- Xfinity and AT&T are the most common home Internet options in Houston, Texas. Fiber from EnTouch and DSL from Windstream are less commonly available, but worth considering.
- The average speed for broadband Internet in Houston is 45.72 Mbps, as recorded by speed tests throughout the area.
- Business Internet options are robust in Houston. Over 30 providers serve the area, including niche services specialized on advanced business needs like point-to-point and backhaul.
Best Residential Internet Providers
We found these providers to offer the best value for home Internet. Houston, like many metro areas in Texas, is primarily a cable/DSL town. We often recommend cable because it’s more reliable and consistent than DSL in most areas.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $2999 - $15999
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Xfinity is one of the most commonly available cable providers in the US, and they’ve been making strides to improve both their network (hybrid fiber-coaxial) and their customers service ratings in recent years. TV viewers will appreciate their extensive and affordable cable channels which include sports, international bundles, and many more.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $5000 - $9000
- Max Down: 100 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
AT&T wins our top pick for combining budget pricing with reliable service. They have one of the widest coverage footprints in the area, meaning that virtually anyone in the metro area can get access to their Internet and digital TV services.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Houston
Here is a complete record of home Internet options currently registered with the FCC as serving Houston addresses.
|$5999+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 94% |
|$2999+|| 94% |
|$3995+|| 83% |
|$2595+|| 5% |
|$2600+|| 4% |
|$5500+|| 3% |
|$4499+|| 1% |
|$3499+|| 1% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Unlike home Internet, business-class broadband tends to be highly customized and comes with dedicated support. Downtime translates to lost revenue, so Houston’s business broadband providers compete fiercely to ensure that your business is never “in the dark.” We compared every plan advertised in the area and concluded that this provider has earned their top marks from consumer reviews.
AT&T Internet - Business Pick
- Max Down: 100 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
AT&T Business Internet and voice plans offer all the features you’d expect, including business TV, digital voice systems, and reliable 24/7 technical support. Customers report that they’re one of the better and more affordable options in the area.
Business Internet Providers Available in Houston
See below for a table detailing every business broadband option in Houston.
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|N/A|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 99% |
|$6995+|| 92% |
|N/A|| 86% |
|$5995+|| 87% |
|$39995+|| 5% |
|N/A|| 9% |
|N/A|| 11% |
|$5900+|| 8% |
|N/A|| 11% |
|$10999+|| 11% |
|N/A|| 8% |
|$5999+|| 1% |
|$8495+|| 2% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Houston
Houston is overall reasonably competitive, although many residents don’t have much choice beyond one DSL option (usually AT&T) and one cable option (usually Xfinity). Locals are hopeful that new wireless technologies like millimeter wave will increase competition in the area in the near future.
Provider Competition Map
Houston Internet Speed Overview
The 90th percentile average speed we found in Houston is 120.51 Mbps. According to our speed test data, the average Internet speed in Houston is 45.72 Mbps.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|45.72 Mbps||120.51 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Houston
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Houston
Data caps are a pain, and not just for Houston’s die-hard cord cutters. As time goes on, basic Internet activities like video chat are taking up bigger and bigger data allowances to keep up with increasing screen resolutions.
If you have the option, consider a plan without a data cap if you’re a “power user” who needs more data than the cheaper residential plans offer. This could mean opting for basic business-class service, as fiber and cap-free options in Houston are somewhat limited at this time.
Modem Rental Fees
One of the easiest ways to save money on Internet plans in Houston is to simply purchase your own modem and router. The $5–10 local Internet companies charge for leasing their equipment doesn’t look steep on the surface, but do the math and you’ll realize it adds up to hundreds if you stay with a provider for 2+ years.
Connecting your own equipment is surprisingly easy, and any decent local provider should be able to walk you through it on the phone. It might even be possible to drop the installation fee if you go this route up front, so be sure to ask before you sign up.
Low-Income Internet Plans
Internet isn’t just for entertainment anymore. Without access, FCC reports suggest that city residents miss out on education, employment, and basic communication. 
The solution: a variety of programs are available in the Houston area to allow low-income residents to get home broadband for affordable prices (as low as $10/month in some cases). The packages don’t include entertainment options and usually have slower speeds and lower data caps, but they offer a critical bridge for Houston locals trapped on the wrong side of the digital divide.
Broadband Roadblocks in Houston
Houston residents might wonder if it’d be possible to get a “municipal” broadband system. Public-owned networks have created massive local economy growth in cities like Chattanooga with smart grid electric/broadband networks.
Unfortunately, Texas state laws directly prohibit municipal broadband. Even public/private partnerships are outlawed, making Texas one of the least-friendly states for municipal broadband solutions.
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.