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Internet Providers in Bellingham, Washington
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Internet Access in Bellingham, Washington
Bellingham features a total of 12 broadband providers marketing home service. Including business Internet, that's a total of 26 companies available locally, like PogoZone. (Some might be "doubles", since many companies list residential service and business services separately.)
The average home in Bellingham will find 3-4 providers at their location, or precisely 3.49 ISPs per census block. Only 2.24 percent of Bellingham residents are stuck with one option for home Internet.
Viasat Internet offers the largest coverage area for Bellingham residents. The provider is accessible for close to one hundred percent of Bellingham. HughesNet is also a common option, with coverage in practically one hundred percent of Bellingham with Satellite service. HughesNet's fastest plan in Bellingham is 25 megabits per second.
Taking a look at network tech with significant infrastructure built the city, the most widespread hardwired Internet technology options are DSL and Fiber (86.03 percent coverage) and Cable (93.42 percent coverage). TV corporations are where customers look for cable home Internet, thanks to the fact that they can re-purpose their pre-existing TV wires — which already connect to most homes — to connect customers to Internet service. Bellingham subscribers to cable companies such as Xfinity overwhelmingly select cable thanks to the reasonably low pricing for decent speeds. (Compared to the alternatives, anyway.)
Internet availability insights here and elsewhere on BroadbandNow are drawn from governmental data and privatized datasets collected directly from ISPs. Statistics about speed averages is sourced via M-Labs. Our in-house market researchers have hand-validated price and service data for 401 Internet offerings within Bellingham as of 2021.
Internet Statistics 2021
2.2% of consumers in Bellingham2,000 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 Bellingham, Washington
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Wave Broadband||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||28.2%|
|Wave G||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||5.3%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||86.0%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||59.2%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|PogoZone||25 Mbps||Cable||5m 27s||3.3%|
|San Juan Cable Inc||25 Mbps||Cable||5m 27s||2.7%|
|Ziply Fiber||24 Mbps||DSL||5m 41s||8.3%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Bellingham
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.
Internet Service for Educational Purposes in Bellingham
Economic development studies often highlight a strong correlation between broadband access and improved schooling. At college, personal Internet access is virtually a necessity as colleges such as Western Washington University adapt web-based systems to share out-of-class work. Looking at 19,301 speed tests recorded over the past year at addresses within 2 miles of Western Washington University campus, performance averages are close to 230.16 Mbps — considerably above the minimum speeds needed for streaming video and operating cloud or communication platforms.
Data Caps in Bellingham
Data from our market researchers shows that popular providers in the area place some sort of limit on data use on home broadband packages. Data caps are a public issue since subscribers view caps as a strategy for limiting video streaming, while providers maintain that data caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage heavy network traffic. In either case, the issue is video streaming, which can consume anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.
Compare Bellingham to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Bellingham||202.4 Mbps||13||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||545.6 Mbps ( +343.2 Mbps )||19 ( +6 )||$0.33 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||161.3 Mbps ( -41.1 Mbps )||18 ( +5 )||$0.27 ( + $0.00 )|
|Chicago||180.9 Mbps ( -21.5 Mbps )||17 ( +4 )||$0.24 ( $0.00 )|
|Houston||186.6 Mbps ( -15.8 Mbps )||24 ( +11 )||$0.23 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||179.1 Mbps ( -23.3 Mbps )||9 ( -4 )||$0.39 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Bellingham
Customer service has improved, but not great. Ask for the XB6 modem if you sign up or have an older model, it's very reliable and coverage is excellent.
Awesome in price. They hooked our internet up the next day.
PogoZone is Awesome!
These guys are the best-kept secret in Whatcom County. My business is getting 100Mbps service at Bellingham Towers building and at my home, I have fast speeds. You talk to a real person and they are on top of it if there is an issue. Only had to call them once in the past 2 years.