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Best internet providers in Brookfield, Wisconsin

You’re lucky enough to get a choice of internet providers in Brookfield, with offerings from a fiber internet provider, a cable provider, and multiple fixed wireless and satellite providers. Cable internet from Spectrum is the most widely available, and AT&T has been busy building out its fiber network in the area. Fixed wireless from T-Mobile is also a nice option, though, and you can get some very respectable deals if you bundle with your mobile phone plan.

Deciding which internet plan is right for you depends on your exact address, and then on how much speed you need and how much you want to pay. The fastest speeds are from AT&T, but it’s not available everywhere. For slower speeds but more cost-effectiveness, our team of experts recommends Spectrum or T-Mobile.

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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 $29.99 - $169.97
  • Download speeds up to 1 Gbps
  • Upload speeds up to 35 Mbps

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  • Plans starting at $50.00
  • Download speeds up to 182 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 23 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 Brookfield, 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 Brookfield.
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Our top 3 ISP choices in Brookfield, WI

Different internet technologies come with different plans and prices. There’s also connection reliability and speed variability to think about when you’re choosing an internet service for your Brookfield-area home.

#1: AT&T internet

More and more homes throughout Brookfield are eligible for shiny new fiber internet plans for AT&T, with prices as low as $55 per month for speeds up to 300 Mbps. That’s fast enough for the average home, and the price is right. If you can get fiber, you’ll benefit from no contracts and $0 equipment costs, but you may have to pay for installation.

AT&T still has an old DSL network in parts of Brookfield, and many homes may still have DSL service. You can’t get new DSL service anymore, though, so if you can get AT&T at a new address in Brookfield, you’re getting fiber.

Read our full AT&T internet review.

#2: Spectrum internet

Cable internet doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as fiber internet, but it’s much more widely available nationwide. That’s also true of Brookfield, where cable reaches an impressive 99% of homes. Spectrum offers truly budget internet prices, with a plan as low as around $30. It also offers download speeds of 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps), fast enough for virtually any connected family. Watch out for equipment rental costs of $5 per month (unless you bring your own gear) and price hikes after two years.

Read our full Spectrum internet review.

#3: T-Mobile internet

When fiber and cable internet aren’t options, for whatever reason, you can always turn to fixed wireless internet from T-Mobile. It offers it’s fastest 5G service thoughout the area, and you can get monthly service for $25 if you bundle it with your cell phone plan. That gets you free internet equipment (and it’s super simple to set up with a mobile app). Hypothetical speeds max out at about 175 Mbps, though, and most folks will see speeds that are quite a bit slower. Service gets worse the farther you are from the nearest 5G tower, and if there are many people in the area trying to connect at once.

Read our full T-Mobile 5G home internet review.

All internet providers in Brookfield

In addition to our top three internet providers in Brookfield, most households have a few other fixed wireless options to choose from. US Cellular offers fixed wireless, and most of the coverage area is eligible for fast 5G service for around $30 per month. Just be aware that price goes up by $20 per month after 18 months, and you have to buy your equipment outright (though you can pay for it monthly with an installment plan).

You may also be able to get 4G LTE fixed wireless from Bertram Internet, a local company headquartered in Random Lake, Wisconsin. Speeds max out at about 25 Mbps, though, and that’s in ideal conditions. That’s not fast enough for most families.

You can also get satellite internet throughout the region, but it requires putting a satellite dish on your house and you still get speeds that are very, very slow compared to what you can get from cable or fixed wireless internet. Prices aren’t great either, so satellite internet in Brookfield is pretty hard to recommend.

Fastest internet providers in Brookfield

Without question, AT&T fiber is the fastest internet provider in Brookfield, Wisconsin. With speeds up to 5 Gbps, it leaves every other provider in the dust. We just wish it were more widely available! If you can get only DSL from AT&T where you live, it’s a lot slower.

Spectrum also offers very fast internet speeds in Brookfield, and we like that it’s available to many, many more homes. If you go with its 1 Gbps plan, you can be confident that your home internet can take anything you can throw at it.

