In the Chicago metro area there are 3 residential Fiber providers covering 22.52% of the city. The average home can get speeds up to 998 Mbps. Note that we may have a financial relationship with some of the providers below. This does not influence rankings, and helps us provide high-quality detailed information for free.

 

Fiber Internet Service Providers in Chicago

AT&T | Fiber

Availability:

16.72%

Avg. Speed:

1,000 Mbps

Astound Broadband powered by RCN | Fiber

Availability:

1.49%

Avg. Speed:

1,000 Mbps

To avoid wasting your time, providers with less than 1% coverage in the Chicago metro area are not shown.

 

Chicago Satellite TV & Internet Providers

DISH Satellite TV

Availability:

100%

Avg. Speed:

N/A: Call to bundle.

 

DIRECTV Satellite TV

Availability:

100%

Avg. Speed:

N/A

Not sure whether to choose Dish or DIRECTV? For most people most of the time we recommend DISH. But click here to learn more.

 

HughesNet Satellite Internet

Availability:

100%

Avg. Speed:

15 Mbps

(High latency)

 

 

 

Where in the Chicago metro area is fiber internet available?

Chicago, IL map of fiber internet availability

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Fiber is available in 22.52% of the Chicago metro area. Areas in green have fiber internet service, where areas in yellow or red may not. The most widely available provider is AT&T. Call one of the companies with service in the Chicago metro area above to see who has service at your home.

 

How fast is fiber internet in the Chicago metro area?

The map below shows maximum fiber internet speeds by area in the Chicago metro area.

Chicago, IL map of the fastest fiber internet speeds

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The average Chicago home can get up to 998 Mbps on their fiber internet plan. The fastest fiber download speed in the city is 2,000 Mbps, which less than 1% of residents can get. Some homes and apartments do not have access to these speeds. On the slower end, for example, less than 1% of homes can only purchase plans up to 10 Mbps. See the internet provider details below for info about their speed and coverage in the Chicago metro area.

Fiber internet speeds tend to be faster in the west parts of the Chicago metro area, and slower in the southeast areas of the city.

Is fiber the fastest internet I can get in the Chicago metro area?

The fastest internet for you may vary based on where in the Chicago metro area you live. In general, cable competes most often with fiber in the city.

  • Fiber is the fastest internet type for 22.28% of Chicago homes.
  • Cable is fastest for 75.96% of the city.
  • DSL is fastest for less than 1%.
  • Fixed wireless is fastest for 1.08%.
  • Satellite internet may be the only option for less than 1% of Chicago homes.

 

Fiber Providers in Depth

Below you'll find which TV and internet providers offer service in the Chicago metro area, along with details on where in the Chicago metro area and at what speeds.

AT&T Fiber in Chicago, IL

AT&T fiber coverage

About 16.72%, or 1,573,648 people, have AT&T fiber internet available to them in the city. The company covers the entire Chicago area. AT&T is one of the largest internet service providers internet service providers in the US, with internet service available in a small portion of the Chicago metro area.

 

AT&T fiber download speeds

AT&T is above average when comparing download speeds to all other internet providers in the Chicago metro area. Versus other fiber providers in the area, AT&T fiber is above average. There are 2 different maximum speeds throughout the Chicago metro area. The fastest plan anyone in the Chicago metro area can order from AT&T goes up to 1,000 Mbps, the slowest package only goes up to 18 Mbps, and the city-wide average maximum speed for Chicago customers is up to 1,000 Mbps.

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The following maximum speeds are marketed to AT&T customers in Chicago. Cheaper plans with slower speeds may be available.

  • 100.0% up to 1,000.0 Mbps
  • 0.0% up to 18.0 Mbps

 

AT&T fiber upload speeds

In the Chicago metro area download speeds tend to be than upload speeds for AT&T fiber. Compared to other ISPs, AT&T is above average where upload speeds are concerned, and above average compared to other Chicago fiber providers. AT&T offers 2 different upload speeds across the city, so your internet plan's upload speed may vary by neighborhood. The fastest upload speed available to anyone from this ISP in the Chicago metro area is up to 1,000 Mbps. Some customers have slower plan choices, which only go up to 1.5 Mbps. On average, AT&T customers can get speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

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AT&T's Chicago fiber customers can expect the following upload speeds:

  • 100.0% up to 1,000.0 Mbps
  • 0.0% up to 1.5 Mbps

 

 

 

Astound Broadband powered by RCN Fiber in Chicago, IL

Astound Broadband fiber coverage

About 1.49%, or 139,806 people, have Astound Broadband fiber internet available to them in the city. The company covers the east, northeast, north, and central Chicago area. Astound Broadband is one of the largest internet service providers internet service providers in the US, with internet service available in a very small piece of the Chicago metro area.

 

Astound Broadband powered by RCN fiber download speeds

Astound Broadband is above average when comparing download speeds to all other internet providers in the Chicago metro area. Versus other fiber providers in the area, Astound Broadband fiber is above average. There are no different maximum speeds throughout the Chicago metro area. The fastest plan anyone in the Chicago metro area can order from Astound Broadband goes up to 1,000 Mbps, and all Chicago customers can get this speed.

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The following maximum speeds are marketed to Astound Broadband powered by RCN customers in Chicago. Cheaper plans with slower speeds may be available.

  • 100.0% up to 1,000.0 Mbps

 

Astound Broadband powered by RCN fiber upload speeds

In the Chicago metro area download speeds tend to be than upload speeds for Astound Broadband fiber. Compared to other ISPs, Astound Broadband is above average where upload speeds are concerned, and above average compared to other Chicago fiber providers. Astound Broadband offers no different upload speeds across the city. The fastest upload speed available to anyone from this ISP in the Chicago metro area is up to 1,000 Mbps, which is available to everyone covered.

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Astound Broadband's Chicago fiber customers can expect the following upload speeds:

  • 100.0% up to 1,000.0 Mbps

 

 

 

 

Chicago Fiber by Area

This information is most helpful to those looking for homes or considering moving to the Chicago metro area or any of the areas nearby.

How does fiber internet in the Chicago metro area compare to the rest of Illinois?

Fiber internet speeds in the Chicago metro area are comparable versus the average speeds in Illinois: 987 Mbps in Illinois versus 998 Mbps in the city. The state has far less fiber availability compared to the city. Average fiber coverage in Illinois is 92.70% versus 22.52% in the Chicago metro area.

What zip codes have fiber internet?

Fiber internet coverage varies by zip code and neighborhood. Some examples in or around the Chicago metro area are shown below. You can enter any zip code here to see TV and internet providers by zip code.

Zip Code
Fiber Coverage
27.50%
40.36%
15.55%
0.35%
90.06%
Zip Code
Fiber Coverage
90.95%
48.69%
33.04%
49.89%
0.00%

What does fiber internet look like in other cities?

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