Best internet providers in Lenexa, Kansas
Residents of Lenexa are incredibly lucky when it comes to internet access. Many homes can choose between Google Fiber and AT&T fiber internet, and virtually every household can connect to cable internet from either Spectrum or Consolidated Communications.
There’s a lot of competition among providers, so monthly prices are good. However, your home may not be reached by a given network, so your first step should be finding out what’s available at your exact address. Then, decide based on how much speed you need and how much you’re willing to pay.
Our top 3 ISP choices in Lenexa, KS
Each of our top three picks for home internet in Lenexa has fast speeds, reasonable prices, and reliable connections.
#1: AT&T internet
Fast fiber internet from AT&T is widely available in Lenexa, with plans starting at $55 per month for speeds up to 300 Mbps. A sweet internet gateway is included with the price, and there are no hidden fees, contracts, or data caps to worry about. If you need even more bandwidth, you can get a gigabit plan for $80. True speed hounds can also get a plan with speeds up to 5 Gbps for $180, but we rarely recommend anything that fast for home users. When you sign up, be prepared for an installation fee of up to $100 if you need to have a pro come by to help.
There’s also some legacy DSL cabling in Lenexa, but AT&T is phasing out the network. You can no longer buy a new DSL plan from the company.
Read our full AT&T internet review.
#2: Google Fiber internet
Google Fiber offers just three plans in Lenexa, and each plan comes with included Wi-Fi equipment. The cheapest plan, with speeds up to 1 Gbps, will run you $70 per month. You can double the speed for another $30 per month or go all the way up to 5 gigs for $125 per month. Our reviewers love Google’s reliability and straightforward billing, but we wish it had cheaper options for shoppers on a budget.
Read our full Google Fiber review.
#3: Spectrum internet
If you can’t get fiber or just don’t want to pay high fiber prices, cable internet from Spectrum is a good option in Lenexa. Plans and pricing are different here from other parts of Spectrum’s network, so you may have to call in to get an accurate quote for your home. That said, we’ve seen a plan of 500 Mbps for $39 per month in Lenexa, with a two-year price lock. You may have to pay an additional $5 per month for Wi-Fi gear, though, and there’s a fee of either $25 or $60 to get set up, depending on whether you can handle the installation yourself. Cable internet has slower upload speeds than fiber internet, and it’s less reliable if all your neighbors are trying to log in at once, but you can still reach gigabit download speeds.
Read our full Spectrum internet review.
All internet providers in Lenexa
Lenexa is served by three great internet providers that lay fiber all the way (or most of the way) to your front door. Google Fiber may be the most well-known provider, but AT&T has a slightly larger footprint. (1) You can also get a cable-fiber connection from Consolidated Communications, whose network covers 58% of town. Of the three, Consolidated offers the cheapest price for gigabit internet at just $50 per month but may not have comparable upload speeds.
Cable internet is also an option in Lenexa, and the local cable provider Spectrum reaches 9 in 10 homes. Its prices are competitive, but it has a relatively poor reputation for customer service. (2)
If you can’t get fully wired internet in Lenexa, you can try fixed wireless internet. Both Verizon (3) and T-Mobile (4) offer their best 5G home internet throughout town, and qualifying customers can get set up for as little as $25 per month. Mercury Broadband may also be an option, but its prices are about double and its speeds are relatively slow.
Fastest internet providers in Lenexa
The fastest home internet you can pay for in Lenexa is 5 Gbps, and you can get it from either AT&T or Google Fiber. Most homes don’t have internet equipment that can handle speeds anywhere near that fast, though, so we generally recommend speeds of 1 Gbps or slower unless you know you need multi-gig speeds.
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Cheapest internet providers in Lenexa
Consolidated Communications offers some of the cheapest broadband in Lenexa, with a 100 Mbps plan for $15 (plus a $10 Wi-Fi maintenance fee and a $1 paper billing fee that you can probably wriggle out of). It’s on a mostly fiber network, so those speeds are going to be very reliable. We also like options from Verizon and T-Mobile for just $25 per month, but you have to bundle with your cell phone bill to be eligible. Some customers may also be able to get free internet from Google Fiber, but you’ll need to call (888) 289-9994 to get details and see if you’re eligible. (5)
Certain households can also get free or cheap internet with the help of federal taxpayers through the Affordable Connectivity Program. Learn more and find out if other internet programs for low-income families can help.
Internet options in nearby cities
Internet access in cities close to Lenexa is similar to what you’ll find in Lenexa itself, but other areas have better access to fixed wireless providers such as Mercury Broadband, KwiKom, KCCoyote and Wisper.
Google Fiber, Spectrum, and AT&T are our top picks in most nearby cities, but Consolidated Communications, Xfinity, and Optimum also make an appearance in some of our local guides. Get the details by digging into the following:
What Lenexa residents are saying on Reddit
People in and around Lenexa love Google Fiber internet and recommend it highly if you can get it at your address. They don’t have as many nice things to say about AT&T and Spectrum, while some say they would go with T-Mobile rather than deal with customer service from either company.
I'm moving (back) to KCMO, and my property manager said my choices for ISP are:
- Google Fiber
The ISP I use now isn't available, so I need to change and I'm not familiar with these (other than the names). I'm pretty tech savvy, so I'm capable of looking at the sites and talking to the CSR. What I'd really like, though, are opinions from people who either have a certain service and have no problems, or have changed from one to another for whatever reason, or are looking to change due to particular issues.
