Internet providers in Houston, TX

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1. AT&T
86% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
2. Xfinity
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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3. Spectrum
62% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

4. CenturyLink
92% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
80Mbps

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5. Frontier
62% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
2000Mbps
6. EarthLink
74% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (44)
7. Viasat
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. Optimum
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (356)

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9. Windstream
62% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (138)
10. Rise Broadband
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
11. Astound Broadband Powered by enTouch
96% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (0)
12. T-Mobile Home Internet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps
13. HughesNet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
30Mbps

User Rating (124)

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14. Ultra Home Internet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
110Mbps

User Rating (0)
15. Earthlink Home Internet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
LTE Home
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
16. Synergy Internet
96% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
17. Easy Internet Now
98% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
18. Skynet Communications
12% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
19. Upstream
16% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
20. Consolidated Communications
59% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
21. Tachus
63% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
22. ERF Wireless
69% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1Mbps
23. Rural Telecommunications of America
75% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
36Mbps
24. GHz Wireless
93% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
1. Spectrum
62% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

2. CenturyLink
92% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
80Mbps

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

User Rating (10)
4. Frontier
69% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
2000Mbps
5. Viasat
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
6. Optimum
45% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (356)

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7. Rise Broadband
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. Astound Broadband Powered by enTouch
96% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (0)
9. HughesNet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
30Mbps

User Rating (124)

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10. PS Lightwave
5% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Ooma
50% available in Houston
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
12. Skynet Communications
12% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
13. Zayo Group
22% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
14. Hotwire Communications
36% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
15. Tachus
53% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
16. Consolidated Communications
59% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
17. ERF Wireless
69% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1Mbps
18. Rural Telecommunications of America
75% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
36Mbps
19. GHz Wireless
93% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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2. Verizon Wireless
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

User Rating
3. AT&T Wireless
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

User Rating
4. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
4GLTE

User Rating
5. Mint
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

User Rating
6. Visible
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE

User Rating

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?

Several major internet companies offer gigabit internet speeds (1,000 Mbps or faster) in the Houston area, including AT&T , Xfinity, Spectrum, and EarthLink. Local Houston providers like enTouch and EIN have invested in fiber networks capable of gigabit speeds 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 5000 Mbps 2.0/5
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
2.5/5
CenturyLink DSL 80 Mbps 1.5/5
Frontier Fiber 2000 Mbps 1.5/5
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.0/5
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5
Optimum Cable & Fiber 940 Mbps 1.5/5
Windstream DSL 1000 Mbps 2.0/5
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Astound Broadband Powered by enTouch Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps N/A
HughesNet Satellite 30 Mbps 1.5/5
Ultra Home Internet 5G Home 110 Mbps N/A
Earthlink Home Internet LTE Home 100 Mbps N/A
Synergy Internet Fiber 5000 Mbps N/A
Easy Internet Now Fiber 1000 Mbps 4.5/5
Skynet Communications Fixed Wireless 10 Mbps N/A
Upstream Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A
Consolidated Communications DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline 1000 Mbps 1.0/5
Tachus Fiber 1000 Mbps 5.0/5
ERF Wireless Fixed Wireless 1 Mbps N/A
Rural Telecommunications of America Fixed Wireless 36 Mbps N/A
GHz Wireless Fixed Wireless 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 Houston

AT&T , Xfinity, EarthLink, and Spectrum internet services top the list in the customer reviews we receive on our site, and all four of those providers offer their highly rated services in Houston. 

Our annual customer satisfaction survey shows that EarthLink received the highest rating in overall satisfaction in 2021 with a 4.2 score, followed by AT&T in second place with a 3.8 score. Xfinity and CenturyLink didn’t rate well in our latest survey, and we didn’t have enough respondents to measure Frontier’s customer satisfaction.

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 rate) and faster response time.

