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Internet Providers in Lowgap, North Carolina
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Internet Access in Lowgap, North Carolina
Lowgap offers 7 residential Internet providers, and 11 if you include business and mobile operators. There are 5 broadband choices (Technologies like cable, DSL, and fiber).
There is a decent level of competition between Internet providers around Lowgap. However, 100 people in the area still don't have service from more than one provider. This means that if they aren't satisfied with the quality of service, they have to use a less reliable wireless option. Thankfully, this isn't the norm in Lowgap. The average household has 3-4 Internet choices.
cable and fiber are the primary technology types in Lowgap. Fiber providers will usually reach fiber lines for the full distance to a customer location. In some areas the actual "Fiber" connection may change to coax wire before actually reaching the residence. Cable broadband uses coaxial cable TV infrastructure to cover the "last mile" stretch near customers. Cable only uses fiber optics to accomplish data transit covering long distances.
Coverage from the most common companies, Viasat Internet and HughesNet, in most cases, will overlap. As a result, the decision between Viasat and HughesNet is a common one.
The Internet coverage stats here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are based on a mix of government data from the FCC and privatized data collected directly from ISPs. Statistics about speed and performance averages comes primarily from M-Labs. Our in-house research team has manually validated package pricing on 167 broadband offerings in Lowgap as of 2021.
Internet Statistics 2021
6.3% of consumers in Lowgap100 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 Lowgap, North Carolina
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Surry Telephone Membership Corporation||1,000 Mbps||Fiber and DSL||8s||99.7%|
|Skybest Communications||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||8.7%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
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.
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 Lowgap
Data from our researchers shows that many of the popular ISPs in the area use data caps on home Internet packages. Data caps are disliked because subscribers see them as a strategy to stop streaming. Providers maintain that they are a necessary strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. In either case, the culprit is the same: over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.
Compare Lowgap to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Lowgap||16.7 Mbps||8||$0.49 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +517.7 Mbps )||17 ( +9 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +132.1 Mbps )||17 ( +9 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +143.9 Mbps )||15 ( +7 )||$0.27 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +152.8 Mbps )||23 ( +15 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +145.4 Mbps )||8||$0.34 ( $0.00 )|