- The most commonly available wired Internet options in Albuquerque are Xfinity (cable) and CenturyLink (DSL).
- The fastest speed test we’ve recorded in Albuquerque is 56.53 Mbps. The average speed in Albuquerque is 20.82 Mbps.
- Fixed wireless and business-focused options are available to niche markets and outlying neighborhoods within the city.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Albuquerque is really a “two game town” when it comes to Internet options. CenturyLink and Xfinity are the only real options for most residents, aside from those who opt for fixed wireless in areas where wired broadband isn’t available. Here’s how they stack up according to our analysis of local plan value, upload/download speeds, and IP-verified consumer reports.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $2999 - $6999
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Xfinity wins our recommendation in the area for combining solid pricing with above-average download speeds. It’s a particularly good option for families who need wide-ranging features, lots of bandwidth, and plenty of TV options on the side.
CenturyLink - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4500 - $8500
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 80 Mbps
CenturyLink has a few things going for it worth recommending: good speeds, great TV, and widespread availability. Virtually anyone with a phone jack can get service, and it’s a top pick for areas outside city limits with restricted cable and fixed wireless access. While they have data caps, we found them to be high enough to cause no issue for the average home’s Netflix habit.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Albuquerque
See the table below for a complete listing of options in Albuquerque, including small brands and wireless options.
|$2995+|| 100% |
|$4999+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 100% |
|$6995+|| 100% |
|$4599+|| 99% |
|$2999+|| 98% |
|$4500+|| 97% |
|$7995+|| 81% |
|$5000+|| 3% |
|$6500+|| 0% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Business Internet is somewhat more flexible than residential so far as choices within Albuquerque, but not by much. We chose this provider for offering plans that suit a wide variety of industries and featuring strong personalized support.
CenturyLink - Business Pick
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 80 Mbps
CenturyLink Business combines budget-friendly pricing with industry-leading network reliability to win our recommendation for top business pick in the area. They’re particularly well suited to small and medium-sized businesses using their connection for critical functions like processing credit card transactions.
Business Internet Providers Available in Albuquerque
See the listing below for a complete picture of options within the city. Remember that some of these only have limited availability — so don’t bother reading into them until you’ve double checked availability with our address level verification tool.
|$5995+|| 100% |
|$6999+|| 100% |
|$7995+|| 100% |
|$5599+|| 99% |
|$6995+|| 94% |
|$4200+|| 98% |
|N/A|| 90% |
|$11000+|| 11% |
|N/A|| 10% |
|$10000+|| 2% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Albuquerque
Here’s a bird’s-eye view of how Internet options stack up from neighborhood to neighborhood. Wide district areas with low population density are the main challenge for expanding access in Albuquerque (and New Mexico in general), and that pain point really shows in outlying areas where options are limited to one or two providers with low speeds.
Provider Competition Map
Albuquerque Internet Speed Overview
The average speed in Albuquerque is around 20.82 Mbps as measured by verified speed test data. That’s compared to the top 90th percentile average speed, which is a more impressive 56.53 Mbps.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|20.82 Mbps||56.53 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Albuquerque
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Albuquerque
No one loves data caps. They’ve been an item of serious debate between ISPs and consumers in recent years, with a lot of confusion about how they work and why they’re necessary.
Our two cents — if you can’t get around using a provider with data caps in your specific neighborhood, consider getting a TV plan bundled with your service so you don’t have to worry about racking up extra fees if you binge-watch a few shows in any given month. Even DSL options in Albuquerque offer digital TV packages, and/or satellite TV partnerships.
Modem Rental Fees
Are modem rental fees too high? Arguably, they’re pretty reasonable for the convenience of having the ISP install and maintain your home equipment. However, the monthly leasing fee adds up to quite a bit over time. Installing your own hardware (modem, router, etc) purchased form a third-party can save a lot of money over the course of a couple years. If you plan to stick with your provider for over a year, we recommend installing your own equipment to save on the equipment leasing fees.
Low-Income Internet Plans
Getting Internet access isn’t easy for Albuquerque residents with low income or other barriers to gaining private services. EveryoneOn makes is simple to check what programs you might qualify for in the Albuquerque area, including low-cost Internet, digital skills courses, and even subsidized home computer options.
As of 2017, Mayor Richard Berry announced that the city is working with CenturyLink to create public/private partnerships to boost speeds in key areas — particularly those trapped on the wrong side of the “digital divide.” Senior Centers and Community Centers are among the first targets for these partnerships, which will include speeds up to 1 Gigabit. It is unclear if this partnership will improve speeds for residential customers, but the fact that progress is being made at all is encouraging to Albuquerque residents. 
References and Footnotes
Ana De Castro
Ana De Castro cut her teeth as a SAP consultant for Deloitte during the original tech boom, and now works in a communications role in the telecom industry. When she isn’t explaining technical concepts to confused consumers, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two rambunctious kids.
James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.