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Internet Providers in Highlands, North Carolina
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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 141 broadband plans in Highlands. Speed averages are based on 1,492 speed tests from IP-verified customers 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 July 2021 is 28741. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
21.9% of consumers in Highlands700 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||Availability|
|Vyve Broadband||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||80.9%|
|BalsamWest FiberNET||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||18.5%|
|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||91.7%|
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 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.
Compare Highlands to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Highlands||49.2 Mbps||5||$1.06 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +485.2 Mbps )||17 ( +12 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +99.6 Mbps )||17 ( +12 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +111.4 Mbps )||15 ( +10 )||$0.27 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +120.3 Mbps )||23 ( +18 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +112.9 Mbps )||8 ( +3 )||$0.34 ( $0.00 )|