Internet Providers in Highlands, NC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Highlands, NC
Internet Providers: 5
Internet Plans: 5
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $57.99

Internet Access in Highlands, North Carolina

Highlands Internet coverage information on this page is drawn from governmental data submissions and verifiable against private records. We've analyzed 2,815 rows of governmental databases on Internet availability in Highlands. Our research division has manually gathered Internet local pricing and terms on 137 broadband plans in Highlands. Download speed averages calculation comes from browser-based speed test data gathered over the last 12 month time time span. Speed test data is a rough way of evaluating local broadband quality. These averages are not a promise the real-world speeds customers can expect at residences in Highlands.

Cable and DSL are the two main broadband network types in the Highlands area, fighting for customers at most addresses and competing on service quality. Cable network speed is generally stronger. That said, overall performance seen with either network system are similar and which is "best" frequently varies from block to block depending on the network infrastructure in a given area.

Coverage from Viasat Internet and HughesNet, as a rule, will overlap. As a result, the choice between Viasat and HughesNet is common in Highlands.

Frontier Communications and Vyve Broadband also have Internet service in Highlands, with significant overlap in some parts of town.

To summarize, Highlands's broadband access is below average — most blocks will have about 1 provider. A total of 700 area residents have only one option for wired broadband, or none at all — as is verifiable in the interactive availability map below. (That's 21.9 percent of the population with a single source of Internet.) Explore the map below to understand coverage variations between census blocks in Highlands.

  • There are 9 internet providers in Highlands with 5 of those offering residential service
  • Highlands is the 434th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Franklin, Rabun Gap, Mountain Rest, and Otto, but behind Cashiers.
  • The fastest zip code in Highlands for April 2021 is 28741. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

700 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 Highlands, North Carolina

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Vyve Broadband 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
BalsamWest FiberNET 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications Call For Speed Availability DSL 4m 33s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Highlands, North Carolina

  • Frontier - DSL - 91.7% Availability in Highlands - Call For Speed Availability
  • Vyve Broadband - Cable - 80.9% Availability in Highlands - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • BalsamWest - Fiber - 18.5% Availability in Highlands - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Highlands - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Highlands - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Highlands

Highlands Internet Competition Map. Click for interactive map.
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Highlands is the 434th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Franklin, Rabun Gap, Mountain Rest, and Otto, but behind Cashiers.

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 Macon 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: 15% of people living in Highlands 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 78% of Highlands 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, 28741 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Highlands.

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

In Macon County, approximately 13,000 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 in Highlands

Many Internet companies have been moving to increase the use of "data caps" onto home Internet packages recently. This market trend is certainly true in Highlands, with local Internet companies like Vyve Broadband featuring capped plans. This doesn't really matter for the majority of customers, but may affect those that stream a large amount of HD or 4K video. Caps for cable packages tend to be around 1 Terabyte, which is an issue for fewer than one percent of customers, according to reports from Comcast. Vyve Broadband customers are advised to verify data caps before signing up. Do not presume them based soley on online statements.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Highlands

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Frontier Communications DSL 91.7%+ Call For Speed Availability
Vyve Broadband Cable 80.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
BalsamWest FiberNET Fiber 18.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 100% Call For Speed Availability
Vyve Broadband Cable 76.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 8.9%+ 1.5 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Copper 6.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
BalsamWest FiberNET Fiber 6.3%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Highlands to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Highlands 38 Mbps 5 $0.22 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +377.4 Mbps ) 16 ( +11 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +80.9 Mbps ) 17 ( +12 ) $0.15 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +78.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.19 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +89.4 Mbps ) 23 ( +18 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +89.6 Mbps ) 8 ( +3 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )