Best internet providers in El Paso, Texas
Nine internet providers serve El Paso, providing fiber, cable, DSL, fixed wireless, and satellite internet. The best one for most people will be AT&T fiber, which happens to be our pick for best internet provider nationally. If that’s not available to you though, Spectrum and T-Mobile are great alternatives.
Our top 3 ISP choices in El Paso, TX
AT&T fiber is the best internet in El Paso, but Spectrum and T-Mobile are also solid options.
#1: AT&T fiber internet
AT&T has the best fiber internet, and that’s great news for El Paso locals because there’s great coverage from the Rio Grande to the New Mexico border. AT&T fiber offers from 300 Mbps to a whopping 5 gigs at a good price. You won’t see data caps, contracts, or even equipment rental fees, which is rare.
Read our full AT&T internet review.
#2: Spectrum internet
Spectrum has more availability in El Paso than AT&T fiber, and it’s cable—which is the next best thing to fiber internet. Spectrum has a wider variety of plans so you can get less than 300 Mbps. Prices look cheaper than AT&T, but there are more hidden fees and frequent price hikes to deal with.
Read our full Spectrum internet review.
#3: T-Mobile home internet
T-Mobile is available to 94% of El Paso, which is even more than Spectrum. Because it uses fixed wireless technology, it’s less reliable than either of our other two top picks—you’ll want to try it for a month to make sure you get a signal at your house. But if you do, you could bundle this service with a cell phone plan to get super cheap internet at an average download speed of 182 Mbps.
Read our full T-Mobile internet review.
All internet providers in El Paso
Beamspeed offers up to 1 gig speeds in El Paso, but the city is a “beta service area,” which could mean it’s just testing the waters. (1) Mostly, Beamspeed serves the areas of Yuma, AZ and El Centro, CA—another desert region. Meanwhile, El Paso’s additional fixed wireless options aren’t as cheap as T-Mobile’s service, but if you get a better signal with them they’ll be less frustrating to use. These options include Verizon 5G and Webatron.
We don’t recommend El Paso’s satellite options unless you can’t get any other provider. HughesNet, Viasat, and Starlink are all more expensive and less reliable than other providers in El Paso. Starlink doesn’t have data caps, but you’ll have to buy all your equipment upfront for at least $600.
Fastest internet providers in El Paso
The fastest internet provider in El Paso is AT&T fiber, hands down. It’s incredible 5 gigs is way faster than Spectrum’s 1 gig. However, it’s mostly a waste of money because almost no one needs more than 1 gig anyway. If 1 gig is what you want, though, we still recommend AT&T because of its faster upload speeds.
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Cheapest internet providers in El Paso
For most people, Spectrum will be your cheapest option in El Paso. Its 30 Mbps plan is one of the cheapest we’ve seen anywhere, even considering Spectrum’s notorious hidden fees and price hikes. However, if you have a T-Mobile cell phone you could get faster speeds—an average download speed of 182 Mbps—for around the same cost.
Internet options in nearby cities
Socorro to the south has most of the same providers as El Paso, but you’ll find less fiber infrastructure. That means you’ll see more AT&T DSL and more Spectrum cable. You can’t get AT&T DSL anymore, but Spectrum’s probably the better bet anyway. You’ll also see Mission Valley Communications fixed wireless internet in Socorro and further south along the Rio Grande.
To the north in New Mexico, you’ll continue to see great Spectrum cable coverage along Interstate 10. Las Cruces has a completely different set of providers. Our best picks there are CenturyLink fiber and Xfinity cable. But you’ll also see three small local providers—WNM Communications, Beamspeed, and Webatron.
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What El Paso residents are saying on Reddit
El Paso locals seem to generally agree with our rankings. Those who love AT&T have its fiber service, and those who complain usually have its legacy DSL service.
Spectrum seems to be hit or miss when it comes to reliability, but some people never have a problem with it. That said, most people are unhappy with Spectrum’s frequent price hikes. Some customers report successfully negotiating to keep their introductory rate every year or so, while others get turned down by customer service agents.
Most people find T-Mobile to be pretty reliable throughout El Paso.
Moving near 5 Points, looking for best/most reliable internet provider. Thanks
We have AT&T fiber and it’s been great working from home. 1000 down / 1000 up for 39 bones. Can’t beat it.
Currently paying $65 for 350Mbps download speeds with Spectrum here in the UTEP area. I know AT&T also provides internet in some areas, so curious as to who doesn't rely in Spectrum. Also wondering if anyone else is hyped that Verizon is bringing an internet plan for $25 with 500Mbps+ download speeds in the near future.
Have spectrum, paying $75 this year because they stopped giving me the promo rate when I called in to "cancel." Interested to see how well Verizon's service will reach up close to the mountains.
New to El Paso and I need to get my internet up and running, who are the best providers? We were using spectrum elsewhere, is it worth using here?
If AT&T is available at your address, and offers more than the 50MB speeds go for that, if not Spectrum is really the only other reliable option.
I’ve had Spectrum for a good 10 years and have had a few issues here and there but for the most part it’s been good.
I’d go with AT&T if I could but max speed they offer at my house is crappy 50MB.
Internet news and infrastructure in El Paso, TX
El Paso has a strong infrastructure, with all residents having access to at least one 250 Mbps plan. More than a third of residents (37%, to be precise) can get up to 1 gig download speeds. Cable and satellite providers are the most widespread internet types, with each covering at least 70% of households. DSL and fixed wireless cover around two-thirds of households, with fiber lagging behind at less than 20% of households. (2)
If you’re considering Verizon internet, you’re in luck. Verizon has recently increased its data capacity for 5G cell service and home internet in El Paso. (3) Given that over a third of households in the area can get Verizon, it could be worth taking this provider for a test drive now, even if you’ve tried them before.
Frequently asked internet questions in El Paso
It depends. Verizon Fios is better than Spectrum, but Verizon fixed wireless isn’t. Unfortunately, Verizon offers only fixed wireless in El Paso.
Spectrum is more reliable and has way more availability in El Paso, which means most people will prefer Spectrum. However, if you’re one of the 38% of households that can get Verizon fixed wireless, you’re okay with less reliability, and you don’t need more than 50 Mbps download speeds, Verizon could be a better option than Spectrum. We find that people who choose Verizon over Spectrum are tired of Spectrum’s poor customer service and frequent price hikes.
No, Xfinity doesn’t have availability in El Paso. It’s available a little to the north in Las Cruces, but not El Paso proper. However, a lot of El Paso residents have access to an even better provider: AT&T fiber.
We like AT&T because you can get 300 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps download speeds for around $55–$85 with no contract, data caps, or equipment rental fees. However, if you don’t need 300 Mbps, check out Spectrum or T-Mobile.
Usually, yes. Depending on the company, you could save from $5–$15 on your monthly bill by using your own router. Internet providers usually charge you a monthly rental fee to use their modem and router. Often, you’ll have to use the modem the provider rents to you, but most companies have compatibility with at least a few routers you can buy on your own.
In El Paso, Spectrum charges around $5 per month for a router, with additional charges if you want any Wi-Fi extenders. Both AT&T and T-Mobile require you to use their equipment—a router/modem combo called a gateway—but neither charges you a monthly rental fee.