Internet providers in Seattle, WA

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1. Xfinity
93% available in Seattle
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Frontier
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
115Mbps
3. Spectrum
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Wave Broadband
Available in Seattle
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Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Viasat
99% available in Seattle
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. HughesNet
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
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1. Comcast Business
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
2. Frontier
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
115Mbps
3. Spectrum
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. Wave Broadband
Available in Seattle
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Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Viasat
99% available in Seattle
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. HughesNet
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
7. Allstream
70% available in Seattle
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. Megapath
84% available in Seattle
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
9. StarTouch Broadband
100% available in Seattle
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
10. Zayo Group
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Sawtooth Technologies
Available in Seattle
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
12. XO Communications
2% available in Seattle
Connection:
DSL, Other Copper Wireline & Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
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2. AT&T
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3. Sprint
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4. T-Mobile
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5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
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  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
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20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

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  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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What is the best internet provider in Seattle?

If you’re a Seahawks fan, you’re familiar with at least one Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the Seattle area: CenturyLink. The CenturyLink Field is home to the NFL Seahawks and MLS Seattle Sounders. So it’s no surprise that CenturyLink has invested in more than just sports up in this area. CenturyLink delivers speeds up to 1 gigabit per second, thanks to a network that makes use of DSL and fiber. You can get CenturyLink internet almost everywhere in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area.

Xfinity and Wave Broadband are the other major players in the race for the fastest internet in Seattle. Both offer speeds up to 1 gigabit and are widely available. Xfinity by Comcast is a cable internet provider, while Wave utilizes both cable and fiber to connect homes in the Emerald City with high-speed internet. If you live in northern Seattle where you can’t get 1 gigabit from CenturyLink, you can probably get it from Xfinity or Wave. That’s fantastic availability for cutting-edge speeds.

Spectrum and Frontier are two other popular ISPs in the area; they offer affordable internet service in Seattle with speeds up to 50-100 Mbps. While that’s nowhere near as fast as 1 gig (1,000 Mbps), 100 Mbps is plenty for the average household with lots of video streamers, a gamer, and even a social media lover or two. With 40 Mbps or higher, you can stream video on four or more devices, so unless you have half a dozen roommates, Frontier and Spectrum will keep you connected.

Last but not least are Seattle’s satellite internet options. If you’re hankering after a remote farmhouse in the outskirts of Kent, you can get your home decked out with satellite internet from Viasat or HughesNet. Satellite internet delivers slower speeds than DSL, cable, or fiber (25 Mbps or less), but it’s available virtually everywhere.

Summary of Seattle internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Frontier Fiber 115 Mbps 2.5/5
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.0/5
Wave Broadband Cable & Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5

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 Seattle

Several ISPs have entered the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area in the past few years, which has created some healthy competition (at last!). That doesn’t mean you can find cheap internet in Seattle, but it does mean that ISPs are finally paying attention to customer service ratings.

Xfinity is the highest-rated internet provider available in Seattle, according to our 2018 ISP satisfaction survey, but CenturyLink and Frontier aren’t far behind. Wave Broadband wasn’t included in our survey since it’s a smaller provider, but it’s worth checking out. Wave is rated higher than Xfinity or CenturyLink by the Better Business Bureau and is locally owned and operated out of Kirkland, Washington.

Fastest internet service providers in Seattle

Frontier offers internet at speeds up to 115 Mbps

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Wave Broadband offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

U.S. News ranked Washington third for internet speeds and connectivity—no big surprise for this tech-savvy city. A recent report shows that 95% of Seattle residents have access to internet at home, which is significantly higher than the average city in the US.

Wave Broadband, Xfinity, and CenturyLink offer internet speeds up to 1 gigabit, which is pretty incredible. As a comparison, satellite internet service usually offers speeds up to 25 Mbps.

With 1 gigabit internet, a large household can game and stream without any slowing, and your download speed is limited only by what your devices are capable of.

That said, 1 gigabit is overkill for most people. Most households can get by just fine with internet speeds of 100 to 400 Mbps. To give you an idea of what that looks like, six or more devices can stream video simultaneously with these speeds.

If you live in an apartment with a few roommates who don’t play games online or upload large files, then 45 to 95 Mbps will keep you all connected. Bear in mind that any device streaming video in HD will take 25 Mbps or more per device, so take your show down to SD to save bandwidth for everyone else in the house.

One or two people living together can usually share an internet connection of 25 Mbps, assuming they only have light to moderate internet use.

If you have low internet use—such as if you just check email or stream standard quality video on one device—you can get by with speeds as low as 15 Mbps.

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CenturyLink Review

Learn more about CenturyLink’s 1 gigabit internet, installation fees, and more in this detailed review.

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Frontier Review

Find out why people like Frontier internet, from affordable pricing to symmetrical upload and download speeds.

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Xfinity vs. Frontier

If you’re deciding between Xfinity and Frontier, this article will give you the pros and cons of each internet provider.

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Seattle residential internet coverage

Home of Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, Expedia, and hundreds of other tech companies, Seattle is certainly tech friendly. So it’s no surprise that this area has several Internet Service Providers with racing speeds.

