Spectrum was first introduced to the world after its parent company, Charter, merged with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to bring all three companies under the same roof and to increase the level of service more than any one of the individual companies could have provided on their own. Since then, Spectrum has expanded into forty-four states offering coverage to over 100 million Americans. Spectrum continues to expand their coverage areas, attracting more and customers with its easy to understand tiered pricing and historically fast, reliable internet connections.
Charter, Spectrum’s parent company, was founded in 1980 primarily offering home telephone service and television. They eventually entered into the internet market through a strategic partnership with EarthLink, since acquiring and merging with multiple companies over its life cycle. The company we now know as Charter Spectrum came to fruition in 2016 when it merged with Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable, making it the third-largest cable television provider in the nation just behind AT&T and Comcast. It was after this merger that Charter brought all services covered by the three formerly-independent companies under the brand name “Spectrum.” As a condition of this merger, Charter Spectrum agreed to expand its lines to generally underserved areas of New York State with 145,000 new residences to receive service by 2021. Since the merger, Charter has entered into further strategic partnerships with companies like Comcast and Verizon to expand the suite of services it offers as well as expanding its general service area.
Spectrum uses a hybrid fiber-coaxial network to supply its customers with the internet. This was an easy transition for the company to make once they started offering internet, leveraging the massive network they inherited from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, allowing them to hit the ground running once they entered the market as an internet service provider. Hybrid fiber-coaxial lines are the most common way for most companies to offer internet service due to their relative low cost, especially when compared to fiber. Reaching higher speeds than DSL, a hybrid fiber-coaxial line is able to provide more than fast enough internet for most consumers though still being slower than fiber. With that being said, hybrid fiber-coaxial lines do have their drawbacks. The biggest is shared bandwidth. Total bandwidth is shared among all users on those lines so when there is heavy usage, the end-user is going to receive reduced speeds. However, this usually only happens a portion of the day and even when congested, most receive fast enough speeds to be able to handle anything they’d be looking to do.
Spectrum offers multiple services beyond the internet including cable television and home phone service. They offer multiple different plans, bundles, and prices, allowing for easy navigation and customization for their customers. This is especially important as every household has different needs based on their number of active devices, active users, and budget. Now, this is all based on availability, but generally, there are multiple different options in every market Spectrum serves. Spectrum has created a service that can meet the demands of any budget and any digital lifestyle.
AT&T has been leading the way in how people connect since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone 140 years ago. The invention of the transistor some 50 years later, which has made this digital world we live in possible, further established and entrenched AT&T's legacy of innovation, paving the way for technologies ranging from solar cell to machine learning to communications satellites. AT&T has reinvented itself over and over again so many times that it has become an integral piece of its company culture.
AT&T's recent addition of WarnerMedia to its culture of innovation continues this trend by joining forces with a company that is no stranger to innovation itself. In fact, AT&T and Warner Bros. joined forces a century ago to create the world's first motion picture with sound, “The Jazz Singer.” WarnerMedia and its families have played a huge role in creating the kind of content we consume today. From launching the world's first premium network, HBO, which has been creating award-winning content since the early 1970s, to creating CNN, the first 24-hours nothing-but-news network, in 1980, WarnerMedia continues to be a global powerhouse in the world of entertainment.
Not only does AT&T boast America's fastest and most reliable wireless network, but it also offers consumers nationwide some of the lowest prices for gigabit internet speeds in the United States. AT&T's winning combination of premium entertainment and high speed networks enable it to connect people to who and what they love in ways that have never been possible. AT&T's mission is to deliver the best entertainment over the best network with the most well tailored advertising.
AT&T Fiber network is one of the largest fiber networks in the country and delivers the fastest speeds, up to 1,000 Mbps - or 1 Gbps - that will provide ample speed to support all of your devices simultaneously and then some. AT&T provides a brand new Internet gateway that boasts the latest and greatest WiFi technology and can support wireless speeds of up to 750 Mbps. To put this speed into perspective, you can download an entire movie in about half a minute, 25 songs in a second, and a TV show in less than three seconds. Pair AT&T's internet with voice and U-verse TV for a truly seamless, unmatched experience for an unbelievable price.
