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1. Optimum
93% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating(1207)

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2. AT&T
67% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps

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3. Brightspeed
95% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

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4. Spectrum
22% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
5. EarthLink
94% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps

User Rating(110)

Ranked #1 Overall by Highspeedinternet.com customer satisfaction survey for 2021 & 2022.

6. Frontier
61% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps

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7. Astound Broadband
47% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1200Mbps
8. Windstream
62% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
2000Mbps

User Rating(589)
9. Nextlink Internet
34% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
500Mbps
10. Rise Broadband
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
250Mbps
11. Hughesnet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

User Rating(417)

New customers get $25 off per month their first year. Terms apply.

13. Xfinity
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1200Mbps
14. Speed Net Broadband
85% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
200Mbps
15. Easy Internet Now
97% available in Houston
Easy Internet Now
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
Link not provided
16. Upstream Network
16% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
17. Ezee Fiber
25% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
8000Mbps
18. Hotwire Communications
50% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
10000Mbps
19. Consolidated Communications
59% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
20. Tachus
63% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1001Mbps
21. ERF Wireless
69% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1Mbps
22. Rural Telecommunications of America
75% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
36Mbps
23. GHz Wireless
93% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
24. Skynet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
1. Comcast Business
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating(41)
2. Spectrum
22% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
3. Frontier
49% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
Speeds may vary

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4. Optimum Business
20% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
150Mbps

User Rating(0)
5. Earthlink Business
90% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
6. Astound Broadband
47% available in Houston
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1200Mbps
7. Nextlink Internet
34% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
500Mbps
8. Rise Broadband
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
250Mbps
9. Hughesnet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

User Rating(417)

New customers get $25 off per month their first year. Terms apply.

10. Speed Net Broadband
85% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
200Mbps
11. Easy Internet Now
97% available in Houston
Easy Internet Now
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
Link not provided
12. PS Lightwave
5% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
13. Ooma
50% available in Houston
Ooma
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
Link not provided
14. Zayo Group
22% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
15. Tachus
53% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
16. Hotwire Communications
50% available in Houston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
10000Mbps
17. Consolidated Communications
59% available in Houston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
18. ERF Wireless
69% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1Mbps
19. Rural Telecommunications of America
75% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
36Mbps
20. GHz Wireless
93% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
21. Skynet
99% available in Houston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
1. Mint
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE Speeds may vary

User Rating
2. Visible
Available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE Speeds may vary

User Rating
3. Verizon Wireless
63% available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE Speeds may vary

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

User Rating

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5. AT&T Wireless
100% available in Houston
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G Speeds may vary

User Rating

What’s a good internet speed?

Take our quiz to find out how much internet speed you need. Or use our internet speed test to test your current speeds.

0–5 Mbps

Works for:

  • Checking email
  • Streaming music on one device
  • Searching on Google

5–40 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming video on one device
  • Video calling with Skype or FaceTime
  • Online gaming for one player

40–100 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming HD video on a few devices
  • Multiplayer online gaming
  • Downloading large files

100–500 Mbps

Works for:

  • Streaming video in UHD on multiple screens
  • Downloading files quickly
  • Gaming online for multiple players

500–1,000+ Mbps

Works for:

  • Doing a lot of almost anything

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 Tachus 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 Order online
Optimum Cable 940 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Optimum
AT&T Fiber 5000 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for AT&T
Brightspeed DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps 3.3/5 View Plans for Brightspeed
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
3.5/5 View Plans for Spectrum
EarthLink Fiber 5000 Mbps 4.0/5 View Plans for EarthLink
Frontier Fiber 5000 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Frontier
Astound Broadband Cable & Fiber 1200 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Astound Broadband
Windstream DSL 2000 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Windstream
Nextlink Internet Fixed Wireless 500 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Nextlink Internet
Rise Broadband Fixed Wireless 250 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Rise Broadband
Hughesnet Satellite 100 Mbps 3/5 View Plans for Hughesnet
Xfinity Cable 1200 Mbps 3.5/5 View Plans for Xfinity
Speed Net Broadband Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps 4.0/5 View Plans for Speed Net Broadband
Easy Internet Now DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 4.5/5
Upstream Network Fiber 1000 Mbps N/A View Plans for Upstream Network
Ezee Fiber Fiber 8000 Mbps N/A View Plans for Ezee Fiber
Hotwire Communications Fiber 10000 Mbps 2.5/5 View Plans for Hotwire Communications
Consolidated Communications DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline 1000 Mbps 2.5/5 View Plans for Consolidated Communications
Tachus Fiber 1001 Mbps 5.0/5 View Plans for Tachus
ERF Wireless Fixed Wireless 1 Mbps N/A View Plans for ERF Wireless
Rural Telecommunications of America Fixed Wireless 36 Mbps N/A View Plans for Rural Telecommunications of America
GHz Wireless Fixed Wireless 50 Mbps N/A View Plans for GHz Wireless
Skynet Fixed Wireless 50 Mbps 5.0/5 View Plans for Skynet

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 among nationwide providers in overall satisfaction in 2022 with a 4.0 score, followed by a close race between Spectrum in third place, AT&T in fourth place, and Xfinity in fifth. Frontier ranked near the bottom in 11th place.

