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Best internet providers in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Elizabethtown has more fiber internet options than many other nearby cities. Most addresses in Elizabethtown have access to either Kinetic by Windstream fiber internet or Brandenburg Telecom fiber internet. If you don’t have fiber access, Xfinity internet still provides impressively high speeds in the area.

Windstream Communications
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  • Plans starting at $39.99 - $89.99
  • Download speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 500 Mbps

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  • Plans starting at $19.99 - $600.00
  • Download speeds up to 6000 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 6000 Mbps

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Brandenburg Telecom
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  • Plans starting at $29.95
  • Download speeds up to 10 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to n/a

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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 Elizabethtown, 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 Elizabethtown.
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Our top 3 ISP choices in Elizabethtown, KY

#1: Kinetic by Windstream

Kinetic by Windstream is the most widely available fiber internet option in Elizabethtown—not to be confused with Windstream’s old DSL internet plans. If your location is eligible, you can get speeds between 100 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps (a.k.a. gig internet). Kinetic has great intro pricing, including perks like a prepaid Visa gift card. But watch out for hidden fees and price hikes after the first year or two.

Read our full Windstream Communications review.

#2: Xfinity internet

Xfinity internet ranks second on our list because it has widespread availability in Elizabethtown. Xfinity advertises cable internet speeds up to 1,200 Mbps (over 1 gig), which is excellent and also more than any household really needs. Cable internet is not quite as reliable as fiber internet, but if Kinetic isn’t available at your address yet then Xfinity’s a solid second choice.

Read our full Xfinity internet review.

#3: Brandenburg Telecom

Brandenburg is another fiber internet provider in Elizabethtown, although it’s less widely available than either Kinetic or Xfinity. Brandenburg is a local provider—it’s most widely available in Kentucky, and it’s historically known for DSL internet. But Brandenburg’s newer fiber internet option is far superior. Some areas of Elizabethtown are broadly covered by Brandenburg, but not all addresses will be eligible.

All internet providers in Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown has an excellent selection of fiber internet providers compared to other nearby towns. With fairly wide coverage by both Kinetic by Windstream and Brandenburg Telecom, most (but not all) Elizabethtown residents have fiber internet access.

Windstream internet also offers DSL internet in Elizabethtown, but we don’t recommend it over cable internet providers like Xfinity. We also don’t recommend DSL over fixed wireless internet from providers like T-Mobile 5G Home Internet and Verizon Home Internet. Verizon Home Internet doesn’t have great availability in Elizabethtown, but you’ll likely have access to T-Mobile.

Elizabethtown also has access to satellite internet through Viasat, HughesNet, and Starlink, but we really don’t recommend going with satellite unless you live in a rural area without fiber or cable internet options. The high latency from satellite internet makes it difficult to do bandwidth-intensive activities like gaming.

Fastest internet providers in Elizabethtown

The fastest internet provider in Elizabethtown, KY is Xfinity. Xfinity offers over 1 gig’s worth of internet speed, with a highest advertised speed of 1,200 Mbps. That’s really high and almost certainly higher than you or anyone else in your neighborhood needs.

Brandenburg Telecom and Kinetic by Windstream both offer 1-gig speeds as well, with a comparatively reasonable top speed of 1,000 Mbps. Even that is much higher than you need, but if you’re worried about slowdowns, gig speeds are a nice buffer.

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 Elizabethtown

The cheapest internet plans in Elizabethtown are likely Kinetic by Windstream and Xfinity internet—at least for the first year of service. But while these providers might advertise cheap plan costs, you’ll likely save the most money overall with a fixed wireless provider like T-Mobile 5G Home Internet.

Kinetic and Xfinity both charge installation fees, equipment fees, and a smattering of other random costs that will increase your overall expense. T-Mobile Home Internet keeps it simple with easy self-installation and no price hikes after the first year or two. You should set up autopay, but that’s pretty much the only “gotcha” T-Mobile Home Internet has.

Internet options in nearby cities

Internet options in nearby cities like Louisville are a bit different from Elizabethtown. Unlike Elizabethtown, Louisville doesn’t have access to Kinetic by Windstream or Brandenburg. The primary fiber internet option in Louisville is AT&T fiber.

Elizabethtown has better fiber access than many other nearby cities. Even though Elizabethtown residents don’t have access to AT&T fiber, Kinetic and Brandenburg both have decently good availability throughout the city.

For details on which providers are available near you, check out these cities:

People with access to Kinetic by Windstream agree it’s a huge upgrade over Windstream’s traditional DSL internet. There is some talk about the hidden fees and price increases you can get with Kinetic, but it’s still a top choice for fiber internet if it’s available at your address.

Other internet topics in the area tend to center around providers you can’t easily get in Elizabethtown, such as AT&T fiber and Spectrum internet.

Check out these Reddit threads to see what people are saying:

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People with access to Kinetic by Windstream agree it’s a huge upgrade over Windstream’s traditional DSL internet. There is some talk about the hidden fees and price increases you can get with Kinetic, but it’s still a top choice for fiber internet if it’s available at your address.

Other internet topics in the area tend to center around providers you can’t easily get in Elizabethtown, such as AT&T fiber and Spectrum internet.

Check out these Reddit threads to see what people are saying:

Post by u/gotBooched
Here is a breakdown of your residential ISP options in Louisville

I see a lot of posts about internet options in Louisville

A few important notes -

  • Generally speaking, Louisville has absolutely outstanding internet.
  • Just because an ISP is available in Louisville does not mean the infrastructure is available to your particular home or apartment.
  • some apartments / small communities are pre-wired with exclusivity agreements that prevent other ISP’s from coming in. As of February this year, this practice is now illegal. FCC requires all new developments to offer multiple ISP’s. They are not requiring places to retrofit, but just keep it in mind - you may not have access to all these services
  • I really do not know about cellular internet that is unlimited so I am leaving it out of here
  • Google Fiber is gone and never coming back. They failed miserably here. They presented a plan to Bill Dieruf as to how they planned on installing infrastructure in J-Town and he basically told them “this shit will never work in Louisville Kentucky”. They ignored his caution, went to the highlands and lost a ton of money trying to execute it. The freeze / thaw cycles in Louisville are not going to allow future ISP expansion here. Google’s plan was to cut asphalt in roads and it failed within a year. Fibers were popping up out of the road and they were not permitted to use telephone / power poles.
  • Google wasn't even able to come up with a plan to use our existing power and telephone lines. Don't bank on ever having any other hardline providers in town.
  • The hard line providers (spectrum and ATT) get plenty of bandwidth to your home. If you are ever calling to “up your bandwidth” because of poor performance, you need to look at the hardware running your setup. A 4K Netflix stream uses about 6 megs per second. In theory you should be able to watch 50 simultaneous Netflix streams before buffering on a 400 meg connection.

OK -

Spectrum - has coaxial based internet and cable options. Available just about anywhere in the city except for down rural roads. Great internet. Their hardware sucks. I always tell people “spectrum has a responsibility to get good service to your home. Once it is inside, it is your responsibility”. So if you get your own modem / router you can have great success with Spectrum for under $50 / month. I have had spectrum for 8 years at my current home and literally never once had a service outage or buffered. Never. Once. Not being dramatic. Spectrum does not guarantee bandwidth however even if they get 50 megs a second to your home yoh should be floating.

AT&T Fiber - has fiber optic based internet and cable options. They are rapidly deploying fiber throughout the city. If it is not available for you, call them and they can tell you when they expect to be in your area. AT&T fiber works very well and is less prone to service calls because fiber is light and light doesn’t fail. AT&T does guarantee bandwidth. If you are paying for 200 meg / second you will always get that amount. Sometimes faster.

AT&T UVerse (note, link will direct you to fiber as you can no longer sign up for UVerse) - uses copper telephone lines. officially in legacy mode now. They are no longer deploying. If you are able to get it, run. Downright miserable experience. They use the same phone lines that were brought into your home in the 1990’s for DSL.

Iglou - identical to AT&T fiber. No access to cable tv. Same thing as getting AT&T, but you get to call a 502 number. They even send AT&T techs and use their equipment.

Bluegrass.Net - sends internet to your home via wireless antenna bridge. They rent real estate on top of large buildings and water towers throughout the Metro which is surprisingly effective. Worth a call if you’re fed up with other providers or cannot get their service. Can game. Fine service.

Hughes.net Satellite - miserable, but an option. Can stream movies. Cannot game due to high latency. Very spotty service, but an option.

ViaSat Satellite - better than Hughes IMO, but still miserable. Better than nothing.

Starlink - Their website says nothing in Louisville until 2023 but someone here is claiming to have it. Haven't seen proof and I've never seen Starlink gear or service tech in town which doesn't mean it's definitely NOT here but take that as you will

Cellular options - sorry, you’re on your own. If someone drops a note on their experience with it I will gladly update. Click the link for more info

edit 1 - including links to all providers. Removed my incorrect reference to Google not having access to telephone lines when they were trying to get going here

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Excellent writeup.

