Internet Providers in Elgin, MN

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Residential Internet Statistics for Elgin, MN
Internet Providers: 10
Internet Plans: 19
Fastest Speed Available: 5,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $82.86

Internet Access in Elgin, Minnesota

Elgin has multiple network options present including fiber and cable. Fiber, by far the more desirable connection option for speed, is available to 82.03 percent of Elgin, accounting for all service providers. Cable, generally considered the middle option, is available to 62.10 percent of the city.

Coverage from the two biggest providers, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, as a rule, will overlap. As you might expect, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one in Elgin.

The packages displayed here are manually collected through our data science and research team.

There's a strong amount of competition between companies within Elgin, but 300 people in the area are still without access to multiple providers. This means that if they aren't satisfied with their service from the incumbent provider, they are forced to use a low-speed wireless. However, this issue isn't widespread in Elgin. The majority of households have 5 choices for broadband-quality Internet service.

Outside of the Internet options listed above, CenturyLink provides a third option for Internet in 99 percent of the Elgin area. Fixed wireless providers like HBC are also worth considering, but the main wired options are usually a better value so far as speed and pricing.

Internet Statistics 2021

300 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 Elgin, Minnesota

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Metronet 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 11.3%
HBC 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 70.8%
Midco 5,000 Mbps Fiber 1s 20.0%
Midco 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 62.1%
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s 99.0%
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Elgin

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Elgin is the 288th most connected city in Minnesota ahead of Saint Charles, Plainview, and Eyota, but behind Rochester and Oronoco.

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

Approximately 1,000 people in Wabasha 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: 82% of people living in Elgin 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 82% of Elgin 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.

In Wabasha County, approximately 4,000 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 and Cord Cutting Around Elgin

Data collected by our market research team suggests that some of the top ISPs in Elgin currently place a limit on data use on residential Internet plans. Data caps are disliked since consumers view them as a tactic for limiting video streaming. Providers insist that they are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. Either way, the culprit is video streaming, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.

Compare Elgin to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Elgin 73.2 Mbps 10 $0.51 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +461.2 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.89 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( +75.6 Mbps ) 17 ( +7 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( +87.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( +96.3 Mbps ) 23 ( +13 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( +88.9 Mbps ) 8 ( -2 ) $0.38 ( $0.00 )