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Best internet providers in Altamonte Springs, Florida

If you live in Altamonte Springs, you’re in luck. You have more fast, reliable internet options than most neighboring cities. CenturyLink, Spectrum, and T-Mobile are all widely available and great providers.  Some residents even find our pick for best internet provider–AT&T fiber—in their area. Otherwise, multiple fixed wireless and satellite providers can help you out too.

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  • Plans starting at $30.00 - $110.00
  • Download speeds up to 940Mb
  • Upload speeds up to 940Mb

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  • Plans starting at $29.99 - $169.97
  • Download speeds up to 1 Gbps
  • Upload speeds up to 35 Mbps

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  • Plans starting at $50.00
  • Download speeds up to 182 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 23 Mbps

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How we rank internet providers
We have a robust rating system to score internet service providers overall, but the quality of service could vary city to city. When narrowing down the best providers specific to Altamonte Springs, we considered factors like availability, value, performance, and customer experience. We source information directly from the ISP's themselves, the FCC, and first-hand insights from residents of Altamonte Springs.
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Updated 5/12/23

Our top 3 ISP choices in Altamonte Springs, FL

Our top pick for internet in Altamonte Springs is CenturyLink fiber, which is more widely available than AT&T fiber. But if you can’t find that where you live, check out Spectrum and T-Mobile instead.

#1: CenturyLink fiber internet

CenturyLink fiber is our best pick because it offers up to 1 gig speeds at decent prices and doesn’t require a contract. Of course, if you’re willing to commit, a one-year agreement will give you unlimited data, so it’s worth considering. However, shop carefully. If you have access to only  CenturyLink DSL service—which is more widely available—you’ll get slower speeds without saving much money.

Read our full CenturyLink fiber review.

#2: Spectrum internet

Spectrum is available nearly everywhere in Altamonte Springs, and you can get up to 1 gig speeds at a decent price. Your download speeds will be much lower than CenturyLink’s and you’ll have to sign a contract. But Spectrum is a much better deal than CenturyLink DSL service.

Read our full Spectrum review.

#3: T-Mobile

T-Mobile is available to 95% of Altamonte Springs households and delivers an average of 182 Mbps at a decent price. You’ll even get a hefty discount if you’re already a T-Mobile cell phone customer. However, even if you’re within reach of a tower, you may not get a great signal where you live. Luckily, there's no contract to sign, so you can try it out for a month then leave if it doesn’t work out.

Read our full T-Mobile review.

All internet providers in Altamonte Springs

If none of our top picks seem quite right for you, don’t sweat it. AT&T fiber is in the area, especially around the Lake Lotus area. It’s a rare gem in Altamonte Springs, but if you can get it, you’ll have super fast speeds, no data cap, and no contract.

You might also be able to get Verizon fixed wireless, which is similar to T-Mobile but slightly more expensive. But if you’re already a Verizon cell customer, you can bundle internet for super cheap. Just know that it’ll be less reliable than fiber internet.

As a last resort, you could also choose one of three satellite providers: Viasat, HughesNet, or Starlink. These will be your least reliable and most expensive options, so we typically recommend them only if you can’t get any other internet service. Starlink promises no data caps and better latency, but you’ll have to be on a waitlist for a while before you can get hooked up.

Fastest internet providers in Altamonte Springs

AT&T fiber offers the fastest internet plan in Altamonte Springs at a blazing fast 5 gigs, but it’s definitely overkill. Almost no household needs more than 1 gig—which AT&T, CenturyLink, and Spectrum all offer. AT&T’s 1 gig plan is still the fastest when it comes to upload speed too, which also clocks in at 1 gig.

How much speed do you need?

When choosing an internet plan, you want to keep all of your activities running smoothly without paying extra for speeds you don't need. At the bare minimum, you need 25 Mbps to do light browsing on one or two devices. Most households with multiple people and multiple devices will want to look for speeds in the 100–500 Mbps range. Learn how much speed your household needs in our guide to internet speed.
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Cheapest internet providers in Altamonte Springs

Spectrum offers the cheapest plan in Altamonte Springs. It provides 30 Mbps for around $20. For a few bucks more, you could get 200 Mbps with CenturyLink fiber, if that’s available to you. Finally, you could score a huge bundling discount if you have T-Mobile—and get around 182 Mbps for a comparable price.

