Internet Providers in Lancaster, MA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Lancaster, MA
Internet Providers: 12
Internet Plans: 10
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $59.49

Internet Access in Lancaster, Massachusetts

Data on this page is based on the FCC's bi-annual broadband coverage filings. BroadbandNow leverages direct provider coverage reports and other privatized data to further validate and enhance that data. Plan and pricing information on this page is collected manually by our data science division. BroadbandNow has collected and verified 297 bundled Internet deals in Lancaster since 2014. Speed averages are drawn from 7,156 browser-based speed test records in the past 12 months.

Viasat Internet has the largest coverage area in Lancaster. They are available to near one hundred percent of Lancaster census blocks. HughesNet is also a common option, with coverage in close to one hundred percent of the area with Satellite service. The fastest plan listed by HughesNet for Lancaster is 25 megabits per second.

19.27 percent of households are limited to only one choice for wired broadband.

When we're looking at network tech installed within Lancaster, the most frequently available physical wire broadband Internet connection infrastructures are Fiber (23.96 percent coverage) and Cable (83.13 percent coverage). TV companies are usually the source for cable Internet, because they can utilize their existing TV wires — which have already been built out to homes in the area — to connect customers to Internet service. Cable often makes sense for Lancaster residents due to the strong speeds in an attainable price range. Fiber uses future-proofed fiber-optic lines made of tiny, thin glass strands which can transmit Internet data using light. Thanks in part to fiber, broadband speeds in Lancaster rank 46.52% above the Massachusetts average. Not all "Fiber" connections reach the subscriber address, however. Some switch to copper once in the "last mile." Copper-based technology can downgrade performance, but they are almost always faster than cable or DSL.

Outside of the Internet providers detailed above, XFINITY from Comcast is another option to consider. They have Internet in 83 percent of the Lancaster area.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Lancaster with 5 of those offering residential service
  • Lancaster is the 296th most connected city in Massachusetts ahead of Sterling and Clinton, but behind Harvard, Bolton, and Berlin.
  • The fastest zip code in Lancaster for April 2021 is 01523. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Lancaster, Massachusetts

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
XFINITY from Comcast 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Lancaster, Massachusetts

  • Xfinity - Cable - 83.1% Availability in Lancaster - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Lancaster - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Lancaster - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Lancaster

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Lancaster is the 296th most connected city in Massachusetts ahead of Sterling and Clinton, but behind Harvard, Bolton, and Berlin.

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

Approximately 4,000 people in Worcester 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.

Fiber Availability: 24% of people living in Lancaster have residential fiber service available to them.

Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.

Approximately 81% of Lancaster 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, 01523 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Lancaster.

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

In Worcester County, approximately 10,000 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.

Data Cap Issues Around Lancaster

Data collected by our market researchers suggests that many of the common providers in Lancaster currently use data caps for their residential Internet connections. Data caps are a public issue since customers see them as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting", while providers insist that they are a reasonable strategy for managing network traffic. Either way, the issue is the same: streaming services, which can consume anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Lancaster

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 83.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 66.3%+ 987 Mbps
North Atlantic Networks Fiber 100% 1,000 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 27.0%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Lancaster to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Lancaster 260.9 Mbps 5 $0.31 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +154.5 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.54 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -142 Mbps ) 17 ( +12 ) $0.23 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -144.7 Mbps ) 14 ( +9 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -133.5 Mbps ) 23 ( +18 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -133.3 Mbps ) 8 ( +3 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )