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There are few places in the country changing at the speed of Seattle. Its population grew 18.7% from 2010-2018, according to The Seattle Times, making it the fastest-growing city in the U.S. over that time. Along with the growth, the city wants to ensure that technology and infrastructure can keep up.
Several internet providers serve the Seattle area to provide connectivity to everyone. The city of Seattle wants to make technology accessible to all as well, offering programs that provide discounted smartphones and free computer access. And residents who cannot afford home broadband service may qualify for low-cost internet access for as little as $10 per month through a city program. Take a closer look at the best Seattle internet providers.
The three best internet providers in Seattle
| ||CenturyLink||Wave Broadband||Xfinity|
|Defining trait||Best Long-Term Deal||Best Local Provider||Best Bundles|
|Connection type||Fiber and DSL||Fiber||Broadband Cable|
|Download speeds (Mbps)||100 Mbps||100 Mbps||25 Mbps|
|940 Mbps||1000 Mbps (1 GB)||300 Mbps|
| || ||600 Mbps|
| || ||1000 Mbps (1 GB)|
|Prices starting at||$49 per month for life||$69.95 per month*||$29.99 per month|
|Contract length||None||None||12 months|
|Data cap||None||100 Mbps plan, limited to 400 GB data cap||1 TB per month to unlimited, depending on the internet service plan|
All information accurate as of 02/26/2020.
* Wave Broadband offers discounts, including $19.95/month for the first six months.
CenturyLink offers unique internet services to Seattle customers. When you sign up for a plan, they'll guarantee the same price "for life." The Price For Life plan locks in your monthly price as long as you keep your plan current. Here's more of what CenturyLink has to offer in Seattle.
For an internet provider that knows all about the Seattle neighborhood you live in, Wave Broadband is a great choice. Wave offers local customer support 24/7 to provide help anytime you need. Wave also has a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you're not happy, you can cancel the service and receive a refund within the 30-day limit with no obligations.
Xfinity Comcast delivers cable internet to much of the Greater Seattle area, including downtown Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Renton, Vashon and Kent.
We analyzed several companies to find the best internet companies in Seattle. Some of the key features we examined are:
The speed you need for streaming depends on how many people will be streaming at once in your household. A service plan of 1,000 Mbps would be ideal to avoid lag times, although 100 Mbps could work if more than one device isn't streaming high-definition movies.
Seattle residents are in luck — fiber is available in most neighborhoods. Many in the area are likely to have access to high-speed internet service as fast as 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps).
Yes, fiber is faster than broadband cable. Fiber-optic cable can carry more data faster and straight to your home. Broadband cable is shared with your neighbors — the more neighbors online, the slower your speed is likely to be.