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Internet Providers in Houston, Texas
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If you’re shopping for new internet service in Houston, chances are you have the option to choose between AT&T or Xfinity from Comcast. Both companies serve nearly 95 percent of Houston, and are the best choices for fast, reliable internet for most residents.
Fastest Internet Providers in Houston
AT&T internet service comes in two flavors: ultra-fast fiber internet, with download and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (also known as gigabit speed), and IPBB internet, with speeds up to 100 Mbps. AT&T is still building out its fiber network and is available to just over half of Houston residents. We recommend you call AT&T to see if fiber is available.
Xfinity from Comcast also has high-speed cable internet service. Download speeds for Comcast are up to a blazing 1,200 Mbps, although maximum upload speeds are limited to 30 Mbps.
If neither of these options are preferred, Earthlink Internet is available to many Houston residents. Earthlink Internet uses AT&T’s reliable fiber and DSL networks, with its own prices and dedicated customer support and service from Earthlink.
In addition to the big three, there are 20 internet service providers serving a smaller number of Houston residents (5 percent or less of the city). Enter your Houston ZIP code at the top of this page to see which ones may be available.
Cheapest Internet in Houston
If you’re looking for an internet-only plan, AT&T has high-speed fiber plans (300 Mbps to 940 Mbps download speed) with promotional pricing between $55 and $80 per month, and lower-speed DSL plans (100 Mbps and slower) at $55 per month.
Xfinity’s high-speed internet-only plans are comparably priced, from $60 to $80 per month for higher-speed cable plans (400 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps download speeds) and lower-speed plans between $30-$35 per month.
Comparing AT&T and Xfinity
Many consumers ultimately choose between AT&T and Xfinity based on the TV, phone or entertainment bundles that are packaged with the internet. AT&T customers can bundle DIRECTV (starting at $120) or AT&T TV. Discounts are also available to AT&T Wireless customers.
Xfinity can be bundled with its cable TV service and/or phone service, which can typically add $50 or more to your monthly bill, depending on the bundle you choose.
The current deals for each provider can be found by clicking the View Plans and Pricing buttons at the top of this page.
Digital Equity Programs in Houston
BroadbandNow.com has data on more than 1 million speed tests conducted in Houston, and the average download speed for AT&T Fiber and Xfinity exceeds 200 Mbps, which is fast. If you happen to live in Houston’s ZIP code 77039, which includes Magnolia Gardens and the East Aldine sections of Houston, this area reportedly has the fastest download speeds in the city. See our table below on “fastest ZIP codes” to see if yours makes the list.
If you’re searching for free internet in Houston, there are more than 50 libraries and public institutions that offer publicly funded internet access points.
Internet Statistics 2021
4.8% of consumers in Houston139,000 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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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Houston, Texas
|Provider||Speed||Type||Time To Download 1 GB||Availability|
|Hotwire Communications||10,000 Mbps||Fiber||0s||0.1%|
|XFINITY from Comcast||1,200 Mbps||Cable||6s||94.0%|
|Google Fiber||2,000 Mbps||Fiber||4s||0.1%|
|En-Touch Systems||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||5.1%|
|Mercury Wireless||1,000 Mbps||Fiber||8s||2.7%|
|Sparklight (formerly Cable One)||1,000 Mbps||Cable||8s||0.0%|
|AT&T Internet||940 Mbps||IPBB and Fiber||8s||91.1%|
|EarthLink||1,000 Mbps||DSL and Fiber||8s||82.2%|
|Grande Communications||940 Mbps||Cable||8s||0.2%|
|Suddenlink Communications||940 Mbps||Cable||8s||1.1%|
|En-Touch Systems||940 Mbps||Cable||8s||5.1%|
|Viasat Internet||100 Mbps||Satellite||1m 21s||100.0%|
|Rise Broadband||100 Mbps||Fixed Wireless||1m 21s||0.5%|
|AccessMedia3||100 Mbps||Cable||1m 21s||0.1%|
|CenturyLink||100 Mbps||DSL||1m 21s||0.9%|
|HughesNet||25 Mbps||Satellite||5m 27s||100.0%|
|Frontier Communications||Call For Speed Availability||DSL||4m 33s||0.3%|
Internet Providers in Nearby Cities
Internet Provider Competition Map For Houston
The “Connected” metric is a citywide average based on FCC data showing the density of broadband options at the census block level.
This statistic is drawn from the population in census blocks not served by at least one wired broadband provider.
Fiber coverage data is sourced from FCC Form 477 filings and cross-validated through BroadbandNow with private datasets and direct provider reporting.
This coverage statistic is based on a mix of FCC and private provider reporting in the past two quarters.
25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload is the minimum speed for an Internet connection to be classified as “Broadband” by the FCC.
Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in Houston
Great and friendly customer service
Great and friendly customer service
Phenomenal customer service during trying times!
I had the pleasure of speaking with a rep today. Unfortunately, our household has been affected by covid financially and had trouble with our bill. Like most households with school aged children, Internet has become essential! Not only was she able to help keep our services on but she went the extra mile to help reduce our balance! It’s great to see that humanity is alive and well within Xfinity and their staff!
Xfinity @ $96/mo bottom line
Decent service, just way overpriced. Been with Xfinity since 2014, perfect payment record. All I need is basic internet, 25Mbps would be enough. For that they charge 55/mo, plus 14 for the box, plus taxes, etc. Ends up being like $80/mo or so. Yes, I understand that at $90/mo you can bundle a bunch of stuff in there and raise the speed to 100Mbps or more, but I don’t need any of those services. I think expecting 25Mbps internet only at a $50/mo bottom line is not unreasonable. Not gonna find that here. Good company for high-end internet with bundles. Poor offerings for basic internet service.
Horrible service, speed
Don't even think about trying to speak to a real live person unless you have an hour or so to spare waiting on hold. The automated line takes forever to navigate through. Their wireless system is antiquated at best and promised speeds are for hardwired connections ONLY. As soon as Spectrum comes to the area, I'm switching. I hate the monopolies of certain areas that these cable/internet providers have. It limits consumer choice and forces us to have to deal with these corporations who try get the most amount of money out of their customers. Definitely try to find another company if you can. Xfinity/Comcast is not worth it.
I puchased a business account because I needed prompt service because I work from home.
My business account costs $180.45. I had to purchase it because I couldn't wait for a service that would be days away. I get internet, phone, and a basic TV package. The TV constantly has a signal failure, the internet has the same ups and downs. I have had technicians out several times. Now I wanted to install Total Defense on my laptop which is apparently not available except to residential customers. Must have installed that on my desktop before they told me it would be a week before they could get a tech out when I had a residential service.
I won't use any other service!
I always get fast, courteous response from customer service.
Great speed from new fixed wireless install
AT&T recently erected a fixed wireless internet tower about a mile from my ranch in a rural Southeast Texas county and on 10/4/19 I received what the technician believes is the first installation to receive service from that cell site. The initial results have been great--download speeds greater than 40 Mbps and uploads greater than 20 Mbps. AT&T only guarantees a 10 Mbps download speed and I'm sure what I am seeing will decline as more users are added to my cell site, but it is really refreshing to see the reliable service I am now getting with virtually no latency as compared to prior experience with satellite internet delivery.
Glad I switched to Comcast
Cons: Wifi seems to drop, cable still above ground for more than two months Pros: Faster internet, fast to respond for on-site support, can exchange equipment the same day at a Comcast Store, price is better than others.
Xfinity 4 play
On wireless, 98% of users will not get the speed you want unless you have the latest phone like have 6-8 cores and 4 GB of RAM. I get about 350 Mbps wifi but plugged in hard-wired, I get a max of 822 Mbps. You also need to make sure that you own a modem and router that supports this kind of speed. Don't blame Xfinity or any other provider if you don't do your homework.
My experience with Verizon has been excellent service.