Best internet providers in Horizon West, Florida
Horizon West residents have a lot of internet options, from lightning-fast fiber and cable to widely-available fixed wireless and satellite. Your best options will be CenturyLink fiber, Spectrum, and T-Mobile, so see if those are available where you live first.
Our top 3 ISP choices in Horizon West, FL
For the best internet in Horizon West, look to CenturyLink fiber. But if that’s not available to you, check out Spectrum and T-Mobile home internet.
#1: CenturyLink fiber internet
Around half of Horizon West has access to CenturyLink (Quantum Fiber), but if you can get only this provider’s DSL service, consider Spectrum or T-Mobile instead. If you can get CenturyLink fiber, you’ll get fast, reliable speeds for a decent price.
#2: Spectrum internet
Spectrum is available to nearly all Horizon West residents. Upload speeds aren’t as fast a CenturyLink fiber, and you should expect more hidden fees and weaker customer service from Spectrum. But this company is still a solid option.
#3: T-Mobile internet
T-Mobile is also available nearly everywhere in Horizon West, but speeds and reliability can be spotty depending on your location. Luckily, T-Mobile doesn’t require a contract, so you can try it out at your house for just a month to see if it works for you. If it does, you’ll get great customer service and a hefty discount if you bundle internet with a cell phone plan.
All internet providers in Horizon West
If none of our top picks are available at your house, you still have options. Although Verizon fixed wireless is available in fewer places, you might have better luck with it than T-Mobile, especially closer to Disney Resort.
CenturyLink DSL is also an option, though it's much more expensive and a lot slower than most of your options. The exception is satellite internet, which is typically the most expensive and least reliable kind of internet.
Your satellite options include both long-standing providers, Viasat and HughesNet. If you don’t mind waiting to get hooked up, you can also sign up for Starlink’s waitlist, but there’s no telling when you’ll be able to get service.
Fastest internet providers in Horizon West
Spectrum has the fastest download speed of 1 gig, with CenturyLink close on its heels at 940 Mbps. CenturyLink has much faster upload speeds though, so if you think you’ll be uploading lots of photos or videos, it could be a better option than Spectrum. Outside the city limits, you might see up to 1,200 Mbps from Xfinity.
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Cheapest internet providers in Horizon West
For most people, Spectrum and CenturyLink will be your cheapest options. Spectrum has the cheapest plan, but you’ll get just 30 Mbps. CenturyLink has a 200 Mbps plan that’s way faster for just a few more dollars each month. And finally, if you’re a T-Mobile or Verizon cell phone customer, you can get decent speeds for around $25 per month.
Internet options in nearby cities
While you can’t get Xfinity internet in Horizon proper, you can get in nearby cities such as Four Corners. You may also find small local providers in a few places. But mostly, what’s available in Horizon West will also have some availability in surrounding areas.
Few nearby cities have more fiber availability than Horizon West—except for Apopka. You could see fiber from AT&T, CenturyLink, Spectrum, or Xfinity.
See what’s available in cities near Horizon West, FL:
What Horizon West residents are saying on Reddit
CenturyLink fiber seems to be the local favorite, but it’s not without problems. Some customers report frequent signal drops and attribute it to the modem or router provided by the company. But because it’s so inexpensive compared to Spectrum, some customers are willing to just deal with it.
Spectrum has its share of haters, but most people agree it’s better than any DSL options you might have. Former customers are looking to T-Mobile as an alternative, but some struggle to get a good signal even if they get great cell service where they live.
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.
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.
I just got Quantum Fiber installed a couple days ago, it’s really fast. The only problem is my Internet drops at least once to twice a day, whereas with spectrum I could go months without it dropping. Is anyone else having the same issues? Is this just a century link thing that I have to get used to?
I now have Quantum fiber as it was cheaper and faster speeds than spectrum in my area. The router they provide is not the greatest quality so I constantly had connection issues throughout the house so I had to buy a mesh system to fix this issue and never had any drops in connection ever since.
Internet news and infrastructure in Horizon West, FL
Horizon West already has widespread broadband internet, but by 2024, all Horizon West residents should have access. Orange County has partnered with Spectrum to use $4.4 million in ARPA funds to complete this project. (1) So if you don’t have access to Spectrum now, you soon will.
Frequently asked internet questions in Horizon West
That depends. If you can get CenturyLink fiber, you’ll see more value than Spectrum’s plans. Plan prices are similar for similar speeds, but CenturyLink fiber has faster upload speeds, no required contracts, and optional unlimited data.
If all you can get is CenturyLink DSL, however, Spectrum is the better choice. You’ll get faster speeds and a much better value. Compare them both.
Although many rural areas in Florida—including some areas of Horizon West—can get DSL, speeds are typically limited to 100 Mbps or less. You can get faster speeds with satellite and fixed wireless, but you’ll trade reliability for it. And in the case of satellite, you’ll have low data caps and high latency that make gaming, streaming TV, and video calls harder.
Both satellite and fixed wireless are available almost everywhere in Horizon West.
Yes, about a fifth of Horizon West homes can get fiber internet, which is a higher percentage than Orlando proper and about the same as Daytona Beach.
If you don’t have fiber at your home, don’t worry. You can get gig speeds from cable internet provider Spectrum, which is available to around half of all households in Horizon West.
CenturyLink fiber is a great value. You get speeds from 200 Mbps to 1 gig, all without signing a contract. But if you do sign a contract, you can also get unlimited data.
Horizon West is home to seven internet providers. The most widely available are the three satellite internet companies, Viasat, HughesNet and Starlink. All three cover the entire Horizon area, but Starlink has a waitlist for new customers. T-Mobile and Spectrum both cover more than 95% of Horizon West, too.
CenturyLink can be found in over 50% of Horizon West, but at least half of that is DSL service, not fiber. Finally, Verizon fixed wireless internet covers just 6% of Horizon West.