Portland residential internet coverage
Xfinity and CenturyLink are the two main internet providers in Portland. They both have very large networks in the city—although their speeds and packages are much different.
Xfinity is a cable provider, with fast speeds as well as many cheap packages and regular deals. CenturyLink is a DSL and fiber provider, with gigabit speeds available in limited areas but mostly slower speeds at a bargain rate.
Ziply is another somewhat large internet provider in Portland. It recently took over the fiber and DSL infrastructure previously operated by Frontier, so it provides both services to some parts of the city.
You can also get internet from local and regional providers like infoStructure and Sawtooth Technologies. 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. Satellite is generally quite expensive and has limited speeds and data, but it’s 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 1,200 Mbps. CenturyLink also offers a fiber gigabit plan in Hillsboro, but you may have to be content with DSL if you’re going with CenturyLink.