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Internet Providers in Central, South Carolina
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Internet Access in Central, South Carolina
Internet service availability and competition in the Central area is overall low. a surprising 17.95 percent of the population have one (or fewer) options for Internet service. Central's degree of connectivity ranks 72nd of 343 communities in South Carolina.
The plans listed above are manually collected by our data team.
AT&T Internet as well as Vyve Broadband can also provide coverage in Central, with AT&T Internet performing marginaly better according to speed test analysis.
DSL and cable are the primary network options in the Central metro area. They are frequently overlapping and competing with each other. Performance from cable is usually better and more consistent, but the overall speeds we've recorded with either network system are comparable.
Viasat Internet is the most common overall. They offer coverage for close to one hundred percent of Central residents. HughesNet has registered availability for virtually one hundred percent of local residents. The fastest download speed advertised for Viasat is up to 35 Mbps. HughesNet offers as high as 25 Mbps. In general, anything over 10 Mbps will be sufficient to view standard definition videos on WiFi. However, it may become problematic for multiple users or bandwidth-intensive apps like video chat and multiplayer gaming. Explore the Internet availability map below to see broadband options on a granular level in Central.
Internet Statistics 2021
18.0% of consumers in Central2,000 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 Central, South Carolina
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Vyve Broadband||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||68.4%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||82.5%|
|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.
Internet Service Availability Near Southern Wesleyan University
Students residing within 2 miles of Southern Wesleyan University can expect to have a selection between 1-2 Internet providers. As elsewhere in Central, Viasat and HughesNet are the most prevalent options. Speed tests suggest that internet connectivity in the Southern Wesleyan University area exceeds 25 Mbps, with averages in the zip code around (85.63 Mbps as of our latest data.) This speed should be sufficient for students in Central who need to watch HD video, share a router with roommates, and etc. That said, since these averages are calculated on public performance test data, they often trend lower than actual top speeds accessible in an area. Use the zip search field above to see more information on internet options at a specific address.
Data Caps on Central Internet Plans
Many Internet companies have decided to impose data limits to their home broadband plans as of late. The trend is certainly true in the Central market, with local Internet companies such as Vyve Broadband advertising plans with data caps. It's not a major concern for most customers, but it may be an issue for those that stream a large amount of 4K video. Data caps with cable bundles are usually in the neighborhood of one Terabyte, which is an issue for fewer than one percent of Internet users, according to a report from Xfinity. Vyve Broadband customers are advised to double check data use policies when signing up, and not assume them based on statements online.
Compare Central to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Central||85.6 Mbps||6||$0.23 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +448.8 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +63.2 Mbps )||17 ( +11 )||$0.16 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +75 Mbps )||15 ( +9 )||$0.20 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +83.9 Mbps )||23 ( +17 )||$0.18 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +76.5 Mbps )||8 ( +2 )||$0.19 ( $0.00 )|