Internet Providers in Charles Town, WV

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Residential Internet Statistics for Charles Town, WV
Internet Providers: 11
Internet Plans: 8
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $51.62

Internet Access in Charles Town, West Virginia

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) has the strongest coverage footprint in Charles Town. HughesNet is also widely available.

2 Internet options per address isn't a high level of competition, but it's enough to reduce pricing in neighborhoods with provider overlap. As is clear in the map below, Internet availability often varies depending on location.

Cable and DSL are the main network options in Charles Town, fighting over the same subscribers at many addresses and generally competing on service quality. Cable network speed is usually stronger, but overall performance found with either Internet technology system are similar and which is "best" frequently varies from block to block depending on the network quality in a given neighborhood. Charles Town area user speed test records suggest that network performance is stronger than average, clocking in 60.22 percent above the West Virginia aggregated average so far as citywide download speeds.

The Internet packages displayed above are collected manually by our data science and research team.

Outside of the Internet options listed above, XFINITY from Comcast provides a third choice for wired broadband in 98 percent of Charles Town. Wireless providers such as All Points Broadband are worth looking at, but the incumbent wired providers usually offer a stronger value when it comes to speed and pricing.

Internet Statistics 2021

700 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 Charles Town, West Virginia

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
XFINITY from Comcast 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications 115 Mbps DSL 1m 11s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Charles Town, West Virginia

  • Xfinity - 98.4% Availability in Charles Town - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Frontier - 97.1% Availability in Charles Town - Speeds up to 115 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Charles Town - Speeds up to 50 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Charles Town - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Charles Town

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Charles Town is the 111th most connected city in West Virginia ahead of Shenandoah Junction, but behind Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, Kearneysville, and Ranson.

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

Approximately 800 people in Jefferson 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.

Approximately 96% of Charles Town 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, 25414 is the zip code with the fastest average download speed in Charles Town.

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

In Jefferson County, approximately 2,000 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.

Internet for Education in Charles Town

Economic development reports regularly highlight a large pattern between internet availability and enhanced schooling. For education, home Internet access is practically a necessity as colleges such as American Public University System in Charles Town migrate to web-based systems to manage coursework. Looking at 10,057 speed tests reported in the past annum at locations within 2 miles of American Public University System campus, performance averages are in the region of 181.94 Mbps — far higher than the minimum speeds needed for viewing video and operating hosted or communication platforms.

Data Cap Issues and Cord Cutting Around Charles Town

Data from our researchers shows that many of the common ISPs currently use data caps on home Internet connections. Data caps are disliked since customers view them as a tactic for limiting streaming services. Providers explain they are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. In either case, the problem is video streaming, which can consume anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes per hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Charles Town

Provider Type Coverage Speed
All Points Broadband Fixed Wireless 99.2%+ 25 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 98.4%+ 1,000 Mbps
Frontier Communications DSL 97.1%+ 115 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 50 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 89.5%+ 987 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 100% 115 Mbps
Shentel Fiber 13.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Citynet Fiber 1.1%+ 50 Mbps

Compare Charles Town to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Charles Town 181.9 Mbps 5 $0.36 ( + $0.00 )
New York 415.4 Mbps ( +233.5 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.45 ( + $0.00 )
Los Angeles 118.9 Mbps ( -63 Mbps ) 18 ( +13 ) $0.24 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 116.2 Mbps ( -65.7 Mbps ) 15 ( +10 ) $0.28 ( $0.00 )
Houston 127.4 Mbps ( -54.5 Mbps ) 21 ( +16 ) $0.25 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 127.6 Mbps ( -54.3 Mbps ) 9 ( +4 ) $0.33 ( $0.00 )