Once installed, you can manage your blazing fast gigabit internet with the AT&T Smart Home Manager App. This handy app allows you to personalize and rename your wireless network name and password, set up parental controls so that you can monitor and control access to your network, perform speed tests to ensure your network is performing optimally, view who is connected at any given time, and much more.
If not Internet 1000, AT&T offers different speeds at a lower price point so you're never paying for something that you don't need. Internet 300 still provides super fast upload and download speeds and will still allow you to connect up to 13 devices simultaneously. Internet 100 allows for up to 9 devices to stream high definition content simultaneously or up to 2 devices to stream 4K content at the same time. Internet 100 is the perfect plan for the user who binges on social media and likes to do some streaming as well. Whatever your needs and desires, AT&T has the perfect plan to fit your needs. Call today to get a quote from one of our WiFi experts!
AT&T Fiber is a completely Fiber Optic Network that utilizes extremely reliable, but fragile light transporting glass cables. This allows AT&T Fiber's connection to be the fastest speeds across the US. Wi-Fi equipment is included with each plan, and AT&T Fiber offers a 99% reliability uptime on their Internet services.
HughesNet currently has the highest coverage area in the nation with all fifty states falling under its service area. One of the two major satellite providers in the nation, HughesNet has focused the core of its business on providing internet to underserved or un-served areas, often rural or small towns. Its recently increased speeds up to 25mbps with the launch of its new Gen 5 satellite, the “EchoStar XIX.” With ninety-eight percent of the country under HughesNet’s coverage area, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll be an option available to any consumer.
HughesNet uses geosynchronous satellites to provide its customers with broadband internet connections. Since HughesNet was initially founded, it’s launched multiple satellites with its latest launch occurring in 2017 with the “EchoStar XIX,” powering HughesNet’s Gen 5 service. This launch allowed the company to reach broadband levels, increasing speeds to 25 Mbps across the board. It also increased the available bandwidth that HughesNet offered its customers as well as simplifying their pricing structure to a tiered system that was based on available data caps. HughesNet does operate off of priority data caps though its internet can be considered unlimited. At no point does HughesNet charge overage prices or shut the internet off if a customer goes over their “priority data” limit, instead just having to deal with reduced speeds until their next billing cycle. If a customer does need more data before their next billing cycle rolls around, HughesNet has made data tokens available, increasing priority data and increasing available speeds in the process.
HughesNet is a great choice for rural customers as wired connections are often completely unavailable in America’s more remote locations. Satellite internet allows them to access the world wide web at broadband speeds allowing for almost any activity. It does have its drawbacks though. The biggest activities this can be seen in is online gaming and virtual private networks. This is in large part due to the latency, or ping, that satellite internet experiences. The time signals take to transmit from the customer’s dish to the satellite to the receiving and then back again can take anywhere from a half-second to a second. For most activities like browsing the internet or streaming video, this latency is almost entirely imperceivable. For gaming though, that often required split-second reaction times, it is unavoidable. VPNs, in particular, are affected, as well. When using a VPN, download speeds even when within the priority data limit can tank anywhere from fifty to seventy-five percent. This reduction in speeds is not guaranteed with some VPN users not having any issues whatsoever. With that being said, it is something to take into account when considering a satellite internet provider.
For many rural customers, satellite internet is going to be one of the only viable options open to them. That doesn’t make it a lesser product though. When choosing the right package for you, assess your needs, your internet usage, and your budget to choose the package that will leave you satisfied and meet all of your digital requirements.
Though having been around since 1986, ViaSat didn't launch its first internet plans until 2012. ViaSat is a satellite internet service provider with a general focus on serving areas that normally do not have access to a reliable internet connection. Covering 98% of the country and all 50 states, all that is needed to be able to connect is a clear line of sight to the southern sky, a modem, and a satellite dish to send and receive signals. This has helped many of those who would otherwise have to spend thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars, to run a DSL, cable, or fiber line to their home.
ViaSat has continually upgraded its service. When the company first launched, its entire service survived off the back of one satellite, the ViaSat-1. Since then, they've acquired three additional satellites, either through additional launches or acquisitions from other companies to greatly expand its capabilities. The last of these to launch, the ViaSat-2, was said to increase the total bandwidth and network capacity available by 300 Gigabits per second as well as take ViaSat's service internationally. They have plans to increase this further. They've announced three more launches of their newest satellite, the ViaSat-3, that will increase the total bandwidth by a full terabit per second. The first of these is set to launch in 2020 with a second launch planned by 2022.
Offering free standard installation on all orders, ViaSat makes connecting to the internet easier than ever. ViaSat offers multiple different plans that feature different speeds and different levels of priority data. Priority data? I'm sure the question being asked is “Does ViaSat have a data cap?” The answer is a resounding no. Viasat offers unlimited data without charging overage fees or shutting your internet connection off. If one does go over their priority data, then at that point, customers just have to contend with network congestion much like any other internet service provider. If there is no congestion, then speed should be unaffected. This makes ViaSat a perfect option for activities like streaming, checking social media, or visiting a favorite site on the web.
ViaSat is perfect for almost any web-based application. Connecting your smartphone, sharing videos online, and watching your favorite streaming service are perfect fits for ViaSat's network. The only limitations ViaSat has are gaming and Virtual Private Networks(VPN). When it comes to gaming, there should be a half a second to full second lag time when playing online. If you're playing single-player games, this interruption is non-existent and will not interfere with any updates that a game may release after launch. A VPN is another matter. VPNs put a significant strain on any network and satellite networks doubly so. When using a VPN with ViaSat, speeds can be expected to drop anywhere from 50 to 75 percent. That doesn't mean ViaSat is an inferior service though. However, when looking to game or use in-home VPN, it's important to be aware of the technology's limitations so that you can plan accordingly and choose the best service that will fit your needs.
RCN offers high-speed broadband cable service to over four million people with a focus on major metropolitan areas like New York, Boston, and the Washington D.C.-Baltimore areas. Currently in seven states, RCN’s focus on cable over other technologies like fiber and DSL due to cable’s high bandwidths. RCN continues to grow its network and if available, is an outstanding choice for residential consumers to connect their homes to the internet. With multiple different plans, all at different speeds and prices, there’s sure to be an option for any household.
RCN was created by founders Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc and developer David McCourt. RCN first focused on telephone and cable television services while still offering internet connections. Through a series of acquisitions and splits, RCN increased its capability to deliver internet through their already existing cable lines and as demand for a reliable internet connection increased, RCN’s focus shifted more and more to providing internet. In 2017, RCN was able to merge with Grande Communications and Wave Broadband to increase its coverage area and the level of service and speeds than it was previously able to provide. This merger took RCN from a mid-sized company to one of the largest broadband providers in the nation.
RCN’s infrastructure is based on coaxial cables, much of which already existed before internet service became the focus and much more having been added in subsequent years. They have since also started using a hybrid fiber-coaxial network to better manage the high levels of bandwidth that the company deals in. RCN was able to do this by leveraging existing DOCSIS technology to transmit data over radio waves and copper. This is often compared to DSL with the similarity lying in both technologies using copper telephone cables. Where it differs from DSL however is in the amount of bandwidth that is able to be transmitted. Cable lines are able to handle a much higher level of bandwidth making speeds like 1000 Mbps possible. Matter of fact, RCN does not offer speeds lower than 250 Mbps making.it an ideal choice for even the largest families and the most modern of users.
RCN is currently available in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, a very limited area in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Where it’s available is dependent on where they have laid those coaxial cable lines. Because of this, they have placed a large focus on heavily-populated urban and suburban areas where they can be sure that they’ll receive a significant return on investment. Laying those lines can cost in the millions, if not billions, of dollars but even still, RCN is constantly looking to increase its coverage area. It has been investing in areas not only where they already offer service, to improve reliability and speeds, but also into new markets to compete with some of the larger internet service providers. RCN is a great choice for any residential consumer capable of handling the highest resolutions when streaming and with low enough lag to appease the most competitive of gamers.
