- The average Internet speed in Miami is 36.05 Mbps.
- Comcast Xfinity and AT&T Internet are the primary choices for most Miami residents seeking wired broadband Internet. Hotwire, Webpass from Google, and a handful of other smaller providers also serve Miami.
- Miami is a relatively low-competition Internet market, with most residents only having one or two affordable high-speed Internet options.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Here are our top picks for Internet providers in Miami, after comparing the value offered by every provider large and small. These providers offer the best bang for buck in most neighborhoods, including Miami Beach.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $6499
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Xfinity is generally our top recommendation for customers who want ultra-fast Internet that “just works” out of the box. They make installation easy and are flexible on pricing, although long-term customers will have to occasionally call to request price reductions. Their speeds are more than enough for gaming and streaming video content.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Internet is a solid option for customers who want good Internet and great TV. They also offer landline phone service, although their hybrid fiber-DSL Internet plans and DirecTV premium sports packages have been stealing the show lately.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Miami
See the table below for a full rundown on residential Internet options in Miami. Keep in mind that some of these providers only serve niche markets and specific areas. Finally, don’t discount wireless — the technology is constantly improving, to the point that it can compete with wired broadband in some areas.
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|$3000+|| 100% |
|$4499+|| 95% |
|$4000+|| 93% |
|$5999+|| 6% |
|$5000+|| 3% |
|$12500+|| 1% |
|N/A|| 1% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Dedicated IPs, symmetrical upload/download speeds, and exclusive tech support are just a few of the features necessary for small to large business Internet connections in the Miami area. Here is our top pick for business Internet in Miami. We landed on this provider as the best common-ground provider offering flexible plans across a wide coverage area throughout Miami Beach, Wynwood, Little Havana, and other popular areas.
AT&T Internet - Business Pick
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T Business Internet wins our recommendation for local small to medium-sized businesses by combining excellent reliability with cost-effective pricing. It’s a good fit for businesses that need basic features and are watching their bottom line.
Business Internet Providers Available in Miami
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|$6995+|| 89% |
|$5000+|| 97% |
|$5999+|| 7% |
|$11000+|| 8% |
|N/A|| 12% |
|N/A|| 8% |
|N/A|| 10% |
|$12500+|| 2% |
|N/A|| 10% |
Map of Broadband Competition in Miami
Miami, like many large cities, is highly competitive for upscale high-cost services like business Internet. For the average residential customer, there’s often only one or two options. See the map below for a clear picture of competition between providers in the area.
Provider Competition Map
Miami Internet Speed Overview
According to our latest speed test data, the average Internet speed in Miami is 36.05 Mbps. The highest speed offered by any plan in city limits is 89.3 Mbps.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|36.05 Mbps||89.3 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Miami
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Miami
For the typical Internet shopper in Miami, options tend to be limited: cable or DSL. Both cable and DSL come with some hidden problems — first from the networks themselves, and then from hidden fees and data limits on top of that.
To the average Miami Internet subscriber, the difference between “fiber,” “cable,” and “DSL” might not be particularly easy to understand. Ultimately, you don’t need a detailed understanding of Internet infrastructure to pick a good plan in Miami. Just always go for fiber if it’s available — if not, then settle for cable or DSL.
We usually suggest cable over DSL, but in Miami it kind of depends on your specific neighborhood and what TV channels you want to bundle with service.
Fiber is the top option because it uses fiber-optic cables designed specifically to carry Internet traffic. These networks transmit data as light through glass strands, which is much faster and more efficient than the RF frequency modulation used in the copper wires powering cable and DSL service.
The “cord cutting” phenomena is in full swing. For consumers, using streaming services like Netflix, Sling, and Hulu is often more convenient and affordable than a dedicated TV plan.
If your Internet plan comes with data caps, however, you might run into problems streaming video day and night. If you watch TV on a high-resolution screen for multiple hours on a daily basis, consider purchasing a dedicated TV plan so you don’t go over your data allowance. Or, if possible, choose a local provider that doesn’t have caps in the first place.
Miami is a boom town, and broadband infrastructure is racing to catch up. Local government groups and nonprofit organizations alike are working to help encourage competition and make Miami a world-class “gigabit” city for all residents.
Cheap Internet Options in Miami
Miami has many low-income neighborhoods trapped on the dark side of a “digital divide.” However, programs exist that can help bridge that divide. Low-income residents and those who fall into certain housing situations can get basic home broadband for as low as $10/month. Subsidized laptops, computers, and digital literacy courses are also available. If this sounds interesting for you or someone you know, you can check eligibility requirements at EveryoneOn.
Municipal Broadband in Miami
Municipal broadband is often regarded as something of a last-ditch option for communities that private companies are unable to serve for financial or logistical reasons. However, such networks are rare in Florida due to unusually strict laws about how they can be set up. When communities organize to support municipal broadband, plans generally fall apart in the proposal stage due to high taxes and unrealistic budget requirements for publicly-owned fiber networks. Miami is unlikely to develop any municipal broadband alternative so long as these laws continue affecting the region.
Is Google Fiber Coming to Miami?
Google Fiber has paused their nationwide fiber expansion for the time being. However, gigabit fixed wireless service is available to select buildings and areas through Webpass, which was acquired by Google in 2016.
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.