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Internet Providers in Bay City, Texas
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Internet Access in Bay City, Texas
Bay City has a total of 11 broadband providers marketing residential service. Including business Internet, that's 18 serviceable providers in the local area, such as AT&T Fiber.
The data on this page is sourced from FCC filings, and is using private databases to provide more accurate results than governmental websites. Data about pricing of current Internet plans is sourced through our research experts, who gather thousands of plans annually. We've analyzed 275 Bay City Internet plans from 2014–present, with 51 Internet or bundled packages currently available in the area.
Viasat Internet is the most likely choice for Bay City residents. virtually one hundred percent of Bay City census blocks can get Internet service from them. HughesNet is also a common choice, serving near one hundred percent of Bay City with predominantly Satellite broadband service. The fastest Internet plan we've found for HughesNet for Bay City is 25 Mbps download.
In terms of Internet availability, the average Bay City household has 4-5 providers at their address. Only 18.64 percent of the Bay City population have one choice for Internet service.
The big picture is that DSL and Fiber and Satellite are the most widespread types of Internet service in Bay City. The coverage maps and speed test data seen below illustrate how the real-world speed statistics differ between zip codes and providers in Bay City.
Internet Statistics 2022
18.6% of consumers in Bay City4,000 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 Bay City, Texas
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Sparklight (formerly Cable One)||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||82.3%|
|AT&T Internet||1,000 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||77.8%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||81.1%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||115 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 11s||18.3%|
|Ultra Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||18.3%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Bay City
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.
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 Bay City
Internet providers have been moving to add "data caps" onto their home broadband plans recently. The trend is certainly true in the Bay City market, with Internet companies like Sparklight adding plans with data caps. It's not a major issue for the majority of customers, but is liable to be an issue for users who share the WiFi with multiple other family or "power users" who download a large amount of high-def video. For reference, an HD video stream consumes around 3 Gigabytes of data per hour, according to Netflix.
Compare Bay City to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Bay City||108.1 Mbps||13||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +437.5 Mbps )||21 ( +8 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( +53.2 Mbps )||20 ( +7 )||$0.33 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( +72.8 Mbps )||19 ( +6 )||$0.25 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +78.5 Mbps )||26 ( +13 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( +71 Mbps )||10 ( -3 )||$0.36 ( $0.00 )|