Post by u/Gildasclub1986
T-Mobile home internet?

Only options here are T-Mobile, Spectrum and ATT. No iglou or fiber, is anyone using T-mobile and like it?

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I use it and It’s mostly reliable but there’s sometimes drops where you have to reload a webpage multiple times to get it to connect. Located in old louisville. Quality likely depends on location.

Post by u/xokushykitty
How much do you pay for internet?

Good day fellow Louisvillians,

Basically what the title says. How much do you pay for internet monthly?

I live in 40206 and have used spectrum for years; started at $50/month in 2018 for the first year and slowly increased afterwards.

My monthly payment was at $80 for a long time and I just saw today that it went up to $85. I have the most basic internet - honestly not sure what the speed is lol. Our household doesn't have a lot devices connected. Can't help but to be annoyed as the cost of living keeps rising along with the lack of notification of raised rates. Maybe I missed something. Maybe this is just the standard rates and I'm not being robbed.

I called IGLOU about a month ago and got quoted $75/month. I assume I can't get much lower because of the zip code?

Either way, feel free to use this space to rant about the cost of internet, life, and raised prices!

UPDATE: After some procrastination, finally decided to go with AT&T fiber 300 mbps for $55. I'm hyped to save $30 per month thanks to you all!

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I have ATT fiber, currently $65 a month.

Post by u/1ksassa
Any experiences with Kinetic/Windstream internet?

As I do every year, I am shopping around for home internet providers.

Kinetic currently has an introductory offer for &19.99/mo internet +&6.99/mo router/modem rental. That's $27/mo. (rate will increase to 39.99 after one year but I'm planning to switch again by then)

For extra incentive they are offering free internet and modem for 3mo (tho I still pay taxes) AND a $200 visa prepaid card.

The catch is that at my Zip code they can only offer 12Mbps. I wfh and from what I read Zoom/google/MS teams need only about 1-2 Mbps for HD video calls, so I think this should be fine?

Does anybody here have experience with this offer? Is this a scam? $27/mo after 3 free months with a $200 signup bonus sounds almost too good to be true.

What am I missing?

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Today i ordered their service just for testing, i have not cancelled my Spectrum 200Mbps service yet. I asked the rep to match the 200Mbps service and he said he can do that so this Monday they will come to install it, i will test it and come back here to post my experience with it. I use my internet mainly for online gaming (Destiny 2) and streaming.

Cannot wait to test what they offer.

Post by u/BourbonGamer
Kinetic (windstream) fiber internet? Anybody use it?

Currently with spectrum but received a flyer for kinetic and I am eligible for 500mbps for $39.99/mo.

I currently have 500mbps down but only 20mbps up with spectrum.

I would definitely be interested in trying Kinetic if they get close to advertised. Curious as to others experience in Lexington (I know windstream sucks rural)

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Another vote for Kinetic fiber if you can get it. No issues, and I run a small private server out of my house. No bandwidth throttling even when I managed to push about 15TB of data uploaded one month.

Internet news and infrastructure in Elizabethtown, KY

Elizabethtown has excellent access overall to high-speed internet, especially speeds between 100 Mbps and 250 Mbps. About 85% of the city has access to speeds up to 1 gig (1,000 Mbps), but the vast majority of people don’t need speeds that high. If you want to save some money on your internet bill, then choosing a plan with 100 Mbps over a 1-gig plan is an easy choice.

As for internet infrastructure in Elizabethtown, the city already has relatively good access to fiber internet. But there are some areas of Elizabethtown that don’t have either Kinetic by Windstream or Brandenburg Telecom internet available yet. This type of disparity is often referred to as a “digital divide,” and continued fiber internet expansion can help bridge it.

In Elizabethtown, KY, 99% of households can get 100 Mbps, 99% can get 250 Mbps, and 85% can get 1 Gbps.

Frequently asked internet questions in Elizabethtown

Xfinity has the fastest internet speeds available in Elizabethtown, KY. But fiber internet from providers like Kinetic by Windstream and Brandenburg are often more reliable.

Internet plan costs in Elizabethtown range anywhere from $9.95 per month for Xfinity’s lowest priced plan to around $90 for plans up to 1 gig. Keep in mind that plan costs are only one part of the equation—you also have to account for installation fees, equipment fees, and any other costs your internet provider tacks on to your bill.

Pretty good overall. Elizabethtown has relatively widespread access to fiber internet, and addresses without fiber can likely still get coverage from cable internet or fixed wireless internet providers. Elizabethtown also has widespread access to plan speeds of at least 100 Mbps.

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