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Internet Providers in Arlington, Virginia
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Internet Access in Arlington, Virginia
Viasat Internet has the strongest coverage footprint in Arlington. HughesNet is also widely available.
Each major wired Internet network technology has coverage in Arlington, including fiber and cable/DSL. Fiber has availability for 88.61 percent of local addresses. Cable, meanwhile, is a service option for 99.46 percent of residents. DSL can be accessed by 84.10 percent of the local population.
The level of competition among Internet service brands is strong overall, and the average resident can access 3-4 ISPs. (3.27 per census block.)
XFINITY from Comcast is another commonly available Internet choice for Arlington, offering Cable service in 99 percent of Arlington.
The broadband coverage insights here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are calculated from governmental data from the FCC and privatized data we source directly from industry sources. Averaged statistics about speed data comes via M-Labs. Our market research team has manually sourced package pricing and service data on 641 Internet offerings for Arlington to date.
Internet Statistics 2021
0.7% of consumers in Arlington1,000 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 Arlington, Virginia
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||99.5%|
|Cox Communications||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||1.2%|
|Starry Internet||200 Mbps||Fiber||40s||0.5%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Arlington
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.
Internet Access for Education in Arlington
Strayer University-Virginia and Marymount University are the largest universities in Arlington. For the 10,291 combined students living in the area, fast broadband access is a must for accessing online course materials and viewing research. Both universities have 2-3 ISPs at the average address within 2 miles of either campus. Strayer University-Virginia students that live surrounding campus can expect to get downstream speeds of around 205.94 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Strayer University-Virginia zip code. Speeds near Marymount University average out to 337.35 Mbps over 21,682 tests run in the past year.
FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to better broadband availability for college and high school students. There is a recognized correlation between increased high-speed broadband access and increased education/employment opportunities, especially in small cities and rural areas.
Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting in Arlington
Data from our research team shows that some of the popular ISPs use data caps on home Internet connections. Data caps are disliked since subscribers view caps as a tactic for limiting streaming services, while providers insist they are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network traffic. Either way, the issue is the same: over-the-top streaming, which can consume anywhere from 1–7GB/hr.
Compare Arlington to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Arlington||139.3 Mbps||10||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +406.3 Mbps )||19 ( +9 )||$0.26 ( $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( +22 Mbps )||17 ( +7 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( +41.6 Mbps )||17 ( +7 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( +47.3 Mbps )||24 ( +14 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( +39.8 Mbps )||9 ( -1 )||$0.30 ( $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Arlington
Great customer service
Made an honest mistake about not disconnecting my service when I moved. The manager listened, understood, and adjusted my bill accordingly. The cable and internet service was great as well. Good company. As a business professor, that's the kind of response made by companies that wish to do business in the future.