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Internet providers in Sterling, VA

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Sterling, VA internet providers

Provider
Verizon $49.99 300 - 940 MbpsFiber-optic97%
Verizon $49.99 300 - 940 MbpsDSL63%
Xfinity $29.99 50 - 3,000 MbpsCable99%
HughesNet $64.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
Viasat $69.99 12 - 150 MbpsSatellite100%
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Sterling internet service at a glance

At 99%, broadband coverage in Sterling is comparable to the rest of Virginia - 97%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Sterling area will have access to fiber-optic, which covers 97% of Sterling residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 96% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 62% of those living in Sterling.

There are five internet providers serving the Sterling area, and 98.79% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Sterling's five internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 3,000 Mbps.

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Average internet speeds in Sterling

ProviderDownload speedUpload speedInternet type
All Points Broadband 9 Mbps 3 Mbps Wireless
HughesNet 25 Mbps 2 Mbps Satellite
Xfinity 113 Mbps 20 Mbps Cable
Verizon 174 Mbps 110 Mbps Fiber-optic

Top high-speed internet providers in Sterling

The largest internet providers in Sterling are Verizon and Xfinity bringing fiber-optic, DSL, and cable options to Sterling.

Fiber-optic internet from Verizon is available to nearly all Sterling residents, covering 97% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from Verizon, which covers 63% of the area. Sterling’s third most-available internet provider, Xfinity, offers cable to around 99% of Sterling residents.

Verizon fiber-optic internet

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

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

880 Mbps

Average availability

97%

Fiber-optic from Verizon offers broadband to nearly all households in Sterling covering 97% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Verizon start at $49.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Sterling, $54.98.

Verizon 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 Sterling, $0.40.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps in Sterling. These download speeds are available to 97% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Sterling's providers, 281 Mbps.

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Verizon DSL internet

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

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

63%

DSL from Verizon offers broadband to most households in Sterling covering 63% of the area.

DSL internet from Verizon uses telephone lines in Sterling 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 Verizon start at $49.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Sterling, $54.98.

Verizon 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 Sterling, $0.40.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in Sterling. These download speeds are available to 63% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Sterling's providers, 281 Mbps.

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Xfinity cable internet

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

3,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

10 Mbps

Average availability

99%

Cable from Xfinity offers broadband to all households in Sterling covering 99% of the area.

Xfinity’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Sterling 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 Sterling, $54.98.

Xfinity customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 50 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.60 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Sterling, $0.40.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Xfinity offers download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps in Sterling. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Sterling's providers, 281 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Sterling and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Sterling at $64.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are significantly higher than average in Sterling at $69.99/mo. for speeds up to 150 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Sterling 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 Sterling 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 Sterling cable, fiber-optic, and DSL internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in Sterling with download speeds up to 3,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 99% of households in Sterling. The next fastest internet provider in Sterling is Verizon, offering download speeds up to 940 Mbps to 97% of the area.

Xfinity offers the cheapest internet in Sterling with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Sterling, $54.98.

Verizon is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Sterling, covering 97% of the city.

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.

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.

Monthly costs for internet can range from $20 to $60, depending on which providers are available in your area. Added fees for Wi-Fi service and equipment can add to that cost, but your internet provider may give you the option to use your own router, which can lower the monthly internet cost.