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Internet providers in Athens, AL

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Athens, AL internet providers

Provider
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsDSL94%
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsFiber-optic7.018%
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable100%
Mediacom $19.99 100 - 1,000 MbpsCable19%
WOW! $29.99 200 - 1,200 MbpsFiber-optic90%
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Athens internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Athens is comparable to the rest of Alabama - 94%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Athens area will have access to cable, which covers 100% of Athens residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 95% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 15% of those living in Athens.

There are six internet providers serving the Athens area, and 98.09% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Athens's six internet providers, prices start at $19.99 and available download speeds reach up to 5,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Athens

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
AT&T 178 Mbps 135 Mbps DSL
HughesNet 10 Mbps 2 Mbps Satellite
Mediacom 397 Mbps 27 Mbps Cable
Spectrum 109 Mbps 12 Mbps Cable

Top high-speed internet providers in Athens

The largest internet providers in Athens are AT&T, Spectrum, and Mediacom bringing DSL and cable options to Athens.

DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all Athens residents, covering 94% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Spectrum, which covers 100% of the area. Athens’s third most-available internet provider, Mediacom, offers cable to around 19% of Athens residents.

AT&T DSL internet

Provider
AT&T
Starting price*
$55/mo.
Max download speed

5,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

94%

DSL from AT&T offers broadband to nearly all households in Athens covering 94% of the area.

DSL internet from AT&T uses telephone lines in Athens to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for AT&T start at $55/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $48.33.

AT&T customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.50 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Athens, $0.34.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, AT&T offers download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Athens. These download speeds are available to 94% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 569 Mbps.

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Spectrum cable internet

Provider
Spectrum
Starting price*
$49.99/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps**

(wireless speeds may vary)

Max upload speed

5 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to all households in Athens covering 100% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Athens residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Spectrum start at $49.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Athens, $48.33.

Spectrum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 300 Mbps**, which comes to an estimated $0.17 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Athens, $0.34.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Spectrum offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps** and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps in Athens. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 569 Mbps.

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Mediacom cable internet

Provider
Mediacom
Starting price*
$19.99/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

50 Mbps

Average availability

19%

Cable from Mediacom offers broadband to a limited number of households in Athens covering 19% of the area.

Mediacom’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Athens residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Mediacom start at $19.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $48.33.

Mediacom customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 100 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.20 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Athens, $0.34.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Mediacom offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps in Athens. These download speeds are available to 19% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 569 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Athens, you’ll likely have options from cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Athens, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Athens and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Athens at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Athens at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Athens residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Athens with download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 94% of households in Athens. The next fastest internet provider in Athens is AT&T, offering download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps to 7.018% of the area.

Mediacom offers the cheapest internet in Athens with plans starting at $19.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $48.33.

WOW! is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Athens, covering 90% of the city. AT&T also offers fiber internet in Athens and is available to 7.018% of households.

There are many factors that can influence internet speed. In many cases, restarting your router will resolve speed and connectivity issues. Other factors, such as peak usage times and speed throttling can also cause temporary speed issues.

Available providers vary by address, but your location is likely serviceable for cable and DSL internet. Fiber internet may also be an internet option, but this technology is typically found in larger cities. Those living in rural areas not serviceable for cable, DSL or fiber internet may find satellite or fixed wireless internet to be their only 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.