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Internet Providers in Northbrook, Illinois
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Internet Access in Northbrook, Illinois
Viasat Internet has the strongest coverage footprint in Northbrook. HughesNet is also widely available.
Cable and DSL are the main broadband network technologies in the Northbrook area, fighting over the same subscribers at many addresses and generally competing with each other. Coaxial cable speed is overall stronger. That said, the overall speeds of either Internet technology type are similar. Local speed test records suggest that Internet performance in the area is above-average. Northbrook is currently 23.02 percent higher than the state average so far as average download speeds.
Xfinity and EarthLink also offer Internet service in Northbrook, with overlap in some neighborhoods.
The Internet packages displayed here are collected manually by our data science and research staff.
View our custom maps below for insights about how Internet availability varies across parts of Northbrook at the census block level. Our latest data shows that the average census block in area has 4.67+ serviceable Internet service companies.
Internet Statistics 2022
0.7% of consumers in Northbrook200 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 Northbrook, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||98.3%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||98.5%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||115 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 11s||59.3%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Ultra Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||59.3%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Northbrook
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.
Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting in Northbrook
Data from our research team shows that many of the common ISPs in the area use data caps on home broadband connections. Data caps are controversial because users view caps as a tactic to discourage streaming. Providers explain they are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network traffic. Either way, the issue is over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Northbrook to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Northbrook||232.5 Mbps||12||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +313.1 Mbps )||21 ( +9 )||$0.31 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -71.2 Mbps )||20 ( +8 )||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -51.6 Mbps )||19 ( +7 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( -45.9 Mbps )||26 ( +14 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -53.4 Mbps )||10 ( -2 )||$0.36 ( + $0.00 )|