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Internet Providers in Fort Collins, Colorado
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Internet Access in Fort Collins, Colorado
Viasat Internet has the most availability in Fort Collins. HughesNet is also widely available.
The level of competition between broadband providers in Fort Collins is high. The majority of households have 3-4 providers available to them. Access isn't distributed fairly. A notable 8.98 percent of the population are still limited to one or fewer options.
Rise Broadband is another common broadband option for Fort Collins. They offer Fixed Wireless connections available to 94 percent of the area.
Since FCC data is only collected biannually and only published six or more months later, availability shown here may not be complete.
In summary, Fort Collins's broadband infrastructure follows a common pattern in US communities: strong coverage of bundled cable and DSL, except that most houses are limited to a single company for setting up either type of Internet service. The cable/DSL pattern results from the fact that Broadband service providers started as television and landline telephone corporations, and use these pre-existing wired networks on telephone poles for delivering their Internet service. Fiber has been expanding as an alternative, and while some "Fiber" plans aren't actually "Fiber to the Home" (FTTH) connections, 61.07 percent of Fort Collins has coverage by fiber Internet reaching as far as a box near the property line. The area's weighted average downstream performance is 23.98 percent above the state average, accounting for all cities. Refer to the public speed test data below to see how local providers add up long term.
- There are 20 internet providers in Fort Collins with 9 of those offering residential service
- Fort Collins is the 58th most connected city in Colorado ahead of Loveland, Windsor, Wellington, Laporte, and Bellvue.
- Explore internet access for communities within Fort Collins: Windsor
- The fastest zip code in Fort Collins for July 2021 is 80525. (see all below).
Internet Statistics 2021
9.0% of consumers in Fort Collins15,000 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 Fort Collins, Colorado
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Fort Collins Connexion||10,000 Mbps||Fiber||0s||5.5%|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||85.4%|
|CenturyLink||940 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||94.4%|
|TDS Telecom||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||10.1%|
|TDS Telecom||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||0.6%|
|Rise Broadband||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||94.4%|
|Viasat Internet||50 Mbps||Satellite||2m 43s||100.0%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
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.
Zip-based speed averages are calculated from M-Labs consumer speed tests run by IP addresses in the area.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Internet Access for Education in Fort Collins
Colorado State University-Fort Collins and Collegeamerica-Fort Collins are the biggest universities in Fort Collins. For the 31,487 combined students living in the area, strong internet access is a must for accessing educational materials and viewing research. Both universities offer 2 providers at the average address within two miles of either campus. Colorado State University-Fort Collins students that live around campus can expect to get downstream speeds of around 130.51 Mbps, according to speed test data in the Colorado State University-Fort Collins zip. Speeds close to Collegeamerica-Fort Collins average out to 237.38 Mbps over 21,258 tests run in the past year. FCC and US Government reports often cite the need to better broadband access for college and high school attendees.
Data Cap Issues Around Fort Collins
Data from our market research team suggests that popular providers use data caps on residential Internet plans. Data caps are a public issue since customers see caps as a tactic for limiting streaming. Providers insist that caps are a reasonable strategy as they struggle to manage network congestion. Either way, the issue is the same: over-the-top streaming, which easily consumes anywhere from 1–7GB/hour.
Internet access in Fort Collins neighborhoods
We've gathered data about Broadband availability for these areas within Fort Collins: Windsor.
Compare Fort Collins to the 5 largest cities in the US
|City||Average Download Speed||Number of Providers||Average Cost per Mbps|
|Fort Collins||187.9 Mbps||9||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|New York||534.4 Mbps ( +346.5 Mbps )||17 ( +8 )||$0.48 ( + $0.00 )|
|Los Angeles||148.8 Mbps ( -39.1 Mbps )||17 ( +8 )||$0.28 ( $0.00 )|
|Chicago||160.6 Mbps ( -27.3 Mbps )||15 ( +6 )||$0.32 ( + $0.00 )|
|Houston||169.5 Mbps ( -18.4 Mbps )||23 ( +14 )||$0.31 ( $0.00 )|
|Philadelphia||162.1 Mbps ( -25.8 Mbps )||8 ( -1 )||$0.66 ( + $0.00 )|
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Fort Collins
Xfinity in Ft. Collins
Very rarely down or have issues, quick response to issues, pretty fast connection.
Poor customer service
I would give customer service a negative mark if it was a choice. Spent 2.5 hours with Xfinity before finally obtaining a solution. The service people did not know what they were doing. I was transferred to 4 people before I received ok service.