Seattle Internet | Service Providers in Seattle

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About Internet Service in Seattle

Annually, Seattle ranks among the most technologically advanced cities in the United States, and is home to some of the world’s largest tech firms and online retailers, including Microsoft, Amazon, and REI. Not surprisingly, Seattle boasts above-average downstream and upstream speeds, and there are plenty of ISPs to serve broadband needs of both local residences and businesses. And while Seattle has yet to expand its offering of fiber technology, it still leads most major U.S. cities (many of which have virtually no fiber presence at all).

Seattle County Quick Facts

  • Total Area (sq miles): 131
  • Population: 620,394
  • Housing Units: 320,784
Seattle Education Levels Overall U.S. Education Levels
H.S. Graduates 88.8% 80.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 47.1% 24.8%
Seattle Resident Incomes Overall U.S. Incomes
Median Income $66,950 $58,283
Poverty Rate 12.2% 15.8%
Below $25k 21.0% 24.1%
$25k-$50k 25.7% 30.0%
$50k-$100k 29.9% 30.6%
$100k-$200k 20.8% 16.5%
$200k or more 7.1% 4.2%


Internet Access in Seattle

City Connectivity

It may come as a surprise that Seattle’s fiber technology is so lacking, but this deficiency certainly hasn’t hurt the city’s connection speed. Meanwhile, DSL, cable, and wireless broadband presence are all above the national average.

City Accessibility Rates Overall U.S. Rates
DSL 98.7% 89.7%
Fiber 1.3% 23.3%
Cable 98.2% 88.6%
Wireless 100.0% 99.0%


Internet Speed in Seattle

While most major cities struggle to compete with the downstream and upstream speeds of smaller communities, Seattle seems to be the exception to the rule. The Emerald City exceeds the national average for download rates by more than 4 Mbps, while its colossal upstream speed ― 10.28 Mbps on average ― bests that of most other cities in Washington, including tech hubs like Bellevue and Redmond.

  • Upload Speed: 10.28 Mbps
  • Download Speed: 24.63 Mbps
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Seattle-Area Providers

Seattle is home to dozens of ISPs, but many of them exclusively offer service to local businesses. Based on data presented by the National Broadband Map, the following four residential coverage providers lead the city in terms of download speed.

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


  • Service Areas: Throughout Seattle
  • Service Tiers: Economy Plus, Performance Starter, Extreme 105
  • Downstream Speeds: 3 Mbps, 6 Mbps, 105 Mbps
  • Monthly Price: $19.95, $49.95, $79.99
  • Features and Limitations: Comcast leads all residential broadband providers in the Seattle area by a considerable margin. The company’s top-tier plan ensures a downstream speed of up to 105 Mbps, which is a lot faster than the service plans of most competitors. However, Comcast’s offerings are much more expensive ― and while the bottom-tier plans are a little more affordable, the monthly rates increase after the first 6 months of a new contract. In other words, customers with high-speed Internet needs should definitely opt for a Comcast plan, while other users may want to consider a more cost-effective plan.


  • Service Areas: Throughout Seattle, 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 offers the most cost-effective plans for Seattle residents who don’t require lightning-fast connections. With the High Speed Internet Enhanced package, users can download up to 15 Mbps; although this speed varies by location, Seattle is a well-wired city and most residents will be able to enjoy an optimal connection.


  • Service Areas: Throughout Seattle, coverage and downstream speed depends on exact location
  • 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 is a great option in cities with generally slower connections, but the company’s plans are somewhat impractical in Seattle. The maximum downstream speed of 6 Mbps, offered at a rate of $34.95 per month, is much slower and slightly pricier than plans offered by other ISPs in the city.


  • Service Areas: Throughout Seattle, 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 service plans are priced according to the amount of data downloaded each month, with a cap fee schedule in place to prevent overages. The company’s network boasts a fast downstream speed, but the plans are relatively pricy for users who plan to download more than 2.5 GB of data per month.

City Subscriber Resources

  • City of Seattle Department of Information Technology: From online health initiatives to cyber security, this city agency manages different online programs and resources that are accessible to Seattle residents.
  • Seattle Retro-Computing Society: This organization is geared toward both programmers and developers who enjoy writing programs and software using a wide range of platforms.
  • Technology Alliance: Headquartered in Seattle, TA is a not-for-profit organization that links business leaders and research institutions, and promotes new technology throughout the state of Washington.