Best Internet Providers in Arlington, Texas – CNET

If you’re shopping for internet service in Arlington, your first step should be to enter your address on AT&T’s website. Can you get its fiber internet service at your house? If the answer’s yes, your search is over. With ultrafast speeds and reasonable prices, AT&T Fiber is the best internet provider for most households in Arlington. If it’s not available at your address, both Spectrum and T-Mobile are passable, though imperfect, second choices.

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The best internet providers offer fast speeds at affordable rates, and have a track record of satisfying customers. In Arlington, the lone ISP that checks all those boxes is AT&T Fiber.

Price range $55 – $250 per month Speed range 300 – 5,000Mbps Connection Fiber Key Info Unlimited data, no contracts, equipment included

AT&T Fiber isn’t just the best internet provider in Arlington — it’s one of the best in the country. CNET named AT&T Fiber the best fiber internet provider in our analysis of the best internet providers nationwide, and it also received the highest score of any ISP in the 2023 American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. AT&T’s 100% fiber-optic service delivers symmetrical upload and download speeds, making it an ideal choice for people who do a lot of online gaming and videoconferencing.

Availability: Though AT&T internet service is available to about 90% of addresses in Arlington, according to data from the Federal Communications Commission, some of those addresses are eligible only for the company’s slower DSL plans. If you check your address on AT&T’s website and see just one plan available (typically up to 50Mbps), take heed: That’s a DSL plan and you’re better off with Spectrum or T-Mobile.

Plans and pricing: AT&T Fiber offers five plans in Arlington, ranging from $55 to $250 per month for maximum download speeds of 300Mbps to 5Gbps (5,000Mbps). 

Fees and service details: Equipment is included with every AT&T Fiber plan, and there are no data caps or contracts required. You can also save an extra $20 each month when you bundle with an eligible AT&T Wireless plan.

Read our AT&T home internet review.

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Price range $30- $70 per month Speed range 100 – 1,000Mbps Connection Cable Key Info Unlimited data, simple pricing, no contracts, modem included, free access to nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots

Spectrum’s internet service plans are just OK, but they’re widely available throughout Arlington. You’ll get fast download speeds at a reasonable price — Ookla speed test results named Spectrum the fastest provider nationwide with median download speeds of 243Mbps. Like all cable internet providers, however, Spectrum’s upload speeds are significantly slower. And prospective customers should take note: The monthly price of some plans double in the second year. A quick search of the Arlington subreddit shows some customers in Arlington have also reported issues with outages.

Availability: Spectrum is available to 95% of households in Arlington. 

Plans and pricing: At some addresses in Arlington, Spectrum offers 100Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speeds for $30 per month (though that increases to $60 after two years). The cheapest plan available at other addresses is 500/20Mbps for $50 (which increases to $105 after one year). All areas have access to 1,000/35Mbps for $70 (which jumps to $125 after one year). 

Fees and service details: Spectrum service includes a free modem, but a Wi-Fi router adds $5 monthly to your bill. There are no data caps or contracts required with any Spectrum plans in Arlington.

Read our Spectrum internet review.

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Price range $50 per month ($30 for eligible mobile customers) Speed range 72 – 245Mbps Connection Fixed wireless Key Info Unlimited data, equipment included, no contracts, no additional fees

T-Mobile’s fixed wireless internet is affordable and widely available with the highest approval rating of any nonfiber provider in the country, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. It doesn’t offer the same speed as AT&T Fiber or Spectrum, but most households don’t need gig speeds. For households with one or two people, T-Mobile has plenty of horsepower.

Availability: 76% of Arlington residents have access to T-Mobile Home Internet. 

Plans and pricing: T-Mobile only has one internet plan available. It costs $50 per month and provides speeds of 245/31Mbps. Your price is locked in for as long as you remain a customer.

Fees and service details: There are no equipment fees, data caps or contracts with T-Mobile. You can save an additional $20 monthly by bundling with an eligible T-Mobile cellphone plan.

Read our T-Mobile Home Internet review.

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.