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Internet providers in Columbia, MO

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Columbia, MO internet providers

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Spectrum $44.99 60 - 100 MbpsCable12%
CenturyLink $65 12 - 1,000 MbpsFiber-optic31%
CenturyLink $45 12 - 80 MbpsDSL89%
Mediacom $29.99 60 - 1,000 MbpsCable95%
Socket Telecom LLC - -DSL79%
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Columbia internet service at a glance

At 98%, broadband coverage in Columbia is comparable to the rest of Missouri - 90%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Columbia area will have access to DSL, which covers 96% of Columbia residents. Cable internet is also an option for many, offering service to 96% of the area. Fiber-optic is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 41% of those living in Columbia.

There are seven internet providers serving the Columbia area, and 95.22% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Columbia's seven internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

Top high-speed internet providers in Columbia

The largest internet providers in Columbia are Spectrum and CenturyLink bringing cable, DSL, and fiber-optic options to Columbia.

Cable internet from Spectrum is available to many Columbia residents, covering 12% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from CenturyLink, which covers 89% of the area. Columbia’s third most-available internet provider, CenturyLink, offers fiber-optic to around 31% of Columbia residents.

Spectrum cable internet

Provider
Spectrum
Starting price*
$44.99/mo.
Max download speed

100 Mbps

Max upload speed

5 Mbps

Average availability

12%

Cable from Spectrum offers broadband to a limited number of households in Columbia covering 12% of the area.

Spectrum’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Columbia residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Spectrum start at $44.99/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $45.99.

Spectrum customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 60 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.75 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbia, $1.28.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Spectrum offers download speeds up to 100 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps in Columbia. These download speeds are available to 12% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Columbia's providers, 443 Mbps.

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CenturyLink DSL internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$45/mo.
Max download speed

80 Mbps

Max upload speed

40 Mbps

Average availability

89%

DSL from CenturyLink offers broadband to nearly all households in Columbia covering 89% of the area.

DSL internet from CenturyLink uses telephone lines in Columbia to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $45/mo.*, which is about the same as the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $45.99.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.75 per Mbps, higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbia, $1.28.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 80 Mbps and upload speeds up to 40 Mbps in Columbia. These download speeds are available to 89% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Columbia's providers, 443 Mbps.

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CenturyLink fiber-optic internet

Provider
CenturyLink
Starting price*
$65/mo.
Max download speed

1,000 Mbps

Max upload speed

1,000 Mbps

Average availability

31%

Fiber-optic from CenturyLink offers broadband to some, but not many households in Columbia covering 31% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from CenturyLink is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Columbia than other internet types.

Internet prices for CenturyLink start at $65/mo.*, which is significantly higher than the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $45.99.

CenturyLink customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 12 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $5.42 per Mbps, significantly higher than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Columbia, $1.28.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, CenturyLink offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1,000 Mbps in Columbia. These download speeds are available to 31% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Columbia's providers, 443 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Columbia, you’ll likely have options from cable, DSL, and fiber-optic internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Columbia, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat offers 100% availability in Columbia and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Columbia at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Viasat starting prices are about average in Columbia at $50/mo. for speeds up to 12 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Columbia residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Internet provider frequently asked questions

CenturyLink is the fastest internet provider in Columbia with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 31% of households in Columbia. The next fastest internet provider in Columbia is Mediacom, offering download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps to 95% of the area.

Mediacom offers the cheapest internet in Columbia with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Columbia, $45.99.

CenturyLink is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Columbia, covering 31% of the city. Sho-Me Technologies also offers fiber internet in Columbia and is available to 10% of households.

Take a speed test to see what download and upload speeds you are getting. For the best results, perform the test over a wired connection. View our speed test guide for a full breakdown of your results. If you want faster speeds, consider these tips for boosting internet speed, or shop for faster internet plans in your area.

According to the FCC, 93% of households have access to three or more providers. In many areas, a cable, DSL, satellite and possibly fiber-optic provider may be available. You are unlikely, however, to find multiple providers of the same internet type, such as two cable providers, in the same location because operating expenses in an area already served by another provider can be too high to be profitable.

Downgrading services or cutting extras, such as Wi-Fi extenders or premium tech support, can lower your monthly internet bill. You can also try to negotiate with your internet provider for a lower rate. Switching internet providers and bundling internet with other services is another common way to lower internet costs.