- CenturyLink and Cox are the main options for Internet service in Mesa. Fixed wireless is a common option in outlying areas.
- Most Mesa residents have a choice between cable and DSL. Quality of either service varies depending on neighborhood.
- The average speed in Mesa is 22.97 Mbps, according to real-world speed test data.
Top Residential Internet Options in Mesa
“Cable vs DSL” is the main decision for Mesa residents. But is one “better” than the other? Unfortunately, it’s tricky to say since technology details can make service excellent in one neighborhood and subpar in another. After comparing the overall reputation and real-world speed results in Mesa, we chose the following providers as the best options.
Cox Communications - Top Pick
- Pricing: $3999 - $8999
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 30 Mbps
Cox is among our top picks for TV fans, particularly sports viewers and family homes that value comprehensive channel selection. The Internet speeds also pass the quality test, with download speeds among the best offered in the cable industry. Their hybrid fiber-coaxial network in the area delivers reliability that used to be unheard of for basic cable.
CenturyLink - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4500 - $8000
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 80 Mbps
CenturyLink is a good option for customers who need a mix of performance and value. Their DSL network has been improving lately as the provider builds out fiber connectivity, and their Prism TV platform is full-featured and crystal clear.
Residential Internet Providers
The Mesa area is served by several niche and wireless providers. See below for a full list of residential Internet options. Coverage is limited for some of these brands, but worth checking before you sign a contract with the big names.
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Best Business Internet
Business service depends heavily on the service history of your specific block and building in Mesa. Here’s our pick for the top provider so far as coverage area and value.
CenturyLink - Business Pick
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 80 Mbps
CenturyLink Business Internet creates a solid value proposition by combining advanced features with reasonable pricing. It’s not as scalable for enterprise clients as some of the options below, but it’s a good fit for small businesses that need a step up from residential plan offerings.
Business Internet Providers Available in Mesa
Cable is the most common choice for overall value. Fiber, fixed wireless, and DSL options are also available.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Mesa
Mesa is a low-competition area for Internet, TV, and phone services. Costs tend to be higher than other cities in Arizona as a result, and residential speed/ping offerings are also a bit lower than average. Here’s a territory map to break down exactly which providers compete in which Mesa neighborhoods.
Provider Competition Map
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Mesa
The main issues to watch out for in Mesa are data caps and equipment leasing fees. While CenturyLink is currently free of data caps, most other plans and providers in the area place limits on how much data you can use. (Yes, even if the plan is described as “unlimited.”)
Data Limits in Mesa
You’ve probably heard the uproar about “data caps” in Mesa and nationwide. Internet providers have been rolling them out regionally for years now, building up to nationwide caps on how much data an individual subscriber can use. Go overboard on streaming and downloading files, and you could find yourself owing huge overage fees on the next monthly bill.
What can you do about it? If you have a choice, pick a provider that doesn’t use caps. If not, just keep a close eye on your data usage and call the provider immediately if you suspect their metering is incorrect.
Finally, consider bundling a TV plan with your Internet service if you watch TV for multiple hours on a daily basis. Streaming uses a lot of data, and getting a dedicated TV line is often worth it if you’re one of those folks who likes to have the TV running all day.
Routers and modems are a requirement for translating data into something your laptop and devices can understand. Unfortunately, they come with a price tag attached. Most Mesa providers bundle them with service for an extra $5–10/month.
That’s a good deal if you’re a short-term resident, but a bad deal if you’re using that plan for years at a stretch. $10 per month adds up to hundreds of dollars pretty quickly. Luckily, it’s not that difficult to buy your own modem and/or router to save cash in the long run. For more information, see our guide to saving money on modem fees.
Mesa is low-competition, but that’s largely due to the city’s size. Mesa’s Department of Information Technology is actively working to improve digital services in the city, and the Mesa Elliot Road Technology Corridor is cited by government sources as a prime opportunity for tech-dependent businesses to set up shop. Dark fiber is already installed and there are more than 1,000 acres of “shovel ready” sites for development.
Low-Income Internet Access in Mesa
Increasingly, people view Internet less as a luxury and more as a utility. Some even see it as a basic human right, since it provides access to education, employment prospects, and basic communication amenities.
So what can you do if you can’t afford essential Internet access? In Mesa, there’s a little-known but extremely valuable option: get subsidized access. Specific program availability is available through EveryoneOn, and includes basic access to home Internet $10/month in addition to other helpful public service opportunities.
Are you involved in Broadband advocacy in the Mesa area? If so, feel free to reach out and tell us so we can include information about your work on this page. We’ve reached out to the local government seeking commentary on the roadmap for improving digital infrastructure in Mesa, and will update this page when those conversations are finished.
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.