Internet Providers in Watkins Glen, NY

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Residential Internet Statistics for Watkins Glen, NY
Internet Providers: 12
Internet Plans: 14
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $65.28

Internet Access in Watkins Glen, New York

The average house in the Watkins Glen area can get service from 3-4 Internet providers In context, this is a lot of choice compared to other cities. Competition is correlated with lower pricing.

Verizon High Speed Internet is an second choice, serving Watkins Glen with a maximum speed of 15 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't the only choice for Internet access in Watkins Glen. For example, fixed wireless providers such as NYSYS airAccess can deliver 6 Mbps or more over direct wireless technology. There are 2 companies in Watkins Glen selling specialized enterprise-level technologies such as T1 or custom fiber loops. We list all providers with explicit business packages advertised on their site, although some offer both residential and business Internet.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) is the most widespread option in Watkins Glen. The company is available to near one hundred percent of Watkins Glen. HughesNet is the most common second option, providing near one hundred percent of local addresses with predominantly Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan for Watkins Glen is 25 Mbps.

Taking a look at network tech with significant infrastructure already built within the city, we see that the most common physical wire broadband Internet tech infrastructures are Cable (70.74 percent coverage) and DSL (82.77 percent coverage). Traditional cable TV companies are where customers look for cable Internet service, since they can leverage their pre-existing TV wires — which have already been built out to homes in the area — to connect subscribers to the Internet. Watkins Glen customers of cable ISPs like Spectrum often select it thanks to the combination of low prices for decent speeds. (At least, compared to DSL.) Phone companies usually offer DSL Internet service, because DSL sends Internet data via phone wires. DSL is the slowest of all major wired broadband technologies.

Internet access insights here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are calculated from a mix of government data and privatized data we source from telecom industry sources, or via private third parties. Averaged statistics regarding speed and performance averages comes via M-Labs. The BroadbandNow market research team has hand-gathered package price and service data on 274 broadband plans within Watkins Glen as of 2021.

Internet Statistics 2021

500 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 Watkins Glen, New York

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Empire Access 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Haefele Connect 250 Mbps Fiber and Cable 32s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications 115 Mbps DSL 1m 11s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Watkins Glen, New York

  • Spectrum - 70.7% Availability in Watkins Glen - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Empire Access - 62.8% Availability in Watkins Glen - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Haefele Connect - 7.9% Availability in Watkins Glen - Speeds up to 250 Mbps
  • Frontier - 2.6% Availability in Watkins Glen - Speeds up to 115 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Watkins Glen - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Watkins Glen - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Watkins Glen

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Watkins Glen is the 422nd most connected city in New York ahead of Newfield, Beaver Dams, and Dundee, but behind Montour Falls and Burdett.

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

Approximately 500 people in Schuyler 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: 70% of people living in Watkins Glen 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 88% of Watkins Glen 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 Schuyler County, approximately 1,000 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 Around Watkins Glen

Data from our research team suggests that common providers in the area currently place a limit on streaming for their home Internet plans. Data caps are disliked since users view them as a strategy for limiting video streaming, while providers insist caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the culprit is streaming services, which easily consumes anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Watkins Glen

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Spectrum Cable 70.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Empire Access Fiber 62.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
NYSYS airAccess Fixed Wireless 29.5%+ 6 Mbps
Haefele Connect Fiber and Cable 7.9%+ 250 Mbps
Frontier Communications DSL 2.6%+ 115 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 54.5%+ 940 Mbps
Empire Access Fiber 45.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Haefele Connect Cable and Fiber 17.3%+ 250 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 16.3%+ 115 Mbps

Compare Watkins Glen to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Watkins Glen 100.3 Mbps 10 $0.69 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +315.1 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.45 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +18.6 Mbps ) 18 ( +8 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +15.9 Mbps ) 15 ( +5 ) $0.28 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +27.1 Mbps ) 21 ( +11 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +27.3 Mbps ) 9 ( -1 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )