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You could make an argument that Fort Worth is one of the best cities in the country when it comes to internet access. It has several fiber providers to choose from, the 17th fastest speeds in the country, and last year it rolled out free Wi-Fi to 40,000 residents in historically underserved neighborhoods.
But spend any time on Fort Worth Reddit, and you’ll find one common complaint about internet in the city — apartment complexes often have exclusive deals with one (less than ideal) internet provider. Fortunately, that started to change in the past year with the arrival of 5G home internet providers like T-Mobile and Verizon, which are available virtually everywhere in the city.
Best internet providers in Cowtown
The best internet in Fort Worth comes down to price, speed and what’s available. For most people, that means AT&T Fiber, which has extensive coverage throughout the area. Let’s take a deeper look at all of your options.
Internet providers in Fort Worth overview
|Provider||Internet technology||Monthly price range||Speed range||Monthly equipment costs||Data cap||Contract||CNET review score|
|Nextlink||Fixed wireless||$50-$120||10-100Mbps||$7 router||None||Optional||N/A|
|Spectrum||Cable||$30-$70||100-940Mbps||Free modem; $5 router||None||None||7.2|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||Fixed wireless||$50||72-245Mbps||None||None||None||7.4|
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All available Fort Worth residential internet providers
There are a few other options for internet in Fort Worth aside from our top picks listed above. Some might not be available within city limits but offer service in the surrounding suburbs. All of them have their flaws, but they’re worth checking your address to see what your options are.
- Nextlink: You can get Nextlink’s fixed wireless internet service virtually everywhere in the Fort Worth area, but I’d only recommend it as a last resort. It uses the same fixed wireless technology as T-Mobile and Verizon, but without 5G access, its speeds are generally slower — and come at a much steeper price. The 50Mbps plan, for example, runs $100 per month after the $20 per month discount for committing to a two-year contract.
- Satellite internet: Satellite internet is another option that’s available almost everywhere in Fort Worth. For a long time, the standbys have been HughesNet and Viasat. Both require a two-year contract, have stingy data caps and generally get slower speeds than competitors. Like DSL internet, most people only go to satellite when there are no other options. But there is an intriguing new player in the satellite space: Elon Musk’s Starlink, which uses low-Earth orbit satellites to provide much faster speeds than traditional satellite internet.
- Verizon 5G Home Internet: Like T-Mobile’s fixed wireless service, Verizon is now leveraging its vast 5G network for home internet too. It’s not as widely available in Fort Worth as T-Mobile — only 25% of residents can currently get it — but it offers slightly faster speeds and two plans to choose from. If you subscribe to select Verizon Wireless plans, you can also get home internet service for half price.
Fort Worth internet details at a glance
With several cable and fiber internet providers in the area, residents enjoy some of the fastest internet speeds in the country. Here’s a quick look at the state of internet service in Fort Worth right now.
Price of internet in Fort Worth
The average starting price for internet plans in Fort Worth is $48 per month. There aren’t as many cheap internet plans in Forth Worth as many other major metro areas — most providers start their plans at $50 per month — but most of those don’t add on extra fees for equipment either. The $48 average price is more expensive than neighboring Dallas ($43 per month) and Houston ($45) but on par with San Antonio ($48).
Cheap internet options in the Fort Worth metro area
Spectrum offers the cheapest plan in Fort Worth at $30 monthly for 100Mbps. Frontier, Nextlink, T-Mobile and Verizon all have starting prices for internet in Fort Worth at $50 per month. That said, all of the providers listed participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides eligible customers with a $30 monthly discount on home internet. Qualification for the program is based on income — it must be less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Here are the internet speeds you can find in Fort Worth
Fort Worth’s internet speeds compare favorably with the rest of Texas, and the country as a whole. As I mentioned above, Fort Worth residents enjoy the 17th fastest internet speeds of any city in the nation, according to Ookla’s speed test results.
Fastest internet providers in Fort Worth
Both AT&T and Frontier offer 5-gig plans in some parts of Fort Worth. Because they’re fiber connections, you’ll get symmetrical upload and download speeds on their plans. Spectrum’s cable internet reaches download speeds of 940Mbps, but upload speeds top out at 35Mbps for its gig plan.
What are the fastest internet plans in Fort Worth?
|Provider||Max download speed||Max upload speed||Starting price||Data cap||Contract|
|Frontier Fiber 5 Gig||5,000Mbps||5,000Mbps||$155||None||None|
|AT&T Fiber 5000||5,000Mbps||5,000Mbps||$180||None||None|
|AT&T Fiber 2000||2,000Mbps||2,000Mbps||$110||None||None|
|Frontier Fiber 2 Gig||2,000Mbps||2,000Mbps||$100||None||None|
|AT&T Fiber 1000||1,000Mbps||1,000Mbps||$80||None||None|
|Frontier Fiber 1 Gig||1,000Mbps||1,000Mbps||$70||None||None|
|Spectrum Internet Gig||940Mbps||35Mbps||$70||None||None|
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What’s the final word on internet providers in Fort Worth?
It’s good to be an internet customer in Fort Worth. Most residents have access to at least one fiber provider — AT&T or Frontier — which is as good as it gets for residential internet. The main downside is that there aren’t many cheap internet plans in Fort Worth. Starting prices don’t go any lower than $50 per month, but most of these plans offer fantastic value.