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Internet Providers in Normal, Illinois
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Internet Access in Normal, Illinois
Normal offers 10 residential Internet Service Providers, or 17 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 3.82 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 433 broadband plans in Normal as of 2021.
Internet Statistics 2021
1.1% of consumers in Normal500 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||Availability|
|Campus Communications Group||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||50.5%|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||89.2%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s||81.1%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||92.5%|
|EarthLink||24 Mbps||DSL||5m 41s||92.5%|
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.
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 14,012 speed tests reported in the past annum at locations within 2 miles of Illinois State University campus, performance averages are in the region of 169.08 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.
Compare Normal to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Normal||169.5 Mbps||10||$0.82 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +364.9 Mbps )||17 ( +7 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -20.7 Mbps )||17 ( +7 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -8.9 Mbps )||15 ( +5 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps||23 ( +13 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -7.4 Mbps )||8 ( -2 )||$0.66 ( $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.