- Charter Spectrum is the main cable Internet option in Saint Louis.
- AT&T is the most widespread DSL option.
- The average broadband speed offered in Saint Louis is 41.33 Mbps, as verified by speed test data.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Our top picks for residential Internet are based on comparisons of plan value, consumer reviews, coverage data and speed test information.
Charter Spectrum - Top Pick
- Pricing: $4499 - $12997
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Spectrum has been working hard to improve the simplicity of their offerings, with simple plan tiers and easily customizable TV packages. Cord cutters will find Spectrum workable as well, with unlimited data policies that are very Netflix-friendly.
AT&T Internet - Runner Up
- Pricing: $5000 - $8000
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 1,000 Mbps
AT&T is one of the better options for home Internet within city limits. The speeds offered over their FTTN (Fiber to the Node) DSL network are far above what DSL was capable of just a few years ago. Additionally, their TV packages are highly flexible and offer premium sports channels.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Saint Louis
Saint Louis has a few niche providers, mostly available for customers unable to access traditional wired cable or DSL service. Keep in mind that some of these brands are only available to certain areas within Saint Louis.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Business Internet options are somewhat more favorable than residential in Saint Louis, with a variety of technologies and networks available. Point-to-point, dedicated IP, and everything else you might expect from business-class service is available. Our top pick has plans to suit small and enterprise businesses alike, with dedicated support staff.
Charter Spectrum - Business Pick
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Charter Business Internet is a widely available and competitively affordable option for small and medium-sized businesses in the area. Static IP, cloud backup, and other baseline features deliver advanced functionality alongside their well-regarded network uptime.
Business Internet Providers Available in Saint Louis
See below for a bird’s-eye-view of Internet options for business connections in Saint Louis.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Saint Louis
Saint Louis is similar to many other cities of its size in that options are often limited for residential customers outside the two big cable and DSL providers dominating the market. While this can be frustrating, the situation is less dire for business service, although that comes with a significantly higher price tag.
Provider Competition Map
Saint Louis Internet Speed Overview
The average speed available in Saint Louis is 41.33 Mbps. The highest speed verified within the city is 104.81 Mbps.
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Average Residential download speeds within Saint Louis
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Saint Louis
Thankfully the main cable provider in Saint Louis (Spectrum) is free of data caps, so the main issues customers need to be aware of have more to do with pinching pennies and understanding “needs vs wants.”
Network Technology in Saint Louis
Fiber, cable, and DSL are the primary options for residential and business service in Saint Louis. Generally, we recommend technologies in that order: fiber first, cable second, DSL when neither is available.
Cable is the predominant middle-ground option in Saint Louis, and usually offers the best performance for value. Fiber is the only option for affordable gigabit service, but only available in very select buildings and neighborhoods as of this writing.
Modem Rental Fees
Modem and router rental fees add an extra $5–10 on top of base plan costs for most companies serving Saint Louis. The solution: consider purchasing third-party equipment, either online or at a big-box store, and installing it yourself. Double check that your Internet provider remembers to remove the default equipment fee from your bill, if you decide to go this route. Information on which models are compatible with the various providers in Saint Louis are available at their websites.
Low-Income Broadband Options
EveryoneOn provides a tool where locals with limited finances can get home broadband for as little as $10/month.
These services are provided alongside digital literacy courses, subsidized laptops and other digital devices, and free Internet access at local library branches.
Broadband Roadblocks in Saint Louis
Missouri has some of the most extreme regulations in the country when it comes to municipal broadband. Selling and/or leasing broadband to residents is directly outlawed. As a result, installing a municipal broadband network in Saint Louis would be impossible under current state laws even if a majority of residents supported it.
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.