Best internet providers in Louisville, Kentucky
We chose our top internet providers in Louisville based on factors like speed, reliability, and coverage throughout the city. Our top pick is AT&T fiber for its reliable connection and fast speeds, but it’s not available everywhere quite yet. Louisville addresses without fiber access should go with Spectrum internet or T-Mobile Home Internet. They’re both more widely available than fiber.
Our top 3 ISP choices in Louisville, KY
Our top picks for internet in Louisville are AT&T fiber, Spectrum, and T-Mobile 5G Home Internet.
#1: AT&T fiber internet
AT&T fiber is our top choice in Louisville due to its superior reliability compared to cable and old DSL. You’ll need to check whether or not your address is eligible because AT&T’s still working on expanding its fiber coverage throughout the city, but most people in Louisville should have access.
Read our full AT&T internet review.
#2: Spectrum internet
Spectrum doesn’t offer a residential fiber option in Louisville, but its cable-connected internet still delivers impressively high speeds. Spectrum is also available in some parts of Louisville where you can’t get AT&T fiber. The main downside is that Spectrum tends to have price hikes and extra fees.
Read our full Spectrum internet review.
#3: T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
T-Mobile offers fixed wireless home internet all over Louisville. Fixed wireless can be a bit less reliable than cable or fiber because your signal depends on proximity to cell towers rather than a wired connection to your house. But thanks to T-Mobile’s high coverage across the city, speed shouldn’t be much of an issue for most people.
Read our full T-Mobile 5G Home Internet review.
All internet providers in Louisville
Louisville has access to an assortment of internet connection types. Depending on where you live in the city, you can get fiber, cable, fixed wireless, or satellite internet. While fiber is best, cable and fixed wireless are pretty good too, which is good news for people who only have Spectrum or T-Mobile Home Internet available at their address.
We recommend that you avoid satellite internet providers unless you have no other choice. Gamers who need low-latency internet will struggle with a satellite connection—regardless of how fast your plan is.
Fastest internet providers in Louisville
The fastest providers in Louisville all have around the same top speed: 1 gig. If you want gig speeds, you’ll have to go with AT&T fiber or Spectrum.
If you can’t afford the 1-gig plan, don’t worry—most people don’t need anywhere near speeds that high. 100 Mbps to 300 Mbps will serve most households just fine.
How much speed do you need?
Cheapest internet providers in Louisville
Even fiber can be relatively affordable in Louisville, but if you want the cheapest of the cheap, then you need either T-Mobile Home Internet or Verizon Home Internet.
T-Mobile is more widely available and more consistently affordable than Verizon Home Internet. But if you’re already a Verizon customer, then you might be able to get Verizon Home Internet for an impressively low cost (assuming it’s available at your address).
Fixed wireless home internet, what T-Mobile and Verizon offer, usually has no equipment or installation fees, no contracts, and no price hikes in the second year. Features like that give your budget a break compared to fee-happy providers like Spectrum.
Internet options in nearby cities
Cities near Louisville have many of the same options, including AT&T fiber, Spectrum, T-Mobile Home Internet, and Verizon. If you live in Elizabethtown or Campbellsville, then you might also be able to get Windstream or Xfinity.
To see more details, check out what’s available in these cities:
What Louisville residents are saying on Reddit
Louisville residents on social media confirm that fiber internet is the way to go. And if you don’t like AT&T fiber, then you can consider going through IgLou instead. IgLou is a fiber internet provider that uses AT&T’s same infrastructure, but it’s a local outfit with local customer service agents, which is perhaps why IgLou has 4.5 stars on Google Reviews. (1)
Keep in mind that IgLou’s plans tend to be more expensive than AT&T’s. And since all the infrastructure still belongs to AT&T, the internet connection itself will be identical.
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.
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
ATT fiber Pros: really fast, really cheap for speeds you get, own line instead of a shared network Cons: not available everywhere
Only options here are T-Mobile, Spectrum and ATT. No iglou or fiber, is anyone using T-mobile and like it?
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.
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!
I have ATT fiber, currently $65 a month.
Internet news and infrastructure in Louisville, KY
The biggest opportunity for internet infrastructure in Louisville is fiber internet expansion and speed upgrades. Currently, only around 51% of the city has access to 1-gig speeds. Fiber internet expansion will help improve access to higher-speed internet, which could be especially important for schools and businesses.
In June 2022, the Louisville Metro Council allocated $2 million to expand internet access in Louisville and help bridge the “digital divide.” This was part of a round of ARP (American Rescue Plan) funding that has to be spent by 2026. (2) Ideally, parts of Louisville that currently lack access to high-speed internet will see that change over the next few years.
Frequently asked internet questions in Louisville
It depends on where you live, but generally speaking, AT&T fiber and Spectrum internet are the fastest providers in Louisville and some other parts of Kentucky.
Price varies across the state, but top brands like AT&T fiber generally start at $55 per month for internet in Kentucky. Lower-cost brands like T-Mobile Home Internet can cost as low as $50 per month and have fewer hidden fees and extra charges than traditional internet providers.
Yes, most of Louisville has access to AT&T fiber internet. You may also be able to get fiber connected internet from other providers, like IgLou (which still uses AT&T infrastructure). Double check if your address is eligible for fiber internet because Louisville is not 100% covered yet.
- “IgLou Internet Services, Inc.,” Google Reviews. Accessed 19 March, 2023.
- “Louisville Metro Council approves 4th round of ARP money, new golf course proposal rules,” The Courier-Journal. Accessed 19 March, 2023.