Houston Internet | Service Providers in Houston

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About Internet Service in Houston

Just like San Antonio, Houston also suffers from Internet speeds that are slower than the national average. This is surprising, since Houston is the largest city in Texas. However, Texas has been a late adopter of online technologies, with about 5.7 million state residents who do not subscribe to Internet services. Despite these low trends in demand, there are still five ISP companies that serve Houston’s residents.

Houston Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 580
  • Population: 2,135,938
  • Housing Units: 928,180
Houston Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 68.3% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 26.1% 24.8%
Houston Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $53,087 $58,283
Poverty Rate 18.5% 15.8%
Below $25k 29.1% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 33.8% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 25.9% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 13.2% 16.5%
$200k or more 4.8% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Houston

City Connectivity

Wireless and DSL are the predominant types of Internet connections available to Houston residents. The accessibility rates for these two connections are much higher than the national average. However, Houston is suffering from a complete lack of fiber optic infrastructures, which provide the fastest, most up-to-date networks for consumers and businesses alike.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 95.8% 89.7%
Fiber 0.0% 23.3%
Cable 88.1% 88.6%
Wireless 100.0% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Houston

Speeds in the state of Texas are considerably slower than neighboring states, such as Oklahoma and New Mexico. The state average is 17.94 Mbps for downloads and 4.71 for uploads. However, Houston residents can anticipate speeds that are slightly higher than the statewide average. Smaller communities, such as Flower Mound, clock in with speeds reaching 34.52 Mbps using services from Verizon and Time Warner Cable.

  • Upload Speed: 5.23 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 18.61 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Houston-Area Providers

Houston residents might notice several ISP companies listed on the National Broadband Map for the area. However, not all of these companies provide residential internet. Services from companies like Platinum Equity, Leap Wireless, and GHz Wireless are exclusively for businesses, so they have not been included within the following ISP guide.

For Houston, the final list of ISPs looks like this:


  • Service Areas: Comcast is available throughout Houston.
  • Service Tiers: Economy Plus, Performance Starter, Performance, Blast!, and Extreme 105
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 25 Mbps, 50 Mbps, and 105 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.99, $39.99, $49.99, $74.95, and $114.95
  • Features and Limitations: Comcast subscribers can bundle their TV and telephone services with their Internet subscription, to save money on all three services. However, Comcast tends to be a pricier option, since you must also rent a router from them, unless you already own one.

Verizon (High Speed DSL)

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in San Diego
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet and High Speed Internet Enhanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 – 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 and` $29.99 (One year minimum contract)
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon’s starting Internet service tier offers one of the lowest speeds of any ISP, which can severely affect browsing experiences.

AT&T (U-Verse)

  • Service Areas: Availability based on residential address in San Diego
  • Service Tiers: Pro, Elite, Max, Max Plus, Max Turbo, and Power
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 18 Mbps, 24 Mbps, and 45 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $29.95, $34.95, $44.95, $54.95, and $64.95
  • Features and Limitations: You must sign up for a yearlong subscription to receive these monthly prices. AT&T’s Internet service comes bundled with a router and computer security software.

T-Mobile (Mobile Internet)

  • Service Areas: 4G LTE coverage across San Diego
  • Service Tiers: 500 MB, 2.5 GB, 4.5 GB, 6.5 GB, 8.5 GB, and 10.5 GB
  • Downstream Speeds: 13.11 Mbps – 36.65 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $20, $30, $40, $50, $60, and $70
  • Features and Limitations: T-Mobile’s Internet service must be purchased with a mobile hotspot device, which is often discounted or provided for free with a contract. Keep in mind that cellular data is often much slower than a corded Internet connection.


  • Service Areas: Available across San Antonio
  • Service Tiers: 3GB, 6GB, and 12 GB connection plans
  • Downstream Speeds: 600 Kbps – 6 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $34.99, $49.99, and $79.99
  • Features and Limitations: Like T-Mobile’s hotspot, Sprint’s Internet service can also be used anywhere with cellular reception. However, subscribers still run into the same challenges of slow download and upload speeds. Also the pricing for mobile hotspots tends to run much higher than traditional corded options.

City Subscriber Resources

  • Internet Policy – The Houston Public Library system hosts public access workstations, printers, and wireless Internet for free use. This site addresses library policies regarding safe Internet usage, violations, finding sources, and content rules.
  • Internet and Cyber Crimes – Attorney Matt Horak specializes in digital threats such as phishing, identity theft, and online fraud. His site also provides information regarding Texas law on Internet crimes.