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Internet providers in Athens, TX

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Athens, TX internet providers

Provider
CenturyLink $50.00 ** 10 - 100 MbpsDSL93%
Optimum $40.00 300 - 1,000 MbpsCable97%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $64.99 12 - 12 MbpsSatellite100%
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Athens internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Athens is comparable to the rest of Texas - 91%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Athens area will have access to DSL, which covers 99% of Athens residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 97% of the area. No fiber-optic providers are currently available in Athens, but satellite or fixed-wireless providers may offer broadband options in your area.

There are four internet providers serving the Athens area, and 96.41% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Athens's four internet providers, prices start at $40 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Athens

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
Optimum 166 Mbps 24 Mbps Cable
Viasat 4 Mbps 2 Mbps Satellite
HughesNet 2 Mbps 1 Mbps Satellite
CenturyLink 18 Mbps 5 Mbps DSL

Top high-speed internet providers in Athens

The largest internet providers in Athens are CenturyLink, Optimum, and HughesNet bringing DSL, cable, and satellite options to Athens.

DSL internet from CenturyLink is available to nearly all Athens residents, covering 93% of households. Many will also have the option of cable from Optimum, which covers 97% of the area. Athens’s third most-available internet provider, HughesNet, offers satellite to around 100% of Athens residents.

CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$50/mo.
Max download speed

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

93%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Athens covering 93% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink 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 CenturyLink start at $50/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $55.00.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.00 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Athens, $0.63.

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 Athens. These download speeds are available to 93% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 284 Mbps.

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Optimum cable internet

Provider
Optimum
Starting price*
$40/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

50 Mbps

Average availability

97%

Cable from Optimum offers broadband to nearly all households in Athens covering 97% of the area.

Optimum’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 Optimum start at $40/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $55.00.

Optimum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 300 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.13 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Athens, $0.63.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Optimum offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps in Athens. These download speeds are available to 97% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 284 Mbps.

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HughesNet satellite internet

Provider
HughesNet
Starting price*
$64.99/mo.
Max download speed

25 Mbps

Max upload speed

3 Mbps

Average availability

100%

Satellite from HughesNet offers broadband to all households in Athens covering 100% of the area.

HughesNet satellite internet offers reliable connection in areas of Athens 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 $64.99/mo.*, which is higher than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $55.00.

HughesNet customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 25 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $2.60 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Athens, $0.63.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, HughesNet offers download speeds up to 25 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps in Athens. These download speeds are available to 100% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Athens's providers, 284 Mbps.

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Internet provider frequently asked questions

Optimum is the fastest internet provider in Athens with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 97% of households in Athens. The next fastest internet provider in Athens is CenturyLink, offering download speeds up to 100 Mbps to 93% of the area.

Optimum offers the cheapest internet in Athens with plans starting at $40/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Athens, $55.00.

Resetting your router and optimizing your router settings can give you an instant speed boost. Consider Wi-Fi extenders if your signal is weaker in certain areas of your home. Also, be sure to check your Wi-Fi network to see if there are any unknown devices or users connected that could be slowing your network.

Downgrading services or cutting extras, such as Wi-Fi extenders or premium tech support, can lower your monthly internet bill. You can also try to negotiate with your internet provider for a lower rate. Switching internet providers and bundling internet with other services is another common way to lower internet costs.

Cable internet will nearly always offer faster speeds than DSL, but typically at a higher price point. So if you’re shopping for cheap internet plans, DSL may be your better option but if you want speed, consider cable internet.

Select internet providers including AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity have thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots that customers can connect to at no extra cost. If your internet provider does not offer free Wi-Fi hotspots, you can find free public Wi-Fi at your local library or many restaurants and cafes. Consider these tips for using public Wi-Fi safely.