Internet Providers in Forest City, NC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Forest City, NC
Internet Providers: 11
Internet Plans: 13
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $63.82

Internet Access in Forest City, North Carolina

Forest City features only two major Internet service options to grapple with: cable (91.66% coverage) and DSL (86.29% coverage). Coaxial cable Internet access is generally delivered through TV companies using their pre-existing coaxial copper TV lines on telephone poles. DSL is delivered over phone wires. Most Forest City neighborhoods and blocks have access to both cable service and DSL service from competing providers.

The information listed here is primarily sourced via provider coverage reports, and is confirmed using privatized data sources and direct provider reporting to provide more accurate listings than governmental websites. Speeds and pricing data is generated by manually collecting tens of thousands of data points every year.

Viasat Internet is the most common provider in Forest City. The company is available to close to one hundred percent of Forest City addresses. HughesNet is the most likely second choice, with coverage in near one hundred percent of Forest City with predominantly Satellite service. The fastest plan advertised by HughesNet for Forest City is 25 Mbps.

Vyve Broadband is a common alternative, serving Forest City with a maximum speed of 1,000 Mbps. Wired Internet isn't the only choice for Internet in Forest City. fixed wireless outfits such as Open Broadband can achieve 100 Mbps or more via wireless hardware. There are also 2 providers within Forest City selling enterprise-level services such as SD-WAN. We list every local provider with explicit business packages advertised online.

Click into the map below for more insights on broadband choice on the census block level. Although the majority of addresses have around 4-5 options, others are less fortunate or may only have one provider available. A surprising 13.72 percent of households have one or fewer Internet options.

  • There are 12 internet providers in Forest City with 11 of those offering residential service
  • Forest City is the 87th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Bostic, Rutherfordton, and Ellenboro, but behind Mooresboro and Spindale.
  • The fastest zip code in Forest City for April 2021 is 28043. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

2,000 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 Forest City, North Carolina

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Vyve Broadband 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
AT&T 25 Mbps Fixed Wireless 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Forest City, North Carolina

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 86.3% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 83.2% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Vyve Broadband - Cable - 91.7% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 10.7% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 10.7% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AT&T - Fixed Wireless - 9.4% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Forest City - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Forest City

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Forest City is the 87th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Bostic, Rutherfordton, and Ellenboro, but behind Mooresboro and Spindale.

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

Approximately 9,000 people in Rutherford 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: 11% of people living in Forest 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 86% of Forest 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.

As of this month, 28043 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Forest City.

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

In Rutherford County, approximately 11,000 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 and Cord Cutting in Forest City

Data from our research team suggests that common providers in the area currently use data caps on home Internet packages. Data caps are controversial because subscribers see them as a strategy to limit "cord cutting", while providers maintain data caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the problem is streaming video, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB/hr.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Forest City

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 86.3%+ 100 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 83.2%+ 100 Mbps
Open Broadband Fixed Wireless 93.9%+ 100 Mbps
Vyve Broadband Cable 91.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Carolina West Wireless Fixed Wireless 81.1%+ 14 Mbps
Skyrunner Fixed Wireless 11.9%+ 100 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 10.7%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 10.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fixed Wireless 9.4%+ 25 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Vyve Broadband Cable 100% 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fixed Wireless 29.7%+ 25 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 4.6%+ 940 Mbps
Windstream Copper 1.9%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Forest City to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Forest City 68.6 Mbps 11 $0.25 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +346.8 Mbps ) 16 ( +5 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +50.3 Mbps ) 17 ( +6 ) $0.15 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +47.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +4 ) $0.19 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +58.8 Mbps ) 23 ( +12 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +59 Mbps ) 8 ( -3 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )