How much internet speed do you need? That depends on how you plan on using your internet connection.
< 25mbps basic internet for checking e-mail, google searches 25-99 Mbps will handle streaming Netflix, FaceTime, Zoom calls 100-499 Mbps fast downloads, gaming online, streaming UHD on multiple screens 500-1,000 Mbps blazing fast for just about anything
Internet Providers in Phoenix, Arizona
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Internet Buyer's Guide for Phoenix, Arizona
If you’re shopping for internet in Phoenix, the most popular choices are CenturyLink, Cox, and fixed wireless internet. At least 93 percent of Phoenix has access to Cox, and at least 95 percent has access to fiber and fixed wireless internet.
Fastest Internet Providers in Phoenix
CenturyLink offers the fastest fiber internet service, with download speeds of up to 940 Mbps. If you don’t have access to CenturyLink’s fiber internet, chances are you have access to their DSL internet, which offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps.
Cox offers gigabit speeds, although the maximum upload speed is only 35 Mbps. Mediacom and Consolidated Smart Broadband Systems also offer high-speed cable internet but are available to fewer than 20,000 residents.
Fixed wireless internet is widely available and offers download speeds up to 300 Mbps from Triad Wireless and a few other providers. For more information on Triad Wireless plans and pricing, call the number listed next to them above.
Cheapest Internet in Phoenix
Cox offers the cheapest internet plan in Phoenix, which costs $29.99 per month for up to 25 Mbps. For faster plans (with speeds up to 100 Mbps or sometimes even higher), expect to pay $59.99 to $99.99 a month with Cox.
CenturyLink plans and pricing are simple and cheap. Plans with speeds up to 100 Mbps cost $50 a month. CenturyLink’s fiber gigabit plan costs $65 a month and is the cheapest gigabit plan in Phoenix.
Comparing CenturyLink and Cox
Choosing between Cox and CenturyLink ultimately comes down to data cap, price, and bundle options for most consumers. CenturyLink has lower-priced high-speed plans with unlimited data, while Cox has bundle options for those wanting TV, home phone, and/or home security and automation.
Unlimited data is almost a must for cord-cutters and heavy gamers. Each CenturyLink plan, DSL and Fiber, is free of data caps, making them a top choice if you’re looking for an internet-only plan. However, bundle seekers may prefer Cox, since CenturyLink no longer offers their own TV service. Instead, they partner with Dish, DirecTV, and AT&T TV for those who want to bundle. Keep in mind, however, that there is no discount when you bundle with CenturyLink.
Whether you bundle or not, all Cox internet plans have a 1.25 TB data cap. Fortunately, Cox bundles often offer discounts and promotions on free services and devices. Click “View Plans and Pricing” next to Cox above to see their current deals and promotions.
Digital Equity Programs in Phoenix
As a result of the pandemic, the Phoenix government expanded its free public Wi-Fi range outside of public libraries, recreation centers, and other participating facilities. Over 50 facilities continue to provide free Wi-Fi, available inside and outside their facilities. Click here for a full list of participating facilities.
CenturyLink and Cox participate in nationally funded low-income internet programs in Phoenix. These programs offer internet service with enough speed for remote workers and students and/or devices to help get you online. Read our guide on low-income internet options to see if you’re eligible for one of these programs.
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Internet Statistics for Phoenix, Arizona
Well-known for its outstanding resorts and bustling hospitality industry, Phoenix has many international and domestic business travelers as well as local residents who need to stay connected. Currently, Phoenix is the 8th most-connected city ranked ahead of Paradise Valley, Glendale, and Tolleson. Although approximately 73,000 only have access to no more than one wired internet provider, Phoenix providers offer an average 112.0 Mbps.
Internet Statistics 2021
5.6% of consumers in Phoenix73,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.
This data is calculated from FCC datasets which providers are legally required to supply twice a year. We further validate this data for accuracy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Phoenix, Arizona
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