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%

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. [1] 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

100 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
Spectrum 940 Mbps Cable 8s
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

Internet Provider Competition Map For Bar Harbor

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Bar Harbor is the 112th most connected city in Maine ahead of Blue Hill, Hancock, Southwest Harbor, and Franklin, but behind Ellsworth.

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

Approximately 300 people in Hancock 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 96% of Bar Harbor 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, 04609 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Bar Harbor.

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

In Hancock County, approximately 5,000 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.

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

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Spectrum Cable 99.1%+ 940 Mbps
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) DSL 96.8%+ 80 Mbps
GWI DSL 21.0%+ 20 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 9.6%+ 1,200 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable and Fiber 100% 940 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 11.3%+ 987 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 0.2%+ 200 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 )