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Internet Providers in Benton, Louisiana
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Internet Access in Benton, Louisiana
Benton features two major Internet service options to understand — cable (52.68% availability) and DSL (84.46% availability). Coaxial cable Internet service is generally provided by TV corporations using their pre-existing coaxial TV lines strung up on utility poles or buried along the street. DSL Internet is delivered over twisted copper phone wires. The vast majority of Benton neighborhoods and blocks have access to coaxial cable and/or DSL service from two or more Internet companies.
AT&T Internet as well as Suddenlink Communications also have Internet service in Benton, although speed test data suggests that real-world performance from AT&T Internet may be more robust.
The plans displayed on this page are collected manually through our data team.
36.96 percent of Benton is still left with only one or zero choices for broadband-quality Internet services. Accounting for all census blocks within city limits, the average Internet user can find 2-3 providers to choose from. Areas with more choices will get reduced pricing as companies will upgrade their services to earn customers.
According to the latest FCC filings and direct provider reports, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the largest providers in Benton so far as coverage area. The more common companies frequently overlap around Benton.
- There are 9 internet providers in Benton with 6 of those offering residential service
- Benton is the 65th most connected city in Louisiana ahead of Oil City, Mooringsport, Barksdale Afb, and Plain Dealing, but behind Bossier City.
- The fastest zip code in Benton for July 2021 is 71006. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
37.0% of consumers in Benton4,000 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 Benton, Louisiana
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Suddenlink Communications||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||52.7%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber and Fixed Wireless||8s||77.1%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|CenturyLink||100 Mbps||DSL||1m 21s||7.3%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
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.
Data Caps and Video Streaming in Benton
Data from our researchers shows that some of the popular providers currently use data caps for their home Internet plans. Data caps are disliked since subscribers see them as a strategy for limiting streaming services, while providers insist that data caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the issue is streaming services, which easily uses anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Compare Benton to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Benton||25.8 Mbps||8||$0.42 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +508.6 Mbps )||17 ( +9 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +123 Mbps )||17 ( +9 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +134.8 Mbps )||15 ( +7 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +143.7 Mbps )||23 ( +15 )||$0.29 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +136.3 Mbps )||8||$0.66 ( + $0.00 )|