the top ISPs in the area use data caps on residential Internet connections. Data caps are a public issue because customers view them as a strategy to stop streaming, while providers insist caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the issue is the same: over-the-top streaming, which easily eats up anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Normal

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Heartland Cable Fixed Wireless 99.8%+ 1.5 Mbps
Metronet Fiber 94.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Frontier Communications DSL 92.5%+ Call For Speed Availability
EarthLink DSL 92.5%+ 24 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 89.2%+ 1,200 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 81.1%+ 50 Mbps
King Street Wireless Fixed Wireless 78.2%+ 1.0 Mbps
Campus Communications Group Fiber 50.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
MR Systems Wireless Fixed Wireless 16.8%+ 10 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 100% 100 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 65.7%+ 987 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 100% Call For Speed Availability
Metronet Fiber 46.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
MR Systems Wireless Fixed Wireless 34.7%+ 10 Mbps
Campus Communications Group Fiber 34.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Stratus Networks Fiber 5.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 3.8%+ 50 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.2%+ -- Mbps

Compare Normal to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Normal 137.1 Mbps 11 $0.12 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +278.3 Mbps ) 16 ( +5 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -18.2 Mbps ) 17 ( +6 ) $0.15 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -20.9 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.19 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -9.7 Mbps ) 23 ( +12 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -9.5 Mbps ) 8 ( -3 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Normal

Good service - good price

We have had great customer service and service has been very good.