Internet providers in Madison, WI

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1. AT&T
97% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps
2. Spectrum
100% available in Madison
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.

3. EarthLink
69% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
5000Mbps

User Rating (44)
4. CenturyLink
99% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
80Mbps

Order online – Fiber Internet up to 100 Mbps for $50/mo for 12 months

5. Quantum Fiber
99% available in Madison
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps
6. Frontier
76% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
Speeds may vary
7. T-Mobile Home Internet
99% available in Madison
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

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8. HughesNet
99% available in Madison
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)
9. Viasat
99% available in Madison
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
10. Ultra Home Internet
99% available in Madison
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

User Rating (0)
11. Synergy Internet
95% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
12. TDS Telecom
64% available in Madison
Connection:
Cable, DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
13. LiteWire Internet Services, Inc.
65% available in Madison
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
35Mbps
1. Spectrum
100% available in Madison
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
99% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
80Mbps

Order online – Fiber Internet up to 100 Mbps for $50/mo for 12 months

3. Frontier
80% available in Madison
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
Speeds may vary
4. HughesNet
99% available in Madison
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)
5. Viasat
99% available in Madison
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
6. Ooma
50% available in Madison
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
7. TDS Telecom
64% available in Madison
Connection:
Cable, DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. LiteWire Internet Services, Inc.
65% available in Madison
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
65Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Madison
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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

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

User Rating
4. Mint
Available in Madison
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

User Rating
5. Visible
Available in Madison
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 Madison?

Of the 14 internet providers in Madison, AT&T is the best internet provider in terms of speed. It boasts a wide range of fiber-optic plans, including one with maximum download speeds of 5 Gbps (5,000 Mbps). Spectrum comes in second because it gives you unlimited data and doesn’t require annual contracts. It offers gigabit internet in many parts of the city and surrounding suburbs with its Internet GIG package, which tops out at 940 Mbps.

Want to see if you can get AT&T in your home? Find out by searching your zip code below.

Other Wi-Fi service providers in Wisconsin

Madison has several locally based providers that will be a good pick if you value great customer service and supporting your community.

There are also satellite internet providers in Madison that can give you internet if you’re living in a rural area with no other internet options.

Local providers LiteWire and Netwurx market Wi-Fi specifically to businesses and people living in the countryside. A local ISP usually means better customer service since they have a bigger stake in serving the community.

That said, both of these providers tend to have higher billing rates and lower speeds compared to national ISPs, so check other options before going with these companies.

Viasat and HughesNet hold it down with satellite connections in rural areas. Satellite is basically the Wi-Fi of last resort, and it’s less reliable than fiber, cable, or DSL. It will likely be patchy on occasion in Wisconsin, where heavy snowfalls and other winter conditions will interfere with the signal beaming down from space. We recommend choosing this only if there are no other options in your area.

Summary of Madison internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
AT&T DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 2.0/5
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
2.5/5
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 5000 Mbps 2.0/5
CenturyLink DSL 80 Mbps 1.5/5
Quantum Fiber Fiber 940 Mbps N/A
Frontier DSL N/A 1.5/5
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps 4.0/5
HughesNet Geo Satellite & Satellite 25 Mbps 1.5/5
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5
Ultra Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps N/A
Synergy Internet DSL 50 Mbps N/A
TDS Telecom Cable, DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline 1000 Mbps 1.5/5
LiteWire Internet Services, Inc. Fixed Wireless 35 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.

What is the fastest internet provider in Madison?

AT&T is the fastest internet provider in Madison. AT&T’s 5G Internet plan delivers internet at 5,000 Mbps (or 5 Gbps)—that’s the fastest speed you can get on a residential plan from a major internet provider. EarthLink has similar speeds (albeit in more limited areas) because it uses AT&T’s fiber network.

Frontier is also a fast internet provider in Madison, with a fiber plan that reaches up to 2,000 Mbps speeds. It’s unclear how widely available that plan is in the city, though, so we recommend sticking to gigabit plans from providers like Spectrum and CenturyLink. Both offer plans that reach speeds up to 940 Mbps (CenturyLink) or 1,000 Mbps (Spectrum).

If you’re looking for sheer speed, we definitely recommend AT&T. Most of its plans run over a fiber network, giving you a lot more reliability and incredibly fast upload speeds. But Spectrum’s cable internet is more widely available, and you can still get great service on a cable plan.

