Internet Providers in Wakefield, MA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Wakefield, MA
Internet Providers: 6
Internet Plans: 14
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $54.28

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. Fiber, the more desireable network type around Wakefield, is available to 99.12 percent of residential addresses. Cable Internet, meanwhile, is a service option for 99.37 percent of the population. DSL is available to 85.40 percent of local addresses.

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.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Wakefield with 6 of those offering residential service
  • Wakefield is the 48th most connected city in Massachusetts ahead of Melrose, Reading, and Saugus, but behind Stoneham and Lynnfield.
  • The fastest zip code in Wakefield for April 2021 is 01880. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021



Wakefield, MA

200 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
RCN 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
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 Wakefield, Massachusetts

  • Xfinity - Cable - 99.4% Availability in Wakefield - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • RCN - Cable - 98.0% Availability in Wakefield - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Wakefield - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Wakefield - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Wakefield

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Wakefield is the 48th most connected city in Massachusetts ahead of Melrose, Reading, and Saugus, but behind Stoneham and Lynnfield.

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

Approximately 12,000 people in Middlesex 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: 99% of people living in Wakefield 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 99% of Wakefield 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, 01880 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Wakefield.

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

In Middlesex County, approximately 23,000 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 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.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Wakefield

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 99.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
RCN Cable 98.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 90.0%+ 987 Mbps
North Atlantic Networks Fiber 100% 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 3.0%+ 50 Mbps
RCN Business Copper 0.0%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Wakefield to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Wakefield 130.1 Mbps 6 $0.34 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +285.3 Mbps ) 16 ( +10 ) $0.70 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -11.2 Mbps ) 17 ( +11 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -13.9 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -2.7 Mbps ) 23 ( +17 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -2.5 Mbps ) 8 ( +2 ) $0.37 ( + $0.00 )