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Best internet providers in Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Achieving high download speeds and a reliable internet connection is easy in Lee’s Summit, with two incredible fiber options and a cable option that covers over 80% of the area. (1) AT&T fiber and Google Fiber are our top picks. AT&T is great for high speeds and relatively low prices, while Google Fiber consistently ranks high in customer satisfaction and offers affordable plans.

The home internet industry at large is moving toward a fiber-based model, but for those who rely on cable for fast and secure connections, Spectrum has you covered. It offers reliable coverage to most of Lee’s Summit at a fraction of the cost to the fiber alternative (on certain plans), perfect for small households looking to save money.

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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 $70.00 - $100.00
  • Download speeds up to 2000 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 1000 Mbps

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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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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 Lee’s Summit, 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 Lee’s Summit.
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Updated 5/8/23

Our top 3 ISP choices in Lee’s Summit, MO

Each of our top three providers in Lee’s Summit—AT&T, Google Fiber, and Spectrum—offers fast internet speeds, good monthly pricing, and reliable connections.

#1: AT&T fiber internet

Offering fast internet for reasonable prices, AT&T takes the top spot on our list. We like that there’s no cap on data, allowing for seamless use of the internet without worrying about running out of data near the end of the month. AT&T also includes the equipment for home internet in its monthly prices (though a fee is added if you need a pro to help with fiber internet installation). Additionally, there are no annual contracts, so it’s easy to switch if you’re not satisfied.

Some parts of AT&T’s network are DSL, which is slow and expensive for the speed you get, but you can’t get new DSL connections anymore from AT&T.

Read our full AT&T fiber internet review.

#2: Google Fiber internet

If you’re looking for a great customer service experience, hassle-free installation, and ultra-fast upload and download speeds, we recommend Google Fiber. AT&T may be a perennial contender for the JD Power Customer Satisfaction Award (2), but customers love Google Fiber’s consistency, helpful customer service reps, and simple pricing. Google Fiber is available to over 80% of the residents in Lee’s Summit, and it’s a great choice for home internet if you can get it.

Read our full Google Fiber internet review.

#3: Spectrum internet

Though it reaches just over 65% of the residents in Lee’s Summit, Spectrum is a decent option if you’re looking to save a few bucks and still obtain high internet speeds. Depending on current deals, you can get speeds of 300+ Mbps for $50 a month with an unlimited mobile phone line included. Spectrum also has a budget plan for around $30 a month that offers speeds up to 100 Mbps, which could work for very small households with minimal internet usage. Startup and installation fees may be included when you sign up, but bundling your products (internet, TV, home phone) is much easier with Spectrum.

Read our full Spectrum internet review.

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There are a few other good home internet  options for those not looking to go with any of the top three on our list. T-Mobile covers over 90% of the area, though it can be picky about whether it can provide service at a specific address. If you have a mobile phone plan with T-Mobile, it’s worth checking to see if you qualify for an inexpensive home internet plan. (3)

If you’d prefer satellite internet over fiber or cable, Viasat and HughesNet have you covered, both providing 100% coverage of the Lee’s Summit area. HughesNet offers affordable plans and bonus data during off-peak hours, but slow speeds, contract obligations, and price hikes after two years of service can be a drag on your psyche and your wallet. Viasat provides relatively fast satellite internet, but high prices and caps on high-speed data drag it down in our ratings.

Starlink, another company that provides high-speed, low-latency broadband via satellite, is also planning to expand into the Lee’s Summit area in 2023. (4)

Verizon has a small coverage footprint in the Lee’s Summit area, but it’s worth a look if you already use Verizon for your mobile needs. (5)

Fastest internet providers in Lee’s Summit

Google Fiber, AT&T, and Spectrum take the cake when it comes to speed, with AT&T doubling (and a little extra) the possible speeds achieved by Google Fiber and Spectrum. AT&T offers symmetrical download and upload speeds up to 5,000 Mbps (5 Gbps), while Google Fiber maxes out at 2,000 Mbps (2 Gbps) and Spectrum has a still-very-fast 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps) download speed. With that said, all of these companies offer ultra-fast speeds for most home internet needs like gaming, streaming, downloading large files, etc.

True “speed demons” who dislike even the smallest trace of lag or buffering or sluggish downloads can always add more speed for an extra price, but with the astronomical speeds these companies provide, it might be overkill.

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 Lee’s Summit

Xfinity is the cheapest option for home internet, but its services cover only 30% of the area in and around Lee’s Summit. There’s also a long-term contract of one year in order to qualify at the lowest price. Spectrum and T-Mobile are neck and neck when it comes to pricing, but we’d prefer T-Mobile for its wider coverage area and the deals included with a sign-up, like T-Mobile’s “Netflix On Us” promotion, easily saving you another $10 to $20 a month (must have one active phone line to qualify).