 

T-Mobile was also included in our survey this year and actually earned a higher overall customer satisfaction score than the bigger nationwide providers with its 5G home internet.

Smaller Houston internet providers, like Tachus, 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

Hotwire Communications is the fastest with its advertised speeds of 10 gigs. AT&T, EarthLink, and Frontier are tied for second-fastest internet providers in Houston with still ridiculously fast 5 gig fiber plans. Windstream comes next with its fiber internet plans. Most other fiber providers come in around the standard 1 Gbps fiber plan. Although 1 gig doesn’t sound as impressive when compared to Hotwire Communications, AT&T, Frontier, and Earthlink’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 these fiber providers are not in your neighborhood.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
AT&T$55.00–$250.00/mo.*Up to 5,000 Mbps3.7/5View AT&TPlans
EarthLink$49.95–$189.95/mo.§Up to 5,000 Mbps4/5View EarthLinkPlans
Frontier$49.99–$154.99/mo.Up to 5,000 Mbps (for fiber)3.5/5View Frontier Plans
Xfinity$30.00–$80.00/mo.1,200 Mbps3.7/5View Xfinity Plans
Spectrum$49.99–$89.99/mo.||Up to 1,000 Mbps3.7/5View Spectrum Plans

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Cheapest internet service providers in Houston

The cheapest internet service in Houston is Xfinity, which comes in at 30 bucks per month. Optimum 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–$80.00/mo.*1,200 Mbps3.7/5.0View Xfinity Plans
Optimum$35.00–$265.00/mo.Up to 8,000 Mbps3.4/5View Suddenlink Plans
Rise Broadband$25.00–$65.00/mo.Up to 50 MbpsN/AView Rise Broadband Plans
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Internet Deals and Promotions in Houston, TX

ProviderAvailable DealView on Provider’s Site
AT&T Enter your address with AT&T Fiber to find deals and gift card promotions in your area.Get the Deal
Spectrum Sign up for Spectrum One and get Spectrum internet with speeds up to 300Mbps, free Advanced Wifi, and one Unlimited Mobile line free for 12 months.Get the Deal
Xfinity Add Xfinity mobile and get $25 a month off internet faster than a gig. Also, get unlimited data and Wi-Fi equipment for 24 months.

Also, get fast, reliable internet with Wifi equipment included for $25/mo for 2 years if you live in one of the following states- WI, MN, MO, KS, TX, CO, ID, UT, AZ, NM, CA, OR, WA only. Offer valid until 3/21.
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CenturyLink If you refer a new customer to CenturyLink services and they sign up, you and the new customer will both get a reward of up to $100. Plus, get free installation when you sign up for a plan with 940Mbps speeds.Get the Deal
Frontier Order a qualifying Frontier fiber internet plan to get a free installation and a free rental of the Amazon eero Pro 6 or 6E router. Plus, save $10 per month on your first year of YouTube TV.

Get a $200 Visa Reward Gift Card when you sign up for the Fiber 2 Gig plan.
Get the Deal
T-Mobile Switch to T-Mobile Home Internet and get a $200 Virtual Prepaid Mastercard® and an included Wi-Fi gateway. Plus, get access to VIX Premium for one year.Get the Deal
Astound Broadband Get $75 off your internet bill for each friend you refer to Astound Broadband. No contracts required.

New customers may be eligible for free installation and a free modem, depending on service area.
Get the Deal
EarthLink New Earthlink Fiber customers can get a gift card worth up to $200 plus unlimited data and free router rental.Get the Deal
Windstream Get a $100 Kinetic MasterCard® Prepaid Card when you sign up for a qualifying high-speed internet plan.

Get gig speed internet with free Wi-Fi gear and free security software and pay just $39.99/mo for the first three months.

New Kinetic DSL customers can get $10 off their $50 bill every month for the first 12 months.
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Optimum Get free installation when you order online plus an Optimum Prepaid Mastercard® worth up to $200.Get the Deal
Rise Broadband Free installation and unlimited data on all internet plans.Get the Deal
Hughesnet Save up to $25 off in your first year of service. Plus, get free professional installation.Get the Deal
Viasat Get free installation when you sign up for a qualifying home internet plan.Get the Deal

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
  • Hotwire Communications
  • Bluepeak
  • EIN

 

How much speed do you 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 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.

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

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Customer reviews of internet providers in Houston

AT&T

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David C | 03-06-2024

Expensive and half the speed of the price

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AT&T

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TOm N | 09-27-2023

Recurring price increases requiring time on phone to demand pricing consistent with what ATT offers new customers _ DONE WITH THEM & THEIR GAMES

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XFINITY

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Maricela L | 09-25-2023

The most expensive internet, customer services is too slow by text chat or call and never have a good offer for old account

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