Best Internet Providers in Houston, TX

Looking to make an (internet) connection in the Lone Star State? See our picks for the best internet providers in Houston.

Best Availability
Xfinity Internet
Xfinity Internet
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starting from
$19.99
/mo
Download speeds
501200 Mbps
99% availability in Houston
Best Value
AT&T Fiber
AT&T Fiber
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starting from
$55.00
/mo
Download speeds
3005000 Mbps
99% availability in Houston
Best Customer Service
Earthlink Internet
Earthlink Internet
3.5 out of 5 stars
3.5
Starting from
$49.95
/mo
Download speeds
105000 Mbps
52% availability in Houston
Catherine McNally
Editorial Lead, Internet & Gaming
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December 15, 2021
3 min read

If you’re searching for internet in Houston, there’s no problem to report back to Mission Control. A majority of this Southern city has at least two choices for internet, Comcast Xfinity and AT&T.

Houston’s suburbs, like Humble, Cypress, and Sugar Land, may also have other internet service providers (ISPs) available in their area. EarthLink, an A+ provider when it comes to customer service, is a great option where it’s available.

Don’t call Houston home? Enter your zip code to see internet plans near you.

The latest US Census data reports that 75% of households in the Houston area have access to broadband internet.1 If you’re one of the handful of residents without home internet access, check out our guide to rural internet options for some alternatives.



The 3 best Houston internet providers
Provider
Monthly price$19.99$79.99*$55$180$49.95$189.95
Download speeds501200 Mbps3005000 Mbps105000 Mbps
Upload speeds535 Mbps300880 Mbps0.755000 Mbps
Data cap1.2 TBUnlimited50 GBUnlimited
Contract length1 year1 year1 year
Connection typeCable/FiberFiberDSL/Fiber
Details
Data effective 11/11/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area.
With a 12 month contract.

The best internet providers in Houston, Texas

Best availability
Starting from
$19.99
/mo
Why Xfinity?

After 10 years of service, we found Comcast Xfinity’s speed and reliability to be pretty great. Its prices are competitive compared to other ISPs, and even though it gets a bad rap for its customer service, we still think it’s a good deal.

Download speeds
501200 Mbps
Connection Type
Cable/Fiber
Data effective 02/17/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Best value
AT&T Fiber
AT&T Fiber
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starting from
$55.00
/mo
Why AT&T?

AT&T’s fiber internet offers up some of the lowest prices in the Chicago area plus zippy download and upload speeds to boot. (But its DSL internet plans quickly lose value due to slower speeds and potential data caps.)

Download speeds
3005000 Mbps
Connection Type
Fiber
Data effective 04/20/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Best customer service
Starting from
$49.95
/mo
Why EarthLink?

EarthLink consistently earns high marks for customer service. Why? It handles all your technical, billing, and account troubleshooting despite using networks from ISPs like AT&T, CenturyLink, and Verizon. The only trade-off? Slightly higher prices. 

Download speeds
105000 Mbps
Connection Type
DSL/Fiber
Data effective 04/11/2022. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

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How much internet speed do you need?

Our advice is to get at least 50 to 100 Mbps download speeds for small households. But you may need faster speeds depending on how your family uses the internet.

Recommended internet speeds
Recommended download speed
Number of people
Activities
5–25 Mbps1–2Casual web browsing, emails, social media, streaming SD video, streaming music
25–50 Mbps1–3Streaming HD and 4K video, streaming music, gaming, light work from home
50–100 Mbps2–4Streaming 4K video, gaming, working from home, using home security devices
100–500 Mbps2–5Streaming 4K video, gaming, running a home office, using home security and smart home devices
500–1,000 Mbps3–5+Running a home office or creative profession, streaming in 4K, gaming, using home security and smart home devices
What upload speed do I need?
Light Bulb

If you’re a livestreamer, uploading large files, or regularly joining video calls, you need to make sure you get enough upload speed as well.

We recommend at least 10 Mbps for all of these activities, but you may need more if you’re running a home business or sharing the internet with someone else who’s also on a Zoom call. See our recommendations for livestreaming plus how much upload speed you need for Zoom.

FAQ

Still have questions about internet providers in Houston, TX? We've got answers.

We recommend Xfinity, AT&T Fiber, and EarthLink as the best internet providers in Houston, Texas.

Xfinity offers a lot of internet speeds to choose from at competitive prices, while AT&T Fiber gives you great value with fast fiber speeds and rock-bottom prices. EarthLink is an exceptional choice if you need the peace of mind knowing you can call customer service and actually get help.

The fastest internet plan available in Houston is Xfinity’s Gigabit plan with download speeds of 1,200 Mbps. AT&T Fiber’s Internet 1,000 plan comes in a close second with download speeds of 940 Mbps. And you won’t get visited by the buffering icon with EarthLink’s 1 Gig Internet plan that clocks in at 1,000 Mbps.

Xfinity’s Performance Starter Plus plan is the cheapest internet in Houston. It starts at about $20 a month for 50 Mbps speeds.

But if you can get it in your part of the city, AT&T Fiber’s 300 Mbps internet plan is the best value with a $35 a month starting price.

Getting internet in Houston should be fairly simple since a majority of the city and suburbs have access to at least two ISPs. We recommend double-checking that the  provider you’re considering services your specific address first.

After that, you can compare prices, internet speeds, data caps, and any other features to find the best provider and plan for you.

Yes, you can get fiber internet in Houston through AT&T Fiber or EarthLink. AT&T offers fiber internet speeds of 300–940 Mbps, and EarthLink has fiber internet speeds of 50–1,000 Mbps.

Xfinity is the best provider in Houston when it comes to bundling your cable TV and internet. You also have the option to add Xfinity Mobile and Xfinity Home Security services if you like. Check out our recommended Xfinity bundles for more info.

It’s worth asking if your landlord or apartment manager can include internet service in your monthly rent.

Some rentals may already offer this, while others may require you to pay for internet service on top of your monthly rent. Still, it’s a good idea to check since some apartment complexes may have negotiated a cheaper bulk rate with a local ISP.

On the other hand, letting your landlord handle your internet service could be problematic. It’s likely that your ISP will talk only with your complex manager, so any technical issues or plan upgrades will need to go through your landlord.

Sources

Catherine McNally
Written by
Catherine McNally
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.

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