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Fairbanks internet service at a glance
Fastest advertised download speeds
Provider: General Communication, Inc.
people have access to broadband internet of any type
1 provider - 99.63%
2 providers - 65.76%
3 providers - 0%
4+ providers - 0%
Most available internet technology
Cable - 100%
DSL - 66%
Fiber - 0.000%
At 100%, broadband coverage in Fairbanks is slightly higher than the rest of Alaska - 90%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.
The vast majority of those living in the Fairbanks area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Fairbanks residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 66% of the area. No fiber-optic providers are currently available in Fairbanks, but satellite or fixed-wireless providers may offer broadband options in your area.
There are four internet providers serving the Fairbanks area, and 65.76% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Fairbanks's four internet providers, prices start at $59.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.See all providers
Top high-speed internet providers in Fairbanks
The largest internet providers in Fairbanks are HughesNet bringing satellite options to Fairbanks.
Satellite internet from HughesNet is available to nearly all Fairbanks residents, covering 100% of households.
HughesNet satellite internet
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of Mar 10, 2020.
Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in Fairbanks covering 100% of the area.
HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Fairbanks where other internet types may not be available, but service is likely to come with low monthly data allowances and high latency, making streaming binges and real-time online gaming impractical.
Internet prices for HughesNet start at $59.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Fairbanks, $59.99.
HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 2 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $30.00 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Fairbanks, $30.00.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 2 Mbps and upload speeds up to 0.2 Mbps in Fairbanks. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are about the same as the average max speeds from all Fairbanks's providers, 2 Mbps.
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Fairbanks, AK internet providers
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|General Communication, Inc.||-||-||Cable||72%|
|Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc.||-||-||DSL||66%|
|HughesNet||$59.99/mo.||2 - 2 Mbps||Satellite||100%|
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of Mar 10, 2020.Need help?
Internet provider frequently asked questions
What’s the fastest internet provider in Fairbanks?
General Communication, Inc. is the fastest internet provider in Fairbanks with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 72% of households in Fairbanks. The next fastest internet provider in Fairbanks is Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc., offering download speeds up to 50 Mbps to 66% of the area.
What’s the cheapest internet provider in Fairbanks?
HughesNet offers the cheapest internet in Fairbanks with plans starting at $59.99/mo. This is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Fairbanks, $59.99.
What internet speeds do I get?
Take a speed test to see what download and upload speeds you are getting. For the best results, perform the test over a wired connection. View our speed test guide for a full breakdown of your results. If you want faster speeds, consider these tips for boosting internet speed, or shop for faster internet plans in your area.
Why aren’t there more internet options?
According to the FCC, 93% of households have access to three or more providers. In many areas, a cable, DSL, satellite and possibly fiber-optic provider may be available. You are unlikely, however, to find multiple providers of the same internet type, such as two cable providers, in the same location because operating expenses in an area already served by another provider can be too high to be profitable.
Do I need a new modem for fiber internet?
Yes. Fiber-optic internet is a completely different technology than DSL or cable internet, and therefore requires a different type of modem. In many cases, you can get the required modem from your internet provider at no extra cost.
Can I get Wi-Fi without a provider?
Wi-Fi connects your device to a router, but that router needs to be connected to the internet for your device to also be connected to the internet. You need an internet service provider to get Wi-Fi.