- Arlington features two main Internet options: Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) and AT&T. There are also several fixed wireless providers catering mostly to outlying areas with poor cable or DSL access.
- The average broadband speed in Arlington, Texas is 37.33 Mbps.
- While residential options may feel limited in some neighborhoods, business broadband availability is impressive and includes several smaller niche services.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Our top picks are based on our analysts’ deep dive into pricing, speeds, actual vs advertised service quality, and IP-verified reviews.
Time Warner Cable - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Spectrum is a strong option for Internet-only customers who want a provider with fast download speeds, simple installation, and no data caps. It’s one of the best options for Netflix fans and short term residents in the area, as they don’t jack up the prices for month-to-month plans like some of the competition.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $3000 - $4000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T is a reasonably priced option for Internet users within city limits, and often the only real wired option in the surrounding area. We recommend them for customers who value budget over performance, which isn’t to say that the connect can’t handle modern use cases like Skype, Netflix, and etc.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Arlington
Arlington offers several other options outside our top picks, especially in outer neighborhoods where wireless options can outperform wired DSL.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Business Internet options in Arlington tend to be more diverse and customizable than residential options. Here’s where we recommend starting your search:
AT&T Internet - Business Pick
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T is a good option for small and medium-sized businesses that rely on their Internet connectivity for critical uses like running financial transactions and managing voice systems. We found AT&T Business to offer the best pricing and features on basic plans that suit most businesses in the metro area.
Business Internet Providers Available in Arlington
Some smaller businesses just need symmetrical speeds and a dedicated IP. Larger businesses might be looking for something more complex like VoIP system integration. Here’s a full list of providers in Arlington so you can weigh your options.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Arlington
Arlington, like many cities around Texas, has a problem with limited access in many non-central neighborhoods. DSL speeds and performance tend to get less reliable the farther you get from downtown, and cable doesn’t have any incentive to boost their speeds or infrastructure when there’s no real competition.
Here’s a heat map showing which areas have higher or lower concentration of Internet options in Arlington.
Provider Competition Map
Arlington Internet Speed Overview
Average Internet speeds in Arlington are recorded at 37.33 Mbps. According to our latest data, average speeds in better connected areas are closer to 97.16 Mbps. Keep in mind that speeds vary widely based on the providers and infrastructure available on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|37.33 Mbps||97.16 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Arlington
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Arlington
One big difference to note between Arlington’s main Internet options is that AT&T has data caps, while Spectrum doesn’t currently limit data use formally. This makes Spectrum a good choice for techies, streamers, cord cutters, and anyone else with above-average home data need.
Watch out for variable pricing when comparing contract plans in Arlington. Spectrum has some good month-to-month plans, but you’ll still probably get your best pricing if you opt for a 1–2 year contract. It’s common for customers to sign up for these thinking they’re getting the “promotional pricing” rate for the entire contract.
Usually, the promo pricing will time out at some point in the middle of the contract — after the first year for example — leaving customers with no choice but to pay the higher fee or pay the termination fee to switch. These plans are often still the best overall value, but you’ll save some heartache if you read the fine print.
While Arlington policymakers historically are on the fence about public/private Internet solutions like municipal broadband, local government figures are currently working to improve broadband access in the city and even pursue the possibility of “smart grid” technologies in the area.
TechLiNK is a program in Arlington that makes digital literacy classes, free public Wi-Fi, and other digital services available to residents in underserved communities around the city.
Broadband Roadblocks in Arlington
Arlington residents shouldn’t hold their breath for a municipal network, even in underserved areas. Texas directly outlaws publicly-owned networks, so the only way to get access to underserved areas is through free market competition.
Arlington’s stance on improving broadband is covered in more detail in an op-ed by Arlington council member Sheri Capehart for the League of Cities.
Some residents who meet certain housing and income criteria can access home Internet service for as low as $10/month, thanks to programs from local providers in partnership with Texas. Interested locals can check their eligibility for low-cost Internet programs at EveryoneOn.
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.