Athens, WV High Speed Internet Service
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 5 choices for service in Athens, WV that meet this minimum speed threshold. Of course, many households will find this minimum speed is not sufficient for their needs, especially if they often have multiple downloads occurring simultaneously.
We aim to help you find the best choice when shopping for high speed internet service in Athens by using our ranking algorithm that takes into consideration the upload speed, download speed, coverage area and overall value. A summary of our results is as follows:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Optimum||Cable||1000 Mbps||50 Mbps||92.8%|
|2||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|3||Xfinity||Cable||300 Mbps||10 Mbps||16.1%|
|4||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|5||Frontier||Fiber||115 Mbps||115 Mbps||17.9%|
Athens WV 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.
Broadband Internet Speeds
How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Athens compare to Mercer County? The average speed in Athens is 24.42 Mbps which is faster than Mercer County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the West Virginia average of 23.43 Mbps.
Athens Internet Access Facts
The average upload speed in Athens is 3.95 Mbps. This is 29.1% slower than the average in West Virginia and 65.9% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
The average download speed in Athens is 29.7% faster than the Mercer County average and 24.6% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in Athens is 3.95 Mbps. This is 6% slower than the Mercer County average and 65.9% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 92.7% of Mercer County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 0.9% of Mercer County residents
The average internet download speed in Mercer County is 18.83 Mbps based upon 135904 samples taken in the past year
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 Athens 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 Optimum as the top provider for Athens, West Virginia.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Athens, West Virginia?
The following zip codes were used: 24712 and 24740
How do the internet speeds in Athens compare to other cities in West Virginia?
What is fixed wireless internet service?
Fixed wireless internet is typical used in rural areas where there are no buried telephone or cable lines. An antenna is attached to the home or business which transmits and receives data from access point towers. Download speeds are typically much better than with satellite.
How many broadband service providers are there near me?
Currently there are 5 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Athens, WV residents.
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 is fiber internet service?
Fiber internet service transmits data by sending pulses of light over thin glass fiber optic cable. In most cases fiber internet service download speeds will be faster than cable or DSL, however, fiber service is limited with less than half of Americans living in an area with fiber coverage.
Who has the fastest internet service in Athens?
Optimum with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Athens.
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there is 1 fiber internet provider in Athens - Frontier.
Athens 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.
- 260+ channels
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- Watch TV, DVR and OnDemand anywhere with the Xfinity Stream app
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app