Rise Broadband started in 2015 and offers fixed wireless to sixteen states with over twenty million people able to log in to its service. Dedicated to providing its customers with reliable high-speed internet connections, Rise Broadband enables its users to connect to their favorite sites, streaming platforms, and gaming communities without delay. Focused on areas without DSL, cable, or fiber service, Rise Broadband has connected areas of the nation that would not normally have access to the world wide web through an affordable service without sacrificing quality. This has become more and more important as demand increases across the nation for high-speed internet, especially when the infrastructure that would normally allow for connection is not present.
Rise Broadband is the nation’s largest network based on a fixed wireless connection. Rise Broadband’s parent company, JAB Wireless Inc., was founded in 2005 and focuses on providing residential, commercial, enterprise broadband, and enterprise cloud services. It spun a portion of its company that formerly operated under Digis, Prairie iNet, Rhino Communications, and Skybeam into Rise Broadband in 2015 with the focus of providing underserved communities with broadband service for residential and commercial locations. As Rise Broadband continues to grow, it can be expected that more acquisitions and mergers will take place and that further access points granting service will be installed.
Rise Broadband’s fixed wireless technology is at the cutting edge. Able to deliver speeds anywhere from 3 Mbps to 1000 Mbps, its service can be compared to DSL, cable, and even fiber lines. Fixed wireless technology originates from a central hub, much like traditional connections through a grounded line. That is also where the difference lies though. Instead of running lines in the ground via cable, Rise Broadband instead uses a focused point-to-point wireless device that is pointed directly at the access point. This can sometimes be through a transmitter or antenna. As long as there is a clear line of sight to the Rise Broadband access point, service will be available. This is particularly beneficial in rural areas where the cost to lay DSL, cable, or fiber can often prohibit costs that just don’t make sense for either the company laying those lines or the end-user. It’s a great option for when a household does not have access to traditional grounded lines or if they are just tired of dealing with the cable companies.
Fixed wireless always Rise Broadband to have a massive coverage area where normally they would be sequestered to where lines have been laid. It allows them to often skip the major legal and economic considerations that a wired connection requires. Going even further, fixed wireless is able to use relay points that extend even further out than service would normally reach. The signal basically jumps from relay point to relay point even when the final signal is more than the few miles that Rise Broadband normally requires. Using these relay points can be particularly useful for major businesses with multiple sites, using the signal from the original site to extend to areas that couldn’t otherwise be served.
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Often considered the cultural hub of Texas, Austin is one of the most exciting cities in the nation. Playing host to such events like South by Southwest, Austin City Limits, and the Texas Craft Brewers Festival, it's a city that has a little bit of something for everyone. It stands to reason then that this can be reflected in the city's options when it comes to internet providers.
Fixed wireless, cable, fiber, DSL, and satellite providers are all in the area with ten different companies operating within the city's limits. Google Fiber, Suddenlink, Spectrum, RCN, AT&T, Viasat, HughesNet, Rise Broadband, Ranch Wireless, and SOS Communications are all in the area and all have something different to offer their consumers.
One of the most unique options in the area is Google Fiber. Having launched in 2010, Google Fiber is exactly what it sounds like; fiber internet! Austin was one of the lucky few cities that the company decided to roll out in with coverage in areas like Lake Travis, Del Valle, and Eanes. They're not the only company that offers fiber in the area though.
Both RCN and AT&T have fiber available in the area with AT&T having the largest fiber coverage area in the city with about a third of Austin having the option of AT&T fiber. Leander, Pflugerville, and Round Rock all have AT&T available to its residents.
Even if fiber isn't available for you though, that doesn't mean you're going to be stuck with a slow connection. Spectrum covers almost the entirety of the city with its cable lines, offering hyper-fast speeds to its customers while maintaining a reliable connection. Streaming, gaming, and social media are all well within the grasp of Spectrum users with them offering comparable speeds to the fastest of fiber connections.
