Anchorage, AK High Speed Internet Service

There are a total of 5 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Anchorage, Alaska and meet the minimum accepted broadband definition of 25 Mbps download speed. Our proprietary ranking calculation takes into account different aspects of useable download speed, upload speed and coverage area. For example, an increase of 100 Mbps download speed from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps is much more significant for users than an increase from 1000 Mbps to 1100Mpbs. Also, for nearly all users download speed is much more important than upload speed. Our ranked ordering of internet service providers in Anchorage:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1GCI HoldingsCable1000 Mbps50 Mbps98.6%
2Alaska Communications Systems HoldingsDSL, Fiber, wireless1000 Mbps500 Mbps38.1%
3Borealis Broadbandwireless30 Mbps30 Mbps94.1%
4ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
5HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
desktop_mac

Anchorage AK Internet Access Options

Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.

wifi_tethering

Broadband Internet Speeds

How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Anchorage compare to Anchorage Municipality? The average speed in Anchorage is 16.98 Mbps which is slower than Anchorage Municipality overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Alaska average of 11.98 Mbps.

wifi

Anchorage Internet Access Facts

  • There are 5 residential internet providers in Anchorage, AK providing service to at least 15% of the city

  • The average download speed in Anchorage is 41.7% faster than the average in Alaska and 47.6% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 47.4% of the Anchorage Municipality population

  • The average internet download speed in Anchorage is 16.98 Mbps based upon 463896 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 98.5% of the Anchorage population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 3.5% of Anchorage residents

web

Internet Access Technologies

DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Anchorage residents who have access to each of these technology types.


Internet Service FAQs

Who has the best internet service near me?

Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks GCI Holdings as the top provider for Anchorage, Alaska.

How do the internet speeds in Anchorage compare to other cities in Alaska?

Click through to see how the Anchorage broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Bear Creek, Fairbanks, Healy, North Pole, Skagway, Valdez, Wasilla

What is Mbps?

Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.

What download speed do I need to stream movies?

For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Anchorage, Alaska?

The following zip codes were used: 99501, 99502, 99503, 99504, 99505, 99506, 99507, 99508, 99509, 99510, 99511, 99513, 99514, 99515, 99516, 99517, 99518, 99519, 99520, 99521, 99522, 99523, 99524, 99529, 99540, 99567, 99577, 99587, 99599, 99645 and 99686

Who has the fastest internet service in Anchorage?

GCI Holdings and Alaska Communications Systems Holdings with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Anchorage.

Is there DSL internet service near me?

Yes, there is 1 DSL provider in Anchorage - Alaska Communications Systems Holdings.

What is an internet data cap?

Some internet providers on their lowest end plans limit the amount of data that can be downloaded in a month. Like cellular phone plans, when that usage limit is hit, an additional charge is added to the customer's bill. Data caps are typically 1TB or more. In a month you could send 40,000 emails, streaming music 24 hours a data, surf the web 24 hours a day plus stream HD video 12 hours a day and still not hit a 1TB limit. Fewer than 10% of customers hit their data caps in a month.




Anchorage Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services

Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.


DISH

  • 290+ channels
  • Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
  • 4 video package tiers
  • Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
Learn More

Hulu Live TV

  • 75+ channels
  • Access to premium Hulu originals
  • Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
  • 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
Learn More

YouTube TV

  • 85+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
Learn More

DIRECTV stream

  • 140+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network and sports coverage
  • Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app
Learn More

fuboTV

  • 180+ channels
  • 1000 hours of cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
Learn More

Sling

  • 50+ channels
  • 50 hours of DVR storage
  • No annual contracts
  • Up to 4 simultaneous streams across a wide variety of devices
Learn More