Columbus Internet | Service Providers in Columbus

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About Internet Service in Columbus

Columbus is the largest city in Ohio, and is also the state capital. Its residents enjoy an economy driven by a diverse range of interests, from manufacturing and finance to steel and aviation. Though its residents are better educated than many Americans, according to U.S. census data, the average income in Columbus is lower than the national average.

Columbus Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 197
  • Population: 804,157
  • Housing Units: 383,042
Columbus Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 84.5% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 29.7% 24.8%
Columbus Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $46,025 $58,283
Poverty Rate 18.6% 15.8%
Below $25k 30.0% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 34.3% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 29.5% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 10.9% 16.5%
$200k or more 1.5% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Columbus

City Connectivity

Unfortunately, Columbus residents have only two options for wireless service delivery. There is no fiber optic cable in Columbus; however, nearly 100% of the city has DSL or broadband cable.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 99.3% 89.7%
Fiber 0% 23.3%
Cable 99.7% 88.6%
Wireless 100% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Columbus

Internet speeds in Ohio are some of the slowest in the U.S., but fortunately Columbus’ are slightly higher than the state average. Neighboring states that approach the eastern seaboard are also lower than the national average.

  • Upload Speed: 5.18 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 15.53 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Columbus-Area Providers

Columbus has a healthy Internet service provider market for a city of roughly 800,000 residents, offering consumers four major vendors. While the number of vendors is greater than what is sometimes seen in other cities of similar size, the extra competition is likely due to the area’s connectivity issues.

For Columbus, the final list of ISPs looks like this:

Verizon (High Speed DSL)

  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: Share Everything
  • Downstream Speeds: 500 Mbps, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 6GB
  • Monthly Price: $40, $50, $60, $70, $80
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon offers many plans at differing price points with differing data usage allowances; this flexibility is a bit pricey but allows customers to tailor their package to their needs. 3G coverage only is solid in the immediate metropolitan area and throughout surrounding communities.

AT&T

  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: Mobile Share Value No-Contract, Tablet Data Plan
  • Downstream Speeds: 6GB, 10GB
  • Monthly Price: $25, $14.99
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T only offers two plans, but they are good offerings and are both at the lowest price points in this market. 4G LTE Coverage is solid in the immediate metropolitan area and throughout surrounding communities; this vendor is probably your best bet in Columbus.

T-Mobile

  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: Nationwide
  • Downstream Speeds: 500 Mbps, 2.5 GB, Unlimited
  • Monthly Price: $50, $60, $70
  • Features and Limitations: T-Mobile offers three choices in packages, one of which has unlimited data access. These plans are on the more expensive end of the scale, but offer solid 4G coverage in city proper. Coverage is spotty in the surrounding communities.

Sprint Nextel

  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: My All-In Unlimited, My Way
  • Downstream Speeds: Unlimited
  • Monthly Price: $110, $50
  • Features and Limitations: Sprint Nextel offers two plans, both of which allow for unlimited data usage. The only available coverage is 3G, but it is solid throughout the entire area.

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