Internet providers in Tampa, FL

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1. Xfinity
20% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
  • Self installation –  Easy online ordering – No data caps for 60 days
2. Frontier
100% available in Tampa
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
500Mbps
3. Spectrum
1% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps

Self Installation Available 

4. Optimum
5% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. Viasat
99% available in Tampa
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. Suddenlink Communications
1% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
7. HughesNet
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
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Speeds up to
1000Mbps
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  • Self installation available.
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1. Frontier
100% available in Tampa
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
500Mbps
2. Spectrum
1% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps

Self Installation Available 

3. Optimum
5% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Tampa
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. Suddenlink Communications
1% available in Tampa
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
6. HughesNet
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
7. PowerOne
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
8. One Ring Networks
53% available in Tampa
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
9. Megapath
55% available in Tampa
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
10. Allstream
Available in Tampa
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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3. Sprint
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE

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4. T-Mobile
Available in Tampa
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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How much internet speed do I need?

5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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What is the best internet provider in Tampa?

Tampa residents have five different options for internet providers, but only three are serious contenders. While Viasat and HughesNet provide satellite internet services, they’re both significantly more expensive and slower than the competition. They’re really worth considering only if satellite internet is the only option in your area.

That said, even the most isolated customers in the Tampa area should be able to get internet coverage from Frontier for less.

Removing satellite providers from the lineup, we can check out the three main players in Tampa: Spectrum, Frontier, and Xfinity. Xfinity has the most flexible plan options—ranging from 25 Mbps to 2,000 Mbps—but it also has the most limited coverage.

Spectrum and Frontier both provide broad availability in the Tampa area. Spectrum Internet will cover most bandwidth needs while Frontier offers faster fiber plans to accommodate those who want more speed.

Summary of Tampa internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Frontier DSL & Fiber 500 Mbps 2.5/5
Spectrum Cable 50 Mbps 3.0/5
Optimum Cable 100 Mbps 3.0/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Suddenlink Communications Cable 50 Mbps 2.5/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Highest-rated internet providers in Tampa

We’ve seen what each of the main competitors in Tampa have to offer, but how do they stack up side by side? Spectrum, Xfinity, and Frontier all performed better in different categories in our annual ISP customer satisfaction survey.

Spectrum

According to our survey, Spectrum is above average for overall customer satisfaction and customer service. Look to it for overall best value and bang for your buck. On the other hand, Spectrum comes in third in the South in J.D. Power’s internet provider study. Overall, it’s a solid bet with no contracts—if you don’t like your service, you can painlessly switch to something else.

Xfinity

Xfinity beats out the competition in both speed and reliability, but it charges a premium for the service. It outranked Spectrum in the South, according to J.D. Power. And it scored better than Spectrum and Frontier on our annual customer satisfaction survey.

Frontier

Frontier came in lowest among the three providers in our satisfaction survey, as well as sixth out of eight on J.D. Power’s satisfaction survey. Keep in mind that its fiber-optic packages also require a two-year commitment.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Tampa

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Frontier offers internet at speeds up to 500 Mbps

Optimum offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 50 Mbps

With Frontier, Spectrum, and Xfinity offering plans up to 1,000 Mbps that cover the majority of the Tampa area, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a fast connection. If you look closely, you’ll find that some plans that offer “gigabit” speeds (1,000 Mbps) actually top out around 940 Mbps—that’s not strictly gigabit, but it’s so close that it’s indistinguishable. Still, Frontier, Spectrum, and Xfinity are among the fastest internet providers in Tampa, Florida.

Viasat and HughesNet provide slightly lower speeds (12 Mbps to 100 Mbps). The only issue with these speeds is the latency that comes with satellite internet. If you’re doing something that requires a fast response time, you’ll get frustrated.

When assessing your options, it helps to understand how much speed you actually need. High download speeds are incredibly useful (especially for large files like computer programs and games), but they’re usually too much speed for the vast majority of internet use.

The most common internet activities—bingeing a show on Netflix, playing a round of Fortnite, or posting a video to Facebook—can all be accomplished with speeds as low as 25 Mbps. Even streaming Ultra HD videos uses just a handful of megabits per second. We’d recommend higher-speed packages only if you need to regularly upload and download large files.

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Spectrum vs. Frontier

Spectrum provides an overall better experience with a slightly higher price. Frontier is cheaper, but it loses some points to Spectrum for its customer service.

Read more about Spectrum vs. Frontier

Xfinity vs. Frontier

Xfinity is faster and more readily available than the competition, but that tends to come with a price. Frontier can’t match it for speed but is the more affordable of the two options.

Read more about Xfinity vs. Frontier

Xfinity vs. Spectrum

Xfinity provides wide coverage and blazing fast speeds—sometimes up to two gigs over a standard cable line. Spectrum, on the other hand, is great for its unlimited data and top-tier customer service.

Read more about Xfinity vs. Spectrum

Tampa residential internet coverage

Tampa Bay lacks many of the options found in other large US cities. But what it lacks in options, it makes up for with just enough providers and plans to cover its bases.

Residents in the general metro area can choose from Spectrum and Frontier, with plans that cover 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 500 Mbps, 940 Mbps, and more. Those in the Brandon area will have even more plan variety from Xfinity’s six different options. No matter where you live, you’ll have the option of fiber connections with Frontier or cable connections from Xfinity and Spectrum.

Cogent Communications has also established a foothold in Tampa, but its coverage area is so small that it’s unlikely you’ll be able to use it. The competition is good for users though—Cogent increasing its coverage could possibly lead to price decreases for you later.

For satellite users outside of conventional hardline coverage, Viasat and HughesNet provide low-use access. Just don’t expect to watch a lot of high-definition videos on a satellite internet connection due to the latency.

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Featured customer reviews

Xfinity

 

“Xfinity was great, I loved the speed and they always seemed to be increasing the speed free of charge. The price is very expensive.”

–Cole J.

Frontier

 

“Great product at a good price. I have the High Speed Internet and run multiple devices wireless.”

–Mark B.

Spectrum

 

“The service was good—a little expensive but good. Once I hit the second year of service, my bill went up an extra $20 a month.”

–Heather R.

Tampa internet FAQ

What’s the fastest internet in Tampa?

The fastest internet speeds you can get in Tampa are typically 1,000 Mbps, but those are split between Xfinity’s cable service in the Brandon area and Frontier’s fiber-optic service that covers all of Tampa and its suburbs.

What’s the cheapest internet in Tampa?

The cheapest internet in Tampa is from either Xfinity or Frontier, depending on what’s available in your area. Xfinity packages start at $30.00 per month for 25 Mbps and Frontier’s 50 Mbps package is $29.99 per month.

Is Xfinity in Tampa?

Xfinity is in parts of Eastern Tampa, but you’ll need to use the Xfinity website to find out if it can provide service to your home specifically. It has spotty coverage that broadens as you go east.

How much is internet service in Tampa?

Tampa internet service varies in pricing, from cheap packages that start at around $30 per month to high-end packages that cost as much as $100 per month or more. Because Xfinity adjusts its rates based on a number of variables, you’ll need to call Xfinity to see actual costs. Expect to pay between $30 and $70 for internet in Tampa, regardless of which provider you choose.

Which Tampa provider gives the best service for cost?

We’d say Frontier gives the best speeds for price. It offers cheap fiber and DSL connections that are easily accessible. But if you need something to get started, Spectrum’s 100 Mbps plan gives you a lot of speed for only $20 more. Use our tools to see how much bandwidth you currently have and to find out how much speed you need.

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