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Best Internet Providers In Big Pine Key, FL

Data collected by the FCC suggests Big Pine Key has eight residential internet options.
Fastest Internet Provider In Big Pine Key: AT&T Fiber
AT&T Fiber logo
  • Download Speed: 1,000 Mbps
  • Upload Speed: 1,000 Mbps
  • Technology: Fiber
  • Availability: 96%

All Big Pine Key Internet Options

ProviderDownload (Mbps)Upload (Mbps)AvailabilityTechnologyLink
AT&T Fiber1,0001,00096%Fiber
Xfinity9873596%Cable
Viasat353100%Satellite
AT&T25571%DSL
HughesNet253100%Satellite
AT&T6145%DSL
AT&T6151%DSL
Skycasters21100%Satellite

Internet Competitiveness Map

The map is shaded by the number of providers offering internet with at least 25Mbps download speeds and 3Mbps upload speeds.

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Internet Technologies In Big Pine Key

Four internet technologies are available in Big Pine Key.
Technology Number of Options
Fiber1
Cable1
DSL3
Satellite3
Fixed Wireless0
Other0

While there are exceptions, fiber internet tends to offer the best performance, followed by cable, then DSL. Fixed wireless internet uses cellular technology to deliver internet to buildings. Performance varies substantially between locations and providers.

Historically, satellite internet has had lackluster performance and high latency. Next-generation satellite internet from providers like Starlink and Project Kuiper will bring big changes. These providers will use constellations of thousands of satellites that are closer to earth than satellites used by old-school satellite internet providers. I expect Starlink service will be available in nearly all of the United States soon, but I don't have up-to-date information about availability in Big Pine Key.

Availability Estimates In Big Pine Key

Availability estimates indicate the percent of residents in Big Pine Key eligible for each service. The estimates are rough and sometimes inaccurate.[2]

Getting The Best Deal On Internet

Internet providers often charge a customer $10-$15 per month to rent a modem and router. However, most companies allow customers to bring their own equipment and skip the rental fees. For those who are slightly tech savvy and plan to keep service for a year or more, I recommend saving money by buying your own modem and router.

What Does "Fastest" Mean?

Coverage Critic combines download and upload speeds to determine the fastest internet option in Big Pine Key. While this approach is simple, it's not perfect. Depending on your situation, you may prefer additional upload speed over additional download speed (or vice versa). In Big Pine Key, AT&T Fiber leads in both download and upload speeds.

Should I Choose The Fastest Internet?

Maybe. Speed is often overrated. Beyond a threshold of roughly 50Mbps, most people won't notice tangible benefits as speeds increase. Consumers who regularly download video games and other large files are exceptions and may see significant improvements with ultra-fast connections.

Most internet providers offer multiple plans with different maximum speeds. Plans with higher speeds tend to be more expensive. Consumers who don't regularly use the internet for data-intensive activities will usually come out ahead by opting for cheap internet plans with lower speeds.

Looking for something else?

On another page, I discuss cell phone coverage in Big Pine Key.

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Transparency & Integrity

I have financial relationships with many internet service providers. Details can be found on my transparency page. I try to list every internet service provider with non-trivial availability in Big Pine Key, regardless of whether I have a financial relationship.[3] I only link directly to internet providers I have financial relationships with, but I encourage visitors to manually navigate to the websites of other internet providers. The lack of links to some providers makes Coverage Critic less user-friendly. On the other hand, it helps me to preserve editorial integrity without destroying internet service providers' incentives to partner with me.

Sources & Accuracy

Coverage Critic's database of internet service providers is a work in progress. The underlying data was collected by the FCC through Form 477. Listed speeds are the maximum advertised speeds in Big Pine Key. In rare cases, subscribers may receive speeds faster than the highest advertised speeds. More often, subscribers will experience speeds below the maximum advertised speeds.

Last updated: November 11, 2021


Footnotes:

1. The shading shows the number of residential internet service providers advertising speeds of at least 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up in each census block. Sometimes, internet providers only offer service to a subset of the residences in a census block. 🠕

2. Estimates may be particularly unreliable in cases where availability is substantially below 100%. I expect the availability estimates to improve in quality over time. 🠕

3. I don't list internet service providers that are predicted to have less than 2% availability Big Pine Key. Additionally, at the moment, I mainly list internet service providers, but I hope to eventually make recommendations. While I will never be impartial, I don't want financial relationships to be a prerequisite for a recommendation. 🠕