Internet providers in Houston, TX

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1. AT&T
20% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Xfinity
70% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
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3. CenturyLink
77% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
80Mbps

Self installation available 

4. Frontier
92% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

Limited Offers. Contact-Free Guided Installations Only

5. Spectrum
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

Self Installation Available 

6. Viasat
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. Windstream
28% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. Grande Communications
39% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Suddenlink Communications
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. HughesNet
Available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
11. ERF Wireless
63% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
768Kbps
12. GHz Wireless
88% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
3Mbps
13. Skynet Communications
55% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
14. Rise Broadband
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
15. En-Touch Systems, Inc.
7% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
16. Consolidated Communications
19% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. AT&T
20% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. CenturyLink
77% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
80Mbps

Self installation available 

3. Comcast Business
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (0)
4. Frontier
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

Limited Offers. Contact-Free Guided Installations Only

5. Spectrum
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

Self Installation Available 

6. Viasat
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. Windstream
28% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. Grande Communications
39% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Suddenlink Communications
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. HughesNet
Available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
11. ERF Wireless
63% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
768Kbps
12. Skynet Communications
55% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
13. Megapath
50% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
14. GHz Wireless
88% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
15. Rise Broadband
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
16. Consolidated Communications
19% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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

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4. T-Mobile
Available in Houston
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 Houston?

With a population of nearly seven million people, Greater Houston (Houston–The Woodlands–Sugarland) is one of the biggest metro areas in the US. It’s also tech-savvy and forward-thinking, thanks in part to the Texas-sized corporations and brilliant entrepreneurs that call Houston home.

Houston residents have plenty of Houston internet options to choose from. Several major internet companies offer service in the area, including AT&T, Xfinity, CenturyLink, Frontier, Spectrum, Suddenlink, EarthLink, Viasat, and more. Local Houston providers like enTouch have invested in fiber networks for parts of the city but are not as widely available as major providers yet.

Summary of Houston internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
CenturyLink DSL 80 Mbps 2.5/5
Frontier Fiber 940 Mbps 2.5/5
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.0/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Windstream DSL 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Grande Communications Cable 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Suddenlink Communications Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
ERF Wireless Fixed Wireless 768 Kbps N/A
GHz Wireless Fixed Wireless 3 Mbps N/A
Skynet Communications Fixed Wireless 6 Mbps N/A
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps N/A
En-Touch Systems, Inc. Cable & Fiber 50 Mbps 1.0/5
Consolidated Communications DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline 1000 Mbps 2.0/5

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 Houston

AT&T, Xfinity, and Spectrum internet services top the list in the customer reviews we receive on our site, and all three of those providers offer their highly rated service in Houston. Our 2018’s Best Internet Providers in Customer Satisfaction Survey shows that AT&T, Xfinity, and Spectrum all scored over 3.8 out of 5 for overall customer satisfaction.

J.D. Power rated AT&T as the top provider in the region with a 5 out of 5. Xfinity and Spectrum scored second and third place, respectively.

Smaller Houston internet providers, like enTouch, offer fast fiber internet service in limited areas, but most of them haven’t received enough customer reviews for a reliable rating.

The best internet for gaming in Houston is going to be a fiber connection, whether that’s with AT&T or another fiber provider in your neighborhood. Fiber usually offers faster upload speeds than cable or DSL, which means you’ll have lower latency (ping) and faster response time.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Houston

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Windstream offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Grande Communications offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

If you’re lucky enough to live in the brightest star of Texas, you have lots of fast internet options. AT&T, Xfinity, Spectrum, Frontier, and even some smaller providers offer gigabit plans (download speeds of 1,000 Mbps).

Of course, just because gigabit service is available doesn’t mean everyone needs it. If it’s just you and your significant other watching Netflix after work, then a 15 to 50 Mbps connection should keep you streaming.

But bigger families will need faster speeds to keep up with video streaming in multiple rooms. If you’ve got a little one watching Disney+, an auntie streaming Hallmark movies, and a teenager gaming with friends, there won’t be a drop of bandwidth left for you if your speeds are too slow.

If you have four or more internet users at your place, you’ll be happier with a download speed of at least 50 Mbps. Higher speeds are a plus, but you don’t want to pay for a lot more speed than you really need.

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AT&T vs. Spectrum

AT&T is perfect for those who need affordable home internet in Houston. Pick Spectrum for a high value on fast plans of 100 Mbps or more.

Read more about AT&T vs. Spectrum

AT&T vs. Xfinity

If you have gamers or YouTubers in your household, go with AT&T Fiber for better upload speeds. Opt for Xfinity to get high-speed plans that deliver smooth video streaming.

Read more about AT&T vs. Xfinity

Xfinity vs. Centurylink

Order CenturyLink for affordable packages and long-term savings. Pick Xfinity for fast speeds on widely available packages.

