Tacoma, WA High Speed Internet Service
Broadband is defined as internet service with a minimum download speed of 25 Mbps. There are 5 choices for service in Tacoma, 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 Tacoma 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||987 Mbps||35 Mbps||99.1%|
|2||CenturyLink||DSL, Fiber||940 Mbps||940 Mbps||80.8%|
|3||Mashell||Cable||100 Mbps||10 Mbps||96.3%|
|4||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|5||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Tacoma WA Internet Access Options
Studies have shown that the competition from having two or more broadband internet providers in a community leads to lower prices and better overall service.
The chart below graphs the segment of the population which has a choice of internet providers at four different ranges of download speeds.
Broadband Internet Speeds
How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Tacoma compare to Pierce County? The average speed in Tacoma is 27.16 Mbps which is faster than Pierce County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Washington average of 24.42 Mbps.
Tacoma Internet Access Facts
Fiber optic internet is available to 69.1% of Tacoma residents
The average internet download speed in Pierce County is 19.25 Mbps based upon 1956216 samples taken in the past year
The average upload speed in Tacoma is 6.08 Mbps. This is 5.7% slower than the average in Washington and 47.6% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
The average download speed in Tacoma is 41.1% faster than the Pierce County average and 16.2% slower than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in Tacoma is 6.08 Mbps. This is 20.2% faster than the Pierce County average and 47.6% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 96.3% of Pierce County residents
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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma, Washington.
Who has the fastest internet service in Tacoma?
Xfinity with a download speed of 987 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Tacoma.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Tacoma, Washington?
The following zip codes were used: 98401, 98402, 98403, 98404, 98405, 98406, 98407, 98408, 98409, 98411, 98413, 98415, 98416, 98417, 98418, 98419, 98421, 98422, 98424, 98430, 98438, 98444, 98445, 98448, 98450, 98455, 98460, 98465, 98466, 98467, 98471, 98477, 98481, 98490 and 98499
What internet download speed do I need?
Consider the following general rules of thumb when determining the download speed you need for your new Tacoma 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 Tacoma compare to other cities in Washington?
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there is 1 fiber internet provider in Tacoma - CenturyLink.
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 Tacoma, Washington?
Xfinity provides broadband internet service to 99.1% of Tacoma.
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.
Tacoma 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