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 Brookfield

Spectrum offers one of the cheapest home internet plans in Brookfield, with plans that start out right around $30 per month, at least for the first two years. Spectrum also participates in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which means $30 off per month to certain low-income seniors and families with students. AT&T and the fixed wireless providers operating in Brookfield also participate, and it’s a great way to get cheap or free internet in the area.

Internet options in nearby cities

Cities throughout the Milwaukee region are well-served by AT&T, Spectrum, and T-Mobile. Near city centers, fixed wireless 5G internet is also available, and multiple providers compete to serve the same areas.

However, Brookfield is the only spot with Bertram fiber, and there’s one tiny spot in West Allis that can get fiber internet from TDS (which also offers fixed wireless through its US Cellular brand).

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What Brookfield residents are saying on Reddit

Brookfield residents and neighbors in surrounding cities aren’t shy to say it: fiber internet from AT&T is the best you can get. They also say Spectrum used to be a pretty poor choice but has improved in recent years. We’re also hearing that fixed wireless is a nice option in Brookfield if you don’t want to deal with any hassle from cable internet and can’t yet get fiber to your front door.

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Looking for very good internet speed 300+, no land line, with TV that covers premium TV and Bally

What combination of providers is best? The ATT/DirectTV, Spectrum, YouTubeTV, etc.... sites too confusing for me.

I need strong internet and most TV networks but not high on Spectrum, my current provider. I feel I'm paying way too much for the service referenced above. Thanks to all who help!

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I had Spectrum for about 10 years and my most recent promotions had expired except for a $10 off a month promo. I called and they wouldn’t give me a new rate while that $10 promo existed on my account so I cancelled and switched to AT&T Fiber. I get 1 gig up and down for $80/mon.

Unfortunately if you want Ballys I think your only option is Spectrum, Directv stream, or buy the new Ballys streaming package direct from Ballys. YouTube TV and Hulu don’t have Ballys. Sling TV may have Ballys.

I went with Hulu live tv for $75 (no ads version). I didn’t care about Ballys. It comes with no ads Hulu, ESPN+ (for NHL) and Disney+. So far been really happy with it and don’t regret leaving Spectrum behind.

Post by u/arisendonger
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Hello fellow Milwaukeeans! I recently moved back into the area and I currently have Spectrum which has been absolutely terrible. What internet providers have you had the best experience with?

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Switched to ATT fiber over the summer and it’s great. Faster and way more reliable than spectrum. Good luck canceling spectrum though, it will likely take hours and that’s not an exaggeration.

Post by u/sp4nky86
Cheapest Cable/Fiber/LTE internet in Milwaukee

Just got an alert from ATT that I had used 65% of my data cap, I had specifically negotiated out of a data cap 2 years ago, and our service has been horrible the last 6 months.

What's everybody using/paying for internet, and do you like it?

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Are you in the city? Can you point to a cell phone tower from your house? If so, get t-mobile internet.

Post by u/ChainsawAndDave
What do you pay for internet?

I'm currently at about 63.99 for internet only on a "promotion" from Spectrum. My equipment.

I really hate calling to haggle for a new deal because they put up such a fight and I'm terrible at it.

What's everyone's rates look like? Suggestions?

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Just had AT&T fiber installed, $30 for 300/300. Unlimited data and equipment included, no extra fees. Best internet quality I've ever had.

Post by u/superdownvotemaster
AT&T fiber? Or stay with Spectrum?

People who’ve switched from Spectrum to AT&T fiber for internet and TV, what are your thoughts? Fiber just became available in my area and it’s cheaper and faster than Spectrum, but I’ve heard some people say that AT&T is worse than spectrum (if that’s even possible!). I have a feeling that the people who say this are comparing spectrum to AT&T when it was DSL/dish and not now that it’s fiber. Please help me make an informed decision here. Thanks!

EDIT: It sounds like fiber is the clear winner for internet. Now please forgive me but I still enjoy cable TV too. Would you say that AT&T’s TV service is better than Spectrum’s as well? I have to assume AT&T’s TV service is also being piped in via the fiber and is no longer the DSL or dish BS?

EDIT 2: Thanks again for all the input and info. But, I’m not giving up cable or whatever the AT&T version of it is. I enjoy just flipping and seeing what’s on. I find so much interesting stuff that way. For example, I fell in love with Gunsmoke this way and can guarantee I never would have picked up Paramount + to stream it intentionally. Im very fortunate in that I have a well paying job that allows me to get basically all the streaming services I want and still enjoy the randomness of cable. Plus the DVR is nice.

Most helpful response

Just one data point but I’ve had ATT fiber for a couple years and it’s been outstanding as far as lack of outages.

On the other hand I’m also an ATT mobile service user and their customer service is awful. In the event that my fiber is down I’m fully mentally prepared for the frustration.

Haven’t used Spectrum or ATT’s TV services so can’t add my $0.02 on those features but for broadband I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

Internet news and infrastructure in Brookfield, WI

Brookfield hasn’t historically been as well-served by internet providers as nearby Milwaukee, but AT&T has been building out its fiber infrastructure to replace legacy cable lines in the city. That’s good news and means the area will be ready for increased speed needs in the future.

Already, almost all of Brookfield (99%) can get fast cable internet, and the FCC reports that 1 in 10 homes is eligible for gigabit speeds. (1) The data isn’t perfect, but all signs point toward true broadband speeds throughout town.

If you’re unlucky enough to be one of the homes that can’t get fiber internet, there’s good news! The federal government has earmarked nearly $6 million to build out broadband infrastructure throughout Wisconsin. (2) Local teacher groups are keeping them honest, too, pressuring lawmakers to force the owners of electricity poles to play nice as providers build out fiber networks throughout the state. (3) The governor’s office has also thrown its weight behind increasing access to broadband, (4) so there’s no doubt your taxpayer dollars are hard at work making sure no Wisconsite gets left out in the frozen tundra.

In Brookfield, WI, 96% of households can get 100 Mbps, 95% can get 250 Mbps, and 10% can get 1 Gbps.

Frequently asked internet questions in Brookfield

There are ways to get temporary internet access in Brookfield, WI, without buying a monthly plan from a service provider (ISP), but you’ll need to choose an internet provider if you want your own internet connection at home. That’s because your ISP is what connects you to the rest of the web.

When you get internet through your mobile phone, your phone provider is acting as your ISP. If you get free public internet, the organization hosting the Wi-Fi hotspot is connected to an ISP as well.

Learn more about Wi-Fi hotspots and how to get free or cheap internet at home.

Our top pick for internet in Brookfield, WI, is AT&T, as long as you can get a fiber-to-the-home connection. You’ll get excellent customer service, (5) the fastest available speeds, and very reasonable prices. If you can’t get fiber, Spectrum internet is our second choice in Brookfield.

The homes most likely to have fast internet speeds at low prices are homes in and near city centers, or near big research centers and universities. That’s because fiber internet, which is the best tech available, costs thousands of dollars per mile to install. The higher the concentration of homes in an area, the more cost-effective it is for providers to install fiber. That leads to more competition among providers and, therefore, lower costs for home users.

Check out AT&T vs. Spectrum using the Switchful side-by-side comparison tool.

Home internet speeds of a whopping 10 Gbps are offered by some niche internet providers out there, and fiber internet can technically handle speeds that are much, much faster. But the fastest internet you can get in the Brookfield area (and throughout most of the US) is 5 Gbps. That offering, from AT&T, will cost you a pretty penny at around $180 a month, but we honestly rarely recommend it because the fastest internet any consumer devices can handle right now is 1 Gbps.

You can also get 1 Gbps speeds from AT&T in Brookfield, or from rival cable internet provider Spectrum, and that’s plenty fast for almost any home.

Learn about the differences between cable and fiber internet.

1. FCC Broadband Map,” Federal Communications Commission. Accessed 11 March 2023.2. “Biden-Harris Administration Awards More Than $5.9 Million to Wisconsin in ‘Internet for All’ Planning Grants,” Broadband USA: National telecommunications and Information Administration.” Accessed 11 March 2023.3. “Congress needs to act to ensure progress on high-speed internet not slowed by arcane permitting,” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Accessed 11 March, 2023.4. “Governor’s Task Force on Broadband Access,” Wisconsin Broadband Office. Accessed 11 March 2023.5. "US Residential Internet Provider Satisfaction Study," J.D. Power. Accessed 11 March 2023.
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