The Alamo, perhaps San Antonio's most famous attraction, signifies a tale of brave, defiant loss. But this Texas city is a frontrunner regarding the speed of its broadband connections. Of the country's top 100 cities, San Antonio was second only to Jersey City, New Jersey, for the fastest fixed internet speeds on average.
According to the, which tracks city speeds based on daily tests run by customers across the US, San Antonio residents enjoy median download speeds of nearly 239 megabits per second and median uploads of approximately 23Mbps. This solidifies the San Antonio metro area in the country's top five and ahead of kindred Texas cities like , and .
What does that mean for you? If you live in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area, or plan to move there, you'll have some zippy options, from fiber providers likeand to reliable cable connections from . Even if you venture beyond city limits, you should have some reasonable options available. If not, satellite providers like and always ensure you can get your home online. But before you go that route, explore fixed wireless solutions, including , which made significant strides in 2022.
Here's what you need to know about the best internet providers in San Antonio.
- Price range: $55 to $180 a month
- Speed range: 300 to 5,000Mbps
- Highlights: Unlimited data, no contracts, equipment included
- Special offers: $150 to $200 gift card if you sign up online
AT&T Internet has a strong presence in the San Antonio area. Fiber availability reaches most of the city, including Alamo Heights, Blue Star, Columbia Heights, Five Points, Prospect Hill and other neighborhoods. Other AT&T serviceable areas will feature the company's DSL service, which doesn't compare. Don't believe me? AT&T said so, essentially -- it publicly announced a goal of halving its copper coverage by 2025.
But back to AT&T Fiber. With symmetrical download and upload speeds, it offers five plans -- 300Mbps, 500Mbps, 1,000Mbps, 2,000Mbps and 5,000Mbps. Additionally, customers get unlimited data, no term agreements and equipment included in your monthly fee. That's an excellent value.
- Price range: $70 to $100 a month
- Speed range: 1,000 to 2,000Mbps
- Highlights: Unlimited data, no contracts, equipment included
I know what you may be thinking. Didn't I just sing the praises of AT&T? Yes, but not all San Antonio customers within AT&T's reach get access to AT&T Fiber. Some still only get DSL service, which features top download speeds of around 100Mbps, and in some cases, maxes out at around 25Mbps, the bare minimum to be considered broadband speed.
On the other hand, if you can access Google Fiber, you know what you will get -- 100% fiber-optic internet service with symmetrical download and upload speeds. That consistency led Google Fiber to the title of the fastest fixed broadband provider in the city, featuring median download speeds of nearly 282Mbps.
Google Fiber features just two plan options -- 1,000Mbps and 2,000Mbps. Each boasts fast internet speeds, unlimited data, no term agreements and all equipment included. Is Google Fiber cheap? No. But in terms of value, it's tough to beat: The $70 per month gigabit plan has a cost per Mbps of 7 cents, while the two gig plan ($100 monthly) is an even better 5 cents per Mbps.
Google Fiber can't match the wide availability of some other providers in the greater San Antonio metro area. Still, within city limits, you should be able to find it in Balcones Heights, Castle Hills, Encino, Leon Valley, St. Mary's University, Shavano Park and Stone Oak.
Gigabit Fiber Optic Internet
- Price range: $50 to $90 a month
- Speed range: 300 to 940Mbps
- Highlights: Simple pricing, no contracts, no data caps, free access to nationwide Wi-Fi hotspots
- Special offers: Bundle discounts, free Peacock Premium for up to 12 months
Charter Communications' broadband service reaches more households in the San Antonio metropolitan area than even AT&T does. They're essentially even in San Antonio proper, but Spectrum stretches out more significantly into neighboring New Braunfels. Why might that matter? It could come in handy if you need to move within the region and don't want the hassle of changing your ISP.
Spectrum is an appealing choice -- especially for a cable internet provider -- because of its straightforward approach. There are three plan options -- 300, 500 or 940Mbps download speed -- and no data caps. Spectrum also includes the monthly modem costs but charges an additional $5 a month for a Wi-Fi router. As a cable provider, its upload speeds will only reach 35Mbps (far short of fiber internet), but customers can count on greater reliability compared to DSL and satellite internet options.
