Chicago residential internet coverage
Most of the greater Chicago area has only two major options for broadband internet, but people living near the shoreline—either in the Hyde Park area or around Wrigley Field—will have a few more.
The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) defines broadband as internet service with at least 25 Mbps download speed and at least 3 Mbps upload speed. Those speeds are enough for most internet activities, including streaming video or playing games online.
“My At&t internet service is fast and reliable and they have been more than generous in giving me good deals in pricing my service.”
Willie Listenbee | Chicago, IL
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Based on the latest available census data, 100% of Chicagoans have access to broadband internet. AT&T and Xfinity offer broadband to most communities around Chicago. RCN and Atlantic Broadband also offer broadband internet service to some neighborhoods close to Lake Michigan.
The provider WOW! also offers internet service in a few blocks around UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) and in areas north of O’Hare or south of Midway, as well as some of the western suburbs. If these options don’t work for you, Viasat offers satellite internet service to nearly the entire Chicagoland area.
Most of these providers also offer TV service, which means you can save when you bundle the two services together. Even AT&T, the major internet provider for much of Chicago, offers discounts when you bundle with DIRECTV.
Highest-rated internet service providers in Chicago
EarthLink earned the top overall rating in our annual internet customer satisfaction survey, and it received the top rating in every category. EarthLink’s customer-centered approach is clearly working — the provider offers fast speeds, no data caps, and no teaser rates, which means no surprise price hikes down the line. EarthLink customers rated their satisfaction with Earthlink a 4.2 out of 5 stars.
AT&T also scored well in our customer satisfaction survey, with an overall satisfaction rating of 3.8 out of 5.
Fastest internet service providers in Chicago
AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
RCN offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
EarthLink offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps