- CenturyLink DSL service and Xfinity cable service are the main options for wired Internet in Spokane, Washington. CenturyLink recently began offering fiber service in some areas.
- The average broadband speed in Spokane is 26.94 Mbps.
- Spokane has slightly more availability when it comes to specialized business broadband services.
Best Residential Internet Providers
We selected these providers for offering the most reliable and practical home Internet service. Keep in mind that speeds offered by cable and DSL sometimes vary slightly from neighborhood to neighborhood.
XFINITY from Comcast - Top Pick
- Pricing: $2999 - $4999
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Xfinity’s zippy download speeds make them a good choice for cord cutters who prefer Netflix, Hulu, and etc. to traditional cable channels. That said, their cable TV packages offer a wide range of premium entertainment and can beat the pricing on streaming in some cases.
CenturyLink - Runner Up
- Pricing: $4500 - $8000
- Max Down: 140 Mbps
- Max Up: 80 Mbps
CenturyLink is a solid budget option that can in some cases beat out cable when it comes to reliability. Their service is a good choice for anyone that wants a compromise between cost and performance, and doesn’t mind tweaking their home network setup to make it happen.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Spokane
Here’s a full listing of residential Internet options currently available in Spokane. Some of these providers only serve specific areas, so check your options with our Internet availability tool before going to deep down the research rabbit hole.
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Best Business Internet Providers
We found this provider to have the best plans available for the average business in Spokane.
XFINITY from Comcast - Business Pick
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Business is square in the middle between budget and quality, offering a decent SLA (Service Level Agreement) and affordable basic plans, plus scalable features for growing or enterprise clients. Steadily-growing businesses are a particularly good fit for Comcast Business, as they’ll benefit from the flexible plans and skilled IT support.
Business Internet Providers Available in Spokane
Spokane’s tech-dependent economy is on the rise, and business broadband options are increasing to serve the market. Here’s a full listing of providers currently advertising business plans in the area, and/or registered with the FCC in Spokane.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Spokane
Spokane has a similar situation to many cities around Washington when it comes to Internet infrastructure: most residents only have a couple real options for wired service. See the map below for an interactive and granular view of how broadband competition stacks up in Spokane.
Provider Competition Map
Spokane Internet Speed Overview
The average speed recorded in Spokane by speed tests is 26.94 Mbps. The 90th percentile average, on the other hand, is 78.34 Mbps.
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Average Residential download speeds within Spokane
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Spokane
Data Caps in Spokane
Some of Spokane’s top providers have strict data caps and will charge overage fees if you use too much data in a given month. While the average data cap clocks in at around a terabyte and isn’t worth worrying about for the average household, they can be a serious problem for “power users” and cord cutters who do a lot of high-resolution video streaming on a daily basis.
Broadband Roadblocks in Spokane
What if Spokane had a smart grid or municipal broadband network like Chattanooga? Unfortunately, Washington doesn’t allow municipal networks to provide telecom services. See this analysis for more information on local laws. The short version is: municipal broadband is off the table for Spokane unless state laws change.
Will Google Fiber Come to Spokane?
Google Fiber is not currently being considered for Spokane. 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.
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.