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About Internet Service in Fort Worth

Fort Worth ranks among the top 20 cities in the United States in terms of population and geographic area, but its Internet connectivity lags behind the national average by a considerable margin. One of the most glaring disparities is the city’s fiber presence of 8.1%, while the national average is nearly triple that amount; for this reason, Internet speed throughout Fort Worth is somewhat slow. However, the city’s DSL, cable, and wireless connectivity percentages are greater than the respective nationwide rates.

Fort Worth Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 317
  • Population: 783,361
  • Housing Units: 305,430
Fort Worth Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 75.1% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 23.2% 24.8%
Fort Worth Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $55,416 $58,283
Poverty Rate 14.3% 15.8%
Below $25k 24.7% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 31.4% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 31.6% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 15.3% 16.5%
$200k or more 2.8% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Fort Worth

City Connectivity

Fort Worth’s DSL and cable accessibility rates both exceed 90%, but are considerably lower than U.S. cities with comparable populations such as San Francisco and Columbus. And although the fiber accessibility in Fort Worth is quite low at 8.1%, this figure is more than four times higher than in nearby Dallas. Meanwhile, three other cities in Texas with higher populations, such as Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, reported virtually 0% fiber accessibility; so by state standards, Fort Worth is actually quite above average when it comes to fiber presence.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 93.1% 89.7%
Fiber 8.1% 23.3%
Cable 95.3% 88.6%
Wireless 100% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Fort Worth

Download and upload speeds in Fort Worth are lower than the average for the state of Texas, which ranks 32nd in the country; as a result, both of these figures fall considerably short of the national average. Interestingly, the download speed in Fort Worth is nearly 2 Mbps higher than that of nearby Dallas (16.61 Mbps), while the upload speed in Fort Worth is nearly 2 Mbps slower than that of its sister city (4.83 Mbps). Notably, neither Fort Worth or Dallas ranks within the top 50 cities in Texas for download speed.

  • Upload Speed: 3.03 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 18.31 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Fort Worth-Area Providers

The following list represents the leading broadband providers for the greater Fort Worth area. Although more than four ISPs are listed on the National Broadband Map, some of these companies provide service that is exclusive to enterprises or businesses. Our list consists of broadband providers who offer residential coverage.

Charter Communications

  • Service Areas: Throughout Fort Worth (verified by address)
  • Service Tiers: Triple Play Select, Triple Play Silver, Triple Play Gold
  • Downstream Speeds: 30 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.99, $39.99, and $49.99 per month
  • Features and Limitations: Charter Communications is the leading broadband provider in the greater Fort Worth area by a landslide. All three of the company’s Triple Play plans are equipped to handle downstream speeds of 30 Mbps, which is significantly faster than other competing providers in the area.

Verizon

  • Service Areas: Throughout Fort Worth, coverage and downstream speed depends on exact location
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet, High Speed Internet Enhanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 Mbps to 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99, $29.99
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon is tied for AT&T and T-Mobile as Fort Worth’s second fastest residential ISP. The company’s $29.99-per-month plan (which may download at a rate of up to 15 Mbps) is certainly a steal. Unfortunately, service capabilities will considerably vary by the location of your residence; in some spots, downstream speed won’t exceed 3 Mbps. In other words, Verizon may be your best or worst option, depending on your address.

AT&T

  • Service Areas: Throughout Fort Worth, coverage depends on exact residence
  • Service Tiers: Four plans determined by downstream speeds (see next entry)
  • Downstream Speeds: 768 Kbps, 1.5 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95, $24.95, $29.95, $34.95
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T and Verizon are comparable, yet the top-tier package offered by AT&T is more expensive ― and twice as slow ― as Verizon’s High Speed Internet Enhanced package. The good news: AT&T only demands a contract of six months for first-time subscribers.

T-Mobile

  • Service Areas: Throughout Fort Worth, coverage depends on exact residence
  • Service Tiers: (Data Caps) 500 MB, 2.5 GB, 4.5 GB, 6.5 GB, 8.5 GB, 10.5 GB
  • Downstream Speeds: All T-Mobile service plans include access to the 4G LTE Mobile Data Network, which is equipped for downstream speeds of roughly 15 to 20 Mbps.
  • Monthly Price: $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, $70
  • Features and Limitations: T-Mobile’s downstream speed is on par with that of Verizon. But unlike Verizon, T-Mobile imposes a data cap on all of its plans ― so if your entire family uses the Internet on a regular basis, anything less than a top-tier plan will likely result in higher monthly charges. And in Fort Worth, other ISPs offer cheaper bundles without the data caps.

City Subscriber Resources

  • Fort Worth Information Technology Solutions: This government office manages local radio and photo systems, oversees the city’s data network, and manages computer systems affiliated with the municipal government and related offices.
  • Central National Technology Support Center: This Fort Worth-based offshoot of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service manages science-based technology projects throughout Texas and 14 states in the U.S. Midwest.
  • Computer Support Fort Worth: This private company specializes in consulting with businesses to optimize technology and IT management in Fort Worth workplaces.