Internet Providers in Detroit, MI

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Residential Internet Statistics for Detroit, MI
Internet Providers: 6
Internet Plans: 14
Fastest Speed Available: 1,200 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $54.98

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Internet Buyer's Guide for Detroit, Michigan

Published by Annie Kim

Reviewed by Tyler Cooper and Julia Tanberk

Last Updated: September 16, 2021

Although various providers are available, major cities like Detroit typically have two or three widely available internet providers. Xfinity and AT&T Internet are the top choices for most, whether you’re shopping for a new internet provider or looking to switch. Both providers are available to 97 percent of Detroit, with Xfinity offering slightly more coverage (99 percent).

Fastest Internet Providers in Detroit

Technically, AT&T Fiber is the fastest provider in Detroit. Only AT&T Fiber offers symmetrical download and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. AT&T also offers their DSL service with up to 100 Mbps. Only 13 percent of residents will have access to AT&T Fiber while they’re still building out their fiber network.

Xfinity from Comcast actually has the fastest downloads in Detroit, offering up to 1,200 Mbps. Although their upload speeds only reach up to 35 Mbps, Xfinity is the most widely available gigabit provider in Detroit.

We recommend EarthLink or one of the few local fiber internet providers as a third option if you prefer neither of the above. EarthLink is a high-speed alternative for DSL or fiber internet. EarthLink is available to 89 percent of the city, while local Detroit ISPs have coverage in less than 2 percent of the city.

Cheapest Internet in Detroit

If you’re looking for the lowest-priced internet plan, Xfinity has plans with promotional pricing starting at $30-$35 a month for up to 50-100 Mbps. Plans with up to 400-1,000 Mbps will cost $59.99-$79.99 per month.

AT&T Internet has simpler pricing, charging a flat rate of $55 for any DSL plan with up to 100 Mbps. If AT&T Fiber is available near you, you can get a better value with their plans, as prices range from $55 to $80 for download and upload speeds up to 100-1,000 Mbps.

Comparing AT&T and Xfinity

In Detroit, most consumers ultimately choose between Xfinity and AT&T, since they offer the most coverage and plan variety. Both providers offer internet, TV, home phone, wireless, and home security. AT&T offers a few more choices than Xfinity for TV subscribers, allowing you to choose DirecTV or AT&T TV.

If AT&T Fiber is not yet available in your area, Xfinity offers similar packages. The main difference between these providers, outside of their connection types, is the promotional price when you sign up for service. AT&T and Xfinity offer great deals and discounts each month to new and existing customers. You can find the current deals for each provider by clicking the “View Plans and Pricing” buttons in their listings.

Other Things to Know About Detroit Internet

The Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) has led the charge on improving internet access, safety, and literacy. Since 2015, their Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) has been developing neighborhood-owned internet infrastructure in underserved neighborhoods and providing digital literacy education. For information on DCTP, EII, and how you can get involved.

Internet Statistics for Detroit, Michigan

For middle-class families and over 30,000 students who call Detroit home, speedy internet at an affordable price point is a must. As the 195th most-connected city in Michigan – ahead of Highland Park and Hamtramck – Detroit mainly receives internet through cable, DSL, and fiber connections. On average, Detroit residents have three internet providers in their area to choose from. However, there are still around 13,000 people in the city who have access to only one or zero broadband providers.

Internet Statistics 2021

13,000 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Detroit, Michigan

  • Who has the best internet service in Detroit?

    AT&T and Xfinity offer the best internet service in Detroit when you consider speed and price. AT&T Internet is best if you want unlimited data, while Xfinity is best if you need widespread coverage and access to Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • How much is internet in Detroit?

    Internet in Detroit can cost anywhere from $30 to $100 for internet-only service. If you plan on bundling, expect to pay at least $30 extra a month for TV or at least $10-$15 a month for home phone.

  • Does Detroit have Spectrum service?

    Spectrum is not available in Detroit. If you’re looking for cable service in Detroit, consider Xfinity, the most widely available provider in the city.

  • Where is Rocket Fiber available?

    Rocket Fiber is mainly available in Downtown and Midtown, around Wayne State University and the WSU Medical Campus, and in Ford Field.

  • Is fiber internet available in Detroit?

    Fiber internet is limited in Detroit, with only 13 percent of residents having access to it.

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