- Xfinity, CenturyLink, and Wave are the most widely available Internet providers in the Seattle metro area.
- Webpass gigabit service from Google Fiber is only available in select areas and buildings, but expansion of wireless competition is benefiting the city overall by encouraging increased speeds and competition in the local Internet market. Interested residents can apply on behalf of their building at the Webpass Seattle site.
- The average speed in Seattle, according to our records from speed tests, is 42.78 Mbps.
Top Residential Internet Providers
We selected these providers for offering the best mix of high speeds and reasonable pricing in Seattle.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $1999 - $8999
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Xfinity’s fast and affordable download speeds make them a great choice for cord cutters, while their TV packages add value for customers who value premium channels, sports, DVR functionality, and etc. Their download and upload speeds are among the best in the cable industry.
CenturyLink - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4500 - $8500
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 50 Mbps
CenturyLink offers DSL and somewhat limited Fiber connectivity in the area, and does so at a relatively bargain price compared to the competition. We recommend them for customers who value affordability over raw speed — although CenturyLink can often be more reliable than cable options.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Seattle
This table includes every provider currently offering Internet within the Seattle area. This includes providers offering niche services like wireless, as well as those with smaller coverage footprints in specific areas. Be sure to check what’s actually available at your address with our coverage tool before bothering to research individual Internet options.
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|$4999+|| 100% |
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|$1999+|| 95% |
|$4500+|| 84% |
|$995+|| 16% |
|$2799+|| 3% |
|$5500+|| 1% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Seattle has one of the biggest tech economies in the country, and as you might expect their business broadband marketplace is highly competitive. With huge industrial brand names like Boeing in town alongside a huge small-business culture and startup economy, providers have their hands full making niche services available to those who need them. Here are our top picks for middle-of-the-road business service combining high-quality features with real-world pricing.
Wave Broadband - Business Pick
- Max Down: 1,000 Mbps
- Max Up: 10 Mbps
Wave Broadband is an ideal pick for medium-sized businesses that need a balance between affordability and scalability. Their cable plans come at a better price-point than most competitors, but their enterprise features don’t cut corners on quality.
Business Internet Providers Available in Seattle
Seattle has something for everyone in terms of specialized business telecom services like backhaul, point-to-point, and VoIP.
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|N/A|| 84% |
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|$6995+|| 73% |
|$7999+|| 75% |
|$4995+|| 22% |
|N/A|| 19% |
|N/A|| 14% |
|$1999+|| 2% |
|N/A|| 6% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Seattle
Competition isn’t bad in Seattle, but as with most major cities in the US it could use improvement. In many neighborhoods, Seattle residents are basically stuck choosing between one cable option, one DSL option, and possibly a high-cost fiber option.
Provider Competition Map
Seattle Internet Speed Overview
The average speed in Seattle is 42.78 Mbps. The 90th percentile average speed is 98.8 Mbps. Both of these figures are verified by speed test data originating in Seattle-area zip codes.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|42.78 Mbps||98.8 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Seattle
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Seattle
What is a data cap? Put simply, it’s just a limit on how much you can upload or download data during a service period. Seattle-area data caps are much higher than the average customer actually uses, so they’re only really a headache for serious Internet users or busy households with multiple users and devices operating all day long.
Router Rental Fees
One of the easiest ways frugal Seattle residents can save a hundred dollars or so every year is by purchasing their own modem and router for cable or DSL service. The small monthly cost of $5–10 may be worth it for short-term residents like students, but it’s far from ideal for customers with multi-year service agreements.
Installing your own equipment is easy, and all the local Internet providers make information on compatible equipment make and models available at their websites.
Seattle is a city that thrives on experimentation and social equality. The broadband market is no different, filled with community projects and pro-tech government forces.
Thanks to this mindset, Seattle is on the forefront of progressive broadband infrastructure strategies. Seattle is also one of the only cities that prohibits cable companies from selling user data for profit without permission.
Upgrade Seattle is one of a handful of grassroots organizations working to improve Internet access and digital infrastructure within the city. Interested residents can join their email list and joining local events through their website to keep updated and involved with critical infrastructure advocacy in Seattle.
Broadband Roadblocks in Seattle
Washington state has telecom regulations that prohibit municipal broadband from offering service directly to customers. As a result, municipal service isn’t an option for Seattle now or anytime in the coming years. This places a huge roadblock in front of local advocacy groups, who are stuck fighting for loopholes or finding ways to encourage private competition from broadband startups like Google Fiber.
Low-Cost and Free Internet Access
Free Internet access is readily available thanks to Seattle’s extensive public library system.
Reduced-cost home Internet can be had for as low as $10/month through local programs initiated by local providers and government collaborations. EveryoneOn maintains a database of programs with an easy low-cost Internet eligibility check tool.
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.