Internet Providers in Houston, TX

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Residential Internet Statistics for Houston, TX
Internet Providers: 23
Internet Plans: 46
Fastest Speed Available: 10,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $72.12

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COVID-19 RESOURCES

Houston Resources for Distance Learning, Low-Income Families and Discounted or Free Internet and Laptops

During COVID-19, many families in Houston are in need of assistance with child care, internet service, laptops, and virtual learning. These are organizations in Houston that can help.

Devices for Distance Learning, Free or Refurbished

There are several organizations in Houston that provide devices for distance learning. In some cases, you may need to go through an application process and the waitlist may take some time.

Families can also save money buying a refurbished laptop or computer from local stores, here are some of these organizations:

Day Camps and Learning Centers

In cases where parents are not able to stay home with their children during the school day, there are organizations throughout the city that provide virtual learning settings for kids. This idea was developed as a way to help parents who have to work and can’t stay home with their children while they attend virtual classes. Many of these centers are set up to help children learn through their schools’ virtual learning program while being supervised, in many cases, by certified teachers.

Internet Hot Spots

Some families have access to devices but not enough internet speed to support all family members to stay connected at the same time. Others live in rural areas beyond the reach of broadband internet.

Small, local shops are also making their wi-fi accessible to students. One such location is Shipley’s Do-Nuts in Southwest Houston, where the owner converted part of the store into space for students to have safe and free access to Wi-Fi and laptops. The owner also allows students to remain in their vehicles and connect to the store’s wi-fi from the parking lot if they so choose.

Internet Access in Houston, Texas

The average download speed in Houston is 127.43 Mbps. This is 4.2% slower than the average in Texas and 26.7% faster than the national average.

  • There are 46 internet providers in Houston with 23 of those offering residential service
  • Houston is the 94th most connected city in Texas ahead of Stafford, Bellaire, Pasadena, South Houston, and Galena Park.
  • Almost 92% of consumers in Texas have access to a wired connection with true broadband speeds faster than 25mbps.
  • Texas is the 32nd most connected state in the U.S.
  • Approximately 95% of Houston residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.
  • The average internet download speed in Texas is 133.04 mbps.
  • Fiber optic internet is available to 54% of Harris County residents.
  • Approximately 119,000 people in Harris County don't have access to any wired internet.
  • Explore internet access for communities within Houston: Piney Point Village, Jacinto City, West University Place, and Jersey Village
  • The fastest zip code in Houston for April 2021 is 77039. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

142,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In Houston, Texas

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB
Hotwire Communications 10,000 Mbps Fiber 0s
EarthLink Fiber 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Google Fiber 2,000 Mbps Fiber 4s
Mercury Wireless 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
En-Touch Systems 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Windstream 1,000 Mbps Fiber 8s
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
XFINITY from Comcast 1,200 Mbps Cable 6s
AT&T Fiber 940 Mbps Fiber 8s
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s
Grande Communications 940 Mbps Cable 8s
Windstream 300 Mbps DSL 27s
En-Touch Systems 940 Mbps Cable 8s
AT&T Internet 100 Mbps IPBB 1m 21s
EarthLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Rise Broadband 100 Mbps Fixed Wireless 1m 21s
Viasat Internet 100 Mbps Satellite 1m 21s
AccessMedia3 100 Mbps Cable 1m 21s
CenturyLink 100 Mbps DSL 1m 21s
Lake Livingston Telephone Company 30 Mbps DSL 4m 33s
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s
Frontier Communications 30 Mbps DSL 4m 33s

Summary of Internet Providers Availability in Houston, Texas

  • AT&T Internet - IPBB - 100.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • EarthLink - DSL - 100.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Xfinity - Cable - 100.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,200 Mbps
  • AT&T Fiber - Fiber - 94.5% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • EarthLink - Fiber - 93.7% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Mercury Wireless - Fiber - 86.3% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • enTouch Systems - Fiber - 34.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Frontier - DSL - 49.2% Availability in Houston - Call For Speed Availability
  • Windstream - DSL - 26.5% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • En-Touch Systems - Cable - 34.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • CenturyLink - DSL - 33.8% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Spectrum - Cable - 16.8% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Rise Broadband - Fixed Wireless - 12.6% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Windstream - Fiber - 9.7% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • AccessMedia3 - Cable - 7.8% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Hotwire Communications - Fiber - 5.1% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 10,000 Mbps
  • Lake Livingston Telephone Company - DSL - 5.1% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 30 Mbps
  • Grande - Cable - 3.1% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Google Fiber - Fiber - 2.5% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • Sparklight - Cable - 1.5% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Viasat - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet - Satellite - 100.0% Availability in Houston - Speeds up to 25 Mbps

