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|CenturyLink||$65||12 - 1,000 Mbps||Fiber-optic||30%|
|CenturyLink||$45||12 - 100 Mbps||DSL||79%|
|Sparklight||$30||15 - 1,000 Mbps||Cable||97%|
|Cambridge Telephone Company, Inc.||-||-||Fiber-optic||5.571%|
|HughesNet||$59.99||25 - 25 Mbps||Satellite||100%|
|Rise Broadband||$39.95||5 - 15 Mbps||Wireless||100%|
|Safelink Internet||$59||10 - 15 Mbps||Wireless||100%|
|Viasat||$50||12 - 5 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 Jun 1, 2020.Need help?
Star internet service at a glance
people have access to broadband internet of any type
1 provider - 100%
2 providers - 96.64%
3 providers - 5.57%
4+ providers - 0%
Most available internet technology
Cable - 97%
DSL - 100%
Fiber - 36%
At 100%, broadband coverage in Star is comparable to the rest of Idaho - 93%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.
The vast majority of those living in the Star area will have access to DSL, which covers 100% of Star residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 97% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 36% of those living in Star.
There are seven internet providers serving the Star area, and 96.64% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Star's seven internet providers, prices start at $30 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.
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Top high-speed internet providers in Star
The largest internet providers in Star are CenturyLink and Sparklight bringing DSL, fiber-optic, and cable options to Star.
DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to most Star residents, covering 79% of households. Some will also have the option of fiber-optic from CenturyLink, which covers 30% of the area. Star’s third most-available internet provider, Sparklight, offers cable to around 97% of Star residents.
CenturyLink DSL internet
DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to most households in Star covering 79% of the area.
DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Star 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 CenturyLink start at $45/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Star, $47.32.
CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.75 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Star, $3.15.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Star. These download speeds are available to 79% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Star's providers, 360 Mbps.
CenturyLink fiber-optic internet
Fiber-optic from CenturyLink offers broadband to some, but not many households in Star covering 30% of the area.
Fiber-optic service from CenturyLink is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Star than other internet types.
Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $65/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Star, $47.32.
CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.42 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Star, $3.15.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Star. These download speeds are available to 30% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Star's providers, 360 Mbps.
Sparklight cable internet
Cable from Sparklight offers broadband to nearly all households in Star covering 97% of the area.
Sparklight’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Star residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.
Internet prices for Sparklight start at $30/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Star, $47.32.
Sparklight customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 15 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.00 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Star, $3.15.
For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Sparklight offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps in Star. These download speeds are available to 97% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Star's providers, 360 Mbps.
Internet coverage for rural areas
If you live in the heart of Star, you’ll likely have options from cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Star, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.
Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Star and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Star at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are about average in Star at $50/mo. for speeds up to 5 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Star residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.
Fixed wireless is another popular internet option for those in rural areas. Those living in or just outside of Star may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $59.99 and available download speeds up to 25 Mbps. Fixed wireless service is less likely to come with the high latency of satellite internet, but monthly data limits can still be an issue compared to Star cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers.
Internet provider frequently asked questions
What’s the fastest internet provider in Star?
CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Star with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 30% of households in Star. The next fastest internet provider in Star is Sparklight, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 97% of the area.
What’s the cheapest internet provider in Star?
Sparklight offers the cheapest internet in Star with plans starting at $30/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Star, $47.32.
Is fiber internet available in Star?
CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Star, covering 30% of the city. Cambridge Telephone Company, Inc. also offers fiber internet in Star and is available to 5.571% of households.
Should I use my own router?
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.
Is cable or fiber internet better?
Fiber and cable internet are similar internet service types, but fiber offers a few advantages over cable. Fiber internet can deliver faster upload and download speeds than cable in most areas, and is less vulnerable to slowed speeds during peak usage times. Cable does have the advantage over fiber in terms of availability, covering 89% of U.S. households compared to fiber’s 38%.
Is my internet speed being throttled?
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.