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Best internet providers in Orlando, Florida

AT&T fiber is our pick for best internet provider, and more than half of Orlando residents can get it in their area. If you can’t, no sweat. Spectrum is nearly as fast and reliable, and it’s available in a lot more places. T-Mobile delivers great low-cost—but slower—service too.

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  • Plans starting at $55.00 - $180.00
  • Download speeds up to 5000Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 5000Mbps

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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 Orlando, 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 Orlando.
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Updated 5/8/23

Our top 3 ISP choices in Orlando, FL

We recommend AT&T fiber if it’s in your area. If it’s not, Spectrum or T-Mobile Home Internet are also solid options for residents of Orlando.

#1: AT&T fiber internet

AT&T is our pick for the best fiber internet and best internet provider overall. It’s fast, reliable, and a great value—all without contracts, data caps, or monthly equipment fees. It also has some of the best customer service in the industry. That said, we don’t recommend its DSL service, but that’s being phased out anyway.

Read our full AT&T fiber review.

#2: Spectrum internet

Spectrum doesn’t deliver nearly the value that AT&T does, but its cable and fiber plans are fast and reliable. Plus, it’s available to around 86% of households in Orlando. Expect more hidden fees and a poorer customer experience than our other top picks, but it’s a solid option if you can’t get AT&T.

Read our full Spectrum review.

#3: T-Mobile internet

T-Mobile is one of the most widely available fixed wireless providers. Although its speeds reach only 182 Mbps on average and service less reliable than AT&T or Spectrum, it’s still a better choice than satellite internet providers in Orlando.

Read our full T-Mobile review.

All internet providers in Orlando

In addition to our top picks for Orlando, you might be able to get Verizon’s fixed wireless internet service. It’s available in fewer places than T-Mobile, but it costs about the same and is just as fast and reliable.

A small percentage of Orlandoans can get CenturyLink fiber or DSL service. We don’t recommend the DSL unless it’s your only option, but the fiber service is pretty solid.

Finally, you’ll have a few satellite internet options. Viasat is our top pick for satellite internet providers, followed by HughesNet—both of which are available just about anywhere in Orlando. Starlink has started a waitlist in Orlando, but you can’t get service quite yet. However, satellite internet is slower, more expensive, less reliable, and usually comes with tiny data caps. So we recommend them only as a last resort.

Fastest internet providers in Orlando

AT&T and Spectrum tie for the fastest internet plans available in Orlando. Both offer a plan with 1,000 Mbps (1 gig) download speeds, but you’ll get the fastest upload speeds with AT&T and Spectrum fiber plans—not their cable or DSL plans.

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 Orlando

T-Mobile and Verizon fixed wireless plans will be your cheapest option—but only if you have cell service with one of them. Both companies give a hefty discount for current mobile phone customers. Otherwise, Spectrum will have your cheapest options.

Internet options in nearby cities

Outside Orlando proper, you’ll find Xfinity in Alafaya and a few places around Ocoee, and it’s a solid option in both places if you can get it. You’ll also find CenturyLink fiber in several cities, which is the best option in Kissimmee, Horizon West, Apopka, Ocoee, and Altamonte Springs.

Cable and DSL internet reach between 45%–60% of households in Orlando’s suburbs. Unfortunately, fiber service has a much smaller footprint in the area, ranging from just 2% of households in Deltona to 20% in Apopka. Satellite internet and fixed wireless is available to the majority of households in nearly all the cities surrounding Orlando, but they'll be less reliable than other kinds of internet.

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What Orlando residents are saying on Reddit

In recent social media threads, a lot of Orlandoans complain about Spectrum’s pricing, especially its price hikes. Many people have found relief by switching to AT&T or T-Mobile—or at least threatening to, so that Spectrum lets them stay on at a lower introductory rate.

T-Mobile reliability seems to be hit-or-miss, and residents report that simply moving your gateway closer to a window can make a huge difference. They say that the best way to know if T-Mobile will work for you is to try it out for a month.

Post by u/NickGerrz
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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.

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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.

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

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Do you have T-Mobile internet?

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

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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 Orlando, FL

Nearly all residents of Orlando have access to at least 200 Mbps speeds, with a third having at least 1 gig available to them. Although the state of Florida expects to receive nearly $250 million to expand broadband access to Floridians (1), it’s unlikely much of these funds will be spent in Orlando. That’s because most of the city has access to either fiber or cable internet, which already provide broadband speeds.

Other big infrastructure news came in February 2023, when thousands of Spectrum customers lost service due to an undisclosed “third party” accidently damaging some fiber optic infrastructure. (2) The issue was resolved the same day, but it sparked frustration as customers lamented this latest example of Spectrum’s unreliability.

In Orlanday, 98% of households can get 100 Mbps, 93% can get 250 Mbps, and 29% can get 1 Gbps.

Frequently asked internet questions in Orlando

AT&T and Spectrum both reach download speeds of 1 gig. You’ll get faster upload speeds with AT&T, but Spectrum has wider availability, so you might have to make do with 100 Mbps up. Still, that’s plenty fast for most households.

AT&T also provides 5 gig service in some places, but its availability is far more limited. Even if you can purchase this speed, the limitations of most routers and devices won’t allow you to achieve 5 gigs. Almost nobody needs 5 gigs anyway, so we recommend sticking with 1 gig or less for most people. See how much speed you need.

Mostly, no. A few households in Fairvilla, in Conway, and near the University of Central Florida - South Orlando might have the option, but most of Orlando proper can’t get Xfinity.

Instead, we suggest AT&T fiber, Spectrum, or T-Mobile. Satellite providers also serve this area, but their plans will be less reliable and far more expensive than you could get with other providers.

Yes! But whether you can get it or not depends on which providers offer it in your area. AT&T fiber has the most availability, but you might also find Spectrum fiber near Amway Center, east of Orlando International Airport, and north of Rattlesnake Lake. AT&T is better, if you can get it, because Spectrum fiber has much slower upload speeds.

Additionally, you may be able to get CenturyLink fiber, which is also known as Quantum fiber, but it’s much less available than AT&T and Spectrum. Its upload speeds are also higher than Spectrum’s.

For the fastest internet in Florida, you should expect to pay $180 for 5 gigs. Some Orlando residents may be able to get these speeds too, but most local plans top out at 1 gig. And that’s fine with us because most people don’t need more than that. These plans run about $80 for AT&T and $65 (plus fees) for Spectrum. Compare them both.

Yes, fiber provides plenty of speed for watching TV on streaming services like Netflix, Peacock, and YouTube TV. However, you don’t need fiber to stream TV. All you need is reliable speeds of up to 10 Mbps and a generous data plan. That makes Spectrum cable, AT&T, and CenturyLink great options in Orlando for streaming TV.

Satellite providers like Viasat and HughesNet usually have strict data caps that make streaming impractical. Meanwhile, T-Mobile and Verizon may have signal drops that make it hard to watch, depending on where you live.

1. “Florida receives more than $247 million to expand broadband internet,” Spectrum News 13. Accessed 13 March 2023.2. “Widespread internet outages affect Spectrum users across Florida,” Orlando Sentinel. Accessed 13 March 2023.
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