Internet Providers in Bar Harbor, Maine
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Residential Internet Statistics for Bar Harbor, ME
|Wired Internet Providers:||4|
|Average Speed Test Result:||100.13 Mbps|
|Top Advertised Speed:||1,200 Mbps|
|No Broadband Access:||0.86%|
Most Popular Residential Internet Providers in Bar Harbor, Maine
Internet Access in Bar Harbor, Maine
Data on this page is based on the FCC's bi-annual coverage filings. We also use direct provider coverage reports to further validate and enhance that information on a census block or lit address level. Plane and pricing information is collected manually through our research team. To date, we've analyzed 284 broadband plans in Bar Harbor in the past few years. Real-world speed test data in Bar Harbor is based on the 16,992 user speed tests shown in the listings below.
When we're looking at network technology being used around Bar Harbor, we see that the most widespread wired broadband Internet connection types are Cable and Satellite, with 99.14% and close to one hundred percent respectively. Cable connections are sold by traditional cable television companies, leveraging their existing coaxial cable networks.  Cable can often make sense for Bar Harbor residents because of the strong speeds in an attainable price range.
Spectrum provides an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet), serving Bar Harbor with a top download speed of 940 Mbps. Outside of residential broadband, there are also 3 providers in city limits marketing specialized enterprise and business technologies such as point-to-point connectivity. BroadbandNow includes all providers with explicit business plans on their site, although some offer both home and business-class broadband.
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) has the widest availability for Bar Harbor residents. practically one hundred percent of the Bar Harbor area can get access to them. HughesNet is also a common choice, providing virtually one hundred percent of local addresses with predominantly Satellite Internet service. The fastest plan we've seen for HughesNet in Bar Harbor is 25 megabits per second.
Overall, the competition between providers in Bar Harbor isn't high (2.3 companies available per census block). It isn't a lot, yet it's enough to drive competition on price and service quality, which benefits consumers in well-wired neighborhoods.
- There are 13 internet providers in Bar Harbor with 6 of those offering residential service
- Bar Harbor is the 112th most connected city in Maine ahead of Blue Hill, Hancock, Southwest Harbor, and Franklin, but behind Ellsworth.
- The fastest zip code in Bar Harbor for February 2021 is 04609. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
3.8% of consumers in Bar Harbor100 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 Bar Harbor, Maine
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s|
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||80 Mbps||DSL||1m 42s|
|Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s|
|GWI||20 Mbps||DSL||6m 49s|
Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Bar Harbor, Maine
- Spectrum - 99.1% Availability in Bar Harbor - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
- Consolidated - 96.8% Availability in Bar Harbor - Speeds up to 80 Mbps
- GWI - 21.0% Availability in Bar Harbor - Speeds up to 20 Mbps
- Xfinity - 9.6% Availability in Bar Harbor - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
- Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Bar Harbor - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
- HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Bar Harbor - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
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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.
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.
Internet for Educational Purposes in Bar Harbor
Economic development reports routinely identify a large correlation between broadband availability and enhanced education. Internet is increasingly required as colleges including College Of The Atlantic switch to online platforms to share out-of-class work and research. Looking at 16,992 speed tests recorded in the past annum at addresses within two miles of College Of The Atlantic campus, performance averages are in the region of 100.13 Mbps — considerably above the minimum speeds needed for viewing video and interfacing with cloud or communication platforms.
Data Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Bar Harbor
Data collected by our market research team shows that many of the top ISPs in Bar Harbor place a limit on data use on residential Internet plans. Data caps are disliked because subscribers view caps as a strategy to stop video streaming, while providers maintain that they are a necessary strategy for managing heavy network traffic. In either case, the problem is the same: streaming video, which can use one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Summary Of Internet Providers In Bar Harbor
|Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications)||DSL||96.8%+||80 Mbps|
|XFINITY from Comcast||Cable||9.6%+||1,200 Mbps|
|Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)||Satellite||100%||50 Mbps|
|Spectrum Business||Cable and Fiber||100%||940 Mbps|
|Comcast Business||Cable||11.3%+||987 Mbps|
Compare Bar Harbor to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Bar Harbor||100.1 Mbps||6||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||349.1 Mbps ( +249 Mbps )||15 ( +9 )||$0.46 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||107.1 Mbps ( +7 Mbps )||18 ( +12 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||99.7 Mbps ( -0.4 Mbps )||15 ( +9 )||$0.29 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||111.7 Mbps ( +11.6 Mbps )||21 ( +15 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||115.3 Mbps ( +15.2 Mbps )||9 ( +3 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|