Internet Providers in Forest, VA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Forest, VA
Internet Providers: 9
Internet Plans: 18
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $82.77

Internet Access in Forest, Virginia

As it stands, there are 9 Internet service providers in Forest with residential connections, and a total of 18 including smb, enterprise, and mobile providers like CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit and Verizon Business. (Take note that some might be "double entries", since many providers sell home and business service separately.)

Since the majority of houses are only wired for one landline phone company and cable networks don't generally overlap, the majority of Forest residents have 2-3 wired broadband providers to choose from. 4.65 percent of Forest residents — 900 people in total — have one or fewer options for their broadband provider. cable and DSL broadband services are likely to offer the best pricing for home use.

Looking at network technology in use across the Forest area, the most frequently available wired broadband Internet tech varieties are DSL (98.56 percent coverage) and Satellite (virtually one hundred percent coverage). DSL service is transmitted over twisted copper telephone wires on utility poles, and is sold by providers like Verizon High Speed Internet that historically provided phone service. DSL is the slowest of all major broadband technologies except dial-up.

Viasat Internet offers the largest coverage area for Forest residents. close to one hundred percent of the Forest area can receive Internet service from them. HughesNet is the most common second option, providing near one hundred percent of Forest with predominantly Satellite service. The fastest package we've seen for HughesNet for Forest is 25 Mbps.

Broadband coverage insights on the page below are drawn from public government data from the FCC and private data we source from telecom industry sources, or via private sources. Averaged statistics regarding speed and performance averages comes from M-Labs, which is a speed test utility shown within our site as well as Google and Chrome search results. The BroadbandNow research team has manually sourced pricing and plan details for 420 Internet offerings in the Forest market as of 2021.

  • There are 16 internet providers in Forest with 9 of those offering residential service
  • Forest is the 159th most connected city in Virginia ahead of Madison Heights, Evington, and Goode, but behind Rustburg and Lynchburg.
  • The fastest zip code in Forest for July 2021 is 24551. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

900 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 Forest, Virginia

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
Shentel 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 94.4%
Shentel 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 68.5%
Lumos Networks 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s 2.1%
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s 12.0%
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For Forest

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Forest is the 159th most connected city in Virginia ahead of Madison Heights, Evington, and Goode, but behind Rustburg and Lynchburg.

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

Approximately 7,000 people in Bedford 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: 5% of people living in Forest 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 95% of Forest 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, 24551 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Forest.

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

In Bedford County, approximately 18,000 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.

Data Cap Issues and Video Streaming Around Forest

Data from our market researchers shows that many of the popular ISPs currently place a limit on streaming for their home Internet packages. Data caps are controversial since users view them as a strategy for limiting streaming, while providers explain caps are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the problem is the same: streaming video, which can eat up anywhere from 1–7GB per hour.

Compare Forest to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Forest 51.1 Mbps 9 $0.31 ( + $0.00 )
New York 534.4 Mbps ( +483.3 Mbps ) 17 ( +8 ) $0.89 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 148.8 Mbps ( +97.7 Mbps ) 17 ( +8 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 160.6 Mbps ( +109.5 Mbps ) 15 ( +6 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Houston 169.5 Mbps ( +118.4 Mbps ) 23 ( +14 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 162.1 Mbps ( +111 Mbps ) 8 ( -1 ) $0.38 ( + $0.00 )

Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Forest

Terrible slow DSL speeds almost to a crawl

The DSL speeds I am getting are terribly slow and Verizon claims there is nothing they can to get my speeds up to where they should be. This is very poor customer service

OverPriced with unrealistic Data Caps

They are way overpriced compared to other ISPs. The service you receive is subpar and most of the time you don't come close to getting the speeds you're paying for. I pay $142 for just internet and should be getting 101Mbps but most of the time only receive 55Mbps. The network that they run can't handle the number of subscribers they have so their solution is to impose unrealistic data caps and for my package, I get 750GB a month but, anyone with a PS4 knows that you can burn through that in just a couple days. I would stay as far away from this company as possible.