Highest-rated internet providers in Houston
Some of the country’s top-rated internet providers offer services in Houston—AT&T, Xfinity, CenturyLink, and EarthLink all got good marks in our 2020 internet providers customer satisfaction survey. EarthLink was the highest-rated provider overall, earning the top rating in a whopping six out of eight categories in the survey, including billing, customer service, and equipment. Xfinity was the highest-rated provider for speeds, while AT&T got high marks for installation, and CenturyLink was solid across the board.
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 type of internet connection for gaming and general speed and reliability 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
EarthLink offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps
Windstream 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.