Internet Providers in Princeton, NJ

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Residential Internet Statistics for Princeton, NJ
Internet Providers: 7
Internet Plans: 11
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $58.63

Internet Access in Princeton, New Jersey

Data displayed on this page is drawn from the FCC's bi-annual coverage reports. We also use direct provider coverage reports to further validate and enhance the information. Plane and pricing information is collected manually through our data team. BroadbandNow has aggregated 423 Internet plans for Princeton since 2014. speed averages are calculated from 179,060 local connections and intended for general provider comparison purposes, not as an indicator of top Internet speedsin the area.

Since most houses come pre-wired for one landline telephone (DSL) company and one cable television provider, the average home in Princeton has 2-3 wired broadband providers available to them. 4.67% of the Princeton area have one or fewer choices. cable and DSL broadband services are likely to offer the most reasonable price and data packages for home use.

XFINITY from Comcast provides an second choice to the primary providers (Viasat and HughesNet), serving Princeton with a maximum download speed of 987 Mbps. Wired broadband isn't actually the only way to get Internet access in Princeton. fixed wireless outfits like Andrena can offer 100 Mbps or more over direct wireless hardware. Outside of consumer broadband, there are also 12 companies in city limits marketing enterprise-level products and services such as T1. BroadbandNow includes every provider with explicit business services on their site, although some providers sell both home and business broadband.

Viasat Internet has the widest availability for Princeton residents. The company is available to virtually one hundred percent of Princeton. HughesNet is also a common option, with coverage in near one hundred percent of local addresses with Satellite broadband service. The fastest package advertised by HughesNet for Princeton is 25 Mbps.

In summary, Princeton's Internet situation follows a similar pattern to other US towns and cities: widespread coverage of cable and DSL Internet service, with the problem being that a majority of residences are stuck with one provider for either type of service. The cable/DSL pattern has a logical cause. Broadband providers used to be TV and phone companies. So, they already own already connected wired infrastructures for delivering their broadband Internet services. Fiber Internet has been expanding as an alternative, and while not all "Fiber" plans are 100% "Fiber to the Home" connections, 78.23 percent of the population has access to fiber that reaches at least to the property. The area's average download speed is 9.67 percent ahead of the state average, accounting for all cities. Refer to the speed test results below to see how local providers compare over time.

Internet Statistics 2021



Princeton, NJ

2,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Princeton, New Jersey

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
XFINITY from Comcast 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Princeton, New Jersey

  • Xfinity - Cable - 95.3% Availability in Princeton - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - DSL - 3.8% Availability in Princeton - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Princeton - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Princeton - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

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Princeton is the 27th most connected city in New Jersey ahead of Monmouth Junction, Skillman, Princeton Junction, Plainsboro, and Hopewell.

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

Approximately 2,000 people in Mercer 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: 78% of people living in Princeton 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 Princeton 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, 08540 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Princeton.

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

In Mercer 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.

Internet Access for Education in Princeton

Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary are the biggest universities in Princeton. For the 8,611 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for obtaining educational materials and viewing research. Both universities have 2-3 internet providers at the average address within two miles of each campus. Princeton University students that live close to campus can expect to get download speeds of around 160.49 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Princeton University zip code. Speeds around Princeton Theological Seminary average out to 232.9 Mbps over 98,376 tests run in the past year. FCC and US Government reports frequently cite the need to better broadband availability for college and high school students.

Data Cap Issues Around Princeton

Data collected by our research team shows that top ISPs in Princeton use data caps on residential broadband connections. Data caps are disliked since subscribers view them as a strategy to discourage streaming services, while providers maintain data caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which can use one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Princeton

Provider Type Coverage Speed
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 95.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 3.8%+ 100 Mbps
Andrena Fixed Wireless 2.5%+ 100 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 99.3%+ 987 Mbps
Monmouth Telephone & Telegraph Fiber 99.7%+ 1.5 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 73.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 22.3%+ 50 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 10.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 6.3%+ 6 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 5.5%+ 100 Mbps
Telesystem Fiber 2.5%+ 1.5 Mbps
Global Cloud Xchange Copper 2.3%+ 200 Mbps
Altice Business Fiber 1.9%+ 10,000 Mbps
InterGlobe Fiber 0.9%+ 20 Mbps
Access One Inc Fiber 0.0%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Princeton to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Princeton 151 Mbps 7 $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +264.4 Mbps ) 16 ( +9 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -32.1 Mbps ) 17 ( +10 ) $0.15 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -34.8 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.19 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -23.6 Mbps ) 23 ( +16 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -23.4 Mbps ) 8 ( +1 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Princeton

Verizon Fios

We chose Verizon Fios as it was the only fiber optics provider in our area at the time. However, we have had quite good customer service and the cost is fairly reasonable.