- Frontier and Spectrum offer extensive fiber, cable, and DSL service throughout most of Plano, Texas. Grande offers fiber service in select areas.
- Plano has wide fiber availability compared to other cities in Texas. Even when the service isn’t “gigabit,” we recommend fiber because the networks tend to deliver better reliability and upload speeds.
- The average Internet speed in Plano is 36.07 Mbps.
Best Residential Internet Providers
In Plano, picking broadband comes down to picking your technology before you worry about the brand it comes from. Fiber is ideal where available, followed by cable from Spectrum, with DSL from Frontier offering a decent stopgap option.
Charter Spectrum - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $8998
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Spectrum makes a strong value proposition with simple installation, above-average download speeds, and no data caps on Netflix fans. Streamers and students in particular benefit from the convenience of unlimited data use and budget-friendly no-contract plans.
Frontier Communications - Runner Up
- Pricing: $2000 - $7000
- Max Down: 115 Mbps
- Max Up: 30 Mbps
Frontier is our top pick for customers who want Internet-only service and plan to use it as their source for video content. Frontier’s generous unlimited data use policies make it a good choice for these customers, although their subscription TV packages are full-featured as well.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Plano
The table below provides an overview of every Internet company currently serving Plano. We’ve verified these providers through advertised coverage areas and FCC filings.
|$4999+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 100% |
|$4499+|| 97% |
|$2995+|| 97% |
|$5350+|| 93% |
|$2000+|| 79% |
|$4000+|| 18% |
|$2495+|| 9% |
|$3599+|| 5% |
|$5000+|| 4% |
Best Business Internet Providers
This provider won our “top pick” status for business broadband by providing the best overall value combined with an extensive feature set. They have plans to fit virtually all scales of business common in Plano.
Charter Spectrum - Business Pick
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Business is our top pick for medium-sized businesses and startups with rapid growth built into their business plans. Charter’s features serve basic uses cost-effectively, and easily scale up to enterprise-level services like hosted call centers and advanced customized fiber connectivity.
Business Internet Providers Available in Plano
The table below offers a complete list of business Internet options in Plano.
|$6999+|| 100% |
|$9999+|| 100% |
|N/A|| 100% |
|$5999+|| 100% |
|$4995+|| 99% |
|$8999+|| 91% |
|$1999+|| 81% |
|$5000+|| 22% |
|$7995+|| 5% |
|N/A|| 20% |
|$9999+|| 5% |
|N/A|| 10% |
|$11000+|| 6% |
|N/A|| 9% |
|N/A|| 5% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Plano
Plano is mostly a cable and DSL city, with a sprinkling of FTTH (Fiber to the Home) availability here and there. Wireless options are also common, particularly in outlying neighborhoods. See the interactive map below for a granular glimpse of how competition stacks up throughout the city.
Provider Competition Map
Plano Internet Speed Overview
Plano’s average Internet speed is 36.07 Mbps. This is significantly lower than the top speeds offered since many residents opt to use low-cost basic access plans or, in outlying areas, opt for wireless hotspots, fixed wireless, or sattelite plans with overall lower speeds.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|36.07 Mbps||91.79 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Plano
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Plano
Modem Rental Fees
Renting a modem and router from your provider is an easy way to lose hundreds of dollars in the long run. If you’re going to be subscribing to cable or DSL service for multiple years, it’s in your best interest to go ahead and choose a third-party modem/router rather than paying as much as $10/month to continue using the default option that comes with Internet plans.
Cable vs DSL
Most Plano locals are picking between cable and DSL for home Internet. But what’s the actual difference?
In essence, “cable” service describes Internet delivered over TV networks. “DSL,” or “Digital Subscriber Line,” offers data transmitted over phone wires.
Both networks are older than the new 100% fiber networks everyone is excited about. However, they can both deliver practical speed and performance when maintained properly. Thanks to the latest DOCSIS technology, it’s expected that cable and DSL speeds will continue to improve in the Plano area.
Will Google Fiber Come to Plano?
Google Fiber is not currently being considered for Plano. In fact, Google Fiber seems to be slowing their nationwide expansion, focusing instead on advanced millimeter-wave wireless technologies they acquired from Webpass. Since these technologies can service an entire building with gigabit service for a relatively low upfront cost, it’s expected that the company will likely continue pursuing this service before spending more money on the high cost of fiber installation.
Broadband Roadblocks in Plano
Texas has some of the strictest laws when it comes to municipal broadband. These laws make it effectively illegal to install any sort of publicly-owned “municipal” broadband network within the state. Even public/private network partnerships are off the table, leaving Plano with no option but to create incentives for private providers to compete directly within neighborhoods.
Low-Income Internet Plans
Thanks to arrangements between Plano providers and the local government, residents with limited incomes or living in certain housing types can get home broadband for extremely low prices. The service is usually limited speed-wise, but it’s better than nothing when having Internet means access to critical education and employment services.
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.