How much internet speed do you need? That depends on how you plan on using your internet connection.
< 25mbps basic internet for checking e-mail, google searches 25-99 Mbps will handle streaming Netflix, FaceTime, Zoom calls 100-499 Mbps fast downloads, gaming online, streaming UHD on multiple screens 500-1,000 Mbps blazing fast for just about anything
Internet Providers in Sterling, New York
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Internet Access in Sterling, New York
The average Sterling building has access to broadband service from 1.85 different companies.
Spectrum is an second choice, serving Sterling with a top speed of 940 Mbps.
The data listed here is primarily sourced from provider coverage reports, and is validated through private databases to provide more granular resources than governmental websites. Speed and pricing data is generated by manually collecting tens of thousands of data points annually. There are a total of 164 Internet plans in Sterling from 2014 to the present. There are 24 Internet deals currently marketed in the area.
Taking a look now at network technology offered across the Sterling area, we see that the most prevalent hardwired broadband tech options are Cable (95.80 percent coverage) and DSL (89.40 percent coverage). Cable Internet is marketed by cable television companies, leveraging existing TV network connections.  Local customers of cable providers like Spectrum generally select it because of the combination of low prices for workable speeds. (Compared to the alternatives, anyway.) DSL is delivered by phone lines, and is sold by providers like Frontier Communications that build or own copper phone lines. Compared to other copper-based networks, the twisted copper construction of telephone lines allows for a lower bandwidth ceiling than newer wire types such as cable and several times less than fiber.
According to the latest FCC data and direct provider reports, Viasat Internet and HughesNet are the largest providers in Sterling in terms of coverage area. As the interactive map below demonstrates, the more common providers often overlap in most neighborhoods around Sterling.
Internet Statistics 2021
13.4% of consumers in Sterling200 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 Sterling, New York
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||89.4%|
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.
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 Sterling
Data from our researchers shows that many of the common providers in Sterling place a limit on data use for their home Internet connections. Data caps are a public issue lately since consumers see them as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting". Providers explain that caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the issue is the same: streaming services, which easily uses anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.