Providers in Chicago, IL & Cable/TV Availability

Internet Coverage and Speeds in Chicago, IL

There are 14 internet companies with service in Chicago, 7 of which provide home service. 98% of customers can get fixed-line service (DSL, cable, or fiber). 99% can get broadband internet, which the FCC defines as 25 Mbps or faster. Broadband availability is far above average compared to an average city. 99% of residents can buy internet advertised at 100 Mpbs or faster, which is far above average for the US.

Fastest available Internet speeds in Chicago, IL:

  • Above 200 Kbps, below 3 Mbps: 0%
  • Above 3 Mbps, below 10 Mbps: 0%
  • Above 10 Mbps, below 25 Mbps: 1%
  • Above 25 Mbps, below 100 Mbps: 0%
  • Above 100 Mbps, below 1 Gbps: 77%
  • Above 1 Gbps: 22%

See below for far more stats on individual internet service providers (ISPs) in your city.

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  • Fiber

    22% of residents can get fiber.

  • Cable

    98% of residents can get cable.

  • DSL

    97% of residents can get DSL.

  • Wired Internet

    98% of residents can get any kind of wired internet.


Home Internet Providers in Chicago, IL

Comcast

Home cable

TV and Internet available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 100 Mbps and 1 Gpbs

Availability:

97% of Chicago, IL

View plans

or call

1-855-448-1195


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 100% 100% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 100% 100%

About XFINITY (Comcast) in Chicago

XFINITY (Comcast) cable is available to an estimated 97% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, which is above average speed for residential providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s XFINITY (Comcast) customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps. Nationwide, XFINITY (Comcast) is one of the 10 largest ISPs and serves 35% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) Comcast in this area.

 

AT&T

Home DSL

TV and Internet available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps

Availability:

97% of Chicago, IL

View plans

or call

1-855-684-4188


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 13% 71% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 5% 29% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 70% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 12% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 100% 100%

About AT&T in Chicago

AT&T DSL is available to an estimated 97% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps, which is below average speed for residential providers in the area. About 12% of Chicago’s AT&T customers are offered speeds in that range. 70% of customers can purchase speeds between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps. Nationwide, AT&T is one of the 10 largest ISPs and serves 41% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) AT&T Illinois in this area.

 

RCN

Home cable

TV and Internet available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 100 Mbps and 1 Gpbs

Availability:

22% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 100% 0% 100%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 100% 0%
100-999 Mbps 100% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About RCN in Chicago

RCN cable is available to an estimated 22% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, which is above average speed for residential providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s RCN customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps. Nationwide, RCN is a large ISP and serves 3% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) RCN and RCN Business Solutions in this area.

 

RCN

Home fiber

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

1 Gpbs+

Availability:

22% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 100% 100% 100% 100%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About RCN in Chicago

RCN fiber is available to an estimated 22% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds over 1 Gigabit, which is the fastest available speed for residential providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s RCN customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds over 1 Gigabit. Nationwide, RCN is a large ISP and serves 3% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) RCN and RCN Business Solutions in this area.

 

WOW!

Home cable

TV and Internet available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps

Availability:

18% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 100% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 100% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 100% 100%

About WOW! in Chicago

WOW! cable is available to an estimated 18% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps, which is below average speed for residential providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s WOW! customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds between 50 Mbps and 100 Mbps. Nationwide, WOW! is a large ISP and serves 2% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) WideOpenWest in this area.

 

AT&T

Home fiber

TV and Internet available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps

Availability:

less than 1% of Chicago, IL

View plans

or call

1-855-684-4188


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 100% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 100% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 100% 100%

About AT&T in Chicago

AT&T fiber is available to an estimated less than 1% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps, which is below average speed for residential providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s AT&T customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps. Nationwide, AT&T is one of the 10 largest ISPs and serves 41% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) AT&T Illinois in this area.

 

Satellite TV and Internet Providers

Satellite TV is generally a good choice for customer service and channel selection. DISH and DIRECTV are ranked above traditional wired TV providers in almost every survey and study done.

