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Internet Providers in Ashland, Massachusetts
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Internet Access in Ashland, Massachusetts
Ashland has 5 residential Internet providers, or 14 if you include business and mobile services. There are 5 broadband choices (which in Ashland means fiber, cable, and DSL).
Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in most cases, will overlap. As you might expect, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one.
When we zoom in on network choices, Fiber, cable, and DSL are all present in Ashland. Among the local options, Fiber-based service is generally the stronger network type, and currently has 98.28 percent coverage within the area. Fiber Optics coverage is responsible for establishing the high average speed in Ashland — 198.18 Mbps according to aggregate download speed test results — which is currently 13.66 percent ahead of the state average.
2-3 providers per address is a low amount of broadband competition, but it's sufficient to reduce pricing in blocks with provider overlap. As is clear in the map below, Internet availability often changes depending on location.
Broadband coverage stats here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are calculated from governmental data from the FCC and privatized data we collect from industry sources. Statistics about speed and performance data is sourced via M-Labs. Our in-house research team has manually aggregated price and plan details for 335 broadband deals for Ashland to date.
Internet Statistics 2021
1.8% of consumers in Ashland200 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 Ashland, Massachusetts
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||99.6%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Ashland
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.
Data Cap Issues in Ashland
Data from our market research team suggests that some of the popular ISPs in Ashland place a limit on streaming on residential broadband packages. Data caps are a public issue lately since subscribers view them as a tactic for limiting streaming services. Providers maintain they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage heavy network traffic. In either case, the culprit is the same: video streaming, which easily eats up anywhere from 1–7GB/hour.
Compare Ashland to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Ashland||198.2 Mbps||5||$0.26 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +336.2 Mbps )||17 ( +12 )||$0.41 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -49.4 Mbps )||17 ( +12 )||$0.22 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -37.6 Mbps )||15 ( +10 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -28.7 Mbps )||23 ( +18 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -36.1 Mbps )||8 ( +3 )||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|