- Cable from Charter Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) is the most widely available broadband option in Lexington, closely followed by Windstream’s DSL service.
- The average speed in Lexington according to real-world speed test data is 31.49 Mbps.
- Fixed wireless is also available in some outlying neighborhoods.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Options are limited in Lexington, but regardless here are our recommended choices if you’re looking for residential service in a house or apartment.
Charter Spectrum - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $13997
- Max Down: 940 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Charter Spectrum combines pro-consumer data use policies with simplified pricing structures to make a compelling value for locals that want an above-average budget option. Installation is simple, and their TV platform offers all the best in HD, sports, and premium channel packages.
Windstream - Runner Up
- Pricing: $3600 - $6600
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
Windstream is a good plan B option for customers who cannot access cable, or are shopping purely based on budget. Windstream’s main feature is widespread availability.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Lexington
As you can see, there aren’t many games in town when it comes to Internet options in Lexington. Most customers are stuck choosing between cable and DSL, with pros and cons on either side.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Here’s our pick for the best business Internet option in Lexington, offering the most bang for buck to the widest coverage area. Dedicated IP, specialized support, and other business features are all available through their various business broadband plans.
Charter Spectrum - Business Pick
- Max Down: 940 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Charter Business combines a dizzying array of enterprise features into their industry-specific business connectivity offerings: hosted voice, SIP trunking, cloud solutions, and etc. They’re a solid option for medium-sized businesses that rely on connectivity for mission-critical daily use, such as processing transactions or running communication systems.
Business Internet Providers Available in Lexington
Unlike residential service, Lexington actually has quite a bit to offer business-class customers. See the table below for a complete list of companies specialized in business service for the Lexington area. For a look at which are available in your business location’s specific address, try our broadband search tool for tailored results.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Lexington
Lexington has a decent array of options for business Internet, but residential broadband is much more scarce. Most locals basically have a choice between cable from Charter or DSL from Windstream. In some neighborhoods, there’s only one real option, leaving customers with no choice for true wired broadband (as opposed to lower-performance technologies like satellite Internet).
Provider Competition Map
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Lexington
Luckily, problems that plague some nearby cities such as data caps are not a major problem in Lexington. For locals, the most important thing to understand is why the difference between cable and DSL matters, and how to avoid paying extra fees for equipment.
Cable vs DSL in Lexington
Cable and DSL are the primary options for most Lexington locals. (In outlying areas, DSL and fixed wireless might be the only options.)
But what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, cable is built on coaxial cable TV networks, while DSL uses traditional phone lines to deliver data. Cable is generally thought of as the better option, but thanks to the latest DOCSIS tech the difference between the two can be minimal.
As a rule of thumb, we go for cable first simply because coaxial cable offers slightly higher download speeds. That said, if you’re shopping purely based on price, DSL might actually suit you better. See the provider listings above for a full rundown on cable/DSL options in Lexington.
Modem Rental Fees
Take a look at your monthly broadband bill, and you’ll probably see an “equipment leasing fee” as one of the line items. $5–10/month for the convenience of having a default modem and router isn’t a bad deal for short-term residents, but it adds up to hundreds over multiple years for long-term customers. Luckily, it’s reasonably straightforward to purchase and install your own modem and router. They don’t advertise this option prominently on their sites, but all the main Internet options in Lexington have pages on their websites dedicated to showing which equipment models work with their services, and how to install them.
Low-Income Internet Access Options
Home Internet isn’t just a luxury. Lexington locals need home access for everything from employment to education to basic modern communications. For those stuck on the dark side of the “digital divide,” ultra-affordable access is available for as low as $10/month. See EveryoneOn for information on who qualifies, how to apply, and what other programs such as digital literacy courses may be available.
What About Google, Webpass, and Ting?
Niche fiber providers have been popping up all over the country as the technology improves and installation prices become more reasonable. However, the costs are still high, and Google Fiber has actually been pausing expansion. For that reason, it’s unlikely that Google Fiber will ever be an option in Lexington.
We’ve sent messages to local government figures requesting insights on what the future of broadband access will look like in Lexington. If you’re involved with a group doing interesting work related to Lexington Internet access, please contact us so we can include your information on this page.
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.