- Fort Worth’s main Internet options are Charter Spectrum cable and AT&T Internet DSL.
- Business Internet in Fort Worth offers a bit more variety, including specialty fiber and fixed wireless options.
- The average broadband speed in Fort Worth is 51.57 Mbps.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Having compared every company offering service in Fort Worth, we concluded that these providers offered the best service in terms of speed, pricing, and reliability.
Charter Spectrum - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $13997
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Spectrum is a first-class service in the area, and we generally recommend them for customers who want high download speeds and unlimited streaming potential. Their TV platform is also a strong value, although it comes in at a significantly higher price point than Internet-only plans (which is normal among cable providers).
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $5000 - $9000
- Max Down: 75 Mbps
- Max Up: 8.0 Mbps
AT&T has two big plus-points: budget pricing and widespread availability. We found AT&T Internet offered the best plan pricing on the lower end, and their speeds are more than enough for the average family home. Their digital TV packages include sports, premium channels, and everything else you’d expect from competing cable TV providers.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Fort Worth
See below for a complete picture of home and apartment Internet options within Fort Worth. This listing includes “WISP” wireless options. It’s worth noting that some of these providers have limited coverage areas, so be sure to verify availability with our Internet provider search tool before bothering to research their plans and reputations.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Fort Worth has a decent business broadband market considering its size. We compared the feature sets and support options on all local providers with business service, finally concluding that this company has the best “one size fits all” business broadband service.
Charter Spectrum - Business Pick
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Business is a good value for business broadband within city limits, delivering top-notch reliability over their hybrid fiber-coaxial network and offering a host of highly scalable services including SIP trunking and hosted voice.
Business Internet Providers Available in Fort Worth
…That said, every business is different and there’s no real “one size fits all” plan that can work for every business. Depending on your feature needs (VoIP, point-to-point, backhaul, etc) and price point, one of these might be a better pick. This listing includes every single provider currently advertising business plan availability in any part of Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Fort Worth
Cable and DSL are the primary options, and outside limited wireless options most residents are stuck choosing one or the other. For the time being, there’s very little tech competition in Fort Worth from fiber companies or upstart ISPs like Ting or Google Fiber.
Provider Competition Map
Fort Worth Internet Speed Overview
The average speed in Fort Worth is 51.57 Mbps, and the 90th percentile average speed is 105.09 Mbps. These speeds are recorded and verified from speed test datasets gathered across all neighborhoods and districts in Fort Worth.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|51.57 Mbps||105.09 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Fort Worth
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Fort Worth
Modem Rental Fees
One of the easiest ways to save on your Internet plan is to buy your own modem and router. These devices (or a combo “gateway” device) are generally included with plans for an additional leasing fee.
The providers don’t make it obvious, but it’s perfectly fine to just buy your own devices and pocket the monthly fee (which can be as high as $10). Using your own modem and router will also make it possible to improve the performance of your network and access advanced security features.
Early Termination Fees
Something worth keeping an eye out for if you’re signing an Internet contract is the “early termination fee,” sometimes abbreviated as ETF. These can wind up costing you hundreds of dollars if you decide to cut off service before your agreed-upon end date, even if you’re leaving to switch to another provider with better, cheaper service.
As a rule of thumb, never sign an Internet or TV contract that’s longer than the lease where you’re renting.
Luckily, the biggest cable provider in Fort Worth (Spectrum) offers flexible and affordable month-to-month plans.
Low-Income Internet Plans
EveryoneOn makes is easy to check if your income level or housing situation qualifies you for government-subsidized Internet access through Fort Worth-area providers. As of this writing, plans could be had for as low as $10/month under certain circumstances.
Will Google Fiber Come to Fort Worth?
Google Fiber is not currently being considered for Fort Worth. In fact, Google Fiber seems to be slowing their nationwide expansion, focussing instead on advanced millimeter-wave wireless technologies they acquired from Webpass. Since these technologies can service an entire building with gigabit service for a relatively low upfront cost, it’s expected that the company will likely continue pursuing this service before spending more money on the high cost of fiber installation.
Local Broadband Issues in Fort Worth
Municipal broadband? Public/private network partnerships? Both are illegal under Texas state law thanks to a small army of lobbyists, so Fort Worth communities without options from private providers will have to wait for wireless services to improve, or create incentives for private companies to serve specific neighborhoods.
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.