Best Seattle Internet Service Providers
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 5 choices for service in Seattle, WA 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 Seattle 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|
|1||Xfinity||Cable, Fiber||2000 Mbps||2000 Mbps||92.3%|
|2||CenturyLink||DSL, Fiber||940 Mbps||940 Mbps||89.7%|
|3||WaveDivision Holdings||Cable, DSL, Fiber||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps||26.2%|
|4||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|5||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Seattle WA 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 Seattle have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:
Broadband Internet Speeds
Curious how fast the average internet speeds in Seattle are compared to King County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to Washington overall?
Average download speeds in Seattle of 29.82 Mbps are faster than the King County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for Washington.
Seattle Internet Access Facts
The average download speed in Seattle is 25.7% faster than the King County average and 8% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in Seattle is 6.95 Mbps. This is 3% faster than the King County average and 40.1% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 96.8% of King County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 58.5% of King County residents
The average internet download speed in King County is 23.72 Mbps based upon 14067488 samples taken in the past year
The average download speed in Seattle is 22.1% faster than the average in Washington and 8% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
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 Seattle 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 Xfinity as the top provider for Seattle, Washington.
Who has the fastest internet service in Seattle?
Xfinity with a download speed of 2000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Seattle.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Seattle, Washington?
The following zip codes were used: 98101, 98102, 98103, 98104, 98105, 98106, 98107, 98108, 98109, 98111, 98112, 98113, 98114, 98115, 98116, 98117, 98118, 98119, 98121, 98122, 98124, 98125, 98126, 98127, 98129, 98133, 98134, 98136, 98139, 98141, 98144, 98145, 98146, 98151, 98154, 98161, 98164, 98165, 98170, 98171, 98174, 98175, 98177, 98178, 98181, 98184, 98185, 98191, 98194, 98195 and 98199
What is fiber internet service?
Fiber internet service transmits data by sending pulses of light over thin glass fiber optic cable. In most cases fiber internet service download speeds will be faster than cable or DSL, however, fiber service is limited with less than half of Americans living in an area with fiber coverage.
What internet download speed do I need?
Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Seattle internet service.
|25+ Mbps||1-2 devices||Web browsing|
HD video streaming
|100+ Mbps||3-5 devices||Video conferencing|
4K video streaming
|1000+ Mbps||6+ devices||Multiple video or 4K streams|
Zero latency gaming
How do the internet speeds in Seattle compare to other cities in Washington?
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there are fiber internet providers in Seattle - Xfinity, CenturyLink and WaveDivision Holdings.
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 Seattle, Washington?
Xfinity provides broadband internet service to 92.3% of Seattle.
Seattle 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.
- 260+ channels
- Award winning voice remote
- Customize your plan
- Watch TV, DVR and OnDemand anywhere with the Xfinity Stream app
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app