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Internet Providers in Alvarado, Texas
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Internet Access in Alvarado, Texas
Information here is calculated based on biannual FCC provider coverage reporting. We leverage direct provider coverage reports and other privatized data to validate that data down to the census block level. Plane and pricing information is gathered manually by our data division. We have collected and verified 317 broadband plans in Alvarado in the past few years. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 1,920 records as of 2021. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.
DSL Internet providers connect customers to Internet services via phone infrastructure, which is why it is sold through companies that bundle Internet access with phone connections. DSL Internet is available to 74.82 percent of Alvarado homes. The twisted copper wires delivering DSL service have limited bandwidth compared to those used for cable or fiber, resulting in low overall download speeds. The Alvarado local average download rate is 35.89 Mbps as a result, beneath the 169.1 Mbps state average download speed.
Broadband competition available for Alvarado is relatively strong. The majority of households have around 7-8 Internet providers available to them. Access isn't distributed equally, however — as a surprising 26.07 percent of area residents still have only one or fewer options for true broadband services.
Viasat Internet and HughesNet are Alvarado's most common wired broadband providers.
Besides the Internet options detailed above, Rise Broadband is another option to consider. They have wired broadband in close to one hundred percent of the Alvarado area. Fixed wireless companies like Nextlink Internet are also sometimes a good choice, but the main wired options are usually a better value so far as performance and price.
Internet Statistics 2021
26.1% of consumers in Alvarado5,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.
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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Alvarado, Texas
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||73.1%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||74.5%|
|Rise Broadband||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||99.6%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||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.
Data Caps in Alvarado
Data collected by our researchers shows that many of the common providers in the area currently place a limit on streaming on residential broadband packages. Data caps are controversial since users see them as a tactic to limit video streaming, while providers insist that caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the problem is over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes 1–7GB/hour.
Compare Alvarado to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Alvarado||35.9 Mbps||14||$0.73 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +498.5 Mbps )||17 ( +3 )||$0.48 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( +112.9 Mbps )||17 ( +3 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( +124.7 Mbps )||15 ( +1 )||$0.32 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( +133.6 Mbps )||23 ( +9 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( +126.2 Mbps )||8 ( -6 )||$0.66 ( $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Alvarado
Much better value than others we have had.