- Price range: $50 a month ($25 for eligible T-Mobile voice customers)
- Speed range: 33 to 182Mbps
- Highlights: No data cap, no contracts, all-inclusive price (no additional fee for equipment or extra charges)
- Special offers: 15-day Test Drive, Price Lock guarantee, free one-year subscription to Paramount Plus, $10 off per month on Philo TV for a year, T-Mobile Tuesdays (weekly perks)
T-Mobile made some significant strides in 2022 with its 5G internet service. It's ending the year with 2 million subscribers, availability to over 40 million people and an eye on continued expansion. Most impressively, T-Mobile says that nearly a third of its customers are from rural areas, so if you're in an area where DSL or satellite have been your only choices, T-Mobile Home Internet is a very intriguing option.
Though the greater San Antonio-New Braunfels area is included in T-Mobile's coverage list for Texas, confirm it's available at your location. Plug in your address (or your mobile phone number, if you're already a T-Mobile customer) on the T-Mobile Home Internet site to make certain.
Internet providers in San Antonio overview
||Astound Broadband/Grande||AT&T||Frontier||Google Fiber||Spectrum||T-Mobile Home Internet|
|Internet technology||Cable||DSL/fiber||DSL/fiber||Fiber||Cable||Fixed wireless|
|Monthly price range||$26-$60||$55-$180||$55-$155||$70-$100||$50-$90||$50|
|Monthly equipment costs||$15 (skippable)||None||None||None||Free modem; $5 router||None|
|CNET review score||7||7.4||6||7.4||7.2||7.4|
What other choices are there for internet providers in San Antonio?
You can find many broadband options across the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan region. Availability is dependent on your address, of course, but you may be able to find some appealing choices beyond our highlighted picks.
- : You'll be hard-pressed to find better starting rates in the region than what you'll get from this cable internet provider. In San Antonio, Astound's cheapest plan is a 400Mbps tier for $26 per month. At 7 cents per Mbps, that's excellent value for a provider's opening offering. Most ISPs, especially cable providers, will have a starting plan of around 50 to 100Mbps. If you're looking for speed, Astound's fastest plan -- 1,200Mbps -- is also one of the best values in the city, ringing in at 5 cents per Mbps, or $60 monthly. It also comes with a free year of . All Astound plans come with a two-year price guarantee but beware of a potentially steep increase after that.
- : You can't get Frontier anywhere within San Antonio city limits. But the provider's mix of DSL and fiber service is an option to the southeast, specifically in the suburb of Floresville. Similar to our guidance on AT&T service, you'll want to check your address to see if you can get fiber service rather than DSL. Frontier Fiber -- with symmetrical plans of 500Mbps, gigabit or -- is an appealing choice. But you could probably do better if you get the slower, less reliable DSL.
- Ranch Wireless: This rural wireless provider covers markets throughout south-central Texas. While it doesn't operate in San Antonio, it does reach many towns on the outskirts, including New Braunfels in the northeast, Adkins and Calaveras in the east, and several rural locations to the south, including Campbellton, Charlotte, Jourdanton and Pleasonton. Ranch Wireless features plans ranging from $30 per month for 1Mbps download and 30GB of data to $120 monthly for unlimited data and 25Mbps download speed.
- : This fixed wireless provider offers internet service on the far east and upper northwest portion of San Antonio. It offers speeds up to 50Mbps and unlimited data too. That makes it an especially viable option for residents outside city limits, in towns like Floresville, Jourdanton, Pleasanton and San Geronimo.
- Starlink map, availability is short and potential customers must wait until later in 2023. : If you live in San Antonio proper, you should have little need for satellite internet service. There are much faster (and cheaper) alternatives to be found. But suppose you're part of the significant number of suburban and rural San Antonio-New Braunfels region residents. In that case, you might have reason to consider or , the leading satellite broadband providers. A big drawback to both is they each require a two-year contract commitment. Elon Musk's has them beat on that front -- it nixes all term contract agreements. However, per the
- : This provider's 5G fixed wireless home internet product has a higher average download speed (300Mbps) than T-Mobile Home Internet and also claims a similar all-in price that includes all equipment and fees for $50 per month (with eligible Verizon mobile customers getting a 50% discount on top of that). So why have I listed T-Mobile higher? Verizon's coverage is strongest in metro areas, while T-Mobile flexes its muscles more capably in rural areas. That better fits the San Antonio-New Braunfels region.
Are there additional details about San Antonio home internet to know?
We've taken a bird's eye look at the internet providers in San Antonio, but let's get more specific about the broadband plans you can find in the Alamo City.
