How much internet speed do you need? That depends on how you plan on using your internet connection.
< 25 Mbps basic internet for checking e-mail, google searches 25-99 Mbps will handle streaming Netflix, FaceTime, Zoom calls 100-499 Mbps fast downloads, gaming online, streaming UHD on multiple screens 500-1,000 Mbps blazing fast for just about anything
Internet Providers in Wheaton, Illinois
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Internet Access in Wheaton, Illinois
Viasat Internet has the most availability in Wheaton. HughesNet is also widely available.
EarthLink provides an second choice. They offer a top speed of 100 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't actually the only option for Internet for residents of Wheaton. fixed wireless companies like Blast Communications can deliver 6 Mbps or more using direct wireless hardware. Aside from home broadband, there are also 9 companies in the area offering enterprise and business/smb technologies such as SD-WAN or custom fiber loops. We list every provider with business plans on their website, but residential providers often offer unlisted business options as well.
In terms of Internet availability, the average home in Wheaton will find 5-6 companies serving their address.
In terms of network technology installed across the city, the most frequently available hardwired broadband Internet connection infrastructures are DSL and Fiber (99.40 percent coverage) and Cable (99.15 percent coverage). Cable Internet is marketed by cable television companies, leveraging their existing coaxial cable TV networks. Wheaton-area customers of cable ISPs like Xfinity often pick cable because of the combination of low prices for workable speeds. (Compared to the alternatives, anyway.)
The broadband coverage stats here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are drawn from government data from the FCC and privatized data collected from telecoms, or via private third parties. Statistics about speed averages is sourced primarily via M-Labs. The BroadbandNow researchers have manually sourced package price and plan details on 525 Internet plans and bundles for Wheaton as of 2022.
Internet Statistics 2022
0.5% of consumers in Wheaton200 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 Wheaton, Illinois
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||95.6%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||99.4%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||115 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 11s||65.9%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Ultra Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||65.9%|
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Internet Provider Competition Map For Wheaton
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 for Educational Purposes in Wheaton
Economic development studies regularly highlight a strong correlation between broadband availability and enhanced schooling. For education, personal Internet access is virtually a requirement as colleges like Wheaton College switch to online platforms to manage student work. Looking at 14,578 speed tests recorded over the past year at locations within two miles of Wheaton College campus, performance averages are around 213.34 Mbps — far higher than the minimum connection speed needed for streaming video and interfacing with hosted or communication platforms.
Data Cap Issues Around Wheaton
Data from our research team shows that many of the common providers in Wheaton place a limit on data use for their residential Internet plans. Data caps are a public issue lately since subscribers see caps as a strategy to stop streaming services. Providers insist that data caps are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which can eat up 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Wheaton to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Wheaton||210.7 Mbps||12||$0.23 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +334.9 Mbps )||21 ( +9 )||$0.31 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -49.4 Mbps )||20 ( +8 )||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -29.8 Mbps )||19 ( +7 )||$0.25 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( -24.1 Mbps )||26 ( +14 )||$0.23 ( + $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -31.6 Mbps )||10 ( -2 )||$0.36 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Wheaton
Future Link IT is great.
It is nice to finally have a provider where we get what we pay for.