Birmingham is one of the most connected cities in Alabama. It ranks ahead of Gardendale, Mulga, Fairfield and Fultondale. Ninety-two percent of Birmingham’s residents are serviced with wired connectivity with only nine percent of residents limited in choice. Spectrum Birmingham AL appears to be one of the top choices based on cabletv.com, with a very wide coverage. However, due to the fiercely competitive nature between service providers, there are a number of options available to residents.
Take a look at the major ISPs in Birmingham, Alabama:
Spectrum is one of the top choices for residents of Birmingham. Spectrum Internet has a 99.5% coverage of the entire city, making it one of the most readily available services. The fastest speed offered is 300 mbps which is a fairly decent speed compared to other competitors. Spectrum is also a popular choice because of its wide selection of channels with thousands of On-demand and live options. It is also one of the most cost efficient services out there. Effectively, Spectrum offers TV, internet and home phone in all of Birmingham. The plans prices range from $49.99 to $69.99 per month for 100 mbps to 300 mbps without any explicit data caps. Spectrum offers the best service plans and coverage in the city according to comparisons of price, city coverage and speed. Customer ratings put it at number one on our list.
AT&T offers DSL services to around 94.6% of the city. This includes internet and home phone. The most popular internet plan for AT&T users in Birmingham AL costs around $35 per month. Unfortunately, the maximum speed with this plan is only 6 mbps with a 1 TB data cap. The price is inclusive of monthly fees for HD DVR equipment. You also get free access to premium channels for the first three months. Additionally there is no activation fee for online orders. While AT&T has the second largest coverage after Spectrum, it has a slightly lower customer rating. It currently ranks at number two on our list.
Windstream is the third service provider on our list in Birmingham, Alabama. Windstream services include internet and home phone connectivity through DSL. However, in terms of city coverage, Windstream has a coverage of less than 4% of Birmingham. This puts it at a significant disadvantage compared to our top two providers having a coverage of more than 90%. On the cost comparison side, Windstream offers a 25-50 mbps connection under promotional pricing of $35.00. The regular rate is around $45.00 per month. However, the speed you can get from this is at most 25 to 50 mbps compared to the much faster speeds you get with Spectrum. The actual speed varies according to location.
In terms of speed, AT&T Fiber is perhaps the best available option in Birmingham right now. It offers ultra-fast speeds of 1,000 mbps at a very reasonable $80 per month. Other packages include U-verse TV and 50 mbps Internet for $65 per month and 100 mbps for $60 per month. Some of these plans come with a one TB data cap so it’s always a good idea to check with the provider. The main problem with AT&T fiber is its coverage. Currently it only covers around 3% of Birmingham with most areas without access to AT&T Fiber.
Other than wired connectivity, Birmingham also has two satellite internet providers; Hughesnet and Viasat.
Hughesnet Satellite Internet
Hughesnet Satellite Internet has a 100% coverage of the city because it is unaffected by the limitations of wired connectivity. On average, the maximum speed you can get in Birmingham is around 15 mbps. There are two popular plans. The first one costs $49.99 per month with a 10GB data cap. The second one is priced at $69.99 with a 20GB data cap. Both plans are billed at the same 25 mbps speed but it varies according to location.
Viasat is a satellite internet provider with a 100% coverage of Birmingham, AL. Viasat offers a number of different plans with different speeds and pricing. Most popular in Birmingham is the Bronze plan which offers 12 mbps speed for a promotional rate around $50/month. Other plans include the Silver, Gold and Platinum plans which offer speeds of 25, 50 and 100 mbps respectively. They are priced at $70/month for Silver, $100/month for Gold and $150/month for Platinum. Data caps are at 40, 60, 100 and 150 GB for the Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum plans respectively.
In conclusion, Birmingham residents have a variety of wired and satellite providers to choose from. However, after weighing the pros and cons of the services offered, we place Spectrum as the top service provider on our list. Spectrum not only offers the best bundles, it has some of the best coverage in the city. A large number of positive customer reviews make it the best overall TV and Internet provider in the area. Based on our parameters of coverage, speed and cost Spectrum Internet is the best option.