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All wired internet service providers offering DSL, Cable, and Fiber from companies including AT&T, Xfinity, Spectrum, CenturyLink, and Frontier offer internet connections in select areas, unlike cellular coverage which is generally available nationwide through carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Although several wired and wireless internet service providers may be available near you, the fastest speeds are not guaranteed to reach your home and depend on how far away from the infrastructure you live - this is because wired connections can degrade over longer distances and line-of-sight obstructions for wireless connections can disrupt transfer speeds resulting in packet loss, higher latency (ping), and slower speeds. Search your address to see if Fiber-Optic, DSL, or Cable internet is available in your area.
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Is AT&T, XFINITY, FiOS, Comcast, Charter, Frontier, Windstream, CenturyLink, Cox, Optimum, Mediacom, Suddenlink, RCN, Cable ONE, FairPoint available in my area?
Every Internet Service Provider (ISP) has a different footprint and availability map of where they offer service.
Even though a provider may offer service in your city or zip code, it's still possible they won't be able to connect your home due to distance limitations - broadband signals degrade the farther away they get from the provider's infrastructure.
We've analyzed every city nationwide and found that each city has an average of three wired internet providers with copper, cable, or fiber dug into trenches, or hung from utility and telephone poles; however, most individual homes can only receive service from one or two providers.
If your home is outside of the city limits, in a rural area, you might not have access to a wired internet connection, but can still get internet service from a Wireless or Satellite provider depending on the surrounding topography and vegetation - these connections need line-of-sight to towers or satellites.
Whether you have recently moved and need your utilities connected for the first time, or you are buying a home and want to verify your family can have a fast internet connection to compliment your investment, or you've had a bad experience with your current provider and are looking to change, we can help inform you of your options and find a provider that works for your needs.
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InMyArea.com searches through hundreds of millions of data points and shows which providers are available plus their availability percentage (how much they cover your surrounding area).
The provider with the highest coverage percent is the most likely to be available at your address, but they may not be the fastest internet option in your area.
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InMyArea.com is a home services comparison website built by a team of designers, programmers, developers, data scientists, and military veterans passionate about connecting people.
Our team is comprised of individuals with decades of aggregate involvement with Internet Service Providers and a desire to provide users with the best possible online experience.
In 2014, we reorganized our efforts, analyzed 10 million broadband records and greatly improved the accuracy of our results.
Since then, our data has grown to over 100 million records and we continue to make advancements in data analysis by enhancing our system's performance.
We built InMyArea.com to help our family, friends and neighbors find the providers in their area when they move, need to save money, or just feel like changing providers.
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We analyze hundreds of millions of rows of data in real-time, examine every street, city and zip code in the United States, calculate how likely you are to be connected by each provider, check the speeds available, and display the results.
We will show you a list of providers, plans, speeds, and prices including Fiber, Cable, DSL, Copper, Satellite, Wireless, and Mobile providers.
We'll even throw in the nearby public places with free Wi-Fi for you to access the internet while you wait for your service to be installed.
We help educate our users and explain the options everyday.
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What do I need to be able to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu?
Depending on the type of connection available to you, you may have data caps that restrict how much you can stream. Here are the requirements for streaming:
The FCC states you need a minimum download speed of 0.7 Mbps for standard streaming videos, 1.5 Mbps for streaming feature movies, and 4 Mbps for HD-quality.
Amazon Prime Video requires 900 Kbps for Standard Definition (SD) and 3.5 Mbps for High Definition (HD) videos.
Netflix recommends 3 Mbps for SD quality, 5 Mbps for HD, and 25 Mbps for Ultra HD.
Hulu's minimum SD and HD internet speed requirements are 1.5 Mbps for SD, 3 Mbps for 720p HD, 6 Mbps for 1080p HD, and 13 Mbps for 4k Ultra HD.
To summarize, we would recommend the following minimum download speeds for streaming on one device at a time:
SD quality - 3 Mbps
HD quality - 6 Mbps
4K Ultra HD quality - 25 Mbps
How much data do I need?
