Palmer, AK High Speed Internet Service

There are a total of 4 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Palmer, 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 Palmer:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1GCI HoldingsCable1000 Mbps50 Mbps98.5%
2MatanuskaDSL, Fiber1000 Mbps100 Mbps72.7%
3ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
4HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
desktop_mac

Palmer 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 Palmer compare to Matanuska-Susitna Borough? The average speed in Palmer is 27.45 Mbps which is slower than Matanuska-Susitna Borough overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Alaska average of 11.98 Mbps.

wifi

Palmer Internet Access Facts

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 27.6% of Palmer residents

  • The average internet download speed in Matanuska-Susitna Borough is 27.61 Mbps based upon 71947 samples taken in the past year

  • The average upload speed in Palmer is 6.29 Mbps. This is 100.3% faster than the average in Alaska and 45.8% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • The average download speed in Palmer is 0.6% slower than the Matanuska-Susitna Borough average and 15.3% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • The average upload speed in Palmer is 6.29 Mbps. This is 2.4% faster than the Matanuska-Susitna Borough average and 45.8% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps

  • Cable internet is available to 66.4% of Matanuska-Susitna Borough 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 Palmer 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 Palmer, Alaska.

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

Click through to see how the Palmer broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Chena Ridge, Cordova, Healy, Houston, Ketchikan, 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 Palmer, Alaska?

The following zip codes were used: 99645

Who has the fastest internet service in Palmer?

GCI Holdings and Matanuska with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Palmer.

Is there DSL internet service near me?

Yes, there is 1 DSL provider in Palmer - Matanuska.

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.




Palmer 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