Internet providers in Portland, OR

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1. CenturyLink
99% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Xfinity
100% available in Portland
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Frontier
100% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Portland
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in Portland
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. InfoStructure
38% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
7. Sawtooth Technologies
75% available in Portland
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
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1. CenturyLink
99% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Comcast Business
100% available in Portland
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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3. Frontier
100% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Portland
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in Portland
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. EasyStreet Online Services
99% available in Portland
7. XO Communications
1% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
8. Stephouse Holdings Company
33% available in Portland
9. Freewire Broadband LLC
100% available in Portland
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
10. Zayo Group
12% available in Portland
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. LS Networks
60% available in Portland
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Portland
Connection:
Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in Portland
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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

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

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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 Portland?

Carrie Brownstein once declared that the dream of the ’90s was alive in Portland. But when it comes to ISPs (Internet Service Providers), Oregon’s largest city is fully situated in the twenty-first century with its range of options for high-speed internet and cheap Wi-Fi.

CenturyLink and Xfinity both have the widest coverage across the Portland metro area. Both also offer extra fast, gigabit internet plans (i.e., speeds up to 1,000 Mbps). And Xfinity boasts a stunningly fast 2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps) option for heavy-duty internet users—like folks who livestream their video gameplay or upload video content to cloud servers. Nine smaller providers, including InfoStructure and Sawtooth Technologies, also offer fiber and DSL options for homes and businesses.

Frontier’s fiber-optic network offers speeds up to 940 Mbps in parts of the Portland metro area. Frontier covers the Southwest and Southeast neighborhoods of the city, but its network mainly spans the surrounding suburbs of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. Those living in rural areas can tap into satellite internet with Viasat or HughesNet.

Summary of Portland internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
CenturyLink DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Frontier DSL & Fiber 100 Mbps 2.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
InfoStructure DSL & Other Copper Wireline 50 Mbps N/A
Sawtooth Technologies Fiber 50 Mbps N/A

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 Portland

Of all the providers available in Stumptown, Xfinity is the clear standout in our 2018 customer satisfaction survey, coming in fifth place on a list of 12 ISPs across the country. CenturyLink and Frontier took ninth and tenth place respectively in terms of overall satisfaction. The 2019 J.D. Power survey puts Xfinity at third place in the West of the United States, second place in the South, and first place in the North Central region.

When you look at the numbers, it may be surprising to see that CenturyLink and Frontier rank low in our customer satisfaction survey in terms of speed. But the results could be skewed because these ISPs provide both fiber-optic and DSL connections. DSL runs through the copper wiring of your landline phone, making it much slower than fiber technology.

Nationwide, only 25% of the population can access fiber-optic service. Lucky for you, CenturyLink and Frontier are both widely available in Rip City and the wider metro area. Make sure to check if a fiber connection through either ISP is available in your neighborhood, as it can vastly improve your download and upload speeds and cut down on streaming latency.

When it comes to cheap Wi-Fi, Frontier takes the lead in our survey, ranking fourth in terms of monthly billing. CenturyLink, whose package prices skew higher, comes in ninth.

Here’s one last notable tidbit: Xfinity has been known for inadequate customer service in the past, but the 2019 report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index shows it making 2% gains on overall satisfaction rankings compared to 2018. That’s a notable change over one year, especially considering that Xfinity’s ACSI rankings didn’t change at all between 2017 and 2018.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Portland

CenturyLink offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Frontier offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

InfoStructure offers internet at speeds up to 50 Mbps

Those with a truly ravenous need for internet speed should look into Xfinity’s Gigabit Pro internet plan, which offers speeds of 2 Gbps (i.e., 2,000 Mbps) and goes for $299.95 a month with a two-year agreement. Don’t worry if you can’t afford the price: 2 Gbps download speeds are like having a Formula One race car in your garage. You won’t need it unless you’re a competitive gamer, video editor, or other kind of super-internet user, consuming tons of bandwidth on a regular basis.

For everyone else, Xfinity boasts 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps) speeds on its cable network, which is still lightning fast, with packages starting at $70 a month for the first 12 months with a one-year agreement. If that’s too painful for your wallet, Xfinity’s Performance Starter plan only costs $29.99 a month, although it’s considerably slower at 15 Mbps.

As for other gigabit plans, CenturyLink edges in with a more affordable option, featuring up to 940 Mbps download speeds in some parts of Portland, starting at $65 per month.* Make sure to check if CenturyLink’s fiber network covers your area, because otherwise you’ll have to settle for slower (but still dependable) DSL. Or, you can go with Frontier’s fiber plans if you’re in the suburbs.

Frontier doesn’t cover much of Portland itself, but its network does span across the surrounding metro area. The company’s much-ballyhooed FiOS fiber network allows for max speeds of 940 Mbps. Frontier also offers the Simply FiOS 50/50 plan featuring symmetrical upload and download speeds of 50 Mbps each. This makes it easier to upload large files and use cloud-based services. And it’s an affordable $29.99 a month.

*Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply. Speeds may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection.

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CenturyLink vs. Xfinity

Affordable gigabit plans make CenturyLink a big draw for families and large households. But Xfinity has wider coverage areas and breathtaking speeds, topping out at up to 2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps). Holy moly!

Read more about CenturyLink vs. Xfinity

Xfinity vs. Frontier

Even if you live in a log cabin in the country, there’s a chance you can get high-speed internet through Xfinity’s vast network. But definitely consider Frontier’s speedy fiber-optic service if it’s available in your area.

Read more about Xfinity vs. Frontier

Your Guide to CenturyLink Installation

Just got set up with your new ISP? Get the details on costs, technical requirements, and more to decide if you want to install it yourself or hire a pro.

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Portland residential internet coverage

Famed for its thriving arts scene, award-winning craft beers, and advanced manufacturing industry, Portland is a fast-growing regional hub with plenty of options for both high-speed internet and cheap Wi-Fi.

Not every provider has service in Portland, so take a gander to see who operates in your part of town. Xfinity and CenturyLink have a prominent presence across the metro area, stretching from downtown out to many of the suburbs in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. They also have network service in the Washington State city of Vancouver, just across the Columbia River.

If you live anywhere farther south, east, or west in the metro area then you’ll be good to go with Frontier. Its network begins in Southwest and Southeast Portland neighborhoods like Raleigh Hills and Lents and radiates outwards from there. However, it’s mostly unavailable within Portland and Vancouver city limits, and also doesn’t have coverage in the area around Jennings Lodge and Gladstone.

Local provider InfoStructure covers parts of Portland. Washington-based company Sawtooth Technologies has fiber coverage in the Northeast and Northwest quadrants of Portland, heading west into Multnomah County. Either of them may be worth looking into, since local ISPs are known to offer more accessible and reliable customer service compared to national competitors.

 Last but not least, HughesNet and Viasat provide satellite coverage in and around Portland, but it’s mostly useful in areas where fiber, cable, or DSL options aren’t available. Hard to reach pockets of the Willamette Valley might require satellite service.

Portland has fast internet in the Silicon Forest.

We can’t talk about Portland without mentioning the city of Hillsboro, the famed tech hub in Washington County.

The fastest internet you’ll find in the Silicon Forest comes from Xfinity, with speeds up to 2 Gbps (2,000) Mbps through the Gigabit Pro plan. CenturyLink offers its Fiber Internet plan in Hillsboro, featuring 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps) download speeds starting at $65 a month. You can get Frontier’s Simply FiOS Gig Service for 1 Gbps at $79.99 per month. There’s also Frontier’s Simply FiOS 500/500 plan, which gives you symmetrical upload/download speeds starting at $39.99 a month.

Xfinity’s cable lines extend across the Tualatin Valley, covering much of Silicon Forest. CenturyLink covers the area around the Hillsboro Airport and other parts of the city. Frontier covers the whole area except for a patch of territory immediately north of US Route 26.

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Featured customer reviews

Xfinity

 

“Outages are rare and bandwidth from the tap outside slightly exceeds what I pay them for. Comcast seems to do a good job of keeping their infrastructure up to date.”

–David B

CenturyLink

 

“They are really great if you never need anything fixed. The internet is good, the prices are cheap, and for the most part there aren’t any problems.”

–Emily C

Frontier

 

“Great product at a good price. I have the high-speed internet and run multiple devices wireless.”

–Mark B

Portland internet FAQ

What is the cheapest internet service in Portland, Oregon?

The cheapest internet service in Portland comes from Frontier and Xfinity. Frontier offers packages for as low as $24.99 a month, and Xfinity’s Performance Starter package goes for $29.99 a month.

Who has the best home internet service?

Xfinity has the best home internet service in Portland. It used to be lacking when it came to customer service, but the company has made big improvements in recent years and now takes the lead in many customer satisfaction surveys for overall performance.

Xfinity’s 2 Gbps (2,000 Mbps) and 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps) plans represent the top of the line in internet speed. Xfinity also lets you manage your home network through their xFi Gateway modem, which lets you check your Wi-Fi password, monitor clients, and set up parental controls.

Is fiber-optic internet available in my area?

CenturyLink, Frontier, and Sawtooth Technologies maintain high-speed fiber-optic internet lines in Portland. Punch your ZIP code into the search tool below to see if they have that sweet fiber in your area.

What internet can I get in my area?

Congrats, dear Portlander, you have many internet options in your area. CenturyLink, Xfinity, Frontier, and several local providers offer service across the Portland metro region.  Xfinity delivers cable internet, Frontier offers fiber-optic broadband, and CenturyLink has both DSL and fiber-optic plans. Viasat and HughesNet have satellite internet.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Portland

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