Internet Providers in Columbia, SC

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Residential Internet Statistics for Columbia, SC
Internet Providers: 6
Internet Plans: 15
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $63.97

Internet Access in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia Internet coverage information listed here is derived from Form 477 databases. Then, we ensure the data is scrubbed for issues against privatized files. We have crunched 74,377 rows of FCC and private data catalogues about broadband access in Columbia. We've manually collected price data and terms on 399 Internet plans in Columbia. Averaged speed analysis is based on 60,522 IP-verified speed test records aggregated over the most recent 12 months.

DSL and cable are the dominant broadband network options within the Columbia metro area. They are frequently overlapping and competing with each other. Performance from cable is usually better and more consistent, but big-picture performance metrics of either Internet technology type are similar.

There is a strong amount of choice between companies within Columbia. However, 20,000 people in the area are still without service from more than one provider. If these customers aren't satisfied by the quality of service, they are forced to rely on a lower-grade wireless option. Luckily, this isn't the norm in Columbia — the majority of households have 3-4 choices for Internet service.

Spectrum as well as AT&T Internet also offer coverage in Columbia, often competing for the same customers.

Viasat Internet is the most widespread Internet option overall. They have Internet coverage for near one hundred percent of the area. HughesNet has registered availability for virtually one hundred percent of local residents. The fastest speed recorded for Viasat is 100 Mbps, while HughesNet advertised packages up to 25 Mbps. In general, anything over 10 Mbps will be enough for streaming lower-quality video on WiFi, but may become an issue when multiple people try to use modern services like video conferencing, cloud apps, and etc. Refer to the availability map on this page to see how Internet options compare down to the census block level.

  • There are 17 internet providers in Columbia with 6 of those offering residential service
  • Columbia is the 82nd most connected city in South Carolina ahead of Hopkins, but behind Lexington, Irmo, Cayce, and West Columbia.
  • The fastest zip code in Columbia for July 2021 is 29201. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

20,000 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 Columbia, South Carolina

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
CarolinaConnect 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 2.4%
AT&T Internet 940 Mbps IPBB and Fiber 8s 90.4%
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 99.9%
EarthLink 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 89.8%
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Columbia

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Columbia is the 82nd most connected city in South Carolina ahead of Hopkins, but behind Lexington, Irmo, Cayce, and West Columbia.

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

Approximately 3,000 people in Richland 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: 31% of people living in Columbia 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 94% of Columbia 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, 29201 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Columbia.

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

In Richland 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.

ISP Coverage around University Of South Carolina-Columbia and Benedict College

Within the two-mile area around University Of South Carolina-Columbia, the average house will have 1 different choices for consumer internet access. The variety of internet internet options near Benedict College is almost the exact same. Both University Of South Carolina-Columbia and Benedict College have average internet connections that are more than capable of achieving students needs like downloading video, sharing large folders, and playing games. Speed test records collected in the same zip where University Of South Carolina-Columbia is based show an average speed of 199.39 Mbps download, as opposed to 52.87 Mbps around the Benedict College area. Plans in this range aren't guaranteed to be available in every street surrounding campus, and could be unobtainable in apartment buildings. Keep in mind these averages are based on download speed tests, and performance will likely be closer to the advertised speeds listed here.

Data Caps in Columbia

Internet service providers have been moving to add data caps to home WiFi and Internet plans in recent years. Some Internet service providers in Columbia — AT&T Internet included — have plans with data caps. Data caps as a trend vary widely, and can be from 250GB all the way up to one Terabyte or more. Most residential Internet caps are very high, meaning they won't pose an issue for the majority of subscribers. Potential AT&T Internet users in Columbia are advised to confirm data limitations when purchasing service. Don't assume them based on statements online.

Compare Columbia to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Columbia 140.4 Mbps 8 $0.31 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +394 Mbps ) 17 ( +9 ) $0.89 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( +8.4 Mbps ) 17 ( +9 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( +20.2 Mbps ) 15 ( +7 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( +29.1 Mbps ) 23 ( +15 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( +21.7 Mbps ) 8 $0.38 ( + $0.00 )

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Columbia, South Carolina

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  • What is the fastest Internet in Columbia?

    Spectrum has the fastest speeds in Columbia, with speeds up to 1000 Mbps.

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Columbia?

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