- Spectrum and AT&T are the most common choice for home and apartment Internet in El Paso. Charter Spectrum provides cable service, often bundled with TV. AT&T is a DSL provider.
- Business broadband options in El Paso are more numerous, including a few local specialized services.
- The fastest Internet speed in El Paso is 89.25 Mbps, but the average enjoyed by most residents is closer to 32.71 Mbps.
- El Paso has a variety of free Wi-Fi hotspots thanks to local broadband advocacy group Digital El Paso.
Best Residential Internet Providers
These providers earned our top marks for pricing, availability, and above-average customer ratings.
Charter Spectrum - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $12997
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Spectrum makes a strong case for itself within city limits, thanks to the fast speeds and reliability offered by their hybrid fiber-coaxial network. Unlike many cable operators, they don’t place any limits on data, making them a solid choice for cord cutters. Meanwhile, their TV packages compete on value and include premium entertainment like seasonal sports and HBO.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $5000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T is a solid budget option in the El Paso area, and while their plans have lower overall speeds and data caps, they are more than enough to support the average household’s streaming and surfing needs. Their TV packages are more flexible and affordable than local competition.
Residential Internet Providers Available in El Paso
See the table below for a full listing of options for Internet service to homes and apartments in the El Paso metro area.
|$4999+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 100% |
|$4499+|| 98% |
|$5000+|| 94% |
|N/A|| 90% |
|$5999+|| 32% |
|$5000+|| 1% |
|N/A|| 1% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Business broadband can be a challenging market since every business is different, and many require highly specialized digital services. This provider is our top choice for business broadband service in El Paso.
Charter Spectrum - Business Pick
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Business is one of the more versatile business broadband options in the area, offering everything from basic restaurant-type services like business TV up to enterprise client featuresets including SIP trunking and hosted voice systems for call center support.
Business Internet Providers Available in El Paso
El Paso has a varied business environment including everything from tech to agriculture. Here’s a full listing of providers that serve zip codes in the area with business-oriented service, according to the latest filings from the FCC.
|N/A|| 100% |
|$10999+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 91% |
|N/A|| 97% |
|N/A|| 9% |
|N/A|| 4% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in El Paso
El Paso offers decent speeds and pricing, but it doesn’t always offer decent choice. As you can see in the map below, many residents are stuck with very few choices. If they don’t like their service, many are forced to “pay up or get shut off,” since broadband has gone from an entertainment source to a vital employment and educational necessity.
Provider Competition Map
El Paso Internet Speed Overview
The 90th percentile average speed in El Paso is 89.25 Mbps.
The average speed, according to speed test info and accounting for all results, is 32.71 Mbps.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|32.71 Mbps||89.25 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within El Paso
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in El Paso
Cable providers in particular are eager to keep customers hooked to traditional cable TV channel plans rather than “cord-cutter” options like Netflix or Sling. Spectrum does this in El Paso by offering hard-to-beat sports options and some incredible pricing on bundled Internet/TV “double play” deals. Definitely check these deals out if you’re a TV fan, but don’t discount Sling and similar services. Since Spectrum doesn’t have data caps, you won’t face penalties for streaming as you might with other cable providers.
The modem and router you need to hook up internet service will likely come as a default in your plan… But that doesn’t mean it’s included in the cost, as confirmed by the $5–10 line item on your monthly bill.
If you want to save the money in the long run, it’s straightforward to purchase your own router or modem from Amazon, Best Buy, or your local tech supplier. Just be sure to check the models compatible with the Internet Service Provider you opt for, and double check that they remember to remove the monthly leasing fee from your bill.
Digital El Paso
Free Wi-Fi and other digital services are available in some areas thanks to the tireless advocacy of public-good organization Digital El Paso.
Broadband Roadblocks in El Paso
Municipal broadband is illegal in Texas, so public/private partnerships or municipal broadband networks are not an option for El Paso.
While public networks aren’t an option, providers have made low-cost plans a reality for underserved areas in El Paso. Residents can check their eligibility, which is based on income level and housing status, 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.