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Internet Providers in West Branch, Michigan
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Internet Access in West Branch, Michigan
West Branch features a total of 10 Internet service providers (ISPs) with home service. If you include business Internet, there are 17 companies available locally, such as ACDnet. (Some may be "doubles", since many companies advertise home and business services separately.)
So far as Internet availability, the average West Branch building will have 4-5 providers serving their location. Still, 45.54 percent of West Branch residents have one option for Internet service.
Considering network technology offered around the West Branch area, we see that the most common physical wire broadband tech infrastructures are Cable (70.21 percent coverage) and IPBB and Fixed Wireless (48.09 percent coverage). Regular cable TV corporations are usually the source for cable home Internet service, seeing as they can utilize their existing coaxial TV wires — which already connect to most homes — to connect subscribers to Internet service. Cable can often make sense for West Branch residents due to the strong speeds in an attainable price range.
Viasat Internet is the most likely choice in West Branch. They are available to close to one hundred percent of West Branch. HughesNet is also a common choice, with coverage in virtually one hundred percent of residents with Satellite service. The fastest plan advertised by HughesNet for West Branch is 25 megabits per second.
The Internet coverage stats on the page below are based on a mix of government data from the FCC and privatized datasets collected directly from industry sources, or via unlisted third parties. Statistics about speed data is sourced from M-Labs, which is the speed test utility shown within BroadbandNow as well as Google and Chrome search results. The BroadbandNow research team has hand-filed package price and plan details on 368 broadband offerings within West Branch to date.
Internet Statistics 2021
45.5% of consumers in West Branch4,000 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 West Branch, Michigan
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|M33 Access||400 Mbps||Fiber||20s||34.6%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|AT&T Internet||100 Mbps||IPBB and Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||48.1%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||2.1%|
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.
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 Around West Branch
Data from our research team suggests that some of the common providers place some sort of limit on streaming for their residential broadband plans. Data caps are a public issue because customers see caps as a tactic for limiting "cord cutting". Providers explain data caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network traffic. In either case, the problem is streaming services, which easily consumes anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hr.
Compare West Branch to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|West Branch||36.3 Mbps||11||$0.22 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +498.1 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +112.5 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.16 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +124.3 Mbps )||15 ( +4 )||$0.20 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +133.2 Mbps )||23 ( +12 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +125.8 Mbps )||8 ( -3 )||$0.19 ( $0.00 )|