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Internet providers in Athens, GA

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Athens, GA internet providers

Provider
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsDSL89%
AT&T $55.00 10 - 5,000 MbpsFiber-optic27%
Spectrum $49.99 300 - 1,000 Mbps **Cable98%
Windstream - 200 - 2,000 MbpsDSL2.889%
Windstream - 200 - 2,000 MbpsFiber-optic0.036%
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Athens internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Athens is comparable to the rest of Georgia - 95%, 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 98% of Athens residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 92% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 58% of those living in Athens.

There are five internet providers serving the Athens area. Among Athens's five internet providers, prices start at $49.99 and available download speeds reach up to 5,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Athens

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Spectrum 135 Mbps 14 Mbps Cable
Viasat 6 Mbps 2 Mbps Satellite
HughesNet 21 Mbps 1 Mbps Satellite
Windstream 78 Mbps 94 Mbps DSL
AT&T 126 Mbps 90 Mbps DSL

Top high-speed internet providers in Athens

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

DSL internet from AT&T is available to nearly all Athens residents, covering 89% of households. Some will also have the option of fiber-optic from AT&T, which covers 27% of the area. Athens’s third most-available internet provider, Spectrum, offers cable to around 98% 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

89%

DSL from AT&T offers broadband to nearly all households in Athens covering 89% 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 about the same as the average starting price for internet in Athens, $59.99.

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, $0.67.

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 89% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 353 Mbps.

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AT&T fiber-optic internet

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

5,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

27%

Fiber-optic from AT&T offers broadband to some, but not many households in Athens covering 27% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from AT&T is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Athens than other internet types.

Internet prices for AT&T start at $55/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Athens, $59.99.

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, $0.67.

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 1,000 Mbps in Athens. These download speeds are available to 27% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 353 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

98%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to nearly all households in Athens covering 98% 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 lower than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $59.99.

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, $0.67.

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 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 353 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 about average in Athens at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are 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 89% of households in Athens. The next fastest internet provider in Athens is AT&T, offering download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps to 27% of the area.

Spectrum offers the cheapest internet in Athens with plans starting at $49.99/mo. This is slightly less than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $59.99.

AT&T is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Athens, covering 27% of the city. Windstream also offers fiber internet in Athens and is available to 0.036% of households.

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.

Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.

Download speeds of 25 Mbps and above are considered broadband speeds, and can handle most online activities including streaming and gaming. For households with multiple devices using a Wi-Fi connection, speeds of 100 Mbps and higher are likely to offer a better online experience. Learn more about what speeds are best for your home.