Internet Providers in Gig Harbor, WA

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Residential Internet Statistics for Gig Harbor, WA
Internet Providers: 6
Internet Plans: 11
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $49.07

Internet Access in Gig Harbor, Washington

Viasat Internet has the strongest coverage footprint in Gig Harbor. HughesNet is also commonly available.

In terms of network technology in use Gig Harbor, we see that the most common wired broadband tech options are DSL (virtually one hundred percent coverage) and Fiber (29.25 percent coverage). Fiber uses newer, more modern Fiber-optical cables, which are composed of dense glass strands which can deliver digital data as light. Fiber Internet offers better download rates and performance, but sometimes switch over to coaxial cables in the "last mile" near subscribers. Copper last mile connections hamper performance, but are almost always a grade higher than cable/DSL. DSL Internet service is transmitted over twisted copper telephone wires by providers such as CenturyLink that historically provided phone service. The twisted copper bundle construction seen in phone lines allows for lower speeds and bandwidth compared to cable and several times less than fiber.

CenturyLink provides an alternative to the primary providers, serving Gig Harbor with near one hundred percent local coverage and a maximum speed of 100 Mbps. Aside from consumer Internet, there are also 6 companies in city limits offering specialized enterprise and business/smb products and services like T1 and MPLS. We list all providers with explicit business services online, although some offer both residential and business broadband.

The Internet coverage information on this page is primarily sourced from FCC reports, and is confirmed through privatized databases to output more granular listings than is available from government websites. Data on pricing and speeds of listed Internet plans is sourced thanks to our research and analysis division, who gather tens of thousands of data points each year. There are a total of 336 plans in Gig Harbor since 2014, with 29 Internet or bundled plans currently on the market.

Overall, the competition between providers in Gig Harbor isn't strong (2.07 companies registered per census block). 2 companies for each address isn't much, but it's enough to create competition around price that benefits consumers in well-wired neighborhoods.

  • There are 13 internet providers in Gig Harbor with 6 of those offering residential service
  • Gig Harbor is the 140th most connected city in Washington ahead of Lakebay, Fox Island, and Steilacoom, but behind Olalla and Allyn.
  • Explore internet access for communities within Gig Harbor: Wauna
  • The fastest zip code in Gig Harbor for April 2021 is 98332. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 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 Gig Harbor, Washington

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Wave Broadband 940 Mbps Cable 8s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Gig Harbor, Washington

  • CenturyLink - DSL - 99.8% Availability in Gig Harbor - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 98.1% Availability in Gig Harbor - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit - Fiber - 29.3% Availability in Gig Harbor - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Wave - Cable - 1.5% Availability in Gig Harbor - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Gig Harbor - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Gig Harbor - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Gig Harbor

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Gig Harbor is the 140th most connected city in Washington ahead of Lakebay, Fox Island, and Steilacoom, but behind Olalla and Allyn.

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

Approximately 5,000 people in Pierce 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: 9% of people living in Gig Harbor 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 96% of Gig Harbor 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, 98332 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Gig Harbor.

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

In Pierce County, approximately 14,000 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 in Gig Harbor

Data collected by our research team shows that some of the popular ISPs in Gig Harbor place some sort of limit on streaming for their home Internet packages. Data caps are disliked because users see them as a tactic to stop "cord cutting", while providers insist that they are a necessary tool as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the culprit is the same: streaming services, which can consume one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Internet access in Gig Harbor neighborhoods

We've compiled information and statistics about Internet access for a variety of areas in Gig Harbor: Wauna.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Gig Harbor

Provider Type Coverage Speed
CenturyLink DSL 99.8%+ 100 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 98.1%+ 1,200 Mbps
CenturyLink Fiber Gigabit Fiber 29.3%+ 940 Mbps
Wave Broadband Cable 1.5%+ 940 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 87.0%+ 987 Mbps
Silver Star Telecom Fiber 100% 10,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 30.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Allstream Copper 3.8%+ -- Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 2.2%+ 1.5 Mbps
Wave Business Cable 1.6%+ 940 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 0.8%+ -- Mbps

Compare Gig Harbor to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Gig Harbor 101.6 Mbps 6 $0.15 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +313.8 Mbps ) 16 ( +10 ) $0.21 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( +17.3 Mbps ) 17 ( +11 ) $0.16 ( + $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( +14.6 Mbps ) 15 ( +9 ) $0.19 ( + $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( +25.8 Mbps ) 23 ( +17 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( +26 Mbps ) 8 ( +2 ) $0.18 ( + $0.00 )