Satellite internet providers like HughesNet and Viasat are available almost everywhere—including the areas of Chicago that are underserved by traditional internet service providers (ISPs).
Of course, major metro areas like Chicago tend to have a wide range of internet options, including high-speed cable internet and fiber-optic internet providers. But even so, there are pockets where traditional ISPs don’t think it’s a good investment to build out cable or fiber infrastructure. If you live in such an area or a small town or rural area outside the urban core of Chicago, you should consider satellite internet.
Fortunately, satellite internet in Chicago has gotten faster and allows for bigger internet data caps than ever before. HughesNet now offers speeds up to 50Mbps (or 25Mbps for a lower price per month), and Viasat and Starlink offer speeds up to 100Mbps.
But if you have the option, cable and fiber internet are often faster and cheaper than satellite internet. Depending on where you live in Chicago, you can probably find good options for cable or fiber broadband service. We’ve even rounded up some of the best internet options in Chicago for you.
Let’s take a closer look at the best internet options in Chicago.