Internet Providers in Wilson, NC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Wilson, NC
Internet Providers: 14
Internet Plans: 9
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $65.87

Internet Access in Wilson, North Carolina

Wilson features a total of 7 Internet service providers (ISPs) with residential connections, and a total of 18 including specialized smb, enterprise, and mobile providers such as GTT Communications.

Taking a look now at network technology offered the city, the most frequently available hardwired broadband tech varieties are Cable and DSL, with 99.27% and 98.76% respectively. Traditional cable TV corporations are the main source for cable Internet and Wifi service, since they can use their existing TV wires — which already connect to most homes — to connect subscribers to Internet service. Wilson-area subscribers to cable Internet service providers like Spectrum overwhelmingly select it due to the combination of low prices for workable speeds. (Compared to DSL, anyway.) DSL is delivered via phone lines by corporations like CenturyLink that own copper phone wires. DSL underperforms when compared with all other major wired broadband technologies except dial-up.

Since many houses are only wired for one phone company and one cable company, the average home in Wilson has 2 wired broadband options available. 1.43% of the Wilson area — 800 people — are limited to one or fewer choices for their Internet provider. DSL and cable Internet services usually provide the best pricing and data packages for home use.

The information listed here comes via FCC reports, and is enhanced through privatized data sources to output more granular listings than is available from the FCC directly. Speed and pricing data is generated by manually collecting thousands of plans annually.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Wilson as measured by coverage. The more common providers often cover the same addresses around Wilson.

  • There are 14 internet providers in Wilson with 7 of those offering residential service
  • Wilson is the 115th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Lucama, Sims, Elm City, Stantonsburg, and Sharpsburg.
  • The fastest zip code in Wilson for April 2021 is 27896. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

800 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 Wilson, North Carolina

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Greenlight 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Wilson, North Carolina

  • CenturyLink - DSL - 98.8% Availability in Wilson - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Spectrum - Cable - 99.3% Availability in Wilson - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Greenlight - Fiber - 86.8% Availability in Wilson - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - Fiber - 18.9% Availability in Wilson - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Wilson - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Wilson - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Wilson

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Wilson is the 115th most connected city in North Carolina ahead of Lucama, Sims, Elm City, Stantonsburg, and Sharpsburg.

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

Approximately 200 people in Wilson 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: 87% of people living in Wilson 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 99% of Wilson 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, 27896 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Wilson.

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

In Wilson County, approximately 1,000 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.

Internet Service for Educational Purposes in Wilson

Economic development reports often highlight a strong correlation between internet service access and performance in education. Broadband access is basically a requirement as colleges like Barton College in Wilson switch to digital systems to share out-of-class work. Conveniently for students living near campus, fiber has high availability with a 93.64 percent footprint in the zip code around Barton College. Fiber has strong availability with a 93.64% footprint in the area. Looking at 5,066 speed tests recorded over the past year at addresses within 2 miles of Barton College campus, performance averages are close to 67.96 Mbps — considerably above the minimum connection speed needed for viewing video and interfacing with hosted or communication platforms.

Data Caps and Video Streaming in Wilson

Data from our research team suggests that top ISPs in Wilson currently use data caps for their home Internet packages. Data caps are controversial because customers see them as a strategy for limiting "cord cutting", while providers maintain data caps are a necessary strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. In either case, the issue is the same: over-the-top streaming, which easily eats up anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Wilson

Provider Type Coverage Speed
CenturyLink DSL 98.8%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 99.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Greenlight Fiber 86.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber 18.9%+ 940 Mbps
Open Broadband Fixed Wireless 3.5%+ 25 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
CenturyLink Business DSL 94.0%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 96.0%+ 940 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 19.1%+ 940 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 2.5%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Business Fiber 1.0%+ 940 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 0.5%+ 500 Mbps
MCNC Fiber 0.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.2%+ -- Mbps

Compare Wilson to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Wilson 62 Mbps 7 $0.70 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +353.4 Mbps ) 14 ( +7 ) $0.54 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +56.9 Mbps ) 18 ( +11 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +54.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.38 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +65.4 Mbps ) 21 ( +14 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +65.6 Mbps ) 8 ( +1 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )