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Internet Providers in Berkshire, Massachusetts
Most Popular Internet Providers in Berkshire, Massachusetts:
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Internet Access in Berkshire, Massachusetts
The average Berkshire household has access to Internet service from 1.91 different providers.
Spectrum is an alternative to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet). They offer 99 percent local coverage and a maximum speed of 940 Mbps.
The broadband coverage data on this page is sourced from FCC filings. Data is confirmed with privatized databases and direct provider reporting to create more detailed listings than can be accessed through the FCC directly. Data about pricing and speed of individual broadband plans is sourced by our research and analysis team, who gather tens of thousands of data points annually. There are 130 plans in Berkshire since 2014, with 27 Internet or bundled plans currently marketed in the area.
Taking a look at network technology in use across Berkshire, the most prevalent hardwired Internet technology options are Cable (99.45 percent coverage) and DSL (91.21 percent coverage). Cable connections are sold by traditional television companies, using their preexisting coaxial cable networks.  Berkshire subscribers to cable companies such as Spectrum generally select cable because of the combination of low pricing for decent speeds. (Compared to the alternatives, anyway.) Telephone companies usually offer DSL service, which makes technical sense because DSL transmits digital data over telephone lines. DSL is outperformed by all wired Internet technologies except dial-up.
According to the latest FCC data, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Berkshire in terms of coverage area. As the maps below illustrate, these telecom companies frequently compete at addresses in most blocks around Berkshire.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Berkshire, Massachusetts
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|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.
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 Caps and Video Streaming Around Berkshire
Data collected by our researchers shows that common providers in the area currently place some sort of limit on streaming on residential Internet packages. Data caps are a public issue because users see caps as a strategy for limiting streaming. Providers explain that they are a reasonable strategy for managing heavy network traffic. Either way, the issue is streaming video, which can eat up one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Compare Berkshire to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Berkshire||4.2 Mbps||4||$0.24 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +530.2 Mbps )||17 ( +13 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +144.6 Mbps )||17 ( +13 )||$0.16 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +156.4 Mbps )||15 ( +11 )||$0.20 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +165.3 Mbps )||23 ( +19 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +157.9 Mbps )||8 ( +4 )||$0.19 ( $0.00 )|