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Internet Providers in Richardson, Texas
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Internet Access in Richardson, Texas
Richardson features a total of 9 Internet service providers (ISPs) marketing home connections, and a total of 36 including smb, enterprise, and mobile providers such as Verizon Business.
So far as availability, the average Richardson building has 4-5 providers at a given location. Only 4.6 percent of the Richardson population are limited to one or fewer options for broadband.
Taking a look now at network tech offered around the Richardson area, we see that the most common physical wire broadband technology infrastructures are IPBB and Fiber (84.80 percent coverage) and Cable (virtually one hundred percent coverage). Traditional cable TV corporations are where customers look for cable Internet, since they can use pre-existing TV wires — which have already been built out to homes in the area — to connect subscribers to Internet service. Richardson customers of cable ISPs such as Spectrum overwhelmingly pick cable because of the reasonably low pricing for workable speeds. (Compared to DSL at any rate.)
The data listed here is primarily sourced via FCC reports. Then, it is enhanced through private data sources to create more accurate resources than can be accessed through the FCC directly. Speed and pricing data is sourced by manually collecting tens of thousands of data points each year. There are 738 Internet plans in Richardson since 2014. There are 63 Internet or bundled deals currently on the market in the area.
Viasat Internet is the most common overall. They offer coverage reaching near one hundred percent of the area. HughesNet is available for virtually one hundred percent of local residents. The top speed recorded for Viasat reaches 100 Mbps. HughesNet advertised up to 25 Mbps. In general, anything over 10 Mbps will be enough to stream SD videos to devices on WiFi. However, it may become an issue when multiple users try to use modern services like Skype and multiplayer gaming. See the availability maps below to see how broadband coverage compares at the census block level.
Internet Statistics 2021
4.6% of consumers in Richardson4,000 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 Richardson, Texas
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||84.8%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||52.2%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL and Fiber||8s||9.5%|
|Rise Broadband||50 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||2m 43s||12.7%|
|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.
ISP Coverage surrounding The University Of Texas At Dallas and National American University-Richardson
Within the 2 mile area around The University Of Texas At Dallas, a normal home will have 3-4 options for consumer internet access. National American University-Richardson has 4.63 providers to choose from at homes within a couple of miles of the university. Both universities have average internet speeds that are appropriate for student use cases like streaming video, sharing big folders, and online gaming. Plans in this range aren't guaranteed to be available in every area surrounding campus, and may be unaccessible in apartment buildings. Remember that these averages are based on speed analysis', and actual performance will likely be closer to the official download speeds shown above.
Working from Home in Richardson
There are 3,597 workers living in Richardson who perform their job out of their home via telecommuting. Of those telecommuting, 60.27 percent take home less than $75K annually. Richardson has a high amount of Fiber coverage. So it's unsurprising that working from home would be a popular option in the area. Fiber is a great Broadband choice good for cloud services and many other high-bandwidth work uses. Among the portion of Richardson that census records identify as working from home, 60.27 Within home office workers in Richardson, 60.27% make less than $75,000. If you're putting together home WiFi for a home office, it's important to verify data caps on your package. Some residential Broadband plans have data caps, which can be difficult if you use a lot of data for work purposes like video conferencing, etc. Business connections should be provided if you need more than a consumer-grade bundle.
Compare Richardson to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Richardson||214.6 Mbps||12||$0.26 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +319.8 Mbps )||17 ( +5 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -65.8 Mbps )||17 ( +5 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -54 Mbps )||15 ( +3 )||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -45.1 Mbps )||23 ( +11 )||$0.26 ( + $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -52.5 Mbps )||8 ( -4 )||$0.34 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Richardson
Two of the nicest people I've ever met
I had to place two separate calls for Business internet and was assisted by two of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of talking to. Tory and Andre, if y'all are out there somewhere, thank you guys for being so effin' chill .
Switched to Spectrum and get NO internet!
Switched to Spectrum a week ago, paying for 100Mbps but that's not even close to what we get. It works if we reset the router and so far we've had to do that every single day - and even then we only get reliable wi-fi for a few minutes. If I want to actually get work done, I have to use the LTE network. Incredibly frustrating and not worth the price. I'm furious.
dependable with good download speeds
I pay for 6 Mbps but different sites that measure download speeds regularly report 7 and 8 Mbps download speeds.
When it's working, the service is excellent. The customer service experience is better than any other provider. The problem is the equipment in our area is outdated and overloaded. It simply cannot handle all of the devices we use today. We have an ongoing connectivity issue that AT&T claims to be working on. They are still lagging with features, as well. Only three HD programs can be recording at a time, while others offer between five and eight. No acceptable answer to that considering AT&T now owns DirecTV. Wifi speed is simply unacceptable. We had been paying for speeds that the equipment cannot provide. To their credit, they are refunding those overages, but they sold it to us knowing they could not provide it. The technicians are very good, but limited. They are honest and forthcoming. We have had almost every other service available and they are all problematic. At least they are aware of the problems and are actively working to improve. Other providers we've used didn't even keep records of our complaints.