Internet Providers in Central, SC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Central, SC
Internet Providers: 7
Internet Plans: 16
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $64.04

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.

  • There are 9 internet providers in Central with 7 of those offering residential service
  • Central is the 72nd most connected city in South Carolina ahead of Liberty, Seneca, Clemson, and Six Mile, but behind Pendleton.
  • The fastest zip code in Central for April 2021 is 29630. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

2,000 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
Vyve Broadband 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Family View Cable 50 Mbps Cable 2m 43s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Central, South Carolina

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 82.5% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Vyve Broadband - Cable - 68.4% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Spectrum - Cable - 25.2% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Family View - Cable - 17.3% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 5.2% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Central - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Central

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Central is the 72nd most connected city in South Carolina ahead of Liberty, Seneca, Clemson, and Six Mile, but behind Pendleton.

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 Pickens 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: 5% of people living in Central 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 82% of Central 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, 29630 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Central.

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

In Pickens County, approximately 5,000 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 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 (68.33 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.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Central

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 82.5%+ 100 Mbps
Vyve Broadband Cable 68.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 25.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Family View Cable Cable 17.3%+ 50 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 5.2%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 68.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Vyve Broadband Cable 64.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 0.4%+ 940 Mbps

Compare Central to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Central 68.3 Mbps 7 $0.25 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +347.1 Mbps ) 16 ( +9 ) $0.21 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +50.6 Mbps ) 17 ( +10 ) $0.15 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +47.9 Mbps ) 15 ( +8 ) $0.19 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +59.1 Mbps ) 23 ( +16 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +59.3 Mbps ) 8 ( +1 ) $0.18 ( $0.00 )