Portland Internet | Service Providers in Portland

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About Internet Service in Portland

When it comes to Internet access and speed, Portland outperforms national averages in every regard. Portland’s position as a technology leader is reflected in the city’s 100% availability of DSL, fiber, and wireless technology, as well as almost complete availability of cable.

Portland County Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 130
  • Population: 594,837
  • Housing Units: 275,283
Portland Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 85.1% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 32.5% 24.8%
Portland Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $54,016 $58,283
Poverty Rate 18.0% 15.8%
Below $25k 25.8% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 30.4% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 30.2% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 14.9% 16.5%
$200k or more 4.2% 4.2%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Access in Portland

City Connectivity

Information technology is driven by access, and the faster the access the better. Portlandians exceed the rest of the county in both of these regards, and enjoy the most up-to-date web of networks. Portland’s Internet advantage is best summed up in one word: fiber. This city boasts 100% fiber optic coverage, offering residents and businesses the fastest and most reliable Internet connection possible.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 100% 89.7%
Fiber 100% 23.3%
Cable 98.6% 88.6%
Wireless 100.0% 99.0%

Source: BroadbandMap.gov

Internet Speed in Portland

Portland may be small by comparison to other major U.S. cities, but what it lacks in geographic size and population it more than compensates for with its blazing fast connectivity. Portland’s connection speeds rival, or surpass big cities like Boston, which has speeds of 19.77 Mbps down and 6.48 Mbps up, and Baltimore, which has speeds of 17.82 Mbps downstream and 5.76 Mbps upstream.

  • Upload Speed: 6.84 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 22.47 Mbps
  • Source: NetIndex.com

Portland-Area Providers

The residents of Portland have better than average connection speeds as well as a greater than average number of providers to choose from. The options available are as diverse as Portland’s culture, with choices ranging from national and international players such as Comcast, At&T, and SawNet. This competition seems to be serving the people of this northwestern city well.

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

  • Comcast
  • Stephouse
  • Verizon
  • AT&T U-verse
  • CenturyLink
  • SawNet
  • Source: BroadbandMap.gov


  • Service Areas: Service levels and availability vary by address
  • 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: $39 – $114.95
  • Features and Limitations: Five choices of Internet only service, and even more permutations possible when bundling Internet with cable and phone service. When it comes to bundling it is important to remember that bigger savings come with a bigger price tag.


  • Service Areas: Service levels and availability vary by address
  • Service Tiers: Six levels of service
  • Downstream Speeds: 1 Mbps, 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps and 20 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 – $75
  • Features and Limitations: A huge advantage of this company is freedom from contracts, commitments, and data caps.


  • Service Areas: Service levels and availability vary by address
  • Service Tiers: High Speed Internet and High Speed Internet Advanced
  • Downstream Speeds: 0.5 Mbps – 15 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.99 – $29.99
  • Features and Limitations: Verizon’s service choices are rather limited when compared to its local competition, but is balanced with the weight of being a national provider and the resources that come with that.

AT&T (U-Verse)

  • Service Areas: Available throughout Portland
  • 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 – $64.95
  • Features and Limitations: AT&T includes equipment, such as a wireless router and security software, as part of their Internet packages. Unlike Stephouse, AT&T requires a minimum 12-month commitment.


  • Service Areas: Availability based on address
  • Service Tiers: 3 Levels of service
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 12 Mbps,and 40 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $42, $52, and $72
  • Features and Limitations: Prices go down when bundled with TV and phone. New bundle customers are also given a 5 year price lock on certain bundles.


  • Service Areas: Availability based on address
  • Service Tiers: 3 Levels of DSL and 1 cable Internet plan
  • Downstream Speeds: 256/256 Kbps, 640/256 Kbps, 640/640 Kbps and 10 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95 -$110.95
  • Features and Limitations: Contrary to what you might think, the fastest plan (cable Internet) is not the most expensive at $34.95. The DSL prices are inflated because there is both a charge from SawNet and a charge from Qwest.

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