 

Fastest internet service providers in Houston

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Houston with its ridiculously fast 5 gig fiber plans. Frontier takes second place with its 2 gig plans. Most other fiber providers tie for third place, with the standard 1 Gbps fiber plan. Although 1 gig doesn’t sound as impressive when compared to AT&T’s 5 gig plan, it’s still more speed than most households use—even if every device in the home streams at once, so I wouldn’t sweat it if AT&T’s not in your neighborhood.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
AT&T $55.00–$180.00/mo.*Up to 5,000 Mbps3.8/5
Frontier$25.99–$49.99/mo.Up to 2,000 MbpsN/AView Frontier Plans
Xfinity$19.99–$79.00/mo.Up to 1,000 Mbps3.5/5.0View Xfinity Plans
EarthLink$49.95–$99.95/mo.§Up to 1,000 Mbps4.2/5.0View EarthLinkPlans
Spectrum$49.99–$89.99/mo.||Up to 1,000 Mbps3.6/5.0View Spectrum Plans

Cheapest internet service providers in Houston

The cheapest internet service in Houston is Xfinity, which comes in at less than 20 bucks per month. and also stand out from the competition with budget plans priced well below most other providers in the city.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
Xfinity$19.99–$79.00/mo.*Up to 1,000 Mbps3.5/5.0View Xfinity Plans
$29.99–$79.99/mo.Up to 940 Mbps3.6/5
Rise Broadband$35.00–$65.00/mo.Up to 25 MbpsN/AView Rise Broadband Plans

Fiber internet in Houston

Houston has access to both nationwide fiber networks and several local providers, so there are lots of options for fast, reliable internet. Although you can get gigabit speeds over other types of connection, fiber has other advantages such as reliability, low latency, and symmetrical upload speeds. This makes fiber ideal for activities like livestreaming and video chat. The following providers offer fiber connections in Houston:

  • AT&T
  • Frontier
  • EarthLink
  • Windstream
  • Astound Broadband
  • Easy Internet Now
  • Tachus
  • Consolidated Communications
  • Upstream

 

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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 1000 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 wired 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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Learn more about AT&T

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Learn more about EarthLink

Learn more about Viasat

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Learn more about Rise Broadband

Learn more about Astound Broadband Powered by enTouch

Learn more about T-Mobile Home Internet

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Learn more about Ultra Home Internet

Learn more about Earthlink Home Internet

Learn more about Synergy Internet

Learn more about Easy Internet Now

Learn more about Skynet Communications

Learn more about Upstream

Learn more about Consolidated Communications

Learn more about Tachus

Learn more about ERF Wireless

Learn more about Rural Telecommunications of America

Learn more about GHz Wireless

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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

“Customer service is great.”

–Leonardo M.

Houston internet FAQ

What’s the best cable internet service provider (ISP) in Houston?

Xfinity covers the largest area in Houston and gives customers a lot of plan options. As far as pricing goes, we think Spectrum offers the best value for your dollar. Cable internet providers in Houston include Xfinity, Spectrum, Grande Communications, Suddenlink, and En-Touch. 

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 fiber or with another fiber provider. Most online games don’t actually require a fast download speed, but they do need low latency to keep the game from lagging. Fiber offers reliable, low-latency connections that don’t have to deal with the kinds of slowdown you might get in cable or DSL.

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 during rush hour, you might hit some traffic and slow down. Similarly, 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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David L | 06-07-2022

Awful internet service. Don’t know if it’s my area in particular but experience frequent outages whether it be my modem or a widespread outage.

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XFINITY

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Michael C | 05-07-2022

I have been with xfinity for years and always dealt with the company’s horrible customer service . I moved in to a new house and it has been so bad.I haven’t had good internet connection nor cable connection add that to the worst customer service you can imagine. Unfortunately there isn’t very good alternatives out there in my area and xfinity is very aware of this.

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AT&T

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E E | 04-29-2022

Horrible. Outages, help can’t help, long calls to get help over phone, lost my home phone number thanks to them and all their incompetencies.

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