Research: Gigabit and Fiber Options in Springfield Missouri (April 2018)

Update 08/13/2019: City Utilities of Springfield Missouri announces a public-private partnership that will enable commercial ISP partners to deliver Gigabit Fiber to Springfield-area businesses and residents by Summer 2020. CenturyLink is the first Internet Service Provider (ISP) to partner with City Utilities of Springfield as an anchor tenant on the SpringNet fiber network. Learn More


Gigabit Fiber (1Gx1G) options are available to most Springfield Missouri businesses and multi-unit buildings, but residential customers are generally limited to Gigabit (e.g. 1Gx50M) via coax cable service (e.g. DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 modem).

Availability depends on if your address is residential or business, single-unit or multi-unit, inside/outside Springfield city limits. All of these are major factors regarding Fiber service in Springfield. If you primarily need to be able to stream 4K video (15-25mbps per stream) to your home, 100-200mbps Cable (instead of Gigabit Fiber) is probably your best choice at this time, when considering price versus performance.

I have been tracking Springfield and Missouri gigabit fiber progress for a while. For everyone’s benefit, here are current Gigabit/Fiber options for residential and business addresses in and around Springfield MO…

  • SpringNet offers Gigabit Fiber throughout the City of Springfield. They have a Small Business Program that starts at $150/mo. My understanding is that they can install fiber anywhere in town for the right price, but this “lower cost” small business option is intended for businesses located in multi-unit buildings in the downtown area. Initial 2015 coverage was inside the area of Chestnut to Elm, National to Grant. I have heard that SpringNet provides Gigabit Fiber service to multi-unit residential (apartments), but I am not aware of any single-unit residential fiber offerings.
  • AT&T just launched Fiber in Springfield MO. Plans start at $80/mo. Try to Check Availability here. You likely need to be in a multi-unit residential/apartment or office building shown on the AT&T Fiber Network Map OR very close to one of the existing installs on that detailed map.
  • Mediacom announced Springfield MO as their 1000th Gigabit city in 2017. They offer Gigabit over coaxial (1Gx50M $140/m) to residential customers (Check Availability here). I believe their Fiber Gigabit offering (1Gx1G) is limited to business customers (or residential customers at a business rate). Contact business sales for Gigabit Fiber availability.

Other potential options near Springfield. The last few are primarily for businesses or very rural customers…

  • Suddenlink offers Gigabit south of Springfield MO (e.g. Nixa/Ozark). See GigCity Map. Cost for residential coaxial service is $106/mo for 1Gx50M with unlimited data transfer. When Suddenlink announced/launched this service during a City of Nixa press conference in 2015, they also said that they were investing $250K in infrastructure so that any business in the Nixa industrial park had access to Gigabit Fiber. I expect Gigabit Fiber is available to many business locations throughout Nixa/Ozark (and possibly even residential customers near commercial areas for the right price).
  • Total Highspeed offers Residential Fiber and Business Fiber in Rural Greene County and Highlandville Missouri.
  • Wide Open Networks connects homes and businesses to their fiber network using fixed-wireless devices.
  • Bluebird Network offers Business Fiber outside/near Springfield MO. See Network Map.
  • Sho-Me Technologies offers Business Fiber outside/near Springfield MO. See Network Map

Local carrier-grade fiber internet options are listed on this HCOMM carrier services page.

For people in other Missouri regions, these companies also offer Gigabit Fiber: Aire Internet (Joplin/Monett), Big River (Cape Girardeau), BOLT Fiber (NE OK), Callabyte Fiber (Fulton), CenturyLink, CLGW Fiber (Kennett), Co-Mo (Central MO), Elite Fiber (STL), Fidelity Internet (Buffalo/Nevada/Rolla/West Plains), GoBec Fiber (Cassville), Google Fiber (KC), GTC (Granby), GRM FTTH (NW MO), Kingdom Telco (Callaway and Montgomery counties), LinkCity (North KC), Marshall Municipal Fiber (Marshall), Mid-States Fiber (Trenton), Missouri Telecom (SW MO), MOREnet (Statewide), NEMR Telecom (NE MO), New Dawn Fiber (Excelsior Springs), Optic Communications (Loma Linda), Phynx Fiber (Callaway County), Rayfield (Marshfield/Conway), SEMO Electric Coop (SE MO), Socket (Columbia/JC/KC/STL), United Fiber (Cameron/Maryville/Savannah), West Plains Municipal Fiber (West Plains).

DISCLAIMER: I rely on Suddenlink at home (200Mx20M w/ Unlimited). SpeedTest Results. Cost $76/mo. I rely on SpringNet at work (1Gx1G w/ Unlimited). Included in office lease. Very pleased with the speed and reliability of both services.

Cross Posted to /r/Springfield MO

Other Broadband Resources: Current national broadband access maps (fcc.gov), Historical Missouri broadband access maps (mo.gov). See example maps below.



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