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Best Internet Providers in Kansas City, Missouri

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Best cable internet in Kansas City, MO

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Best internet provider in Kansas City, MO

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Best fixed wireless internet in Kansas City, MO

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If you’re looking for reasons to love Kansas City (the Missouri side), look to its many nicknames, both formal and informal: City of Fountains, Paris of the Plains and BBQ Capital of the World. Kansas City knows how to do it right regarding food, music and celebrating its history. Whether you’re a long-time resident or just moving to town, you want fast, reliable internet for remote work, gaming and streaming all those Chiefs Super Bowl highlights.

This guide is geared to the Missouri side of the line, but you may find similar ISP options if you’re shopping for internet from Kansas. Google Fiber is our pick for the best internet provider in Kansas City, but it’s not the only game in town. Stream your favorite jazz or blues (or hit play on hometown hero Burt Bacharach’s catalog) and let’s check out the best choices for home internet in Kansas City. 

Best internet providers in the City of Fountains

A broad portion of Kansas City has the good fortune to be connected to fiber internet, whether from AT&T or Google. That means fast upload speeds as well as fast downloads. It’s hard to go wrong with either of those ISPs, but you might also consider cable from Spectrum or an affordable fixed wireless solution from Verizon or T-Mobile.

Note: The prices, speeds and features detailed in the article text may differ from those listed in the product detail cards, which represent providers’ national offerings. Your particular internet service options -- including prices and speeds -- depend on your address and may differ from those detailed here.

Internet providers in Kansas City overview

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
AT&T Fiber
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Fiber$55-$250300-5,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
AT&T Internet
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DSL$55 768Kbps-100MbpsNone1.5TB (no data cap for 100Mbps plan)None7.4
Google Fiber
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Fiber$70-$1251,000-5,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Spectrum
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Cable$50-$120300-940MbpsFree modem; $5 router (optional)NoneNone7.2
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50 72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50-$7050-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.2
Wisper Internet Fixed wireless$65-$14025-400MbpsVariesNoneNoneN/A
Xfinity
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Cable$30-$9075-1,200MbpsVaries1.2 TBVaries7
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

All available Kansas City residential internet providers

While Google Fiber, Spectrum and Verizon 5G Home Internet made it to the top of our best list of ISPs in Kansas City, there are other options out there. AT&T Fiber, if available to you, is one to consider as a close competitor to Google Fiber. 

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  • AT&T Fiber: Google Fiber eclipsed AT&T Fiber on our best list, thanks to wider availability across Kansas City. But check to see if AT&T services your address. A variety of plans and max speeds of 5,000Mbps in some spots make it a compelling competitor for your internet dollar. It's especially strong in the southwestern reaches of the city and around Independence.
  • AT&T Internet: AT&T's legacy DSL network covers a good portion of Kansas City but has spottier coverage around downtown's heart. AT&T's fiber service will always be preferable to DSL, but the slower technology could be an option for places with few ISP choices. A flat rate of $55 per month covers whatever speed you can get at your location. Those speeds, however, can vary widely, ranging from painfully slow to as high as 100Mbps in some spots. 
  • T-Mobile Home Internet: T-Mobile didn't quite squeak by Verizon on our best ISP list for Kansas City, but it's worth a look if you're shopping for no-fuss fixed wireless. Speeds range from 72 to 245Mbps for $50 per month ($30 with an eligible phone plan). Check this out if you're an existing T-Mobile phone customer looking for a home internet bargain, or if Verizon 5G Home Internet doesn't have a slot open for your address.
  • Xfinity: Cable provider Xfinity sneaks some coverage into Kansas City proper, but it's especially strong around Independence and the suburb of Raytown. It's a direct competitor to Spectrum. Plans start at $30 for 75Mbps service and go as high as $90 for 1,200Mbps. Be sure to scrutinize the plan details for contract terms and whether or not equipment is included. Also, keep an eye on the 1.2-terabyte data cap. There are options to pay for unlimited data or rent equipment with unlimited data included as a perk.
  • Wisper Internet: Wisper is a fixed wireless provider focused on rural and remote areas. If that sounds like your house, then it could be an option to consider along with satellite internet. Prices start at $65 per month for 25Mbps service, but you may be able to get speeds up to 400Mbps for $140 per month, depending on your location. There's a $100 installation fee, but you can get $50 off if you sign up for autopay.
  • Satellite internet: Satellite internet from Starlink, Viasat and HughesNet has been a lifeline for rural and underserved areas with few options for getting online. If you live in Kansas City, however, you're likely to have faster and more affordable plans from Google, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. Check into satellite if you're outside town and the usual suspects don't service your address.
Union Station and downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at dusk.
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Kansas City broadband at a glance

For most Kansas City residents, the biggest decision you have to make is whether to go with fiber or cable. Google and AT&T have strong fiber coverage across the town, so that may be your ideal choice, especially if you need fast upload speeds. Cable ISPs Spectrum and Xfinity make a case with affordable plans, while fixed wireless competitors Verizon and T-Mobile will tempt you to bundle your phone service and get home internet at a discount.

Pricing details on Kansas City home internet service

With both Google's and Spectrum’s lowest-cost plans in the mix, the average starting price for internet in Kansas City works out to under $50. Fiber starts as low as $55 per month from AT&T, but the more widely available Google Fiber 1,000Mbps plan will cost you $70 per month. That’s a pretty good deal for gigabit fiber.

