Internet Providers in Central City, NE

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Residential Internet Statistics for Central City, NE
Internet Providers: 11
Internet Plans: 7
Fastest Speed Available: 960 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $57.85

Internet Access in Central City, Nebraska

Information below is calculated from the FCC's bi-annual provider territory reports. We also use direct provider reports and other privatized data to further validate and enhance the data down to the census block or lit address level. Pricing and plan information is hand-gathered manually through our data analysis team. To date, we've analyzed 279 Internet plans in the area around Central City since 2014. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 956 records as of 2021. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.

KDSI Internet Services is also a common broadband choice in Central City. They offer DSL service available to 98 percent of Central City. is another alternative wireless service worth taking note of to near one hundred percent of the local area, although it needs roof access and proximity to a tower or access point.

Viasat Internet and HughesNet are Central City's most widely available wired broadband options.

Competition between broadband providers in Central City is overall high. The average address has at least 5-6 Internet service providers to choose from. Access isn't spread out fairly. A surprising 5.13 percent of households in the area are still limited to one option.

To summarize, Central City's Internet infrastructure conforms with a similar pattern to other US cities: widespread coverage of cable and DSL, except that most residences are limited to one option for either type of Internet service. The cable/DSL pattern has a simple cause. Broadband Internet outfits were started pre-Internet as television and landline telephone corporations. So, they use legacy networks for delivering their Internet services.

Internet Statistics 2021

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 Central City, Nebraska

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Vyve Broadband 960 Mbps Cable 8s
Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company 100 Mbps Fiber 1m 21s
Rise Broadband 50 Mbps Fixed Wireless 2m 43s
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
KDSI Internet Services 6 Mbps DSL 22m 45s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Central City, Nebraska

  • CenturyLink - DSL - 93.7% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • KDSI Internet Services - DSL - 98.6% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 6 Mbps
  • Vyve Broadband - Cable - 80.9% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 960 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - Fixed Wireless - 21.5% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit - Fiber - 12.4% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • NNTC - Fiber - 2.1% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Central City - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Central City

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Central City is the 158th most connected city in Nebraska ahead of Aurora, Saint Paul, and Fullerton, but behind York and Grand Island.

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

Approximately 400 people in Merrick 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: 14% of people living in Central City 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 95% of Central City 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 Merrick County, approximately 2,000 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 in Central City

Data collected by our research team shows that many of the common providers in Central City place a limit on data use on residential Internet packages. Data caps are disliked since customers view caps as a strategy for limiting streaming. Providers explain data caps are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the issue is streaming services, which can consume anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Central City

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Vyve Broadband Cable 80.9%+ 960 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 93.7%+ 100 Mbps Fixed Wireless 100% 25 Mbps
KDSI Internet Services DSL 98.6%+ 6 Mbps
Viaero Wireless Fixed Wireless 92.2%+ 25 Mbps
Vyve Broadband Fixed Wireless 47.8%+ 3.0 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 21.5%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit Fiber 12.4%+ 940 Mbps
Northeast Nebraska Telephone Company Fiber 2.1%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 86.3%+ 100 Mbps
Vyve Broadband Cable 17.8%+ 500 Mbps
Great Plains Communications Fiber 15.2%+ -- Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 7.6%+ 40 Mbps

Compare Central City to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Central City 47.8 Mbps 11 $0.14 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +367.6 Mbps ) 16 ( +5 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +71.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +6 ) $0.15 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +68.4 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.19 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +79.6 Mbps ) 23 ( +12 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +79.8 Mbps ) 8 ( -3 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )