Best Charleston Internet Service Providers
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 4 choices for service in Charleston, 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 Charleston 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||96.0%|
|2||Frontier||DSL, Fiber||115 Mbps||115 Mbps||50.2%|
|3||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|4||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Charleston WV Internet Access Options
When it comes to high speed internet availability, download speeds and overall customer satisfaction, cities with more than a single provider more often than not lead in all of these categories.
Does Charleston have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:
Broadband Internet Speeds
Curious how fast the average internet speeds in Charleston are compared to Kanawha County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to West Virginia overall?
Average download speeds in Charleston of 20.16 Mbps are faster than the Kanawha County average download speeds and slower than the statewide average for West Virginia.
Charleston Internet Access Facts
The average upload speed in Charleston is 5.16 Mbps. This is 8.6% faster than the Kanawha County average and 55.5% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 98.0% of Kanawha County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 2.0% of Kanawha County residents
The average internet download speed in Kanawha County is 16.49 Mbps based upon 291304 samples taken in the past year
The average download speed in Charleston is 14% slower than the average in West Virginia and 37.8% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average internet download speed in Charleston is 20.16 Mbps based upon 189456 measurements taken in the last 12 months
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 Charleston 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 Charleston, West Virginia.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Charleston, West Virginia?
The following zip codes were used: 25301, 25302, 25303, 25304, 25305, 25306, 25309, 25311, 25312, 25313, 25314, 25315, 25317, 25320, 25321, 25322, 25323, 25324, 25325, 25326, 25327, 25328, 25329, 25330, 25331, 25332, 25333, 25334, 25335, 25336, 25337, 25338, 25339, 25350, 25356, 25357, 25358, 25360, 25361, 25362, 25364, 25365, 25375, 25387, 25389, 25392 and 25396
How do the internet speeds in Charleston 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 4 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Charleston, 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 Charleston?
Optimum with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Charleston.
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there is 1 fiber internet provider in Charleston - Frontier.
Charleston 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.
- 410+ channels
- Voice activated remote control
- Customize your plan
- Optimum entertainment experience available on the new Apple TV in 4K
- 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