Internet options in nearby cities

Numerous cities near Lee’s Summit have Google Fiber and AT&T available for home internet needs. Spectrum doesn’t offer service in certain cities around Lee’s Summit.

Though fixed wireless provider Wisper does have a larger presence in Lee’s Summit, coverage is relatively limited in surrounding cities. KwiKom offers impressive coverage in St. Joseph but is unavailable in Lee’s Summit. KCCoyote and United Electric Cooperative have limited footprints as well (also unavailable in Lee’s Summit).

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What Lee’s Summit residents are saying on Reddit

The reviews are in, and it’s Google Fiber taking home the blue ribbon: customers absolutely rave about the superior speeds, customer service, and affordable prices. Customers also love AT&T for its unlimited data and lack of outages, with some even claiming the service between AT&T and Google Fiber was virtually identical. Depending on your needs and sentiments regarding these companies, it may all come down to pricing here.

Though it’s technically the cheapest of the bunch, Spectrum lags behind both AT&T and Google Fiber in terms of customer satisfaction, device functionality, and consistent service.

Post by u/mj1814
ISP Question

I'm moving (back) to KCMO, and my property manager said my choices for ISP are:

  • Google Fiber
  • Spectrum
  • AT&T

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.


Most helpful response

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.

Post by u/TheBubbaJoe
Moving to a area outside of google fibers coverage. My options are spectrum or AT&T. Which one sucks less?

I currently pay for the 1G speed from fiber. Does anyone have any experience with the other too providers?

Most helpful response

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.



Post by u/GuyBeinADude
AT&T Fiber vs. Spectrum

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!


Most helpful response

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.

Post by u/moistchedder69
Best Internet Provider?

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

Most helpful response

Google Fiber.

Post by u/Gr00vyGr4vy
GoogleFiber $35/mo plan?

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 :)

Most helpful response

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 Lee’s Summit, MO

Google Fiber and AT&T are the major players in Lee’s Summit, and both are competing for their take of the market share. In 2011, Google added Lee’s Summit to its FTTP (fiber to the premises) build-out list, and it kept its word to expand into Lee’s Summit and the surrounding areas. (6)

AT&T is also committed to becoming America’s leading broadband provider, setting up a showdown between it and Google Fiber for supremacy on the home front, claiming that 5G and fiber will be the “digital backbone for the [the nation’s] economy over the next decade.” (7) We tend to agree!

Lee’s Summit is one of the fastest growing communities in Missouri over the past 70 years, and with further population growth expected in the coming years, there’s a good chance fiber is in Lee’s Summit to stay. Every company that offers this next-gen service will want to get itsproduct into the homes of as many residents as possible, so we expect better and better prices on home internet in the region.

In Lee's Summit, 98% of households ca get 100 Mbps, 98% can get 250 Mbps, and 87% can get 1 Gbps.

Frequently asked internet questions in Lee’s Summit

Both services offer excellent plans and fast internet that will meet any, if not all, home internet needs. Google Fiber’s pricing almost never changes, while AT&T’s pricing can fluctuate. On the flip side, Google Fiber’s overall network is not nearly as large as AT&T’s.

Put Google Fiber and AT&T in a head-to-head matchup.

The main advantage is that satellite internet works well in rural areas, providing internet to those who don’t fit into a certain ZIP code or don’t have an  address that can receive adequate broadband service. Satellite internet also doesn’t require cables, fiber, or other major infrastructure to function—just a satellite dish for your home.

Disadvantages can include higher latency and slower speeds than cable. Some plans also have data restrictions, and there are often strict contracts and much higher prices than what you pay for other service types. In general, we don’t recommend satellite internet if you have other options in your area.

Read more about how satellite internet works.

Monthly internet prices depend on the service provider you choose to go with, but the cheapest are going to be T-Mobile, AT&T, and Spectrum, with the latter two providing more consistent speeds than T-Mobile.

The cheapest home internet is going to be about $25 per month, but you can pay for plans that cost $180 or more per month.

1. “FCC Broadband Map,” Federal Communications Commission. Accessed 20 March 2023.2. "US Residential Internet Provider Satisfaction Study," J.D. Power. Accessed 20 March 2023.3. “Check 5g & 4g Lte Coverage Near You,” T-Mobile. Accessed 20 March 2023.4. “FCC authorizes SpaceX to begin deploying up to 7,500 next-generation Starlink satellites,” CNBC. Accessed 28 March 2023.5. “Explore Verizon 5G and 4G LTE network coverage in your area,” Verizon. Accessed 20 March 2023.6. “Google Fiber Adds Lee’s Summit, MO, to its FTTP Build Out List,” Fierce Telecom. Accessed 28 March 2023.7. “Why We’re Expanding One of the Country’s Largest Fiber Networks – and Why That Matters to You,” ATT. Accessed 28 March 2023.
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