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I don’t live in Missouri, but if I did, I’d eat barbecue all the time, make room for the Cards in my MLB fandom, and sign up for AT&T Fiber if it’s available. AT&T Fiber, our pick for the best internet service provider in Missouri, has stable, competitive pricing on the best selection of high-speed plans of any major ISP in Missouri.
But AT&T Fiber isn’t available everywhere, of course. Spectrum, Google Fiber, T-Mobile, Kinetic or other ISPs may be your best option for internet in Missouri, depending on what’s available in your area.
If you’re looking for internet specifically in St. Louis, check out our list of the best internet providers in St. Louis. Otherwise, consider this page your guide to Missouri’s top internet providers and what makes them stand out.
Best internet providers in Missouri
The internet providers featured below were chosen for their availability across Missouri as well as their competitive pricing, speeds and other attributes. Here’s a look at our picks for the best internet providers in Missouri.
All Missouri residential internet providers
The providers featured above aren’t the only ISPs you may encounter in Missouri. Here’s a closer look at all major internet providers in Missouri and how they compare.
Top Missouri internet providers compared
|Provider||Monthly price range||Download speed range (Mbps)||Connection type||Monthly data cap||Contract|
|AT&T Internet||$55||10-100||Copper-based (DSL)||1.5TB||None|
|EarthLink||$55-$190||12-5,000||DSL, fiber||None||1 year|
|Kinetic||$30-67||Up to 50Mbps DSL, 200-940 fiber||DSL, fiber||None||None|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||$50 ($30 for qualifying Magenta Max customers)||72-245||5G||None||None|
|UScellular||$30-$60||Varies||4G LTE, 5G||None||3 years|
|Verizon 5G Home Internet||$50-$70 (50% off for qualifying Verizon Mobile customers)||85-1,000||5G||None||None|
|Xfinity||$40-$80||75-1,200||Cable||1.2TB-Unlimited||1 year (optional)|
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Missouri internet provider honorable mentions
These providers may be available in your area but lack the speed, competitive pricing or statewide availability to be included with the best ISPs in Missouri. Click any of the links below for more details about the provider.
Missouri internet details at a glance
Every household in Missouri has access to broadband speeds — that’s 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up — according to the FCC. However, when you consider wired connections (read: not satellite or cellular service), only around 82% of Missouri households are serviceable for broadband speeds or higher.
Cable internet — from providers such as Mediacom, Sparklight, Spectrum, Xfinity and others — makes up the majority of wired broadband coverage in Missouri. Copper-based, or DSL internet, is available to roughly two-thirds of homes, though only about half can get broadband speeds or higher.
As for fiber internet, around 38% of Missouri households are wired for service, though the high availability in densely populated areas such as Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield may skew the statewide average.
Missouri internet pricing details
A few internet providers in Missouri — such as Kinetic, Mediacom, Optimum and Xfinity — offer plans with introductory rates below $50. Verizon 5G Home and T-Mobile Home Internet may also be available for under $50 if you qualify for the discount.
Opting for the cheapest plan often means sacrificing speed, but not always. For $40 to $55 per month, you can get download speeds up to 300Mbps from Optimum, AT&T Fiber, Spectrum or others. Upgrading to the next speed tier will likely only add $20 or so to your monthly bill, and gig service is available for $67 to $90 depending on the available providers in your area.
Internet plans for low-income households in Missouri
The Affordable Connectivity Program is available to all qualifying Missouri households and grants up to $30 per month to apply towards home internet service. Those on tribal lands can receive up to $75 per month. Here’s how to apply.
Along with the ACP credit, select internet providers in Missouri offer discounted internet plans specifically for low-income households. When applied with the ACP credit, such plans may be available for zero net cost. Additionally, these plans often come with free equipment and no contract requirements.
Missouri internet speed details
Recent Ookla speed test data places Missouri 34th among US states, with a median download speed of around 169Mbps. Google Fiber recorded the fastest average speeds in the state at around 272Mbps, but the provider is unfortunately only available in Kansas City.
At 169Mbps, Missouri’s median download speeds fell below the national average of 203Mbps, but that doesn’t necessarily indicate that internet in Missouri is slow. In fact, Spectrum, the leading cable internet provider in Missouri, had the fastest median download speeds of any major provider at 235Mbps. Download speeds of 250Mbps or higher are available to more than 83% of Missouri households, according to the FCC, so if you want faster-than-average speeds, chances are they are available from Spectrum or other high-speed providers in your area.
Recap of Missouri internet providers
When shopping for internet in Missouri, particularly in Kansas City, St. Louis or Springfield, I’d start by checking to see if AT&T Fiber is available. If not, Spectrum — the provider with the fastest median download speeds nationwide — would definitely be my next choice.
As for rural areas in Missouri, Kinetic and T-Mobile Home Internet are top options for broadband speeds and unlimited data. If those providers aren’t available, look to HughesNet for internet in the absence of wired or 5G connections.
Other providers, including Google Fiber, Mediacom, Optimum, Sparklight and Xfinity, may be available depending on where you live (or are moving to) in Missouri. These providers, and really any ISP that offers service at your address, are worth considering. It’s important to explore all of your available internet options when choosing the best ISP and plan for your home.