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Rochester, WI internet providers

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AT&T $30 100 - 50 MbpsDSL8.286%
Spectrum $44.99 60 - 300 MbpsCable99%
TDS Telecom $35 1 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic59%
TDS Telecom $35 1 - 50 MbpsDSL59%
HughesNet $59.99 25 - 25 MbpsSatellite100%
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Rochester internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Rochester is comparable to the rest of Wisconsin - 98%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Rochester area will have access to cable, which covers 99% of Rochester residents. DSL internet is also an option for many, offering service to 91% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 59% of those living in Rochester.

There are seven internet providers serving the Rochester area, and 98.65% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Rochester's seven internet providers, prices start at $30 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Rochester

The largest internet providers in Rochester are Spectrum and TDS Telecom bringing cable, DSL, and fiber-optic options to Rochester.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to nearly all Rochester residents, covering 99% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from TDS Telecom, which covers 59% of the area. Rochester’s third most-available internet provider, TDS Telecom, offers fiber-optic to around 59% of Rochester residents.

Spectrum cable internet

Provider
Spectrum
Starting price*
$44.99/mo.
Max download speed

300 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

99%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to all households in Rochester covering 99% of the area.

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

Internet prices for Spectrum start at $44.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Rochester, $46.66.

Spectrum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 60 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.75 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rochester, $1.33.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Spectrum offers download speeds up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Rochester. These download speeds are available to 99% of the area, and are slightly faster than the average max speeds from all Rochester's providers, 244 Mbps.

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TDS Telecom DSL internet

Provider

TDS Telecom

Starting price*
$35/mo.
Max download speed

50 Mbps

Max upload speed

20 Mbps

Average availability

59%

DSL from TDS Telecom offers broadband to about half of households in Rochester covering 59% of the area.

DSL internet from TDS Telecom uses telephone lines in Rochester 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 TDS Telecom start at $35/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Rochester, $46.66.

TDS Telecom customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 1 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $35.00 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rochester, $1.33.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, TDS Telecom offers download speeds up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps in Rochester. These download speeds are available to 59% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Rochester's providers, 244 Mbps.

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TDS Telecom fiber-optic internet

Provider

TDS Telecom

Starting price*
$35/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

120 Mbps

Average availability

59%

Fiber-optic from TDS Telecom offers broadband to about half of households in Rochester covering 59% of the area.

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

Internet prices for TDS Telecom start at $35/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Rochester, $46.66.

TDS Telecom customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 1 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $35.00 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Rochester, $1.33.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, TDS Telecom offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 120 Mbps in Rochester. These download speeds are available to 59% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Rochester's providers, 244 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

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

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Rochester and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Rochester at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are about average in Rochester at $50/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Rochester 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 Rochester 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 Rochester cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

TDS Telecom is the fastest internet provider in Rochester with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 59% of households in Rochester. The next fastest internet provider in Rochester is Spectrum, offering download speeds up to 300 Mbps to 99% of the area.

AT&T offers the cheapest internet in Rochester with plans starting at $30/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Rochester, $46.66.

TDS Telecom is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Rochester, covering 59% of the city.

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.

Wi-Fi extenders are handy when your router can’t project a strong signal to everywhere in your home that you need it. Your internet provider may offer Wi-Fi extenders for an added monthly cost, or you can purchase one online or from most electronics retailers.

Take a speed test to see what download and upload speeds you are getting. For the best results, perform the test over a wired connection. View our speed test guide for a full breakdown of your results. If you want faster speeds, consider these tips for boosting internet speed, or shop for faster internet plans in your area.