Fastest internet providers in Madison

ProviderMax speedsInternet typeView plans
5,000 MbpsFiber
EarthLink 5,000 MbpsFiberView Plans
Frontier 2,000 MbpsFiberView Plans
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)CableView Plans
CenturyLink 940 MbpsFiberView Plans
Quantum Fiber 940 MbpsFiberView Plans

What is the cheapest internet provider in Madison?

Spectrum, EarthLink, Frontier, and CenturyLink are the cheapest internet providers in Madison. All three have internet plans that cost around $50 per month. Spectrum’s plan is the best of the bunch because it gives you speeds of up to 200 Mbps over a cable network, whereas the other plans can’t surpass 100 Mbps and likely are much slower because they work over DSL.

If it’s available, we highly recommend springing for AT&T’s $55-a-month Fiber Internet 300 plan. For just $5 more a month than the cheapest plans, you get 300 Mbps download and upload speeds over an über-reliable fiber network.

Cheapest internet plans in Madison

PlanPriceSpeedsView plan
EarthLink 15 Mbps Internet$49.95/mo.*15 MbpsView Plans
Spectrum Internet®$49.99/mo.Up to 200 MbpsView Plans
Frontier Internet$49.99/mo.Up to 115 MbpsView Plans
CenturyLink Simply Unlimited Internet$50.00/mo.§Up to 140 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Fiber Internet 300$55.00/mo.300 Mbps

What are the fiber internet providers in Madison?

AT&T , EarthLink, Frontier, CenturyLink, and Quantum Fiber are the fiber internet providers in Madison. AT&T is the most prominent of the bunch, with the best pricing, plans, and speeds (reaching up to 5,000 Mbps). 

Most of these providers also offer DSL internet, which is more widely available but a lot slower. By comparison, fiber is extremely fast, reliable, and cheap—and we highly recommend signing up if you can get fiber in your area.

Fiber providers in Madison

Highest-rated internet providers in Madison

We know Wisconsinites have strong opinions. So if you’re looking for a humdinger of an internet service provider (ISP), then check out our annual ISP customer satisfaction survey.

In more specific categories, AT&T earned fourth place among the 12 ISPs in internet speed. Optimum took fifth place, and CenturyLink last place. The vast majority of AT&T’s customers we surveyed (a total of 84% of them) reported that their speeds usually or always meet their home’s needs.

While Spectrum got much lower ratings than AT&T, customers actually reported positive findings about the cable provider when we quizzed them more in depth. In our survey, 87% of Spectrum’s customers said their speeds usually or always meet their needs, while more than half said they haven’t dealt with unexpected price hikes or hidden fees.

Considering these results, Spectrum’s generally lower ratings may reflect customers’ frustrations and changed expectations with cable internet in general, as the COVID-19 lockdown has prompted a greater interest in high-performance services like fiber internet and symmetrical upload speeds. 

As for Frontier, it maintains a FiOS fiber-optic network in many parts of the country, offering symmetrical upload and download packages and gigabit internet. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be available in Madison. Here you’ll have to settle for Frontier’s DSL plans, which operate at slower speeds and get much lower satisfaction ratings in other consumer surveys that we didn’t organize. 

Run a search with your zip code to see which providers are available in your corner of Madtown.

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AT&T vs. Spectrum: Which Internet Provider Is Best for You?

AT&T is perfect for speed demons who don’t want to pay too much. Spectrum offers a faster average speed over its coverage area, thanks to extensive cable infrastructure.

Read more about AT&T vs. Spectrum: Which Internet Provider Is Best for You?

Spectrum vs. Frontier

If it’s Spectrum vs. Frontier, go with Frontier. Frontier’s fiber-optic internet offers speeds fast enough for any home, and the 50/50 and 500/500 plans are a great value.

Read more about Spectrum vs. Frontier

Cable vs. Fiber: Which Internet Type Is Right for You?

Both fiber and cable internet are common types of broadband internet, but which connection is right for you?

Read more about Cable vs. Fiber: Which Internet Type Is Right for You?

Madison residential internet coverage

AT&T and Spectrum both operate the largest networks in Madison and the surrounding suburbs of Dane County. AT&T provides DSL and fiber connections across downtown and the Madison Isthmus, out to distant neighborhoods like Cardinal Glenn and McClellan Park, and further into northeast and southeast Dane County.

