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The Internet has given us over a millennium of shopping options that I never could have imagined. With a quick search, one click and a credit card, you can order almost anything from any corner of the world. It’s ironic that once we start shopping for our internet connection our options feel so limited.

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save for satellite provider, which is the U.S. Internet Service Providers (ISPs for short) operate in specific areas. Even the best Internet providers are limited in their service areas, although some offer more coverage than others. As a result, the internet provider available, the connection type and the speed you can get will depend entirely on where you live – and the same goes for the cost of your connection.

So, how do you find internet providers in your area? It’s not always easy, but hopefully this page will help. The tool below uses proprietary technology to identify the Internet providers available in your ZIP code and displays details of the plans those providers offer in your area. Below the tool, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of Internet provider availability and plenty of Federal Communications Commission maps to shed more light on where the top ISPs provide service.

We Did Some ISP Availability Research for You

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Well, I should say that our tech has done some ISP availability research for you. Even after years of covering internet providers, I probably couldn’t tell you straight off the top of my head what providers are available in your area or what plans they offer. However, our proprietary ISP search tool (above) can do the same.

Let’s say you’re searching for “food near me” on your computer or phone. The results will pull up local places in your area where you can go to grab a bite to eat, even if you don’t need to enter your location. Certain factors, such as your IP address or geographic location, if you are using your phone, make it possible to identify your general location and provide the most relevant results.

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Our ISP search tool works the same way to return results for Internet providers in your area. However, it’s not perfect, so if the zip code displayed is a bit off, or if you’re moving to a new location and want to check your options ahead of time, check with updated results to prompt a new search. Just change the zip for . We ask for your zip code to make sure we’re providing the most accurate results, and that’s all. Our money is made from advertising and partnerships with providers, not your data.

Internet Provider Availability Overview

ISP availability is always changing, which is why the FCC updates provider data twice a year (see Nerdshala’s breakdown of the latest FCC data by Ry Crist). This is data that we use to determine the Internet providers available in your area and the technologies they use.

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Broadband and high-speed internet availability

According to FCC99.96% of US residents have access to a broadband Internet connection, which it defines as one that can provide download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and upload speeds of 3 Mbps. On top of that, around 96% will have at least three options for broadband internet.

Live experience of the broadband divide suggests that the FCC number is slightly higher, and may be due to satellite Internet. When you remove satellite technology from the list, broadband availability drops to 96%, with less than a third of US residents having three or more options. As you increase the speed from 25 to 100, 250 and 1,000 Mbps, it is clear that the options for higher speeds can be limited. Faster speeds and better access to them may be on the way, however, as the Senate recently introduced a bill. Invest billions in US broadband infrastructure.

Internet access through technology

The type of Internet technology available can make a big difference in available speed and performance. Fiber Internet is the preferred choice, as it comes with the best upload and download speeds capability, not to mention better reliability, but availability is still relatively low. Unless you live in or near a major city, fiber internet is unlikely to be available near you.

Cable Internet is another popular alternative to high-speed Internet in many regions, with much higher availability than fiber Internet, but without the faster upload speeds or the same reliability. DSL and fixed wireless Internet are excellent rural Internet options, but the speed or reliability of a fiber or cable connection can’t compare.

Internet connection type availability

relationship type

national availability

25 Mbps or higher coverage

100 Mbps or higher coverage

250 Mbps or higher coverage

1,000 Mbps or higher coverage

cable

89%

89%

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