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Do you know best isp in Arizona?

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Selecting an internet provider in Phoenix can seem like a task with so few options, but that means making a selection that is right for you is all the more important. We've done a thorough review of the internet providers in Phoenix to help you with your selection.

All information accurate as of 02/21/2020.

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Four of the Phoenix-area internet providers have a spot on our Best Internet Service Providers of 2022 list: CenturyLink , which offers fiber and DSL, Cox cable internet, and HughesNet and Viasat , which both offer satellite.

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Whether you're relocating to Phoenix, moving across town or simply want to upgrade your internet provider and find the cheapest internet provider or faster internet options at your current address, you'll find Cox and CenturyLink to be your primary choices for a wired internet connection.

Most of the alternatives to Cox and CenturyLink for Phoenix residents will be wireless internet providers, such as 5G home internet from Verizon or T-Mobile, or fixed wireless service from local provider Triad Wireless.

With potentially a few home internet choices available, how do you know which is best for your home? You'll want to consider what internet speeds you need and how many devices will be connected to your internet when you compare providers. Do you need to cover a small apartment or a whole house? Will you use it for just a few phones and tablets, or do you plan to connect more smart home devices? The cheapest internet providers in Phoenix might not be the fastest internet service provider.

You'll find my picks for the best Phoenix ISPs below, along with service details and what makes them stand out. Further down the page, you'll find a list of other, but perhaps less available or desirable, internet providers, followed by a look at the cheapest and fastest internet plans in Phoenix.

The three internet providers listed above aren't the only ISPs in the Phoenix area. They're just the ones that, if I were shopping for internet in Montezuma Heights, for example, I would start with first. That said, there aren't many other practical options available to Phoenix residents. We've listed details of ISPs potentially available at your address below for quick comparison.

These providers below are also worth a look but may not present the same value or speed potential.

CenturyLink Technically, I already mentioned CenturyLink with Quantum Fiber, but I'm referring to its DSL service this time. CenturyLink's DSL service is available to nearly every household in the Phoenix area not eligible for Quantum Fiber. Speeds are largely impressive for DSL service, ranging from 60, 80 or 100Mbps in many neighborhoods. As such, CenturyLink is a solid choice for a basic, low-hassle connection, but if you want faster speeds, you'll have to turn to Cox or Verizon 5G.

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet  While Verizon's 5G home internet network caters primarily to larger cities, such as Phoenix, T-Mobile focuses more on suburban and rural areas. At $50 per month for speeds ranging from 33 to 182Mbps, T-Mobile is an ideal choice for those living outside the city where satellite or DSL is the only connection available. However, if you're within Phoenix, you'll find faster speeds for roughly the same price from other providers.

Triad Wireless Local fixed wireless provider Triad Wireless beams internet signals all over the Phoenix area for business, education and residential internet service. Max residential internet speeds can reach 300Mbps, which is impressive for a fixed wireless network. Since fixed wireless requires a direct line of sight to a nearby transmitter, you'll need to have a serviceability check before being able to sign up. Call 602-426-0542 or visit the Triad Wireless residential internet page to inquire about serviceability and pricing at your address.

Satellite internet HughesNet and Viasat are always options for home internet, so long as you have a clear view of the southern sky. But satellite is often the last resort for internet, and with Cox, CenturyLink, 5G internet and other choices in Phoenix, the high pricing, high latency and low data allowances of satellite internet are easy to pass on.

The majority of Phoenix residents will have at least two broadband options, likely Cox and CenturyLink or Quantum Fiber. However, the rise of 5G home internet services from T-Mobile and Verizon could bring more high-speed options to your area.

For a cheap, basic internet connection in Phoenix, consider Cox's Starter 25. The plan starts at $30 per month (when agreeing to a one-year contract) and advertises max speeds that meet broadband qualifications of 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up. If you're a Verizon mobile customer, you'll also want to see if you can score the 50% discount on 5G home internet service for speeds of 300Mbps or higher, starting at $25 per month. Otherwise, expect to pay $50 monthly or higher for internet in Phoenix.

The Affordable Connectivity Program grants qualifying households $30 per month towards home internet service. Those on tribal lands, such as the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community northeast of Phoenix, can receive up to $75 per month. Here's how to apply for the ACP.

Additionally, Cox offers an affordable internet plan, Connect2Compete, to qualifying households with at least one student enrolled in grades K-12. The plan offers download speeds up to 100Mbps for $10 per month with no contracts or equipment fees. No credit check or social security number is required to apply. For households without children, Cox also offers ConnectAssist, which features 100Mbps download speeds for $30 a month.

How fast is internet in Phoenix? Speed test averages indicate that home internet in Phoenix is slower than the rest of Arizona and below the national average. Don't let that discourage you; faster max speeds, up to 940Mbps are available throughout much of the Phoenix area.

Multigig internet plans are popping up all over the US but haven't quite reached Phoenix yet. Single gig plans, with download speeds up to 940Mbps, are the fastest you'll find in the Phoenix area from Quantum Fiber, Cox and possibly Verizon 5G. While perhaps not as exciting as multigig service, that's still plenty of speed for a virtually unlimited number of connected devices.

With fast speeds and numerous devices for streaming and gaming, it's easy to use quite a bit of data each month. You won't have to worry about your data usage with most Phoenix internet providers, but if you've got Cox, you may want to keep an eye on it.

Cox's 1.25TB monthly data cap is generous, but going over could be costly, to the tune of up to $100 in added fees. I wouldn't fret too much over the data cap, though. With reasonable internet activity, most households won't come close to using that much data. For context, the average household used roughly 435MB of data per month during the height of the pandemic.

Quantum Fiber, Cox and Verizon 5G are likely your best internet options in terms of speed and overall value. Quantum Fiber would be my first recommendation due to a fiber connection's reliability and symmetrical download/upload speed capabilities, not to mention CenturyLink's favorable service terms.

Cox is a solid choice for cable internet, especially if you plan to bundle internet and TV, but pricing is a bit high compared to other providers, and you'll have to deal with contracts and a data cap.

As for Verizon 5G home internet, the value comes down to what speeds are available at your address, but the service is worth checking out if you're looking for an alternative to CenturyLink or Cox.

Other providers may be available throughout the Phoenix area, including T-Mobile, Triad Wireless, HughesNet and Viasat. Still, given the other available options throughout the city, I'd consider these your secondary choices for home internet service.

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  • Frontier – Fiber network with speeds up to 5,000 Mbps.
  • Xfinity – Cable network speeds up to 2,000 Mbps.
  • Spectrum – Cable network speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.
  • Cox – Cable network speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.
  • Mediacom – Cable network speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.
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