Denver residential internet coverage
Two of the biggest internet providers in Denver are CenturyLink and Xfinity, and these two cover most of the city and surrounding areas. There are also several smaller providers that offer more localized service.
CenturyLink offers expansive coverage for the Denver area, from the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport to the Centennial Airport. Some parts of the city have access to CenturyLink’s fast fiber connection, including Washington Park. The rest of the city gets affordable CenturyLink DSL service. Heads up: CenturyLink offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in the fiber service areas.
Xfinity offers a similar range of coverage for both high-speed cable internet and cable TV service. In fact, Xfinity is one of the top cable providers in Denver. Xfinity speeds also run up to 1,000 Mbps. For the most part, all of Denver is covered by Xfinity—there are only a few small gaps in the downtown area near Stout Street and 15th. Xfinity also offers Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, which allow you to connect when you’re away from home. This is a great way to enjoy streaming and social media on the go without draining your data.
Smaller providers in the area include Live Wire Networks and Kentec Communications. Live Wire offers internet service to residents on the west side of the city, between 17th and 10th and over past Santa Fe Drive. Kentec covers a small area on the east side of downtown from 17th Avenue to 1st.
If none of those internet providers offer good service where you live, you can also consider Viasat satellite internet, which offers nationwide coverage. Satellite internet services tend to be a little slower and more expensive than their land-based counterparts, but their wide availability is their strong point.
Free internet (Wi-Fi) at Denver libraries
Just like in any big city, Denver is full of public hotspots where you can catch some Wi-Fi for free.
This isn’t always the most reliable or secure way to access the internet—you can never be sure about the malware or hacking you may be vulnerable to on an open Wi-Fi network, especially one that isn’t password protected.
But one really nifty option is to get a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot from the Denver Public Library. Just whip out your library card to get access to a free hotspot and micro USB charger for up to three weeks: dozens are available from library branches across the city, and you can check them out just like you would a book, CD, or DVD.
It might be better to look into other options in the meantime, though, because as of mid-February there’s a waiting list of over 200 people to get one.