Best Ruidoso Internet Service Providers

Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 4 choices for service in Ruidoso, NM that meet this minimum speed threshold. Of course, many households will find this minimum speed is not sufficient for their needs, especially if they often have multiple downloads occurring simultaneously.
We aim to help you find the best choice when shopping for high speed internet service in Ruidoso by using our ranking algorithm that takes into consideration the upload speed, download speed, coverage area and overall value. A summary of our results is as follows:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1WindstreamDSL, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps78.2%
2Telephone and Data SystemsCable, Fiber600 Mbps20 Mbps97.1%
3ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
4HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Ruidoso NM Internet Access Options

When it comes to high speed internet availability, download speeds and overall customer satisfaction, cities with more than a single provider more often than not lead in all of these categories.
Does Ruidoso have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:

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Broadband Internet Speeds

Curious how fast the average internet speeds in Ruidoso are compared to Lincoln County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to New Mexico overall?
Average download speeds in Ruidoso of 22.69 Mbps are faster than the Lincoln County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for New Mexico.

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Ruidoso Internet Access Facts

  • The average download speed in Ruidoso is 42.4% faster than the average in New Mexico and 30% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 63.5% of the Lincoln County population

  • The average internet download speed in Ruidoso is 22.69 Mbps based upon 20736 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 96.9% of the Ruidoso population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 21.3% of Ruidoso residents

  • There are 4 residential internet providers in Ruidoso, NM providing service to at least 15% of the city

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Internet Access Technologies

DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Ruidoso residents who have access to each of these technology types.


Internet Service FAQs

Who has the best internet service near me?

Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Windstream as the top provider for Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Who has the fastest internet service in Ruidoso?

Windstream with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Ruidoso.

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Ruidoso, New Mexico?

The following zip codes were used: 88312, 88338, 88345, 88346 and 88355

How do the internet speeds in Ruidoso compare to other cities in New Mexico?

Click through to see how the Ruidoso broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Albuquerque, Bosque Farms, Gallup, Indian Hills, La Cienega, South Valley, Tome

Is there fiber internet service near me?

Yes, there are fiber internet providers in Ruidoso - Windstream and Telephone and Data Systems.

What is DSL internet service?

DSL provides internet service via phone lines but at speeds typically 100x or more than old fashioned dial-up service over those same phone lines. Download speeds are typically slower than cable, but DSL is more likely to be available in a remote location than cable.

Which internet service provider offers the most coverage in Ruidoso, New Mexico?

Telephone and Data Systems provides broadband internet service to 97.1% of Ruidoso.

What is cable internet service?

Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.

What download speed do I need to stream movies?

For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.

What internet download speed do I need?

Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Ruidoso internet service.

Speed Devices Typical Usage
25+ Mbps1-2 devicesWeb browsing
Music streaming
HD video streaming
100+ Mbps3-5 devicesVideo conferencing
4K video streaming
Online gaming
1000+ Mbps6+ devicesMultiple video or 4K streams
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Ruidoso Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services

Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.


DISH

  • 290+ channels
  • Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
  • 4 video package tiers
  • Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
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Hulu Live TV

  • 75+ channels
  • Access to premium Hulu originals
  • Includes Disney+ and ESPN+
  • 2 simultaneous streams supported on a broad array of devices
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YouTube TV

  • 85+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
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DIRECTV stream

  • 140+ channels
  • Unlimited cloud DVR
  • Local network and sports coverage
  • Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app
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fuboTV

  • 180+ channels
  • 1000 hours of cloud DVR
  • Local network coverage
  • Extensive sports coverage plus sports add-on packages
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Sling

  • 50+ channels
  • 50 hours of DVR storage
  • No annual contracts
  • Up to 4 simultaneous streams across a wide variety of devices
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