Internet Providers in Rochester, MI

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Residential Internet Statistics for Rochester, MI
Internet Providers: 21
Internet Plans: 18
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $52.21

Internet Access in Rochester, Michigan

Rochester features a total of 10 Internet service providers (ISPs) offering home service, and a total of 29 including specialized smb, enterprise, and mobile providers like Clear Rate Communications.

Taking a look now at network tech available the Rochester area, we see that the most frequently available wired Internet connection options are IPBB (99.42 percent coverage) and Fiber (10.33 percent coverage). Fiber technology uses future-proofed Fiber-optical lines, which are made of hair-like glass or plastic strands that transmit Internet data as light. Thanks largely to fiber lines, broadband average download rates around Rochester rank 25.11 percent higher than the Michigan average. Fiber Internet outputs stronger speed and reliability, but in some cases may switch to copper wires in the "last mile" near a subscriber. Copper last mile connections slow speeds, but they are still usually faster than regular cable or DSL.

The information listed here comes from FCC reports, and is enhanced through private data sources to output more accurate resources than is available from the FCC directly. Data on speeds and pricing of individual broadband plans is generated by manually collecting thousands of plans annually.

Viasat Internet offers the widest availability for Rochester residents. close to one hundred percent of the Rochester area can get access to them. HughesNet is the most likely second option, serving near one hundred percent of residents with Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest package for Rochester is 25 megabits per second.

To summarize, the majority of Rochester residents have 3-4 options for residential broadband, which is above average. Rochester is currently the 58th most connected city in Michigan, as measured by amount of broadband competition. Areas the FCC would consider "underserved" are low, and only 500 are limited to one choice for Internet service. Activate the map on this page to explore data about Rochester, and Internet access statistics at the census block level.

  • There are 21 internet providers in Rochester with 10 of those offering residential service
  • Rochester is the 58th most connected city in Michigan ahead of Utica, Washington, and Oakland, but behind Troy and Auburn Hills.
  • Explore internet access for communities within Rochester: Rochester Hills
  • The fastest zip code in Rochester for April 2021 is 48306. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

500 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 Rochester, Michigan

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
WOW! 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Clear Rate Communications 30 Mbps DSL 4m 33s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Rochester, Michigan

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 99.4% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 99.5% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 69.5% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • WOW! - Cable - 75.7% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 10.3% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 6.3% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Clear Rate Communications - DSL - 4.0% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 30 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Rochester - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Rochester

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Rochester is the 58th most connected city in Michigan ahead of Utica, Washington, and Oakland, but behind Troy and Auburn Hills.

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

Approximately 6,000 people in Oakland 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: 10% of people living in Rochester 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 Rochester 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, 48306 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Rochester.

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

In Oakland County, approximately 7,000 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.

ISP Coverage around Oakland University and Rochester College

In the 2 mile area around Oakland University, a normal house or apartment building will have 2-3 different choices for consumer internet access. Rochester College currently shows 2.9 providers to choose from at homes within a couple of miles of campus. Both universities have average download speeds that are appropriate for students needs such as watching movies, sharing sizable files, and video gaming. Speed data records from within the zip where Oakland University is located show an average recorded speed of 143.39 Mbps download, as compared with 98.04 Mbps around the Rochester College area. Plans in this range aren't guaranteed to be obtainable in every street surrounding campus, and could be unobtainable in apartment complexes. Remember that these averages are calculatedbased on download speed tests, and performance will likely be closer to the providers advertised download speeds collected here.

Working from Home in Rochester

Rochester has 2,627 active workers who operate from home via telecommuting. Of those telecommuting, 58.7 percent earn less than $75K per year. If you're procuring a home network for a home office, it's important to verify any data caps. Many home Broadband plans in Rochester have data limits, which may impact you negatively if you consume a lot of data for work purposes like video conferencing, etc. Business-class plans can be considered for those who need more than a typical residential package.

Data Caps on Rochester Internet Plans

Many Internet companies have been moving to add data limits onto their residential Internet plans lately. The market trend is certainly true for Rochester, with local Internet companies like Xfinity adding capped plans. It's not a large issue for most customers, but may be an issue for subscribers who share their plan or techies who consume a lot of high-def content. Data caps on cable plans are generally around one Terabyte, which is more than 99 percent of customers use, according to a report from Comcast. XFINITY from Comcast customers in Rochester are advised to confirm data caps when signing up. Do not presume them based soley on statements online.

Internet access in Rochester neighborhoods

To date, we've collected information about Broadband access in the following areas within Rochester: Rochester Hills.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Rochester

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 99.4%+ 100 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 99.5%+ 1,200 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 69.5%+ 100 Mbps
WOW! Cable 75.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 10.3%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 6.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Clear Rate Communications DSL 4.0%+ 30 Mbps
Air Advantage Fixed Wireless 3.8%+ 50 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 99.9%+ 987 Mbps
Metro Wireless Fixed Wireless 100% 1,000 Mbps
WOW! Business Fiber 80.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 38.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 13.6%+ 940 Mbps
Clear Rate Communications Copper 21.9%+ 30 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 5.8%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 1.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 3.2%+ 6 Mbps
US Signal Company Fiber 1.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
First Communications Copper 1.0%+ 1.5 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 0.7%+ 10 Mbps
Call One Copper 0.6%+ 1.5 Mbps

Compare Rochester to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Rochester 133 Mbps 10 $0.23 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +282.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.54 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -14.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.23 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -16.8 Mbps ) 14 ( +4 ) $0.26 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -5.6 Mbps ) 23 ( +13 ) $0.24 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -5.4 Mbps ) 8 ( -2 ) $0.34 ( + $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Rochester

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