Best internet providers in Independence, Missouri
Our expert team’s pick for the best internet provider in Independence is AT&T fiber for its fast speeds, good monthly prices, and no hidden fees. Xfinity is also a nice option for home internet, and it offers low prices without sacrificing on reliability.
Our third choice in the area, T-Mobile, uses its 5G coverage to provide internet speeds that can be very fast, but may be more variable at different times of day.
Disclaimer: Availability and pricing are subject to location. Conditions apply. For offer details, visit the provider's website.
Our top 3 ISP choices in Independence, MO
Home internet shoppers in Independence may have a choice of fiber internet, cable internet, or 5G connection types.
#1: AT&T internet
If you can get on AT&T’s fiber internet, you’re in luck! Not only is AT&T well-renowned for customer service (1), it is also one of the fastest internet providers in the country and one of the cheapest ways to get a fully fiber-optic connection all the way to your home. Prices start at $55 per month, and that includes Wi-Fi equipment rental (plus freedom from contracts and data caps).
We do have to bring up one caveat, though. Some areas of Independence still have legacy DSL connections from AT&T, and those plans are slow and expensive. You can't buy DSL plans form AT&T anymore, and most cases, we’d skip DSL in favor of another connection type.
Read our full AT&T review.
#2: Xfinity internet
Xfinity coverage blankets almost all of Independence, and its cable internet can nearly match what AT&T offers when it comes to download speeds. What we like even more, though, is that Xfinity offers a range of plans and a range of monthly prices, and you can sometimes get a nice Wi-Fi gateway included with your monthly plan on certain promotions.
There are some downsides, too. Most Xfinity plans have data caps or charge $30 per month to lift them, and the company hasn’t always had a great reputation. We’re starting to see that change, though, and we applaud the progress!
Read our full Xfinity review.
#3: T-Mobile internet
5G home internet with T-Mobile is very easy to set up, and speeds can get all the way up to 182 Mbps (in ideal conditions). We love that you can bundle with your cell phone plan to get this service for a very affordable $25 per month, and we’re glad there are no contracts to worry about. Our only complaint is that due to the nature of 5G, speeds can sometimes slow to a crawl, and that’s more likely to happen if a lot of your neighbors are trying to log in to the network at the same time. More distance from the nearest 5G tower can also slow things down in a hurry.
Read our full T-Mobile review.
All internet providers in Independence
A handful of other providers sell home internet in Independence. In addition to our top three picks, you may also be able to get 5G home internet from Verizon. Fixed wireless internet provider Wisper is available to about 14% of addresses as well. (2) Spectrum is also available to a teeny tiny corner of the city, and that’s our number-two pick in areas where Xfinity doesn’t do business.
You can also get satellite internet throughout Independence, but we rarely recommend it when you have a nice range of fiber internet, cable internet, and 5G options to choose from.
Fastest internet providers in Independence
AT&T fiber offers a plan with upload and download speeds up to 5 Gbps, and that’s easily the fastest internet in town! It also offers plans in the 300–500 Mbps range though, and that’s what we usually recommend unless you are certain you need the faster speeds.
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Cheapest internet providers in Independence
Xfinity is the cheapest way to get internet in Independence, if you can get in on its $20 monthly plan for up to 50 Mbps of speed. Just watch out for data caps by keeping an eye on your mobile app.
Internet options in nearby cities
Many cities in the area have access to Google Fiber, which has a great reputation for no-fuss pricing and very fast speeds. There are quite a few smaller internet providers as well, but Xfinity doesn’t have a very big footprint in the wider region.
Get the details on how to get internet in cities throughout the greater metro area:
What Independence residents are saying on Reddit
In Reddit discussions in the broader Kansas City area, locals tend to favor Google Fiber heavily. Since Google Fiber isn't available in Independence, AT&T fiber seems to have the next-best reputation.
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?
You may also have TMobile 5G home internet or Verizon home internet as an option. About $50 a month or less. Anything to keep away from those other TWO.
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!
We switched to att about 4 months ago when they finally ran fiber to our neighborhood. Ditched spectrum and haven't been happier. Haven't had any outages (with spectrum we'd have a 2 hour outage about every 2 weeks, and the wifi from their modem would constantly flatline and they said they don't guarantee their wifi, wtf it's their modem). And it was half the price for 50% faster speed.
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
Internet news and infrastructure in Independence, MO
Fast internet is widely available in and around Independence, with virtually 100% of town having the option for home internet speeds of 250 Mbps. Another 45% can get speeds all the way up to a gig. (2)
Meanwhile, state leaders are on a quest to make sure every Missourian can get great internet. The Office of Broadband Development is planning how to spend federal taxpayer dollars on the project and is conducting a brief survey of households about how they use the internet and how easy it is to get. (3)
The federal government itself is also helping by managing its Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides $30 off home internet bills every month for certain families, seniors, and Veterans. It’s available nationwide, and each provider we review participates.
Learn more about how to get free or cheap internet in Missouri.
Frequently asked internet questions in Independence
Our number-one internet provider for gaming in Independence is also our number-one pick overall: AT&T fiber. If you can get on any of its fiber internet plans, you’ll enjoy very fast ping and very low latency, and outages are very rare. At just $55 per month, the price is right, too.
Yes, we think Xfinity is a decent option for home internet in Independence. Its customer service seems to be improving, and sometimes offers speeds that are even faster than advertised. We like its Wi-Fi gateway and mobile app, too, and it comes with a bonus! If you have an Xfinity login, you can access a wide network of mobile hotspots.
T-Mobile’s 5G home internet and Verizon’s 5G home internet are pretty comparable. T-Mobile is our third choice for internet overall in Independence, and you can get set up and get online within minutes of your Wi-Fi gear being delivered. There’s more equipment to deal with if you go with Verizon, but it may work better if you’re far from the nearest tower.
That said, the prices and 5G coverage of both providers are very similar, so we usually recommend going with whichever one you’re already using for cell phone coverage.