HughesNet and Viasat, both satellite internet providers, are also available in the area and are particularly great options when cable or fiber options just aren't available. All that's required is a clear line of sight to the southern sky and you're ready to jump online!
Austin shows no signs of slowing down and neither does its internet providers. There's no doubt that options will continue to grow making finding the right company for you a foregone conclusion.
Summary of Fastest Internet Providers in Austin, TX
|Provider||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|1.||AT&T Fiber||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|2.||Suddenlink||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|3.||Google Fiber||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|4.||Spectrum||1 Gbps||940 Mbps|
|5.||RCN||1 Gbps||805 Mbps|
|6.||EarthLink||1 Gbps||374 Mbps|
|7.||AT&T||300 Mbps||166 Mbps|
|8.||ViaSat||100 Mbps||20 Mbps|
|9.||HughesNet||25 Mbps||25 Mbps|
|10.||Ranch Wireless||25 Mbps||25 Mbps|
|11.||Rise Broadband||15 Mbps||6 Mbps|
|12.||SOS Communications||10 Mbps||10 Mbps|
|Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.|
Summary of All Internet Providers in Austin, TX
|Provider||Type||Coverage||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|1.||HughesNet||100.00%||25 Mbps||25 Mbps|
|2.||ViaSat||100.00%||100 Mbps||20 Mbps|
|3.||Spectrum||99.90%||1 Gbps||940 Mbps|
|4.||AT&T||97.90%||300 Mbps||166 Mbps|
|5.||AT&T Fiber||96.90%||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|6.||Ranch Wireless||84.87%||25 Mbps||25 Mbps|
|7.||EarthLink||70.00%||1 Gbps||374 Mbps|
|8.||Google Fiber||38.30%||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|9.||Rise Broadband||33.05%||15 Mbps||6 Mbps|
|10.||RCN||19.75%||1 Gbps||805 Mbps|
|11.||SOS Communications||7.71%||10 Mbps||10 Mbps|
|12.||Suddenlink||1.06%||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.|
Frequently Asked Questions about Austin, TX.
Which provider offers the best internet service in Austin, TX?
Spectrum is the best internet provider in Austin, TX, with download speeds up to 1 Gbps and pricing starting at $49.99.
How many internet providers provide service in Austin, TX?
There are currently 12 providers that offer internet service in Austin, TX.
What providers offer internet service in Austin, TX.
What is the cheapest internet provider in Austin, TX?
AT&T Fiber is the cheapest internet provider in Austin, TX, with pricing starting at $35.00.
What provider has the fastest speeds in Austin, TX?
AT&T Fiber is the faster internet provider in Austin, TX, with maximum speeds reaching 1 Gbps and average speeds of 1 Gbps.
Is fiber internet available in Austin, TX?
Yes! Fiber internet covers 55% of Austin, TX.
Summary of School Districts in Austin, TX
|District||Grades||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|Austin Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||293 Mbps|
|Bastrop Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||156 Mbps|
|Del Valle Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||199 Mbps|
|Dripping Springs Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||194 Mbps|
|Eanes Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||249 Mbps|
|Hays Consolidated Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||179 Mbps|
|Lake Travis Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||248 Mbps|
|Leander Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||192 Mbps|
|Manor Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||152 Mbps|
|Pflugerville Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||163 Mbps|
|Round Rock Independent||PK - 12||1 Gbps||187 Mbps|
|Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.|
Top 10 Neighborhoods in Austin, TX
|Neighborhood||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|Rosewood||1 Gbps||452 Mbps|
|Chestnut||1 Gbps||449 Mbps|
|Holly||1 Gbps||441 Mbps|
|Central East Austin||1 Gbps||437 Mbps|
|Upper Boggy Creek||1 Gbps||434 Mbps|
|MLK||1 Gbps||428 Mbps|
|Govalle||1 Gbps||424 Mbps|
|RMMA||1 Gbps||420 Mbps|
|East Cesar Chavez||1 Gbps||419 Mbps|
|MLK 183||1 Gbps||373 Mbps|
Military Bases in Austin, TX
|Name||Max Speed||Avg Speed|
|Cp Mabry||1 Gbps||241 Mbps|