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AT&T internet speeds
AT&T fiber internet service is mostly focused on the East Coast and California, but you may also find its DSL internet service scattered across the US. With DSL, AT&T offers speeds of up to 100 Mbps, and its fiber internet plans go all the way up to 5 Gbps (5,000 Mbps).
Speed tests from 2021 show that AT&T’s average download speeds are around 110 to 115 Mbps. This could be slightly skewed due to much slower DSL internet speeds or more folks subscribing to those slower internet plans.
Average AT&T upload speeds, on the other hand, sit between 164 and 182 Mbps. That’s not bad, considering it’s more than enough speed to quickly upload a whole YouTube video or to hop on a Zoom call with no lag.
AT&T advertised download speeds
- Up to 100–5,000 Mbps
AT&T internet speed test averages
- Average download speed: 110–115 Mbps
- Average upload speed: 164–182 Mbps
- Total speed tests analyzed: 195,720
*Speed test data from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Average speed test results are not representative of currently available speeds.
Top 5 cities with the fastest AT&T download speeds
These five cities are home to the fastest AT&T internet download speeds in the country.
City and state
Average download speed
City population (2020)
|Alliance, OH||460 Mbps||21,672|
|Suwanee, GA||263 Mbps||20,786|
|Aubrey, TX||248 Mbps||5,006|
|Rancho Santa Margarita, CA||236 Mbps||47,949|
|Temple, TX||224 Mbps||29,492|
Speed test data from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Average speed test results are not representative of currently available speeds.
It’s worth noting that these cities are scattered across the US.
We’ve watched AT&T spread its fiber network across much of the Southern and Midwestern US. That’s great news, since fiber can be a better choice than cable or DSL thanks to its symmetrical (equal) download and upload speeds.
Compare AT&T internet with Xfinity, Spectrum, and more
Want to make sure AT&T internet service is the right choice for you? Check out our reviews of some of the other providers you might find in your area to weigh the pros and cons.
How much AT&T internet speed do you need?
As we mentioned before, AT&T internet comes in two flavors—DSL and fiber.
With DSL, your speeds could reach 100 Mbps, which is an excellent speed for most small households. That should keep you connected while streaming, gaming, and Zooming, no problem.
But AT&T’s DSL internet runs into problems if you’ve got a larger household (4+ people) or if you can only get slow download speeds in your area.
AT&T does promise to connect you to the fastest speeds available, but in some areas that means 25, 15, or even 5 Mbps. Those slow speeds are barely enough to keep the buffering icon and lag away if you need to hop on a Zoom call or want to veg out with Netflix.
If you’ve got AT&T Fiber in your neighborhood, there’s less to worry about when it comes to speed. Its fiber internet plans range from 300 to 5,000 Mbps. We’d say 300 to 1,000 Mbps is the sweet spot for a mid-sized to large family. But those 2,000 and 5,000 Mbps speeds are probably overkill for a family and more in line with what a small business would need.
Here’s a quick look at how much AT&T internet speed you should aim for. (And you can get more help figuring out your needs in our internet speed guide.)
- 50–100 Mbps: Great for 1–2 people who stream and do a little work at home
- 100–500 Mbps: Great for 2+ people who work from home regularly, have a home security system, and enjoy gaming and streaming
- 500–1,000+ Mbps: Great for home business owners and creatives (like YouTubers or photographers), or those who share their internet with 3+ people who work from home
Almost all of AT&T’s internet plans come with unlimited data, which is great news for anyone who downloads a lot of large files, like photos, movies, or video games. The exception is its DSL internet, which comes with a 1 TB data cap. Still, 1 TB is quite a bit, so you likely don’t need to worry about hitting your cap.
AT&T internet prices and plans
In terms of cost, AT&T’s internet prices are some of the lowest. Here’s a look at how its plans and prices pan out.
|AT&T Internet up to 75 Mbps||$55.00/mo.*||75 Mbps||DSL||View Plans|
|AT&T Internet up to 100 Mbps||$55.00/mo.†||100 Mbps||DSL||View Plan|
|AT&T Internet 300||$55.00/mo.‡||300 Mbps||Fiber||View Plans|
|AT&T Internet 500||$65.00/mo.‡||500 Mbps||Fiber||View Plans|
|AT&T Internet 1000||$80.00/mo.^||1000 Mbps||Fiber||View Plan|
|AT&T Internet 2000||$110.00/mo.^||Up to 2000 Mbps||Fiber||View Plans|
|AT&T Internet 5000||$180.00/mo.^||Up to 5000 Mbps||Fiber||View Plans|
Still have questions about AT&T internet service? We’re here to help.
Ideally, your AT&T download speed should match the advertised speed of the plan you’re paying for.
But it’s likely you might see slightly slower download speeds. If you do, don’t worry, this is pretty common.
If your speeds are a lot slower than what your plan advertises, try some of these quick and easy troubleshooting tips to see if it speeds back up.
The fastest AT&T internet speed is advertised at 5,000 Mbps (5 Gbps). That’s ludicrous speed!
A good speed test result is close to, matching, or faster than the speed advertised for your internet plan.
So let’s say you’re paying for the AT&T Internet 500 plan. If your speed test results are close to 500 Mbps or faster than 500 Mbps, your internet speed is doing great!
There are a number of reasons why your AT&T internet is slow, but let’s focus on some of the reasons you can control:
- Your modem or router may need a restart or firmware update.
- You may need to place your router in a better location.
- You may have apps or malware slowing down your computer.
- You may need to clear your cache and cookies—it’s a pain, we know, but it can help.
Check out our guide to speeding up your internet for easy ways to fix these problems and others.
Yes, 110 Mbps is fast internet. A speed of 110 Mbps is great for keeping a small household of one to three people connected at the same time.
If you have more folks sharing your internet or if you work from home (including owning your own home business), you may need more speed than 110 Mbps. If AT&T Fiber is in your area, it offers internet speeds of 300 to 5,000 Mbps. (We doubt you’ll need 5,000 Mbps though.)
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