Best internet providers in Alafaya, Florida
Alafaya residents have a choice of eight internet providers, including fiber, cable, DSL, fixed wireless, and satellite options. We love that you can get our pick for best internet provider, AT&T, along with large, solid providers Xfinity and Spectrum.
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Our top 3 ISP choices in Alafaya, FL
AT&T fiber is our top choice for internet in Alafaya. It’s a great deal with straightforward plans and pricing. However, it’s not available everywhere. If you can’t get AT&T fiber, Xfinity and Spectrum offer great plans too.
#1: AT&T fiber internet
AT&T is our pick for best fiber provider, and that’s great news for Alafaya. You can get super fast upload and download speeds, plus unlimited data. And you won’t have to deal with contracts, hidden fees, or renting equipment. AT&T also has great customer service. However, if all you can get in your area is AT&T’s DSL service, skip it in favor of Xfinity or Spectrum.
#2: Xfinity internet
Xfinity offers mostly cable internet service in Alafaya with plans from 50 Mbps to 1,200 Mbps—most at a decent price. You’ll have to sign a one-year contract with most plans, and you can expect extra expenses like equipment rental and installation fees, but you’ll get some of the best performance of any cable internet provider. Customer service is less than stellar but improving.
#3: Spectrum internet
Spectrum internet is more widely available than both AT&T and Xfinity, but it’s not as good as either. You’ll get good speeds at a decent price, but it’ll come with hidden fees, contracts, and mediocre customer service. Still, it’s more reliable than some of the other options Alafayans have, so it squeaks into our top three.
All internet providers in Alafaya
T-Mobile and Verizon aren’t as reliable as cable and fiber internet providers, but they’re more widely available. Plus, both companies offer steep discounts if you already have their cell phone service, so they could be your cheapest option. T-Mobile is a bit cheaper and reaches higher speeds more consistently than Verizon, but your experience will depend on which provider has a better signal where you live.
Satellite providers HughesNet, Viasat, and Starlink have the most availability in Alafaya, but they’re best viewed as a last resort. Satellite internet is notoriously expensive and unreliable, and it’s generally unsuited to online gaming, remote work, or TV streaming. Still, if that’s all that’s available to you, it’s better than nothing.
Fastest internet providers in Alafaya
The fastest provider in Alafaya is easily Xfinity at 6 gigs. However, almost no one needs speeds that high, and you’ll pay a high price for bandwidth you can’t use. Instead, stick with Xfinity’s 1,200 Mbps plan, which is plenty fast for the vast majority households.
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Cheapest internet providers in Alafaya
Xfinity and Spectrum tie for offering the cheapest internet plan in Alafaya, but Xfinity’s $20 plan gives you 50 Mbps instead of Spectrum’s 30 Mbps. Alternatively, if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you could get a huge discount on internet service, giving you a less consistent 182 Mbps for around the same price.
Internet options in nearby cities
Alafaya has a lot of Xfinity coverage, but most nearby cities lack this provider. Instead, you might see a bit of Frontier fiber or one of a handful of small local providers like BlueStream.
Otherwise, surrounding areas have many of the same providers. HughesNet, Viasat, Starlink, and T-Mobile are super common throughout the region. You can find Verizon in most surrounding areas too, but most other cities have a smaller footprint.
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What Alafaya residents are saying on Reddit
Most locals seem pretty happy with their AT&T fiber service, but those with AT&T DSL are less happy. And that’s pretty true of DSL providers anywhere fiber is available in surrounding areas.
CenturyLink fiber, which is more widely available in Alafaya, is also a favorite, though some customers cite issues with company-provided equipment. While Spectrum is most widely available, it has a less stellar reputation, and T-Mobile is luring many customers away.
I currently have spectrum, but I’ve been having issues with connectivity lately. I also pay about $80 a month just for internet (I use my own equip). Any suggestions on superior service or equal service for cheaper in the area? I’m located South East downtown, and would love fiber access.
I currently pay around $50 a month for spectrum and get decent speeds but lately my ping has been all over the place. I stream rocket league and this causes issues both with playing and the stream.
Does anyone have experience with AT&T fiber while streaming/playing a game like rocket league where ping is really noticeable? How often do you get random ping/lag spikes?
Spectrum recently has been awful with nearly everyday having ping fluctuating from a nice 40 up to 300+ every couple of minutes.
I've had it for years and it's been reliable and speedy. Much better in comparison to cable.
Do you have T-Mobile internet?If so do you like it? In the Altamonte Springs area and thinking of switching to it.
So I'm a big T-Mobile fan. I tried it but it didn't work out but not for reasons most people think. I'm a very technical person, so I figured out what happened.
If I stand on my roof, I can see the huge 5G T-Mobile cell tower, it's not that far away... 1.2 miles. However, I got a disappointing 16 Mbs inside my house. When I put my new Gateway (supplied modem/router) in my car on an inverter and drove to across the street from the tower, I could get speeds of over 400 Mbs down and 100 Mbs up. It would even fluctuate up to 500/150.
Lots of testing from further and further distances until I got home. Long story short - I live in a Faraday Cage. That's a wire cage that blocks wireless signals.
My house has stucco siding, which is basically chicken-wire with cement slathered over it. I also have windows that are hurricane resistant. They have a wire-mesh film on them to keep from shattering. Outside on my back porch, I can obtain speeds of 250/30. But inside my house - 16/5.
I called and asked about an external antenna option and they were unwilling to provide one even though I could easily modify my Gateway without any drilling, soldering or damage. I was unwilling to spend the $250 needed, plus drilling a hole in my house, to make their equipment work. So I returned it.
Internet news and infrastructure in Alafaya, FL
Alafaya has widespread broadband access. Residents who don’t have access now should have it soon. Orange County has partnered with Spectrum to ensure every last residence in the county has service by 2024 (1), so keep any eye out for Spectrum in your area.
Frequently asked internet questions in Alafaya
Xfinity offers plans that are a little bit faster than Spectrum’s top plan. In Alafaya, Spectrum maxes out at 1 gig, but Xfinity reaches 1,200 Mbps. It seems like it might be noticeable to have a 20% boost in speed, but 1 gig is blazing fast already. Most devices, including routers, laptops, streaming devices, and smartphones, can’t handle this speed as it is. So unless you live with over a dozen people who all want to be on video calls, play online video games, and stream TV in HD at the same time, you’re probably fine without the extra boost.
AT&T also offers up to 1 gig in Alafaya, so if it’s speed you’re after, you have a lot of choices. Compare AT&T, Xfinity, and Spectrum side by side.
Alafaya residents should budget anywhere from $20 to $85 for internet. Spectrum offers around 30 Mbps at the low end, and AT&T offers 1 gig at the high end. Most households need around 250 Mbps speeds though, and you can get these for $40–$60.
If all that seems out of reach, you have options. The Affordable Connectivity Program gives you up to $30 to put toward internet, making some plans 100% free to those who qualify.
Although Xfinity offers fiber internet in limited areas, this service isn’t available in Alafaya. A few areas in Orlando have Xfinity fiber coverage, as do some areas near Tampa, Jacksonville, and Cape Coral. In Alafaya, Xfinity offers only cable internet, but it’s pretty good. The only downside is that upload speeds aren’t as fast with Xfinity’s cable service.
If you’re looking for fiber internet in Alafaya, AT&T has decent coverage and offers great symmetrical fiber service. In this area, you can get from 300 Mbps to 1 gig for $50—$85 with no contract, hidden fees, or data caps.