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Best Internet Providers in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Written by  Joe Supan
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What is the best internet provider in Santa Fe?

Xfinity is the best internet provider in Santa Fe, with both the fastest and cheapest plans in the city. It’s available almost everywhere but be prepared for your monthly bill to spike once you hit your third year of service. If you don’t want to worry about those kinds of headaches, T-Mobile guarantees your price won’t increase as long as you maintain service, but its speeds might not be enough for households with a lot of devices using the internet at once. NMSurf is a step down from Xfinity and T-Mobile, but it still provides better value than satellite or DSL service from CenturyLink.

Best internet in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe internet providers compared

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
CenturyLink
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DSL$55Up to 100Mbps$15 (optional)NoneNone6.7
NMSurf Fixed wireless$70-$115100-400Mbps$10-$15None1-2 years (optional)NA
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50-$70 ($40-$50 with eligible mobile plans)72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50-$70 ($35-$45 for eligible Verizon Wireless customers)85-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.2
Xfinity
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Cable$30-$80150-1,2000Mbps$15 (waived on most plans)Unlimited with Xfinity equipmentOptional7
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data

Other available internet providers in Santa Fe

  • CenturyLink: CenturyLink only offers DSL plans in Santa Fe, which is considered a slower type of connection. Speeds go up to 100Mbps at most addresses in the city, which is a decent option for smaller households. I’d still recommend going with NMSurf if you can’t get Xfinity or T-Mobile, but CenturyLink is a significant step up from the satellite providers. 
  • Satellite internet: Typically reserved for rural areas without any other options, satellite providers like HughesNet and Viasat offer service everywhere in Santa Fe, but there’s not much to recommend about them. They’re more expensive than the other options, and slow speeds and data caps make things like streaming and video conferencing difficult. Starlink is a faster option with unlimited data, but it’s $120 a month with an upfront equipment cost of $599.
  • Verizon 5G Home Internet: If it was more widely available, Verizon would easily be one of our top picks in Santa Fe. It offers some of the fastest speeds in the city at reasonable prices, but it’s currently only available to 9% of households. 

Cheap internet options in Santa Fe

There are three internet plans available in Santa Fe for $50 a month or less. That’s less than nearby cities like Albuquerque, Colorado Springs and Phoenix. Xfinity’s Connect More is currently the cheapest plan you'll find at just $30 per month.

What’s the cheapest internet plan in Santa Fe?

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment fee
Xfinity Connect More
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$30300MbpsNone
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$50 ($40 with eligible mobile plans)245MbpsNone
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$50 ($35 with eligible mobile plans)300MbpsNone

Source: CNET analysis of provider data

How to find internet deals and promotions in Santa Fe

The best internet deals and the top promotions in Santa Fe depend on what discounts are available during that time. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers. 

Santa Fe internet providers such as Xfinity may offer lower introductory pricing or streaming add-ons for a limited time. Many, including T-Mobile and NMSurf, run the same standard pricing year-round. 

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How fast is Santa Fe broadband?

Santa Fe residents don’t have as many options for high-speed internet plans as other cities of its size. Only Xfinity and Verizon offer gig speeds, and the latter is only available to about 1 in 10 residents. Most houses can make do with much less than 1,000Mbps of download speed, although 35Mbps of upload speed may still be limiting for houses with multiple people videoconferencing or online gaming.

Fastest internet plans in Santa Fe

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMax upload speedData capConnection type
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$801,200Mbps35MbpsNoneNone
Xfinity Gigabit
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$751,000Mbps20MbpsNoneNone
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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$70 ($45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans)1,000Mbps75MbpsNoneFixed wireless

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What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet connection plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you're looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video or gaming, you'll have a better experience with a more robust connection. Here's an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines and that internet speed, service and performance vary by connection type, provider and address.

For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you really need.

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics: browsing the internet, sending and receiving email and streaming low-quality video.
  • 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
  • 40 to 100Mbps should give one user sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming and online gaming. 
  • 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two users to engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming simultaneously. 
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more users to engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming simultaneously.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Santa Fe

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it's impractical to personally test every internet service provider in a given city. What's our approach? For starters, we tap into a proprietary database of pricing, availability and speed information that draws from our own historical ISP data, partner data and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov. 

This guide leverages an in-house artificial intelligence tool called RAMP, which is trained on our own writing and uses our database to generate content about specific internet service providers that our writers can use in determining and presenting our picks for a given guide. Check CNET’s AI policy for more information about how our teams use (and don’t use) AI tools. 

Because our database is not exhaustive, we go to the FCC’s website to check the primary data for ourselves and make sure we’re considering every ISP that provides service in an area. Plans and prices also vary by location, so we input local addresses on provider websites to find the specific options available to residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP's service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of our pre-publication fact-check.

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

  1. Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds? 
  2. Do customers get decent value for what they're paying? 
  3. 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. When it comes to selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, although we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees and contracts. Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and also take into account real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

To explore our process in more depth, you can visit our How we test ISPs page.

What’s the final word on internet providers in Santa Fe?

Santa Fe has limited internet options for a city of its size. Xfinity is the best internet provider by a mile -- it offers both the cheapest and fastest plans in the area and customers are generally happy with its service. If you can’t get Xfinity -- or you’re just sick of its post-promo-period price hikes -- T-Mobile is a solid backup option, with speeds up to 245Mbps for a flat $50 a month. NMSurf is a step down from T-Mobile and Xfinity, but the local provider still offers better value than DSL or satellite options. 

Internet providers in Santa Fe FAQs

What is the best internet service provider in Santa Fe?

Xfinity is the best internet service provider in Santa Fe, with six cable internet plans with speeds up to 1,200 Mbps and prices ranging from $30 to $80 monthly. Prices increase after two years on all plans. T-Mobile's fixed wireless service is also available in Santa Fe, with speeds up to 245 Mbps and for $50 per month with no equipment fees, data caps or contracts. 

Is fiber internet available in Santa Fe?

Quantum Fiber and NMSurf both offer fiber internet service in Santa Fe, but only 3% of households can currently access it, according to FCC data.

Who is the cheapest internet provider in Santa Fe?

Xfinity is the cheapest internet provider in Santa Fe, with plans starting at $30 per month for 300Mbps. 

Which internet provider in Santa Fe offers the fastest plan?

Xfinity offers the fastest plan in Santa Fe, with download speeds up to 1,200 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35Mbps.

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