North Seattle

In North Seattle, you can get the fastest internet service from CenturyLink and Xfinity. Neighborhoods in the Northwest (west of 1st Avenue NE) can get Frontier FiOS and Viasat.

Seattle University District

People living near the University of Washington can get speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit) from Wave, CenturyLink, and Xfinity. Spectrum also offers some coverage in this area with speeds up to 115 Mbps.

Magnolia, Queen Ann, South Lake Union in Seattle

CenturyLink and Xfinity are the main internet providers in Magnolia, Queen Ann, and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle. You can also get satellite service from HughesNet or Viasat, although this requires installation of a satellite dish on the side of your apartment or home.

Capitol Hill and Central District in Seattle

Wave, CenturyLink, and Xfinity all compete for the title of best internet in the Central Seattle area. These providers offer varying speeds and packages. You can get service for light home use (10 Mbps) all the way up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit), which could keep a home full of gamers happily connected.

Downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, and International District

Xfinity and Wave offer cable and fiber internet service to Seattleites enjoying the convenience of living downtown. While some condos and apartments in the area include high-speed internet, it’s often clogged and slow. Most people eventually get their own internet plan. CenturyLink also offers internet in the downtown area and in the Chinatown-International District, but those areas have much slower speeds than other neighborhoods.

SoDo and Georgetown, Seattle

If you live just south of downtown (SoDo) or in the historic Georgetown area, you can choose from Wave, Xfinity, CenturyLink, or Viasat. Most people go with one of the first three since Viasat is satellite internet and has slower speeds and higher latency than cable or fiber.

South Seattle

Seattleites living in the neighborhoods east of the 5 and south of the 90 have several good options for internet. South Seattleites can choose from Xfinity, Wave, and CenturyLink, all of which offer speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. CenturyLink comes in first among that bunch as the lowest price for the top speed. If you have a smaller household or don’t do any online gaming, Spectrum’s 100 Mbps plan should work for you and it’s available for less than $50 per month.

West Seattle

In the relaxed, nature-loving, and unconventional neighborhoods of West Seattle, you can stay connected with your choice of several internet providers. CenturyLink, Wave, and Xfinity all offer internet speeds up to 1,000 Mbps for $60 to $90 per month. Spectrum and Viasat also offer internet service in the area.

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Featured customer reviews

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“I have enjoyed the high speed internet from Wave Broadband because of the speed! The service has been fine. The only problem that I have experienced is the high cost!”

–J. Andree

Xfinity

“I have Xfinity and for all of my experiences with them and their services, I have nothing but good things to say.”

–J. Harkins

CenturyLink

“I have CenturyLink and they are really great if you never need anything fixed. The internet is good, the prices are cheap, and for the most part there aren’t any problems. That being said, their customer service is total garbage.”

–E. Cawley

Seattle internet FAQ

What internet provider can I get in the Seattle metro area?

The six main residential internet providers in the Seattle area are the following:

  • Wave Broadband
  • Spectrum
  • Xfinity
  • CenturyLink
  • Frontier
  • Viasat

Some of these providers have limited availability and are available only in small pockets. Wave isn’t available in the University District, in West Seattle, on Mercer Island, or west of Green Lake. Frontier is available only in Northwest Seattle.

How much is Frontier internet?

Frontier internet starts at $30 per month for 50 Mbps. Three speeds are available, going all the way up to the 1 gigabit plan, which costs $200 per month.* Frontier isn’t available in most parts of Seattle, but you can get Frontier in northern Seattle and Bellevue.

*Price for 24 months with 2-year agreement. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, Internet Infrastructure Surcharge, early term, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions

How fast is CenturyLink internet?

If you’re wondering how fast CenturyLink is, the answer is that it depends on where you are. Most of the Seattle metro area can get CenturyLink’s fastest speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, but some sections of downtown Seattle offer only CenturyLink’s 20 Mbps speeds. Check availability in your area to see what your options are.

How much is Xfinity internet in Seattle?

Xfinity by Comcast is one of the biggest providers in Seattle. It’s popular for its fast speeds and for the free Wi-Fi hotspot network that customers get access to. Xfinity internet plans start at $29.99 per month for 15 Mbps, and go up to $70.00 for the gigabit plan, which is 1,000 Mbps.* A popular mid-range plan is the 400 Mbps that’s priced at about $60 per month, which includes unlimited access to the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot network.*

*Price is with a 2-year contract and is current as of 7/3/2019 and does not include taxes and equipment rental fees.

Can you tell me how to use Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots?

If you’re an Xfinity customer and you have a Performance package or above, you can hop on the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot network all over town—for free. Using Xfinity’s Wi-Fi hotspots is easy once you’ve got the app. You’ll just need your Xfinity account name and password to get it set up.

To set up your Xfinity hotspot network, first go to the iTunes or Google Play store and download the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app (from Comcast Cable Communications). Open the app and enter your username and password. If you select save password, you won’t have to reenter it every time you use a hotspot.

To find a hotspot, make sure your Wi-Fi settings are on. Open the Xfinity WiFi Hotspots app. The app will show you a map of all nearby Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots. When you arrive at one, select it and it will automatically connect.

If you want to see where the Xfinity hotspots are in your area before you sign up, you can check out the Xfinity hotspot map.

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