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Internet providers in Fairbanks, AK

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GCI - -Cable72%
Alaska Communications Systems Holdings, Inc. - -DSL66%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 2 MbpsSatellite100%
AlasConnect, LLC - -Wireless88%
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Fairbanks internet service at a glance

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.

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

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$59.99/mo.
Max download speed

2 Mbps

Max upload speed

0.2 Mbps

Average availability

100%

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 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.40 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Fairbanks, $2.40.

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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Internet provider frequently asked questions

GCI 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.

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.

If you suspect your slow speeds are the result of your internet provider throttling your connection, the easiest way to determine if you’re being throttled is to perform two speed tests. Run the first test on your regular network, then run the second one on a VPN. If the two speeds are drastically different (and the VPN test was higher), your internet provider may be throttling your speeds.

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.

Upgrading your internet plan or switching to a new provider that offers faster internet service is the best way to get significantly faster speeds, but that will likely also come with a price increase. To get faster internet without changing your plan or provider, upgrade your internet equipment or reduce the number of devices connected to your network.

There are benefits to using your own router vs. buying or renting one from your internet provider, such as lower monthly costs and more product options. If you choose to use your own router, keep in mind that your internet provider’s tech support may not be able to fully assist you with your personal router. Select providers may not give you the option to use your own router.