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Internet providers in DeKalb, IL

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DeKalb, IL internet providers

Provider
Frontier $54.99 VariesDSL91%
Xfinity $29.99 50 - 3,000 MbpsCable98%
Mediacom $19.99 100 - 1,000 MbpsCable17%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Rise Broadband $29.95 25 - 250 MbpsWireless100%
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DeKalb internet service at a glance

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

The vast majority of those living in the DeKalb area will have access to DSL, which covers 100% of DeKalb residents. Fiber-optic internet is also an option for many, offering service to 99% of the area. Cable is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 98% of those living in DeKalb.

There are nine internet providers serving the DeKalb area, and 90.57% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among DeKalb's nine internet providers, prices start at $19.99 and available download speeds reach up to 3,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in DeKalb

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Xfinity 186 Mbps 15 Mbps Cable
Frontier 13 Mbps 1 Mbps DSL

Top high-speed internet providers in DeKalb

The largest internet providers in DeKalb are Frontier, Xfinity, and Mediacom bringing DSL and cable options to DeKalb.

DSL internet from Frontier is available to nearly all DeKalb residents, covering 91% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Xfinity, which covers 98% of the area. DeKalb’s third most-available internet provider, Mediacom, offers cable to around 17% of DeKalb residents.

Frontier DSL internet

Provider
Frontier
Starting price*
$54.99/mo.
Max download speed

Varies

Max upload speed

2 Mbps

Average availability

91%

DSL from Frontier offers broadband to nearly all households in DeKalb covering 91% of the area.

DSL internet from Frontier uses telephone lines in DeKalb 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 Frontier start at $54.99/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in DeKalb, $48.73.

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Xfinity cable internet

Provider
Xfinity
Starting price*
$29.99/mo.
Max download speed

3,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

35 Mbps

Average availability

98%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to nearly all households in DeKalb covering 98% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Xfinity start at $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in DeKalb, $48.73.

Xfinity customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 50 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.60 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in DeKalb, $1.62.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35 Mbps in DeKalb. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all DeKalb's providers, 261 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

17%

Cable from Mediacom offers broadband to a limited number of households in DeKalb covering 17% of the area.

Mediacom’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but DeKalb 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 DeKalb, $48.73.

Mediacom customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 100 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.20 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in DeKalb, $1.62.

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 DeKalb. These download speeds are available to 17% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all DeKalb's providers, 261 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in DeKalb and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in DeKalb at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in DeKalb at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many DeKalb 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 DeKalb may have access to fixed wireless internet service from HughesNet, with plans starting at $64.99 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 DeKalb cable and DSL internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in DeKalb with download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 98% of households in DeKalb. The next fastest internet provider in DeKalb is Mediacom, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 17% of the area.

Mediacom offers the cheapest internet in DeKalb with plans starting at $19.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in DeKalb, $48.73.

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.

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.

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.

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.