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Internet Providers in Wakefield, Massachusetts
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Internet Access in Wakefield, Massachusetts
Consumers have access to 13 Internet providers in Wakefield. 4 of these are mobile companies, and 6 offer wired or wireless residential broadband.
Wakefield has a variety of high speed broadband connection types, namely fiber, cable, and DSL. Wide availability of robust networks like fiber-optic service has a correlation with fast broadband. Unsurprisingly, Wakefield average speeds outperform the state average by 24.25% over the past 12 months. This trend is shown clearly in the speed datavisualized below. For those unable to get fiber-optic service, cable Internet offers 99.37 percent availability, while DSL has coverage of 85.40 percent.
We should note here that since FCC coverage data is tallied up biannually and only made public six or more months after, providers shown in the results above might not reflect the latest network expansions.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the main Internet options in Wakefield.
Explore our custom maps below to analyze broadband provider competition in neighborhoods at the census block level. As of this quarter, our data shows that the average census block has 3.82+ serviceable Internet companies.
Internet Statistics 2021
0.9% of consumers in Wakefield200 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 Wakefield, Massachusetts
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||99.4%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||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.
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.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
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 in Wakefield
Data collected by our market research team suggests that popular ISPs in the area currently place some sort of limit on streaming on residential Internet connections. Data caps are disliked because customers see caps as a strategy for limiting video streaming, while providers maintain that they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the culprit is the same: streaming video, which easily uses anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Wakefield to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Wakefield||225.9 Mbps||6||$0.65 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +308.5 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -77.1 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -65.3 Mbps )||15 ( +9 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -56.4 Mbps )||23 ( +17 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -63.8 Mbps )||8 ( +2 )||$0.66 ( + $0.00 )|