Waukegan_s diverse population consists of more than 50% Latino or Hispanic individuals. More than 30% of residents were born overseas. The lower-middle income workers have careers in both blue- and white-collar industries, many working in math and computers. They rely on high-speed internet to connect them with new opportunities and keep in touch with friends and family both locally and in their country of origin.
AT&T provides DSL to 98% of residents while Xfinity offers cable internet to those same homes. Fiber optics has not yet entered the residential internet market in Waukegan, but residents can get satellite internet from HughesNet. These are available from Lake Michigan to Rte. 131.
Businesses have a few additional options. Zayo Group has begun offering cable internet service to 4% of area businesses. Copper wire and DSL are options from Megapath. Their copper wire reaches 100% of business and the DSL reaches 56% of commercial enterprises.