The amount of data you need depends on your internet usage, streaming uses the most data. Streaming six hours of high definition video per day uses 540 GB per month versus streaming six hours of standard definition uses 126 GB per month. Downloading one movie every day would use 60 GB per month. Downloading new games over the internet can use 30 to 100 GB of data in one short burst and playing online for five hours per day can use 9 GB of data per month. Listening to six hours of audio each day would use 5 GB per month. Speaking from personal experience, a family of three that streams Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime shows daily, watches movies weekly, streams music daily, and uploads photos frequently, uses 430 to 526 GB each month.
Who is the best internet provider?
The best internet provider in each area depends on your individual needs.
Best could mean you want the cheapest, no commitment and a month-to-month contract, or more likely, the fastest download and upload speeds, and your final choice will vary based on your goal.
Let's assume that by best you mean the fastest internet provider with service to your home, here are some tips to remember for choosing the best type of internet connection:
Fiber-Optic connections are the best, in terms of fastest attainable broadband speeds, compared to all other types of internet connections.
If fiber to the home (FTTH) or fiber to the premises (FTTP) is not available to you, then Cable is the best.
If neither Fiber nor Cable are available, then DSL is best.
If you can't get DSL, or if the DSL speed available to you is too slow for your needs, Wireless and Satellite may be available. These wireless ISPs are best for when your home is too far off the grid for a wired connection.
How much does internet cost?
Based on data we have collected, the monthly cost of Internet Service generally ranges from $30 to $70.
On average, it costs about $32 per month for 10 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload, about $41 for 50 Mbps download and 15 Mbps upload, roughly $65 for 65 Mbps download and 25 Mbps upload.
The cost per month for broadband, speed at least 25 Mbps, can range from $0.25 to $3.00 per megabit per second.
What is "broadband"?
Broadband includes DSL, Cable, Fiber-Optic, Wireless, and Satellite connection types.
According to the FCC, broadband is a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps and 3 Mbps upload.
Netflix recommends 25 Mbps (Megabits per second) download speed for playing movies and TV shows at Ultra HD quality.
If you have four simultaneous users sharing the connection, you need at least 100 Mbps to give each user 25 Mbps to stream, play online games, or download files.
The fastest internet speeds are available from Fiber-Optic and Cable connections, up to 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps).
Fast internet speeds, those over 25 Mbps, are usually rare in the country, rural areas, and small towns.
Fiber, from providers such as Verizon, AT&T, Frontier, CenturyLink and Google, is available in select metro areas and offers speeds up to 1 Gbps and beyond.
Cable is another internet service, from providers including Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, Optimum, Mediacom and RCN, with speeds ranging from 50 Mbps to 2 Gbps.
DSL technology is the most common internet service and includes providers such as AT&T, CenturyLink, Verizon, Frontier and Windstream, and speeds between 1.5 to 100 Mbps.
What is "Mbps"?
Mbps is the abbreviation for megabits per second, and is the same as Mbits/sec.
Megabits (Mb) are commonly used for measuring speed by internet service providers.
Megabytes (MB) are used for measuring file sizes and commonly used for determining data usage.
MBps or MB/ps is megabytes per second (note the uppercase MB).
To convert bits to bytes, divide the bits by 8.
To convert bytes to bits, multiply the bytes by 8.
How do I find my current Internet Service Provider?
Your home may have already been connected to one or more ISPs by a previous owner or tenant.
Even if one or more providers have already connected your home to their network, you could still have more options available to you, possibly with faster speeds or lower prices.
To find your existing internet provider look for equipment with recognizable logos or company names inside your home, in the closets or laundry room inside a smart panel; on the exterior walls of your home near the main electrical panel for wiring panels; and, in the front yards of your neighborhood on telecommunication boxes.
The telecommunication and broadband equipment can vary in design, but you will likely find the provider's name or logo on any of these items, look for equipment similar to these examples:
This smart panel is located in a laundry room with coaxial (cable) and telephone wires inside, but no company name anywhere.
These service panels are located on the exterior of the home adjacent to the main electrical panel, both units have a company name.
These boxes can be found in neighborhoods with underground wiring. Stickers clearly show which provider uses this box for service.