Satellite Internet (HughesNet or DISHnet) should be seen as a last resort. Latency is often very high, making it impossible to live stream video or play games. For rural customers with no wired service, though, HughesNet is likely the best option.

DISH and DISHnet

Satellite TV and Internet

TV and Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

10 Mbps

Availability:

Anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky.

View plans

or call

1-855-701-1974


About DISH and DISHnet

DISH TV service is among the most popular in the United States. DISH often ranks first in customer satisfaction surveys for TV providers. For example, a JD Power survey recently ranked DISH highest in customer satisfaction for the West region. DISHnet is recommended for rural customers only, but it may be paired with DISH TV for bundled savings.

 

DIRECTV

Satellite TV

TV service available

Highest advertised speed:

No Internet service available

Availability:

Anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky.

View plans

or call

1-855-701-1975


About DIRECTV

DIRECTV, now owned by AT&T, is another excellent TV choice. DIRECTV won JD Power’s most recent survey in the East region for customer satisfaction, beating cable companies by a wide margin. DIRECTV does not have an Internet option. If DSL or cable is available, we recommend choosing wired Internet and satellite TV. If no wired services are available customers can set HughesNet and DIRECTV up separately.

 

HughesNet

Satellite Internet

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

15 Mbps

Availability:

Anywhere with a clear view of the southern sky.

View plans

or call

1-855-701-1976


About HughesNet Satellite Internet

HughesNet satellite internet is probably the best satellite internet-only option available. Remember that while speeds may reach 15 Mbps, the latency of satellite Internet will make it feel like a significantly slower connection.

 

Mobile Internet Providers

Mobile/wireless data service is often marketed in a way that makes it hard to compare. We’ve included access charges and unlimited talk/text on cell phone plans to show what you’ll actually pay for the listed data. Monthly payments will be higher if you choose a subsidized phone.

Consider mobile internet as your primary access if no wired providers are available, your data usage is light (few videos), and your computer or main device can connect to 4G or connect wirelessly using your phone as a hot spot. 4G data is often faster and much lower in latency than satellite internet.

Verizon Wireless
Lowest Price

1 GB for $45/mo.

Highest Cap

100 GB for $450 (+ 2 Gb/line)

Additional Details

  • Prices include mandatory access charge of Add $15 on most data plans, includes unlimited domestic calls and text.
  • No unlimited data plans sold.
  • Overage is $15 per GB.

AT&T Wireless
Lowest Price

300 MB for $45/mo.

Highest Cap

50 GB for $390

Additional Details

  • Prices include required device access charge of $25 on most plans, $15/ month for 15GB plans and higher. Includes unlimited domestic calls and text.
  • Unlimited data available to DIRECTV or AT&T U-Verse customers starting at $100 for the first smartphone. Speeds may be throttled at 22 GB.
  • Overage is $15 per GB on every plan except 300 MB. Overage is more expensive on the 300 MB plan.

T-Mobile
Lowest Price

2GB for $50/mo.

Highest Cap

Unlimited for $95

Additional Details

  • Prices include device access charges. Plans include unlimited domestic calls and text.
  • Unlimited data may be throttled at 21 GB.
  • No overage fees. T-Mobile simply alerts you and throttles LTE data if you go over your plan.

Sprint
Lowest Price

1GB for $40/mo.

Highest Cap

Unlimited for $75

Additional Details

  • Prices include device access charges. Plans include unlimited domestic calls and text.
  • Unlimited data may be throttled at 23 GB.
  • Customers on non-unlimited plans may choose to pay for data overage. Sprint’s overage fees were not clearly listed.

 

Business and Government Internet Providers in Chicago, IL

Megapath

Business / Government DSL

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps

Availability:

98% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 51% 13% 51%
3-9.9 Mbps 43% 14% 49% 23%
10-24 Mbps 46% 24% 29% 17%
25-99 Mbps 11% 11% 9% 9%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About Megapath in Chicago

Megapath DSL is available to an estimated 98% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps, which is below average speed for business and government providers in the area. About 11% of Chicago’s Megapath customers are offered speeds in that range. 46% of customers can purchase speeds between 10 Mbps and 25 Mbps. Nationwide, Megapath is one of the 10 largest ISPs and serves 43% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) MegaPath Corporation in this area.