Pricing for San Antonio home internet service
The average starting price for home internet in San Antonio is approximately $48 per month. That considers the promo prices you'll get at the beginning, not the standard rates you'll get hit with a year later. $48 monthly puts San Antonio toward the higher end of markets CNET has covered so far, including($36 a month), ($38 a month), ($39 per month), ($40 a month), ($41 per month), ($42 monthly), and (both near $43 per month), ($45 monthly), ($46 per month), ($47 monthly), ($48 a month) and , , , and (all approximately $50 monthly).
Although the lowest starting price in San Antonio is Rise Broadband and its 25Mbps plan for $25 a month, the best value is Astound's 400Mbps plan at $26 monthly, only a dollar more than Rise's opening bid but exponentially faster.
Sticking with the topic of value, most providers we've listed are also participating in the Federal Communication Commission's. It provides a $30 monthly discount to eligible, low-income homes for affordable, high-speed internet. If you qualify, the ACP can be used towards any internet plan from participating providers and in some cases, you might be able to get internet service for free.
What's the cheapest internet in San Antonio?
|Provider||Starting price||Max download speed||Monthly equipment fee||Contract|
|Rise Broadband||$25||25Mbps||$10 modem; $5-$15 router (skippable)||None|
|Astound Broadband/Grande||$26||400Mbps||$15 (skippable)||None|
|Ranch Wireless||$30||1Mbps||$249 one-time fee||None|
|HughesNet||$50||25Mbps||$15 or $350 one-time purchase||2 years|
|T-Mobile Home Internet||$50||182Mbps||None||None|
|Spectrum||$50||300Mbps||Free modem; $5 router||None|
|Verizon 5G Home Internet||$50||300Mbps||None||None|
|AT&T Fiber 300||$55||300Mbps||None||None|
|Viasat||$70||25Mbps||$15 or $300 one-time purchase||2 years|
Internet speeds in San Antonio
As I mentioned earlier, the River City is the fastest broadband city in Texas and one of the country's fastest cities regarding median download internet speeds. Those numbers are undoubtedly buoyed by the fiber internet service of AT&T (which features a 5Gbps plan in some areas of the city) and Google Fiber, whose cheapest (and slowest) plan is a full gigabit.
What are the fastest internet plans in San Antonio?
|Provider||Starting price||Max download speed||Max upload speed||Data cap||Contract|
|AT&T Fiber 5000||$180||5,000Mbps||5,000Mbps||None||None|
|AT&T Fiber 2000||$110||2,000Mbps||2,000Mbps||None||None|
|Frontier Fiber 2 Gig||$155||2,000Mbps||2,000Mbps||None||None|
|AT&T Fiber 1000||$80||1,000Mbps||1,000Mbps||None||None|
|Frontier Fiber 1 Gig||$80||1,000Mbps||1,000Mbps||None||None|
|Spectrum Internet Gig||$90||940Mbps||35Mbps||None||None|
What's the bottom line on San Antonio internet providers?
We mention it often in our CNET home internet reviews, but it bears repeating: All things being equal, fiber internet service trumps other internet connection types every time. However, what matters is what's available at your address. You're in great shape if you can get AT&T Fiber or Google Fiber at your home. If not, there are still affordable cable options -- like Astound Broadband and Spectrum -- that'll get you plenty of speed and decent reliability.
Internet providers in San Antonio FAQs
Is there fiber internet service in San Antonio?
Yes. AT&T is the most widely available fiber provider in the area, but ensure you're serviceable for its fiber service, not DSL. Google Fiber is also available within city limits. Some suburban areas might also have access to Frontier Fiber and Rise Broadband's fiber plans, though these will be much more scarce.
Who has the cheapest internet in San Antonio?
Rise Broadband boasts the cheapest internet plan in San Antonio at $25 per month for 25Mbps download speed. That narrowly beats Astound Broadband's 400Mbps plan at $26 a month, but that's a much better value at 7 cents per Mbps to Rise Broadband's $1 per Mbps.
Sticking with overall value, Astound's 1,200Mbps plan, at $60 monthly, is a great deal at 5 cents per Mbps. That's matched by Google Fiber's 2 Gig plan, which also features 5 cents per Mbps but is $40 more per month. The only Alamo City provider able to provide a better cost value is AT&T's Fiber 5000 offering, which at $180 (which isn't exactly cheap, mind you), features a cost per Mbps of just under 4 cents.
What provider offers the fastest internet service in San Antonio?
Based solely on download speed, AT&T offers the fastest available plan at 5Gbps. However, speed test data says Google Fiber is the fastest provider in San Antonio regarding median download speeds, at nearly 282Mbps. That information comes from Ookla, a company that quarterly ranks all ISPs across the country based on customer-run data.