I have Google fiber and never have an issue. When I have had to talk to someone (previous location) they were very helpful and patient.
I currently pay for the 1G speed from fiber. Does anyone have any experience with the other too providers?
In the process of purchasing a new house. Currently have Google Fiber, but unfortunately isn’t available in our new area. Our options are AT&T fiber or Spectrum. Looking for users of either with any insight into the service!
Just bought a house and I am trying to figure what internet service to use. Looking for affordability and consistency more than anything.
EDIT: Google fiber running away with it. Is it really worth the extra $40 or so a month? I can get spectrum for $39 a month
Hi KC! I am setting up internet at a new place, probably using GF. The basic ($0) plan will be too slow, I think, but I don’t really need/want the $70/mo plan. I’ve heard of a mystical “in-between” plan at $35/mo, but I can’t find reference to it on the GoogleFiber website or via Google (har har).
Can anyone help a fellow KC’er out with any intel? Do I need to call and reference this plan specifically? I’ve also heard of folks qualifying for a $5/mo plan for being in an under-sourced area regardless of income, but doubt we would qualify in my area. Thanks :)
There was a middle tier in the past but Google Fiber did away with it. Originally you had 3 options, if your home or apartment had a Google Fiber jack, you could get a free 5 mbit plan (which was surprisingly usable until all of the streaming services started going 4k) for $50 a month you could get 100 mbit service and the $70 a month for full 1 gbit service. Now they only do the 1gb and 2gb plans.
Internet news and infrastructure in Lenexa, KS
Lenexa has been a Google Fiber city for a decade (6), and AT&T built its fiber network in the area starting in 2015. (7) That makes Lenexa, Kansas, one of the best-connected cities in the country. There have been only minor upgrades and announcements since then.
- In 2019, KsFiberNet announced that it would be extending its fiber network by 100 miles in the Overland Park area. Residential internet service providers need this fiber network to connect their customers, so the improvement had a wide impact. (8)
- A company called WANRack is building middle-mile fiber in Johnson County and has won a $400,000 grant for the project. It also built for Olathe Public Schools in 2021, making 100 Gbps speeds available throughout the district. (9)
- Consolidated Communications sold its Kansas City operations to fund Alinda Managing Partners in March of 2022, but the name didn’t change. (10)
If you don’t yet get internet at home but still need to get online, we encourage you to visit the Johnson County Public Library. You can use their computers or Wi-Fi, or even borrow a laptop to take with you. All you need is ID and proof of address. You may also be able to borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot in nearby Kansas City through its library’s INTERNET TO GO program.
Frequently asked internet questions in Lenexa
If you can get fiber internet from AT&T (instead of its older DSL plans), we think AT&T has some advantages over Google Fiber. You can buy plans slower than 1 Gbps that are still plenty fast for most households, and you’ll be able to pay less every month than you would with Google Fiber’s cheapest plan.
However, many people in the Lenexa area prefer Google Fiber over AT&T’s fiber offering. They like Google’s straightforward, simple billing and excellent reputation for customer service. They also like its super-fast and super-reliable internet speeds, but AT&T has virtually the same speed offerings. For most people, choosing between Google Fiber and AT&T fiber depends on which provider’s network passes your house first.
Compare plans and prices for AT&T and Google Fiber side by side.
Our top pick for internet in Lenexa (and throughout the US) is AT&T, as long as you can get on the company’s fiber network. We love its fast speeds, low prices, and solid customer service. However, if you can’t get fiber internet from AT&T, we highly recommend Google Fiber.
Both Google Fiber and AT&T offer fiber-to-the-home connections, meaning their networks are 100% fiber-optic cable. Users benefit from unmatched speed and reliability, with no slowdowns during busy times. Fiber is also the fastest way to upload, making it a great choice for live streaming game play and hosting video calls for work.
Verizon, and T-Mobile offer 5G home internet in Lenexa, and Mercury Broadband offers traditional fixed wireless (which works in the same way, by sending signals over a radio frequency).
Both 5G providers offer home internet plans for around $25 per month if you bundle with your cell phone bill, so which provider is right for you depends largely on who you’re using for phone service. If you don’t have either, we generally recommend T-Mobile if you’re in a heavily populated area with a lot of buildings nearby and recommend Verizon if you live in a more rural area, far from the nearest 5G tower.
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- “Check 5g & 4g Lte Coverage Near You,” T-Mobile. Accessed 20 March 2023.
- “Award-winning internet without data caps, annual contracts, or hidden fees,” Google. Accessed 22 March 2023.
- “Google Fiber Coming to Lenexa, Kansas,” Broadband Communities Magazine. Accessed 22 March 2023.
- “AT&T Moves In on Google Fiber With Kansas City Gigabit Rollout,” PC Mag. Accessed 22 March 2023.
- “KsFiberNet extends Fiber Infrastructure to TierPoint Data Centers,” Business Wire. Accessed 22 March 2023.
- “WANRack™ Selected To Build Future-Proof Fiber Network For Second-Largest School District In Kansas,” PR Web. Accessed 22 March 2023.
- “Consolidated Communications sells KC Operations,” Kansas City Business Journal. Accessed 22 March 2023.