 

RCN

Business / Government cable

TV and Internet available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 100 Mbps and 1 Gpbs

Availability:

22% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 100% 0% 100%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 100% 0%
100-999 Mbps 100% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About RCN in Chicago

RCN cable is available to an estimated 22% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, which is about average speed for business and government providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s RCN customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds between 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps. Nationwide, RCN is a large ISP and serves 3% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) RCN and RCN Business Solutions in this area.

 

RCN

Business / Government fiber

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

1 Gpbs+

Availability:

22% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 100% 100% 100% 100%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About RCN in Chicago

RCN fiber is available to an estimated 22% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds over 1 Gigabit, which is the fastest available speed for business and government providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s RCN customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds over 1 Gigabit. Nationwide, RCN is a large ISP and serves 3% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) RCN and RCN Business Solutions in this area.

 

Zayo

Business / Government fiber

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

1 Gpbs+

Availability:

11% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 100% 100%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 100% 100% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About Zayo in Chicago

Zayo fiber is available to an estimated 11% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds over 1 Gigabit, which is the fastest available speed for business and government providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s Zayo customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds over 1 Gigabit. Nationwide, Zayo is a medium-sized service provider and serves 1% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) Zayo Broadband in this area.

 

Level 3 Communications

Business / Government fiber

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

1 Gpbs+

Availability:

1% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 2% 2% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 98% 98% 98% 98%
Not reported 0% 0% 2% 2%

About Level 3 Communications in Chicago

Level 3 Communications fiber is available to an estimated 1% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds over 1 Gigabit, which is the fastest available speed for business and government providers in the area. About 98% of Chicago’s Level 3 Communications customers are offered speeds in that range. 98% of customers can purchase speeds over 1 Gigabit. Nationwide, Level 3 Communications is a large ISP and serves 2% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) Level 3 Communications LLC in this area.

 

Cogent Communications

Business / Government fiber

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

1 Gpbs+

Availability:

less than 1% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 100% 100% 100% 100%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About Cogent Communications in Chicago

Cogent Communications fiber is available to an estimated less than 1% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds over 1 Gigabit, which is the fastest available speed for business and government providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s Cogent Communications customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds over 1 Gigabit. Nationwide, Cogent Communications is a small internet provider and serves less than 1% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) Cogent Communications in this area.

 

Sidera Networks LLC

Business / Government fiber

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

1 Gpbs+

Availability:

less than 1% of Chicago, IL

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Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 100% 100% 100% 100%
Not reported 0% 0% 0% 0%

About Sidera Networks LLC in Chicago

Sidera Networks LLC fiber is available to an estimated less than 1% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds over 1 Gigabit, which is the fastest available speed for business and government providers in the area. About 100% of Chicago’s Sidera Networks LLC customers are offered speeds in that range. 100% of customers can purchase speeds over 1 Gigabit. Nationwide, Sidera Networks LLC is a small internet provider and serves less than 1% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) Sidera Networks LLC in this area.

 

Level 3 Communications

Business / Government DSL

Internet service available

Highest advertised speed:

Between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps

Availability:

less than 1% of Chicago, IL


Internet Speeds in Chicago

The table below shows the percent of Chicago residents who can get internet speeds up to the maximum shown.

Speed Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Typical Download Speed Typical Upload Speed
0-2.9 Mbps 51% 51% 0% 0%
3-9.9 Mbps 48% 48% 0% 0%
10-24 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
25-99 Mbps 1% 1% 0% 0%
100-999 Mbps 0% 0% 0% 0%
1 Gbps or more 0% 0% 0% 0%
Not reported 0% 0% 100% 100%

About Level 3 Communications in Chicago

Level 3 Communications DSL is available to an estimated less than 1% of residents in this city. The company offers Chicago residents with maximum speeds between 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps, which is below average speed for business and government providers in the area. About 1% of Chicago’s Level 3 Communications customers are offered speeds in that range. 51% of customers can purchase speeds between 1.5 Mbps and 3 Mbps. Nationwide, Level 3 Communications is a large ISP and serves 2% of the USA. The company reported doing business as (DBA) TW Telecom Inc. in this area.

 

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