Read more about Xfinity vs. Centurylink

Houston residential internet coverage

Houston residents have several broadband Internet Service Provider (ISP) options, but AT&T and Xfinity serve the most areas.

Although some ISPs offer service in more areas of Houston than others, no ISP services the entire city. This means the Internet Service Providers available at your home may be different than those available in other neighborhoods.

For example, Spectrum offers internet service in the Spring area, but Xfinity is the main cable internet provider to downtown Houston. Similarly, people living in the Baytown or League City areas can get internet service from Frontier, but AT&T would be the main fiber or DSL internet provider for most of Houston. CenturyLink also offers service in some Houston neighborhoods and surrounding areas.

If you live outside the Texas 8 Beltway (the Sam Houston Parkway), you might be outside the service area of all the ISPs mentioned above. If this is you, don’t worry. You can still get high-quality internet service through a satellite internet provider like Viasat or HughesNet.

Most internet providers offer TV service, phone service, and bundling options to keep your costs down. Some even offer mobile phone plans. To see which ISPs offer service in your corner of Houston, use the map below.

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Featured customer reviews

Xfinity

“I have had Comcast/Xfinity for many years with excellent results. My uptime is practically 100%.”

–J. Hall

Spectrum

“We have internet bundled with phone. Internet is fine. Phone is unreliable.”

–B. Peck

AT&T

“Customer service is great.”

–Leonardo M.

Houston internet FAQ

What’s the best cable Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Houston?

Cable is one of the fastest internet options in the area, offering speeds up to 2,000 Mbps (2 Gbps), but it isn’t available universally. Xfinity covers the largest area in Houston. Cable internet providers in Houston include Xfinity, Spectrum, Grande Communications, Suddenlink, and En-Touch. Keep in mind that the cable internet company that serves your neighborhood might be slightly more expensive than the one your friend has in another part of the city, or vice versa. As far as pricing goes, we think Spectrum offers the best value for your dollar.

How many Internet Service Providers are there in Houston?

There are more than a dozen internet providers in the Houston area, although they aren’t all available in every neighborhood. Most Houstonians have at least four or five internet companies to choose from.

AT&T and Xfinity cover the largest areas, but CenturyLink, Frontier, Spectrum, and Windstream also provide service to select Houston neighborhoods and surrounding areas.

Speeds and availability will vary by location, so enter your ZIP code to see what’s available in your neighborhood.

 

What’s the best internet for gaming in Houston?

The best internet for gaming in Houston is with either AT&T or Xfinity, the two biggest internet providers in Houston. They both offer standalone internet plans fast enough for gaming that start at around $50 per month. You really can’t go wrong with either service. We recommend  AT&T Internet as first choice, since it delivers better upload speeds, or the Xfinity Performance Plus package which delivers reliable speeds for gaming.

Why does my internet speed fluctuate so much in Houston?

Internet speeds fluctuate in Houston because internet connections everywhere function similar to a highway. For example, if you’re driving down 290 during rush hour, you might hit some traffic and slow down. It’s the same concept with your internet connection. You’ll get different speeds at different times of the day, depending on usage in your neighborhood. Cable is more prone to slowing during high-traffic periods than fiber is.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Houston

XFINITY

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2019-08-14

Service: The automated phone answer system is rife with bugs, uses an atrocious speech recognition engine, enforces a poorly designed menu, and lacks a sound failure strategy. It is simply infuriating. Every. time. You. call. It takes real talent to make a phone bot as much of an UX disaster as ComCast/Xfinity did. Price: A human sales representative said that first month is prorated based on date of service activation. Apparently, he lied, because I got a first bill for the full month starting on the day I called. I've never previously dealt with an Internet Service Provider this deceptive. Speed: Paid for 50 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload. Getting 20 Mbps and 5 Mbps, respectively. Nope, I didn't even get what I paid for.

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AT&T

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Savannah S | 2019-06-18

Worst company ever.. Try to get to the cancelation department was transferred 5 different times on hold for 37 minutes... I'm in the guy kept telling me hello because he couldn't hear me because their service never works.. My TV always said unstable network always!! And they overcharge you!!! stay away!!

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CenturyLink

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Brian L | 2019-05-09

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The customer service is the worst I have ever dealt with in my life. There is no other to describe it other than incompetence . The IT representatives are from a foreign land, terrible language barrier and sound like they read from a prescript page. They are unable to resolve anything and when you asked to speak to some one in America, you are transferred to an American agent. However, the agent is not in IT then you are transferred right back to the foreign land. Nothing more than a vicious cycle. You tried to complain and nothing is resolved. I would using them for anything. If you have the ability do not use trust me. The average time spent on the phone due to their incompetence is well over an hour. Absolutely, the worst email service on the earth. Do not use them!!!!!!!!!!!!

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