Cheap internet options in the Kansas City metro area

Google Fiber’s $15-per-month 100Mbps plan is one of the cheapest internet rates you’ll find, but it’s only available in certain areas of Kansas City that have been traditionally underserved. One clever way to get cheap home internet is to bundle an eligible Verizon or T-Mobile phone plan with internet service. That puts Verizon as low as $25 per month and T-Mobile as low as $30 per month. 

Qualified low-income households can get very good prices on internet in Kansas City. Check into Spectrum’s Internet Assist plan for $20 per month. Be sure to check your eligibility for the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal program that can knock at least $30 off your monthly internet bill to get you connected for free or very cheap. It can also help put some faster plans within reach. The internet should be for everyone, and this is a way to help it fit into even the tightest budget. 

What’s the cheapest internet plan in Kansas City?

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment feeContract
Google Fiber Broadband (limited availability area)
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$15 100MbpsNoneNone
Spectrum Internet Assist (must meet eligibility requirements)
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$20 30MbpsFree modem; $5 routerNone
Xfinity Connect
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$30 75Mbps$15 (optional)None
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$50 ($35 with eligible mobile plan)300MbpsNoneNone
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plan) 245MbpsNoneNone
AT&T Fiber 300
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$55 300MbpsNoneNone
Wisper Internet Surf Preferred $65 25MbpsVariesNone
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

Fastest internet providers in Kansas City

Homes that are in the right places can enjoy fiber internet speeds of up to 5,000Mbps from Google or AT&T. That’s a big part of why Kansas City ranks in 12th place on Speedtest.net’s listing of internet speeds for the 100 most populous cities in the US. KCMO pulls down a median download speed of nearly 232Mbps, with Google Fiber taking the prize for the city’s fastest provider at a median download speed of about 272Mbps. Zippy.

Depending on what part of town you’re in, you’ll look to Google Fiber or AT&T Fiber to fuel your online adventures. Both have plans up to 5,000Mbps, but you can save money and still pull down fast speeds if you look at the 2,000Mbps tier from either provider. Here’s what you need to know about the best multigigabit plans you can buy.

What are the fastest internet plans in Kansas City?

Provider Max download speedMax upload speedStarting priceData capContract
AT&T Fiber 5000
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5,000Mbps5,000Mbps$250 NoneNone
Google Fiber
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5,000Mbps5,000Mbps$125 NoneNone
AT&T Fiber 2000
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2,000Mbps2,000Mbps$150 NoneNone
Google Fiber
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2,000Mbps2,000Mbps$100 NoneNone
Google Fiber
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1,000Mbps1,000Mbps$70 NoneNone
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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1,200Mbps35Mbps$80 1.2 TB2 years
Xfinity Gigabit
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1,000Mbps35Mbps$75 1.2 TB2 years
AT&T Fiber 1000
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1,000Mbps1,000Mbps$80 NoneNone
Spectrum Internet Gig
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940 Mbps35Mbps$90 NoneNone
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

What’s the final word on internet providers in Kansas City?

Your first choice when shopping for internet in Kansas City should be fiber from either Google or AT&T. It’s speedy up and down and reasonably priced, especially around the 1-gig level. When it comes to cable, both Spectrum and Xfinity have a wide choice of plans and some affordable prices on the lower end. When the budget is tight, consider bundling an eligible phone plan to get discounted home internet from Verizon or T-Mobile.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Kansas City

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. So what’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability and speed information drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.

But it doesn’t end there. We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we’re considering every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. To evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP's service, we look at sources including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of publication. 

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions: 

  • Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds? 
  • Do customers get decent value for what they're paying? 
  • Are customers happy with their service? 

While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. 

To explore our process in more depth, visit our how we test ISPs page.

Internet providers in Kansas City FAQs

Is fiber internet available in Kansas City?

Both AT&T and Google service Kansas City with fiber internet. The two providers have decent coverage across the metro area, but availability and speeds are location-dependent. Google Fiber is well represented across the heart of the city, but AT&T picks up where Google fades away in the southwestern part of town. Google Fiber and AT&T both max out at 5,000Mbps in some locations.

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Who is the cheapest internet provider in Kansas City?

Some spots in Kansas City qualify for Google Fiber’s $15-per-month 100Mbps plan. That’s not the kind of speed that will knock your socks off, but it’s perfectly respectable for most streaming and browsing needs. It’s a bargain price, no matter how you look at it. On the cable side, check into Spectrum’s most affordable plans, including the $20-per-month 30Mbps Internet Assist for qualified households, or bump up to the 300Mbps plan that runs $30 per month for the first year.

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Which internet provider in Kansas City offers the fastest plan?

If you are in a prime spot for AT&T Fiber or Google Fiber, you might get lucky and qualify for a blazing-fast 5,000Mbps speed tier. With AT&T, that will cost you $180 per month, while Google Fiber charges $125 per month. Run your address with each ISP to find out if your address is covered and how fast your connection might be.

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Is AT&T Fiber or Google Fiber better in Kansas City?

AT&T Fiber and Google Fiber run neck-and-neck regarding speed, with both maxing out at 5,000Mbps in some parts of Kansas City. However, Google clocks in with more affordable prices. Your choice will likely come down to a simple question: Which ISP services your address? Check out our rundown of the best fiber internet providers.

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