Milwaukee, WI High Speed Internet Service

There are a total of 4 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and meet the minimum accepted broadband definition of 25 Mbps download speed. Our proprietary ranking calculation takes into account different aspects of useable download speed, upload speed and coverage area. For example, an increase of 100 Mbps download speed from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps is much more significant for users than an increase from 1000 Mbps to 1100Mpbs. Also, for nearly all users download speed is much more important than upload speed. Our ranked ordering of internet service providers in Milwaukee:

Rank Provider Tech Max Download Speed Max Upload Speed Availability
1SpectrumCable, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps100.0%
2AT&TDSL, Fiber1000 Mbps1000 Mbps92.8%
3ViaSatSatellite100 Mbps3 Mbps100%
4HughesNetSatellite25 Mbps3 Mbps100%
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Milwaukee WI 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.

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Broadband Internet Speeds

How does the average download speed for broadband internet in Milwaukee compare to Milwaukee County? The average speed in Milwaukee is 37.61 Mbps which is faster than Milwaukee County overall.
On a statewide basis this download speed is faster than the Wisconsin average of 26.43 Mbps.

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Milwaukee Internet Access Facts

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

  • The average download speed in Milwaukee is 42.3% faster than the average in Wisconsin and 16.1% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps

  • DSL internet is available to 77.0% of the Milwaukee County population

  • The average internet download speed in Milwaukee is 37.61 Mbps based upon 1925176 measurements taken in the last 12 months

  • Cable internet is available to 100.0% of the Milwaukee population

  • Fiber optic internet is available to 49.4% of Milwaukee residents

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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 Milwaukee 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 Spectrum as the top provider for Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Who has the fastest internet service in Milwaukee?

Spectrum and AT&T with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provide the fastest internet service in Milwaukee.

What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

The following zip codes were used: 53154, 53201, 53202, 53203, 53204, 53205, 53206, 53207, 53208, 53209, 53210, 53211, 53212, 53213, 53214, 53215, 53216, 53217, 53218, 53219, 53220, 53221, 53222, 53223, 53224, 53225, 53226, 53227, 53228, 53233, 53234, 53237, 53244, 53259, 53263, 53267, 53268, 53274, 53278, 53288, 53290, 53293 and 53295

How do the internet speeds in Milwaukee compare to other cities in Wisconsin?

Click through to see how the Milwaukee broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Balsam Lake, Butte Des Morts, Hustisford, Janesville, Lake Ripley, Plover, Weston

What is fixed wireless internet service?

Fixed wireless internet is typical used in rural areas where there are no buried telephone or cable lines. An antenna is attached to the home or business which transmits and receives data from access point towers. Download speeds are typically much better than with satellite.

Which internet service provider offers the most coverage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?

Spectrum provides broadband internet service to 100.0% of Milwaukee.

How many broadband service providers are there near me?

Currently there are 4 companies that provide internet service to at least 15% of Milwaukee, WI residents.

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 is Mbps?

Mbps is an abbreviation for Megabits Per Second and represents the rate of data transmission. A larger value for download Mbps or upload Mbps means a file will take less time to be sent than it will with an internet connection with a lower Mbps.

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.




Milwaukee 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.


Spectrum

  • 125+ channels
  • Flexible packages
  • 85,000 OnDemand titles
  • All plans feature sports, breaking news, movies plus Spectrum Originals
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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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