• 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 59.14 Mbps.

Top Residential Internet Providers

We selected these providers for offering the best mix of high speeds and reasonable pricing in Seattle.

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.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$16999+ 100%
Fixed Wireless
(888) 733-0203
$4999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$3000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$2999+ 94%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
$4500+ 84%
DSL
(888) 450-4052
$1995+ 15%
Cable
(855) 971-1252
$2999+ 3%
DSL
(858) 947-7677
$4499+ 2%
DSL
(855) 837-8791

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.

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.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
N/A 100%
Fixed Wireless
(888) 733-0203
$6999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$6995+ 84%
Cable
(855) 436-3540
$6499+ 96%
DSL
(888) 450-4052
$4995+ 27%
Cable
(855) 971-1252
N/A 21%
DSL
(866) 226-4244
$1999+ 2%
DSL
(858) 947-7677
$7000+ 8%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
N/A 4%
Copper
(866) 424-5544

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

Loading
COVERAGE CENSUS TRACTS

Seattle Internet Speed Overview

The average speed in Seattle is 59.14 Mbps. The 90th percentile average speed is 142.53 Mbps. Both of these figures are verified by speed test data originating in Seattle-area zip codes.

Average Speed90th Percentile Speed
59.14 Mbps142.53 Mbps

Average Residential download speeds within Seattle

Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Seattle

Data Caps

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.

Local Information

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.[1]

Upgrade Seattle

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.[2] 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.


Experts

Ana De Castro

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

James Webb

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.

Ask a Question

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.