- Cable and DSL are the primary options for home Internet in Louisville, from Spectrum and AT&T respectively.
- Business options are more numerous, with several specialized providers serving the area.
- The average broadband speed in Louisville is 42.77 Mbps.
- Google Fiber is scheduled to begin laying fiber in Louisville in 2017. Residents can sign up to be notified of service availability at the Google Fiber Louisville page.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Here are our top picks among providers currently offering residential Internet service in Louisville. We picked these companies after comparing all available options based on value, availability, and local consumer reviews.
Charter Spectrum - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Spectrum is a great choice for customers who need a mix of high Internet speeds and flexible TV options. While their TV packages offer plenty of premium channels and sports, their unlimited data and impressive download speeds are also cord-cutter friendly.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $3000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Internet is the go-to “budget” option in the metro area. Their Internet download speeds are more than enough to keep up with a healthy streaming habit, and their TV offerings complement the service nicely with premium channel and sports plans.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Louisville
Residential Internet is somewhat limited in Louisville, although upstart providers like Google Fiber are scheduled to arrive in neighborhoods around the city shortly.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Business broadband options are significantly more competitive and flexible than current residential options in Louisville. Having compared all the options including specialized local services, we picked this company as the most likely to serve the average business, with high value and customized plan options.
Charter Spectrum - Business Pick
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Business Internet is a great option for small companies and medium-sized businesses that need excellent uptime, dedicated support, and a step up from residential so far as performance. Their pricing structure is remarkably simple and straightforward compared to competing providers.
Business Internet Providers Available in Louisville
Louisville is fortunate to have plenty of options in the business telecom services arena. Keep in mind that some of these smaller companies serve proportionally smaller coverage areas. Use our zip code search tool to check which are available to your location.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Louisville
Louisville is reasonably competitive among business service providers. Residential service is a different story. As you can see in the map below, large chunks of the city have only one or two options for true wired broadband in houses or apartments.
Provider Competition Map
Louisville Internet Speed Overview
The top speed delivered in Louisville is 98.86 Mbps. Average speeds hover closer to 42.77 Mbps according to real-world speed test data.
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Average Residential download speeds within Louisville
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Louisville
Understanding the difference between cable and DSL is important for customers deciding between Charter and AT&T in Louisville. Other details like modem/router rental fees are also important to be aware of.
Cable vs DSL in Louisville
DSL is the original high-speed Internet option, which became popular when it became possible to modulate data in phone lines in such a way that it could “share” bandwidth with phone calls and other traffic.
Cable was the general upgrade, using coaxial TV networks to deliver even better performance in neighborhoods wired for Television.
In Louisville, we usually recommend cable as the go-to option. Fiber may be faster, but it comes at a price thanks to low competition in the gigabit Internet market. DSL is a better option for budget shoppers with basic Internet needs. Spectrum is also data-cap free, unlike AT&T which places limits on data usage citing network control reasons.
Modem Rental Fees
Broadband providers in Louisville generally offer some form of modem, router, or gateway equipment as a rental option with Internet plans. While convenient, the extra $5–10 you pay each month for that convenience adds up quickly. We suggest that customers buy their own modem or router from a third party, as it can save hundreds of dollars in the long run. (Of course, this only makes sense if you plan to be with a provider for more than a year. If you move frequently, leasing equipment is actually a smart move.) Just be sure to check that the model and brand you purchase is compatible with the Internet provider and plan you’re considering. This sort of information is available at provider websites.
Google Fiber Arriving in Louisville
As of spring of 2017, Google had announced that they would finally begin building out their fiber services in Louisville. It’s unclear exactly when each target area will start getting access, but residents are able to sign up for notifications via the Google Fiber Louisville webpage.
Municipal Broadband in Louisville
Louisville does not currently have any municipal broadband options, although it’s expected that the introduction of fiber services to the city will boost the quality of local plan options as providers scramble to compete for customers who previously didn’t have options.
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.