Internet Providers in Sparta, Illinois

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Residential Internet Statistics for Sparta, IL
Wired Internet Providers: 3
Average Speed Test Result: 72.43 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 20.71%

Internet Access in Sparta, Illinois

There are two main Internet service types around Sparta: coaxial cable (76.95% availability) and DSL (92.88% availability). Coaxial cable Internet service is usually delivered from traditional cable TV providers via pre-existing coaxial television lines on telephone poles. DSL is sent via twisted copper phone wires. [1] The majority of Sparta street addresses can subscribe to coaxial cable and/or DSL from two alternating Internet companies.

Frontier Communications as well as Sparklight (formerly Cable One) also have Internet service in Sparta, often competing for the same customers.

The plans displayed on this page are manually gathered by our data science team. We've aggregated 362 packages in Sparta since 2014.

In the less well-developed communities in Sparta, as many as 1,000 people have only one or fewer choices for broadband Internet.

According to the latest FCC filings and direct provider reporting, Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the most commonly avialable telecoms in Sparta in terms of coverage. The more common providers often compete at addresses around Sparta.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Sparta with 7 of those offering residential service
  • Sparta is the 789th most connected city in Illinois ahead of Percy and Steeleville, but behind Marissa, New Athens, and Coulterville.
  • The fastest zip code in Sparta for February 2021 is 62286. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 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 Sparta, Illinois

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
Egyptian Telephone Cooperative 50 Mbps DSL 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications 115 Mbps DSL 1m 11s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Sparta, Illinois

  • Frontier - 90.5% Availability in Sparta - Speeds up to 115 Mbps
  • Sparklight - 78.2% Availability in Sparta - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Egyptian Telephone Cooperative - 5.3% Availability in Sparta - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Sparta - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Sparta - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Sparta

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Sparta is the 789th most connected city in Illinois ahead of Percy and Steeleville, but behind Marissa, New Athens, and Coulterville.

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

Approximately 600 people in Randolph 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 75% of Sparta 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, 62286 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Sparta.

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

In Randolph County, approximately 6,000 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 and Video Streaming in Sparta

Data collected by our researchers suggests that many of the common ISPs in the area use data caps for their residential Internet connections. Data caps are a public issue because customers see caps as a strategy to limit streaming, while providers maintain they are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the culprit is over-the-top streaming, which can eat up one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Sparta

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Frontier Communications DSL 90.5%+ 115 Mbps
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Cable 78.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
BLIP Networks Fixed Wireless 8.7%+ 30 Mbps
Egyptian Telephone Cooperative DSL 5.3%+ 50 Mbps
Harrisonville Telephone Company Fixed Wireless 5.3%+ 50 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 100% 115 Mbps
Harrisonville Telephone Company Fixed Wireless 42.6%+ 30 Mbps
Clearwave Communications Fiber 10.1%+ -- Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 2.9%+ 15 Mbps

Compare Sparta to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Sparta 72.4 Mbps 7 $0.36 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +276.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.46 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( +34.7 Mbps ) 18 ( +11 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( +27.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.28 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( +39.3 Mbps ) 21 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +42.9 Mbps ) 9 ( +2 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )