Internet Providers in Sophia, West Virginia

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Residential Internet Statistics for Sophia, WV
Wired Internet Providers: 2
Average Speed Test Result: 112.96 Mbps
Top Advertised Speed: 1,000 Mbps
No Broadband Access: 51.83%

Internet Access in Sophia, West Virginia

Information here is calculated from the FCC's bi-annual broadband coverage reports. We leverage direct reporting from providers to validate that data on a census block level. Pricing and plan data shown here is collected through our data division. Locally, we've collected and verified 197 broadband deals in Sophia in the past few years. Speed test data in the graph below is limited to 2 records as of 2021. This gives a snapshot of what some subscribers are getting in the area, but trends low since tests are usually run to diagnose home networking issues.

Frontier Communications is an second choice to the primary providers. They offer 53 percent coverage and a maximum speed of 24 Mbps.

Taking a look at network tech installed in Sophia, the most frequently available wired Internet tech varieties are DSL and Cable, with 53.08% and 48.17% respectively. Cable connections are marketed by traditional residential television companies, using their existing coaxial cable TV networks. Cable often makes sense for Sophia residents due to the strong mix of speed and value. Telephone providers are the main source for DSL service, because DSL, or "Digital Subscriber Line," sends digital information over phone wires. Compared to other copper-based networks, the twisted copper makeup seen in telephone lines provides lower speeds and bandwidth compared to cable and several times less than fiber.

74.41 percent of households (1,000 residents total) have a single option for home Internet, or in some rare cases, none at all.

Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) and HughesNet are the strongest providers in Sophia so far as coverage. As the maps below show, these providers frequently compete at addresses in most neighborhoods around Sophia.

Internet Statistics 2021

1,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Sophia, West Virginia

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Suddenlink Communications 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications 115 Mbps DSL 1m 11s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Sophia, West Virginia

  • Frontier - 53.1% Availability in Sophia - Speeds up to 115 Mbps
  • Suddenlink - 48.2% Availability in Sophia - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - 100.0% Availability in Sophia - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - 100.0% Availability in Sophia - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

Internet Provider Competition Map For Sophia

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Sophia is the 579th most connected city in West Virginia behind Daniels, Beckley, Coal City, Beaver, and Crab Orchard.

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

Approximately 2,000 people in Raleigh 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 26% of Sophia 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.

In Raleigh County, approximately 8,000 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 Caps in Sophia

Data collected by our research team shows that popular ISPs place a limit on streaming on residential Internet plans. Data caps are disliked since users view them as a tactic to limit video streaming, while providers maintain they are a reasonable strategy for managing network congestion. Either way, the culprit is video streaming, which can use anywhere from one to seven Gigabytes/hour.

Summary Of Internet Providers In Sophia

Provider Type Coverage Speed
Frontier Communications DSL 53.1%+ 115 Mbps
Suddenlink Communications Cable 48.2%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 100% 115 Mbps
Suddenlink Business Cable 4.4%+ 1,000 Mbps

Compare Sophia to the 5 largest cities in the US

City Average Download Speed Number of Providers Average Cost per Mbps
Sophia 113 Mbps 4 $0.50 ( + $0.00 )
New York 349.1 Mbps ( +236.1 Mbps ) 15 ( +11 ) $0.46 ( $0.00 )
Los Angeles 107.1 Mbps ( -5.9 Mbps ) 18 ( +14 ) $0.27 ( $0.00 )
Chicago 99.7 Mbps ( -13.3 Mbps ) 15 ( +11 ) $0.30 ( $0.00 )
Houston 111.7 Mbps ( -1.3 Mbps ) 21 ( +17 ) $0.26 ( $0.00 )
Philadelphia 115.3 Mbps ( +2.3 Mbps ) 9 ( +5 ) $0.34 ( $0.00 )