Internet Providers in Athens, ME

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Residential Internet Statistics for Athens, ME
Internet Providers: 8
Internet Plans: 2
Fastest Speed Available: 100 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $34.95

Internet Access in Athens, Maine

Athens has 3 residential Internet Service Providers, or 8 if you include business and mobile. Consumers have access to 3 choices for wired broadband, namely DSL service.

Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in general, will overlap. As you might predict, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is common.

DSL has widespread availability in comparison with other Internet services within Athens because pretty much all houses are connected to telephone lines — therefore, seeing as most buildings are already wired with phone service, it's no suprise that Athens would have 99.33 percent DSL coverage.

The plans shown on this page are manually collected through our research team.

In summary, broadband competition is extremely poor in Athens. This is illustrated in the map below, which illustrates the number of providers serving a given block or neighborhood.

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 Athens, Maine

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
TDS Telecom 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Athens, Maine

  • TDS - DSL - 99.4% Availability in Athens - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Athens - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Athens - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Athens

Athens Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Athens is the 387th most connected city in Maine ahead of Bingham, but behind Skowhegan, Canaan, Hartland, and Saint Albans.

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

Approximately 500 people in Somerset 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.

In Somerset County, approximately 4,000 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 Cap Issues and Video Streaming in Athens

Data from our research team suggests that common providers in the area currently place some sort of limit on streaming for their residential Internet packages. Data caps are disliked since customers see caps as a tactic to stop video streaming, while providers insist that data caps are a necessary strategy for managing network traffic. In either case, the problem is the same: streaming services, which can use one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Athens

Provider Type Coverage Speed
TDS Telecom DSL 99.4%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps

Compare Athens to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Athens 7.8 Mbps 3 $0.95 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +407.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +12 ) $0.54 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +111.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +14 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +108.4 Mbps ) 14 ( +11 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +119.6 Mbps ) 23 ( +20 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +119.8 Mbps ) 8 ( +5 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Athens

Poor service very spotty service

We pay for 5 Mbps and consistently get 1.5 or less when the DSL works. We have no other options in our area other than satellite which has an unrealistic data cap. When we talk with TDS about our issue its always the same answer... too many users not enough bandwidth. In my humble opinion, a company shouldn't sell a product they can't deliver. I have been told I can always move up to a faster plan however I'm told that I won't receive any improvement in my actual speed unless I use the internet when the rest of my community is not using their connection... i.e. 2 am. We have had this service for 15 years with always a promise of faster speeds and no delivery of faster speeds.