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Internet Providers in Brookline, Massachusetts
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Internet Access in Brookline, Massachusetts
4-5 Internet providers are available for the average Brookline resident. This is a good amount of choice contrasted with similar-sized cities. Competition of two or more ISPs in a city often results in lower pricing.
XFINITY from Comcast is an second choice, serving Brookline with 99 percent local availability and a maximum speed of 1,000 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't the only option for Internet service for residents of Brookline. fixed wireless outfits such as T-Mobile Home Internet can offer 25 Mbps via wireless technology. There are also 9 providers in Brookline selling enterprise and business services such as T1 or custom fiber loops. We list all providers with explicit business plans online, although some sell both residential and business broadband.
The data listed here is primarily sourced via FCC filings, and is through privatized data sources and direct provider reporting to provide more granular resources than can be accessed through the FCC directly. Address-level information is currently only available for select Internet providers. Data about pricing and speed of listed Internet plans is sourced by our research and analysis team, who collect thousands of plans annually.
Taking a look now at network technology installed across the Brookline area, we see that the most prevalent physical wire Internet technology infrastructures are Cable (99.01 percent coverage) and DSL (98.68 percent coverage). Cable Internet is marketed by former television operators, using existing TV network connections. Local customers of cable ISPs like XFINITY from Comcast generally select cable due to the combination of low prices for decent speeds. (At least, compared to DSL.) Phone providers usually offer DSL Internet, because DSL, or "Digital Subscriber Line," sends Internet data over telephone lines. Compared to other copper-based networks, the twisted copper construction seen in telephone wires has lower speeds and bandwidth than newer wire types such as cable and fiber.
According to the latest FCC data and direct provider reports, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Brookline in terms of coverage area. These providers often compete at addresses around Brookline.
Internet Statistics 2021
1.8% of consumers in Brookline900 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 Brookline, Massachusetts
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||99.0%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
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Internet Provider Competition Map For Brookline
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.
Internet Service Access for Education in Brookline
Newbury College and The New England Institute Of Art are the biggest universities in Brookline. For the 1,429 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for accessing educational materials and conducting research. Students living surrounding Newbury College and The New England Institute Of Art are likely to be choosing between the major providers outlined above. Speed test records from the zip code where both campuses are located show an average speed of 282.87 Mbps. Average speeds can be different due to the fact that they reflect residential networking issues, and the real speed you can achieve shouldn't be less than 10–30percent below the advertised speeds here.
FCC and US Government reports frequently cite the need to better broadband availability for college and high school attendees.
Data Caps Around Brookline
Data from our researchers suggests that common providers in the area use data caps on home Internet connections. Data caps are controversial because customers see them as a tactic to limit streaming. Providers explain they are a necessary tool for managing network congestion. Either way, the issue is the same: streaming services, which can consume 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Brookline to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Brookline||269 Mbps||9||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +276.6 Mbps )||19 ( +10 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -107.7 Mbps )||17 ( +8 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -88.1 Mbps )||17 ( +8 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( -82.4 Mbps )||24 ( +15 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -89.9 Mbps )||9||$0.30 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Brookline
Solid but unexciting Internet service
We've used Verizon for Internet service for over five years. Positives: Very reliable - almost no down times. Customer service, on the few occasions where I've needed it, has been quick and helpful. Reasonable cost. Negatives: I just ran a speed test. Download -- 4.83 Mbps Upload -- .71 Mbps. That's pretty meh in a major metro area.
A refreshing change
Everything has gone smoothly since moving into our home a few months ago and activating RCN internet service. Customer service is very friendly on the phone. Internet packages are very reasonable prices compared to the competition.
Internet is ok, but not super fast. I was able to handle two laptops downloading movies etc. We have the 'basic' TV package - 40 channels of shopping, PBS and HBO. Not a good deal.