Spectrum’s cable network is even more widespread, covering the whole city as well as suburbs like Sun Prairie and Fitchburg. It also provides internet in smaller villages and towns in the outskirts of the county.

Frontier‘s DSL network covers parts of Madison, including areas along the Southwest Commuter Path and around the intersection of Verona Road and the West Beltline Highway. Frontier’s network also stretches out across Dane County going north, south, and east—from the city of Monona out to Deerfield, Oregon, and parts of DeForest.

CenturyLink doesn’t cover the city limits, nor parts of popular suburbs like McFarland or Middleton. But it does pop up in the villages of DeForest, Waunakee, Windsor, and other areas north of Lake Mendota.

Viasat and HughesNet hook up satellite internet to rural areas—though, by the looks of it, rural internet users will likely also find coverage by much faster (and cheaper) DSL or cable networks.

Type in your zip code below to see which internet providers are available in your neighborhood.

How to get free internet (Wi-Fi) in Madison

For folks who can’t afford high-end internet packages or need free Wi-Fi away from home, there’s free, high-speed internet at nine public libraries across the city. The connections are available wirelessly and from library computers.

The city also provides fiber-optic service at 14 community and cultural centers, including the Goodman Community Center on Madison’s east side and Boys & Girls Clubs branches in Bram’s Addition and Fitchburg. This is a great way to provide the fastest connections possible to the people of Madison, especially in underserved areas.

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Customer reviews of internet providers in Madison

Featured customer reviews

Spectrum

“The service was good—a little expensive but good. Once I hit the second year of service, my bill went up an extra $20 a month.”

–Heather R.

actual customer Verified User

“AT&T has provided us with the worst customer service experience of my life. Nine months now of ongoing phone calls.”

–Matt T.

 

Frontier

“Great product at a good price. I have the High Speed Internet and run multiple devices wireless.”

–Mark B.

 

Madison internet FAQ

Who has the best home internet service in Madison, Wisconsin?

Earthlink has the best prices, the fastest speeds, and the best ratings in terms of customer satisfaction for home internet in Madison, Wisconsin. AT&T’s higher-tier packages, however, run over fiber-optic cables, a big improvement on DSL networks and even better than cable connections like EarthLink and Xfinity. If you’re looking for fast, reliable internet in Madison, go for AT&T if you can get their fiber service. Otherwise, EarthLink might be a slightly better choice.

Who has the cheapest internet in Madison, Wisconsin?

Frontier has the cheapest internet plan in Madison, Wisconsin—its most basic package delivers costs under $50 per month and comes with a two-year price guarantee.

What internet providers are available in my area of Madison?

There are 14 internet providers available in the Madison, Wisconsin area. AT&T has DSL and fiber-optic internet in the city and surrounding suburbs. Spectrum offers internet plans over a coaxial cable network.

Frontier provides DSL internet in much of the city and Dane County. CenturyLink does DSL and fiber internet in some areas north of Lake Mendota. 

Two providers, HughesNet and Viasat, offer satellite internet. Local internet providers LiteWire, Netwurx, and a few others offer internet for businesses and rural homes.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Madison

Spectrum

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M N | 09-03-2021

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Spectrum's internet speed was fine. Adequate, but nothing special. Spectrum consistently raised the price of my internet for no reason. The real reason for such a low review is their awful customer service. When I cancelled my account due to moving, they would not cancel it, and the rep took no notes of my call in their system. So when I called again, they said they cancelled it then, but didn't actually cancel it until I returned my equipment, which was into another billing cycle. Then they were entirely useless in talking to me about my dispute of the billing, which was entirely their fault. I can't recommend Spectrum to anyone.

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AT&T

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Matthew P | 05-30-2019

Customer Service is horrible; was on hold and between calls to do one thing for over a hour. When I first got the service, they charged me a fee to install the internet but I installed it myself. They claimed they were going to give me a gift card and never did. I had to call them and remind them to take it off my account.

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Spectrum

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Luis R | 12-27-2014

The service is ok, speed is not what the promised, they charge a monthly fee if you want a router, not the best but ok. I used to have att but it was worse, too expensive, slow and bad service

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