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Internet Providers in Forest City, North Carolina
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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 8 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 July 2021 is 28043. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
13.7% of consumers in Forest City2,000 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||Availability|
|Vyve Broadband||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||91.7%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber and Fixed Wireless||8s||86.3%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||83.2%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
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.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
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.
Compare Forest City to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Forest City||89.2 Mbps||11||$0.24 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +445.2 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +59.6 Mbps )||17 ( +6 )||$0.16 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +71.4 Mbps )||15 ( +4 )||$0.20 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +80.3 Mbps )||23 ( +12 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +72.9 Mbps )||8 ( -3 )||$0.19 ( $0.00 )|