• 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 26.89 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.

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.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$4499+ 98%
Cable
(855) 436-3535
$3999+ 96%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
$5999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$5000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702

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.

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.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$7999+ 92%
Cable
(855) 436-3535
$5000+ 77%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
N/A 100%
Fixed Wireless
(859) 255-1928
$6999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702

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

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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.

Local Information

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.

Local Perspective

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.


Experts

Ana De Castro

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

James Webb

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.

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