A few of the most popular cities in the U.S. for broadband Internet access are also among the most expensive, according to a new report from market research firm Zacks Investment Research.
New York City and San Francisco were the only cities in which prices for broadband services rose more than 5 percent last year, Zacks found.
In the past few years, cities including Atlanta and Houston have seen some of the biggest rises in prices, the report said.
While Atlanta and San Antonio saw price hikes of 2.5 percent and 1.9 percent, the cities are still among the top 10 for Internet access, according the report.
Houston was second last year with an average increase of 2 percent.
Atlanta saw a 5.6 percent increase, followed by Chicago with an 8.6 per cent jump.
The data was collected from Zacks’s Broadband Index, which ranks the cities by how much they are adding fiber and deploying wireless.
In 2016, Atlanta had the most Internet users per capita of any U.N. member state, the most of any city.
That’s about one person per 10,000 residents.
The report also found that Atlanta’s rate of growth has been faster than any other U.,N.
The city has added more than 6.5 million gigabytes of fiber to its network and has more than quadrupled its wireless coverage to 3.3 million people, compared to just under 3 million in 2014.
Houston is still the most populous U. in terms of population but the city has fallen in recent years.
It had more than 2 million residents in the fourth quarter of 2016, down from 3.4 million in 2015.
Zacks said the increase in affordability was due in part to the growth of wireless in the cities.
Houston’s wireless coverage is about four times greater than that of Atlanta, and its Internet penetration is nearly twice as large, Zaks said.
“The trend is going to continue,” he said.
Atlanta has added nearly 5 million gigabits of wireless and about half a million gigabit per second.
San Francisco has added almost 10 million giga-per-second and about 6.3 gigabit, Zack said.
Chicago’s rate is about five times greater, while Atlanta’s is about 10 times greater.
It is the fastest growing city in the world.
Zack noted that wireless coverage has increased in every U. N. country except Canada, the United Kingdom, and Mexico.
“But it’s really only happening in the last two years,” he added.
He said the biggest driver of the price increases in cities like Atlanta and New York is the increased cost of building and maintaining broadband infrastructure.
“A lot of those cities have been able to build out fiber infrastructure that’s very expensive,” Zacks Director of Research Kevin O’Connor said.
New Orleans and Austin are the only U. S. cities that have not experienced price increases due to higher demand for broadband.
He pointed out that Houston and Atlanta have also seen an increase in the number of broadband subscribers, the number that have connected to broadband service, as a result of the increased demand.
Zeks Broadband index measures broadband adoption across a city, including people with at least one connection to the Internet and broadband services that are included in Zacks’ BroadbandIndex.com.
In a separate report, Zarks Broadband analyst Mark Hirsch said the trend in the past couple of years has been towards increasing prices for the same services in all cities.
In San Francisco, for instance, the price of one of the city’s top two services is now $20 a month for a standard residential broadband plan, or $33 for an unlimited plan.
It’s an increase of more than 12 percent.
In New York, a monthly broadband bill is now about $15, up from $12 a month in 2015, according a Zacks report.
“We’re seeing a lot of competition in the market,” Zarks Vice President of Communications, Brian Stelzer, told Reuters.
“There are a lot more choices and a lot cheaper prices.”
The study does not measure the effect of price increases on the affordability of services or services that consumers do not use.
It does, however, show that the growing number of Internet users in cities with high broadband penetration means that prices are rising faster than other cities.
For instance, in the New York metropolitan area, the average price of an Internet plan increased from $38 a month to $60 a month between 2013 and 2015, Zates report found.
The cost of Internet services in Austin increased by about $10 in the same period, according Zacks.
The median monthly Internet bill in New York city rose from $26 a month a year ago to $33 a month last year.
Zaks Broadband report is based on the data from Zack and Zacks Analytics, which tracks the performance of broadband providers.
Zates Analytics also measures prices for a range of services and services that Zacks defines as high-speed Internet, cable TV, phone service,