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Top Internet providers in Seattle, WA

Find Seattle internet providers in your area and shop available plans and pricing from top providers in the Emerald City.

Find the best internet service providers in Seattle

We’ve done the research on Seattle internet providers to help movers and comparison shoppers get the best internet service for their home. Take a look at what you can expect from internet service in Seattle below.

Seattle, WA, internet at a glance

Seattle is one of the better-connected cities in the U.S. with cable, DSL and fiber-optic internet options spanning much of the area. Depending on where you live and your Seattle ZIP code, you could have access to multiple internet types and providers.

Internet availability in Seattle, WA

Seattle, WA, residential internet providers

Compare the largest internet providers in Seattle, WA

The largest home internet providers in Seattle are CenturyLink, Frontier, Wave and Xfinity. CenturyLink and Xfinity are the most widely-available internet providers in Seattle, but some residents may also have access to Frontier and Wave.

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CenturyLink – DSL and fiber-optic internet

Xfinity – Cable internet

Ziply Fiber – Fiber optic internet

Wave Broadband – Cable internet

Any or all of the Seattle internet providers above may be available depending on where you live. Your Seattle address may be eligible for internet service from other providers in addition to the ones listed above.  

Other Seattle internet providers that may be available in your area include:

  • Google Webpass – Google Fiber is not available in Seattle, but Google Webpass, a fixed wireless service capable of delivering gig speeds, is available to select buildings in Seattle. Buildings in the Belltown, Capitol Hill, West Edge and International District are likely to have the best eligibility for Google Webpass.
  • HughesNet – The majority of Seattle residents have access to cable, DSL and fiber internet options, but satellite internet from HughesNet can fill in any gaps as service is available throughout the Seattle area.
  • Viasat – Like HughesNet, Viasat is available throughout much of Seattle and the surrounding areas.

What’s the fastest internet provider in Seattle?

  • CenturyLink – Fiber optic internet with download and upload speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Ziply Fiber –  Fiber optic internet with download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps
  • Wave Broadband – Cable internet with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps
  • Xfinity – Cable internet with download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35 Mbps

Xfinity is the fastest internet provider in Seattle with download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps in select locations. CenturyLink, Wave and Ziply Fiber offer speeds around 1,000 Mbps, which is still plenty of speed for streaming, gaming, working/learning from home on a virtually limitless number of devices.

Seattle high-speed internet availability

Download speeds 250 Mbps or higher

Seattle – 96%

Washington – 85%

U.S. – 86%

Download speeds 1,000 Mbps or higher

Seattle – 77%

Washington – 21%

U.S. – 22%

More than three-quarters of Seattle residents have access to download speeds of 1,000 Mbps or higher thanks to the high-speeds from fiber-optic and cable internet providers in the area. Fiber optic internet service is also best for fast upload speeds and is less vulnerable to decreased speeds during peak usage times than cable.

Shop cheap internet service in Seattle

If you’re looking for cheap internet plans in Seattle, you may have a few options for service starting at less than $20/mo. Plan pricing and availability will vary by location — call to find out if any of these cheap internet plans are available in your area.

Cheap internet providers in Seattle, WA

  • Wave – $19.99/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps
  • Ziply Fiber  – $20/mo.* for up to 30 Mbps
  • Xfinity – $29.99/mo.* for up to 25 Mbps
  • CenturyLink – $49/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps
  • HughesNet – $49.99/mo.* for up to 25 Mbps
  • Google Webpass – $59/mo.* for up to 1,000 Mbps

When shopping for internet in Seattle, keep in mind that cheap plans may require special terms or conditions to get the lowest price. For example, Wave’s cheapest plan pricing is only available for the first six months of service, after which your price will increase. Additionally, fees for equipment rental and Wi-Fi service can add to your monthly costs. 

Seattle, WA, Wi-Fi hotspots

Whether you’re picking up the catch of the day at Pike Place Market or taking in a Mariners game at T-Mobile Park, you want to stay connected when you’re out and about. Here’s where you can find free Wi-Fi around the city so you’re never disconnected. Remember not to share passwords or sensitive information on public networks, though.

Where to find free Wi-Fi in Seattle:

  • Attractions, like the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), the Space Needle, Seattle Art Museum and Seattle Public Library
  • Coffee shops, like Elm Coffee Roasters, Seattle Coffee Works, Starbucks and Storyville Coffee Company
  • Retail stores, like Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe, Barnes & Noble, Card Kingdom, Nordstrom and REI
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

If you’re an Xfinity or Frontier customer, you can take advantage of mobile hotspots from your provider. Xfinity has a network of more than 18 million mobile hotspots across the United States. Frontier allows you to purchase hourly, daily or monthly passes to Frontier My Wi-Fi or you can purchase unlimited Wi-Fi access as part of your service plan.

Seattle internet FAQs

What’s the best internet provider in Seattle?

CenturyLink offers the most internet coverage of any non-satellite provider in the Seattle area. Xfinity is another popular internet option in the Seattle area and offers more speed options, lower introductory pricing and faster max speeds than CenturyLink in most areas.

Yes. In fact, Seattle is one of the leading cities for fiber internet service, with availability to more than 89% of residents. Fiber internet from Seattle providers such as CenturyLink and Ziply Fiber is often favored over cable internet due to faster upload speeds and better speed reliability.

Wave Broadband offers the lowest starting price of any major ISP in the Seattle area ($19.99/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps). Other cheap internet providers include Ziply Fiber ($20/mo.* for up to 30 Mbps) and Xfinity ($29.99/mo.* for up to 25 Mbps).

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