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Summary Of Internet Providers In Houston

Provider Type Coverage Speed
AT&T Internet IPBB 100% 100 Mbps
EarthLink DSL 100% 100 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast Cable 100% 1,200 Mbps
ERF Wireless Fixed Wireless 100% 0.768 Mbps
AT&T Fiber Fiber 94.5%+ 940 Mbps
EarthLink Fiber Fiber 93.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Mercury Wireless Fiber 86.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
En-Touch Systems Fiber 34.0%+ 1,000 Mbps
Frontier Communications DSL 49.2%+ 30 Mbps
Windstream DSL 26.5%+ 300 Mbps
En-Touch Systems Cable 34.0%+ 940 Mbps
CenturyLink DSL 33.8%+ 100 Mbps
Spectrum Cable 16.8%+ 1,000 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 12.6%+ 100 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 9.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
AccessMedia3 Cable 7.8%+ 100 Mbps
Hotwire Communications Fiber 5.1%+ 10,000 Mbps
Lake Livingston Telephone Company DSL 5.1%+ 30 Mbps
Grande Communications Cable 3.1%+ 940 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 2.5%+ 2,000 Mbps
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) Cable 1.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Viasat Internet Satellite 100% 100 Mbps
HughesNet Satellite 100% 25 Mbps
Comcast Business Cable 100% 987 Mbps
AT&T Fiber 97.5%+ 940 Mbps
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 50.8%+ 100 Mbps
LOGIX Fiber Networks Fiber 100% 1,000 Mbps
ERF Wireless Fixed Wireless 100% 0.768 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber Fiber 100% 1,000 Mbps
One Ring Networks Fixed Wireless 100% 1,000 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Fiber 75.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
PS Lightwave Fiber 68.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Verizon Business Copper 58.6%+ 50 Mbps
GTT Communications Copper 54.9%+ 20 Mbps
Fusion Connect Fiber 47.4%+ 20 Mbps
Frontier Business DSL 46.6%+ 115 Mbps
TPx Communications Fixed Wireless 43.9%+ 1.5 Mbps
Windstream Fiber 41.3%+ 1,000 Mbps
Zayo Fiber 35.1%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrum Business Cable 28.6%+ 1,000 Mbps
NetFortris Fiber 23.9%+ -- Mbps
Cogent Communications Fiber 16.5%+ 1,000 Mbps
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) Fiber 2.7%+ 1,000 Mbps
Spectrum Business Fiber 5.0%+ 940 Mbps
Cincinnati Bell Business Fiber 2.1%+ 250 Mbps
Allied Telecom Group Fiber 3.3%+ 100 Mbps
Global Cloud Xchange Copper 3.3%+ 260 Mbps
Westel Copper 2.3%+ 6 Mbps
Call One Copper 2.2%+ 1.5 Mbps
AccessMedia3 Copper 1.6%+ 100 Mbps
Jabo Communications Copper 1.3%+ 10 Mbps
Allstream Copper 1.3%+ -- Mbps
AssetBlack Fiber 1.1%+ 10 Mbps
Google Fiber Fiber 0.9%+ 1,000 Mbps
Fision Work Fiber 0.0%+ 10,000 Mbps

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.

Excellent

My experience with Verizon has been excellent service.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in Houston, Texas

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in Houston?

    The cheapest internet in Houston costs $19.99, from Windstream.

  • What is the fastest Internet in Houston?

    Google Fiber has the fastest speeds in Houston, with speeds up to 2000 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in Houston?

    Internet prices in Houston run from $19.99/month for internet-only to $68.46/month for a bundle.