- AT&T and Xfinity are the primary providers for home Internet in Fort Lauderdale.
- Xfinity offers cable Internet, TV, and phone service. AT&T is primarily a DSL provider, although they’ve been adding Fiber service in some Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods.
- The average speed available in Fort Lauderdale is 34.83 Mbps. That speed jumps to a more impressive 84.94 Mbps maximum speed in fiber service areas.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Speed, price, data limits, TV service, and bundle deals are just a few of the factors that go into picking the top provider in an area. Overall, we found these providers to offer the widest range of plans with the greatest value to houses and apartments in Fort Lauderdale.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $6499
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Xfinity, formerly known as Comcast cable, is one of the most popular Internet options in the area. Their hybrid fiber-coaxial network has a good track record for consistent speeds in most neighborhoods, even during peak use times when everyone starts streaming Netflix at the same time. Their TV bundling options are a strong value for families and sports fans.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Internet wins our recommendation in the area thanks to their combination of budget pricing and reliable service quality. While the top speeds can’t compete on raw metrics with some of the local competition, they more than hold their own when it comes to day-in-day-out dependability.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Fort Lauderdale
Not every neighborhood enjoys the same level of service, particularly in less densely populated or lower-income communities. Here’s a full list of Internet options in Fort Lauderdale. Notice that some of these brands only serve specific areas or types of customers — that’s why we mostly focus on bigger names with broad service areas in city-wide overviews like this one.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Business Internet can be complicated, particularly for first-time company founders who are unfamiliar with why features like “dedicated IP” and “symmetrical speeds” would matter. If you’re just starting your search for business service in Fort Lauderdale, we’d recommend this provider for a hard-to-beat combination of availability, flexibility, and value.
XFINITY from Comcast - Business Pick
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Business services are a solid choice for businesses that want a mix of affordability and scalability. They’re a particularly good option for fast-growing businesses that can benefit from their flexibility. VoIP, cloud services, and other features are all available.
Business Internet Providers Available in Fort Lauderdale
As with residential service, Fort Lauderdale has plenty of “quirks” when it comes to infrastructure and IT services. Here’s a full list of providers in the city so you can consider your options. Not every business needs top-shelf service — in fact, the vast majority of businesses opt for middle-of-the-road cable plans. As you can see, there are plenty of options for each tier of business needs.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Fort Lauderdale
Picking Internet in Fort Lauderdale sometimes feels like picking the lesser of two evils. Regardless, the fact that most residents actually have two or more wired options is unusual for a city of this size. Cable vs DSL might not be the most glamorous situation, but having a choice at all encourages providers to keep services consistent. It’s common for subscribers to switch to another provider if service doesn’t meet their expectations.
Provider Competition Map
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Fort Lauderdale
Network technology and data cap policies are the most important issues to be aware of in Fort Lauderdale. “Cable vs DSL” is the primary choice, although fiber is increasingly becoming available in some areas. Data caps are common with both Xfinity and AT&T, which means it’s important to consider a dedicated TV plan if you stream multiple hours of high-definition video content on a daily basis. (The average occasional Netflixer has nothing to worry about.)
Cable vs DSL vs Fiber
Cable. DSL. Fiber. The terminology around Internet access can be confusing for new customers. What’s the difference between the different technology types?
Fiber is the gold standard for Internet in Fort Lauderdale. The fiber cables themselves are made from strands of glass, which transport data as light pulses. Since they are designed specifically for digital data, the “ceiling” on how much data they can carry at once is much lower than with cable and DSL.
Cable is the “plan B” option, which delivers Internet over coaxial TV networks. While not as ideal as fiber, cable providers in Fort Lauderdale can reach speeds that are many times more than the average Internet user needs for basic activities like surfing the web, emailing, and streaming videos.
DSL service is the long-standing go-to option in Fort Lauderdale, although service quality varies from address to address based on distance from the local provider offices.
Fort Lauderdale Tests “Positive” for Data Caps
Data caps — customers hate them, but they seem to be everywhere these days.
While the specific data limits placed on most Internet plans in Fort Lauderdale aren’t that limiting, they can cause problems for streamers, cord cutters, home offices, and anyone else who would describe themselves as a “power user.”
If possible, we recommend that subscribers avoid plans with data caps when there’s a choice. (Easier said than done, for the many neighborhoods around Fort Lauderdale where there’s only one or two real choices for Internet service.)
For daily TV watchers, a simple solution can be to bundle TV service along with your plan. It adds to your monthly bill, but it’s way less than what you’d pay in overage charges, plus it’ll include a lot of the channels like HBO that you pay for regardless of whether you stream or not.
Fort Lauderdale is in the middle ground of broadband access compared to other American cities — not many options, but not so few that residents are fuming about it. For residents with low incomes or special needs, there are some public/private partnerships providing low-cost basic access for home broadband. If you or someone you know is in need of Internet access, you can check eligibility for home service at EveryoneOn or request free access at your local library.
Municipal Broadband options in Fort Lauderdale
Florida is one of many states with strict laws regulating municipal broadband networks. These laws, mostly pushed by cable lobbyists, impose steep taxes and regulatory obstacle courses on publicly-owned networks. As a result, Fort Lauderdale is unlikely to pursue a municipal broadband alternative anytime in the near future, regardless of community interest.
When Will Google Fiber come to Fort Lauderdale?
It’s unlikely that Google Fiber will consider Fort Lauderdale for service due to a variety of technical considerations including limited infrastructure, low access to dark fiber, and governmental roadblocks.
Fiber is the hot new thing in home broadband, but popular providers like Google Fiber and FiOS have been slowing their network expansion due to the high prices associated with fiber service.
However, there have been some exciting advances in millimeter-wave fixed wireless technology. It’s likely that when gigabit service becomes a reality for Fort Lauderdale residents, it will be in the form of affordable fixed wireless service.
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.