- Comcast is the most widely available cable internet provider in Colorado Springs. CenturyLink is the most common DSL option, with coverage throughout most of the area.
- While advertised speeds may vary, residents report that cable and DSL deliver equivalent speeds overall, depending on neighborhood.
- The fastest speeds we’ve recorded in Colorado Springs are in the neighborhood of 205.55 Mbps, compared to the 80.23 Mbps average speed in the area accounting for all results.
Best Residential Internet Providers
The gold standard of residential Internet is high speeds for low prices. That can be hard to find in Colorado Springs, thanks to low competition.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $2499 - $8499
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Xfinity’s hybrid fiber-coaxial network delivers about the best speed you can get in the area, and serves most of the local population with at least basic access. Their X1 smart TV platform has been getting positive reviews from TV fans, and their speeds are more than enough for streaming and gaming.
CenturyLink - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4900 - $6500
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 50 Mbps
CenturyLink offers voice, Internet, and TV service throughout the area. They have one of the largest coverage footprints in the country, and their services have been improving of late as they are building out fiber on their DSL network. Their TV packages include plenty of specialty and premium offerings, including sports.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Colorado Springs
Here’s a full briefing on Internet options for home service in Colorado Springs. Some of these are available virtually city-wide, while other are niche or limited-area providers. Use our Internet availability tool to check which ones are available at your address.
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Best Business Internet Providers
XFINITY from Comcast - Business Pick
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast competes aggressively on scalable, affordable broadband for business and enterprise. It’s a good fit for the small to medium-sized business with aggressive growth goals to support. VoIP phone solutions, cloud services, and many other features round out Comcast’s business offerings.
Business Internet Providers Available in Colorado Springs
Business Internet shoppers have several choices in the Colorado Springs market. A full list of providers specializing in business broadband is available below.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Colorado Springs
Outside of Comcast cable and CenturyLink DSL, options tend to be few and far between. A few niche providers create real competition in select areas, particularly for business plans. See the detailed map below for a rundown on which parts of Colorado Springs have more competition overall.
Provider Competition Map
Colorado Springs Internet Speed Overview
90th precentile averages based on speed test results in Colorado Springs max out around 205.55 Mbps. The average speed most residents have access to is closer to 80.23 Mbps.
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Average Residential download speeds within Colorado Springs
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Colorado Springs
Data Caps in Colorado Springs
Data caps have become a nationwide issue for Internet users. Colorado Springs is no exception.
Limits on how much data you can use are mostly problematic for “cord cutters,” gamers, and anyone who frequently uses video conferencing services. All these activities guzzle up a lot of data, and can quickly max out a data plan if used for multiple hours on a daily basis.
Why are the Internet providers doing this? The answer to that question isn’t really clear, but the effect is that it makes more sense for heavy TV watchers to pay for an actual TV plan rather than stream over the top from Netflix, Hulu, and etc.
Be sure you understand the data limits on your plan when you sign up, and if a meter is provided keep a close eye on it to get an idea of how much data you actually need.
Modem and Router Rentals in Colorado Springs
Modems are a requirement for cable and DSL Internet connections. The default option most Colorado Springs ISPs provide is to include it with your plan for an additional monthly fee. However, the $5–10 dollars will quickly add up to hundreds of dollars if you have service for multiple years with that provider.
Instead, consider buying your own modem and router from a third party to save cash in the long run. It’ll cost $40–100 up front, but that pays for itself within the first year. You’ll also be able to get better performance by tweaking your hardware, or purchasing a model with better features than the default ISP-provided router.
Will Colorado Springs get Google Fiber?
Colorado Springs is currently a difficult proposition for fiber providers due to limited access to dark fiber and a spread-out population density. Google Fiber is unlikely to service Colorado Springs in the near future. However, advances in fixed wireless technology could bring gigabit wireless service to some buildings — if not the whole city — sometime in the next few years.
We’ve reached out to local government sources for commentary on what the future looks like so far as broadband access in Colorado Springs. This page will be updated as soon as that information is available. If you are involved in broadband advocacy in the area, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know how we can improve this page for local reference.
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.