Internet options in nearby cities

Altamonte Springs has three out of the four fiber providers in the area—CenturyLink, AT&T, and Spectrum. But outside of the city, you may also find Xfinity, particularly in Alafaya and Four Corners. In a few places, tiny providers serve a few residents here and there, like Orlando Telephone Company in Kissimmee.

The most widespread providers in the region around Altamonte Springs are satellite providers and fixed wireless provider T-Mobile. However, these services are much less reliable than fiber, cable, and DSL.

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What Altamonte Springs residents are saying on Reddit

Residents mostly love both CenturyLink and AT&T fiber services, but people try to avoid these companies’ DSL services when possible—opting for Spectrum instead. We’ve seen a few complaints about CenturyLink equipment however, which may cause frequent drops in signal. Some customers find relief by purchasing their own router.

T-Mobile can be hit or miss in Altamonte Springs. Many residents report poor signal in the city itself, but other Seminole County residents seem to love the service.

Post by u/NickGerrz
Internet services

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.

Most helpful response

AT&T fiber.

Post by u/Hillman9611
AT&T vs Spectrum

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.

Most helpful response

I've had it for years and it's been reliable and speedy. Much better in comparison to cable.

Post by u/Razel23
Do you have T-Mobile internet?

If so do you like it? In the Altamonte Springs area and thinking of switching to it.

Most helpful response

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 Altamonte Springs, FL

Altamonte Springs has widespread broadband internet infrastructure already, but its fiber network is growing. Metronet has broken ground on laying fiber optic infrastructure throughout the city, and the first Altamonte Springs residents should have this service as early as spring 2023. (1) Construction has begun on the west side of the city near Sprinks Oaks and will continue east from there as part of a project to bring fiber to 380,000 residents on the Palm Coast and in Altamonte Springs.

WOW! has also announced infrastructure growth in Altamonte Springs, promising up to 5 gig symmetrical internet connections to residents, though no timeline has been revealed. (2) Almost no one needs internet this fast, but WOW!’s growing network could mean wider access to 1 gig plans, which are about as fast as any household needs.

In Altamonte Springs, FL, 93% of households can get 100 Mbps, 92% can get 250 Mbps, and 6% can get 1 Gbps.

Frequently asked internet questions in Altamonte Springs

That depends. If you’re comparing either company’s DSL to the other’s fiber, the fiber will be better. Fiber is simply faster and cheaper, so you get a lot more for your money. If you’re comparing DSL to DSL, CenturyLink is better. In fact, it’s one of our best DSL providers. AT&T is phasing out its DSL service in favor of fiber, so it’s harder to get than CenturyLink. AT&T has stopped bothering to even advertise DSL in many areas.

If you’re choosing between CenturyLink and AT&T fiber, however, the winner is AT&T—if you can get it.

In Altamonte Springs, CenturyLink fiber is our top pick over AT&T fiber because it has way more availability. But normally, we’d pick AT&T because it delivers more value. Unlike CenturyLink, you get unlimited data without signing a contract, and you don’t even have to pay for equipment each month.

Typically, yes you need both. Or, at least, you need both functions. A modem acts as a translator to convert signal from your provider to something your computer, smartphone, and other devices can understand. A router acts as a traffic cop, routing signal traffic back and forth between your devices. Routers are what generate Wi-Fi signal in your home, but you can also plug some devices directly into your router for a more reliable connection.

Some providers combine router and modem functions into one piece of equipment, usually called a gateway device. CenturyLink and Spectrum use a separate modem and router, while T-Mobile and AT&T use gateways.

No, you can’t get Xfinity in Altamonte Springs. Instead, locals might see up to eight other providers near them. Spectrum, T-Mobile, HughesNet, and Viasat have the most availability in Altamonte Springs at nearly 100% coverage. CenturyLink covers around 75% of the area, followed by Verizon fixed wireless at under 20%, and AT&T at under 10%.

Xfinity is available in a few nearby cities–covering 65% of homes in Alafaya and 16% in Four Corners. It’s possible this provider will expand its footprint to include Altamonte Springs the future, but for now, look to CenturyLink fiber, Spectrum, or AT&T fiber.

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