Boston Internet | Service Providers in Boston

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About Internet Service in Boston

Boston has a strong track record for technological achievement. The city ranked first on the Center for Digital Government’s 13th Annual Digital Cities Survey in 2013, and its DSL, cable, and wireless presence is much higher than the national average. However, the city’s Internet speed is hampered by two main factors: dense population (more than 7,500 residents per square mile) and an inherent lack of fiber technology throughout the city. Notably, the city’s leading ISP exclusively offers corporate web services.

Boston Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 83
  • Population: 630,295
  • Housing Units: 280,336
Boston Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 78.4% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.9% 24.8%
Boston Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $56,802 $58,283
Poverty Rate 22.6% 15.8%
Below $25k 29.1% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 24.2% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 26.9% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 18.0% 16.5%
$200k or more 6.0% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Boston

City Connectivity

Boston still has some catching up to do in terms of fiber technology; at 4.6%, the city’s accessibility to this platform is less than one-fifth of the national average. On the other hand, DSL, cable, and wireless accessibility exceed nationwide figures.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 99.8% 89.7%
Fiber 4.6% 23.3%
Cable 98.9% 88.6%
Wireless 99.6% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Boston

For a state that ranks as high as Massachusetts in terms of downstream speed (#4 in the country), Boston’s service is somewhat lacking. Data is downloaded and uploaded at a rate of 18.77 Mbps and 6.00 Mbps, respectively; both of these figures are lower than the national average. Boston places #49 in terms of downstream speed out of the 50 cities in Massachusetts with the most IP addresses.

  • Upload Speed: 6.00 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 18.77 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Boston-Area Providers

The following list include the city’s four leading residential ISPs in terms of downstream speed. Please note that, according to the National Broadband Map, Boston’s fastest ISP is Level 3 Communications; however, this company does not provide residential coverage.

Comcast

  • Service Areas: Throughout Boston
  • Service Tiers: Economy Plus, Performance Starter, Extreme 10
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 105 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95, $49.95, $79.99
  • Features and Limitations: Comcast offers the fastest downstream speed of any ISP in Boston by a landslide, so residents who want or need to quickly download data should put Comcast at the top of their list. Not surprisingly, the company’s packages are also relatively expensive compared to competing providers, and bottom-tier plans are subject to price increases after the first six months ― so individuals and households who don’t have significant data needs should shop elsewhere.

Verizon

  • Service Areas: Throughout Boston, coverage and downstream speed depends on exact location
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet, High Speed Internet Enhanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 Mbps – 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 – $29.99
  • Features and Limitations: Although Verizon’s downstream speed may not exceed 15 Mbps (making it a much slower alternative to Comcast), its second-tier plan is comparable to Comcast’s Performance package in terms of speed. Additionally, Verizon earns an advantage in terms of price by offering a 1-year contract at $29.99 per month; Comcast’s Performance package increases to $54.95 per month after the first six months of service. So if downstream speed isn’t a high priority, then Verizon is arguably the best ISP in Boston.

AT&T

  • Service Areas: Throughout Boston, coverage and downstream speed depends on exact location
  • Service Tiers: Four plans determined by downstream speeds (see next entry
  • Downstream Speeds: 768 Kbps, 1.5 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95, $24.95, $29.95, $34.95
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T offers a cost-effective alternative for Boston residents who don’t want to pay Comcast’s high rates. The downstream speed is much slower, but so is the monthly price-tag

T-Mobile

  • Service Areas: Throughout Boston, coverage depends on exact residence
  • Service Tiers: 500 MB, 2.5 GB, 4.5 GB, 6.5 GB, 8.5 GB, 10.5 GB
  • Downstream Speeds: All T-Mobile service plans include access to the 4G LTE Mobile Data Network, which is equipped for downstream speeds of roughly 15 to 20 Mbps.
  • Monthly Price: $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, $70
  • Features and Limitations: T-Mobile’s data cap is a deal-breaker for a lot of customers, especially households with several individuals who regularly access the Internet simultaneously. The 4G LTE Mobile Data Network’s speed is comparable to that of Verizon’s service plans, but exceeding the data cap can cause monthly billing charges to go up.

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