Austin Internet | Service Providers in Austin

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About Internet Service in Austin

Austin is a mid-size city located in central Texas. The residents of this city, which is the state capital of Texas, are well-educated and relatively affluent, according to U.S. census data. DSL is the only option that Austin residents have for wireless delivery, but there are three major networks to choose from.

Austin Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 282
  • Population: 821,907
  • Housing Units: 378,343
Austin Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 83.6% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 40.8% 24.8%
Austin Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $59,713 $58,283
Poverty Rate 18.3% 15.8%
Below $25k 23.8% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 31.1% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 29.2% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 16.1% 16.5%
$200k or more 5.2% 4.2%


Internet Access in Austin

City Connectivity

Austin residents only have one option for service delivery: DSL. This is unusual for a city of its size.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 98% 89.7%
Fiber 0% 23.3%
Cable 0% 88.6%
Wireless 100% 99.0%


Internet Speed in Austin

Connectivity speeds in Austin are good, and higher than in many parts of the country. Austin actually boasts much better connectivity than its home state of Texas as a whole.

  • Upload Speed: 7.80 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 23.47 Mbps
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Austin-Area Providers

Austin is home to three major players in the wireless market, which include:


  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: Share Everything
  • Downstream Speeds: 500 Mbps, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 6GB
  • Monthly Price: $40, $50, $60, $70, $80
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon offers numerous plans, which allow customers to align data needs and budget constraints. This flexibility does not come cheaply, however. 3G coverage is only good in the immediate metropolitan area, and somewhat spotty in outlying service areas.


  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: Mobile Share Value No-Contract, Tablet Data Plan
  • Downstream Speeds: 6GB, 10GB
  • Monthly Price: $25, $14.99
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T only offers two choices and two price points. However, the price points are lower than its competitors offer. Because 4G LTE coverage is good throughout the metro area and all surrounding communities, AT&T offers the best bang for your buck.


  • Service Areas: city, metro area and surrounding
  • Service Tiers: Nationwide
  • Downstream Speeds: 500 Mbps, 2.5 GB, Unlimited
  • Monthly Price: $50, $60, $70
  • Features and Limitations: T-Mobile offers three plans, one of which has unlimited data usage. These plans are somewhat pricey for the market. 4G coverage is good within the city, but somewhat spotty and unreliable in the surrounding community.

City Subscriber Resources

  • Communication and Public Information Office: The City of Austin Communications & Public Information Office offers information on local services, coverage of city council meetings, and economic planning.
  • Community Technology Initiative: Austin’s Department of Regulatory Affairs Community Technology Initiative covers the city’s ongoing efforts to provide city residents with reliable wireless coverage.