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A few top internet providers in Arizona are:

  • Cox Communications.
  • CenturyLink
  • Optimum

Internet in Arizona is an interesting affair. The state has a diverse environment, including deserts and rugged mountains. With most of its population condensed in certain areas and other swaths of the state being sparsely populated, Internet providers face unique challenges. The Grand Canyon State is 21st on America’s list of total state coverage.

If you live or plan to move to Arizona, you’ll likely have a good shot at reliable internet accessibility. Internet connection options typically include ground or below-ground cable, fiber optic, and satellite internet service.

Check out the list of the largest internet providers in Arizona.

1.) Cox Communications

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Cox Communications fiber based network is known for its speed and reliability.

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Cox Communications serves Arizona’s two most populous cities: Phoenix and Tucson metro areas. Its urban coverage makes Cox one of Arizona’s largest internet providers based on the number of customers. If you live in southern Arizona and are thinking of switching to a different Internet service provider, Cox would be a good choice.

Cox offers various internet plans with speeds starting at 10 Mbps and going up to 1 Gbps. This ISP also offers a very exciting total smart-home system called Homelife.

You can choose from bundles that give you control of your devices, security, streaming entertainment, and more. A Homelife package can make your home smarter, safer, and more energy efficient.

Base Price$49.99/mo.
Connection TypeCable
Max Download SpeedUp to 1000 Mbps
Coverage AreaPhoenix and Tucson metros

CenturyLink has about 80% coverage in Arizona. Network coverage stretches from the Mexican border in the southeast corner through Tucson and Phoenix then north from the city, through Flagstaff, and close to the southern border of Utah. With this massive coverage area, CenturyLink is right up there with Cox as one of the top 10 internet providers in Arizona.

This company is also working with local governments and schools to provide internet infrastructure to allow students access to reliable internet for a more comprehensive learning experience. With DSL and fiber optics options, CenturyLink is sure to have a plan that fits you and your family. You can bundle TV, a home phone, and Internet if you need all your services in one convenient spot.

Base Price$50.00/mo.
Connection TypeDSL and Fiber Optic
Max Download Speed940 Mbps
Coverage Area80% of Arizona (Nogales to Flagstaff)

3.) Optimum

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Optimum 1Gig Fiber plan is ultra-fast and lets you connect multiple devices.

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While Optimum only covers about 3% of Arizona, they provide internet to far-flung customers who’re often underserved. Some remote communities that benefit from the company’s Internet include Kingman, Flagstaff and Sedona in the north-central part of the state along the old Route 66 (now Interstate 40) corridor. Those in Lake Havasu City and Bullhead City on the Colorado River are within its coverage radius.

Optimum offers internet-only plans and bundles combining internet, TV, phone, and mobile to meet all your connectivity needs. They also off a two-year price lock that only increases by $10/mo in the third year. However, some restrictions apply, and availability depends on coverage areas. Check out their plans at www.optimum.com.

Base Price$30.00/mo. (300 Mbps)
Connection TypeCable
Max Download Speed940 Mbps
Coverage AreaKingman, Flagstaff, Sedona, Lake Havasu City, and Bullhead City

4.) T-Mobile 5G

T-Mobile is “America’s largest 5G network” and provides arguably the fastest and most reliable 5G coverage. It serves the Phoenix area with download speeds up to 182 Mbps, just above the average of 150 Mbps for T-Mobiles 5G. T-Mobile’s speeds are certainly faster than AT&T (41.1 Mbps) or Verizon (56.2 Mbps).

If you live in sunny Phoenix (Avg 299 days per year) or are planning to relocate to the area, then T-Mobile is an excellent option. T-Mobile 5G is available in most of Arizona’s more populated towns and cities. Their 4G plans are also available over large portions of the state, except for communities around Grand Canyon and Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Base Price$50.00/mo.
Connection Type5G Home
Max Download Speed182 Mbps
Coverage AreaPhoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, etc.

5.) Xfinity

Owned by Comcast, the largest communication company in America, Xfinity serves the Tucson area in Arizona. Xfinity Internet is available to 83% of residents. The company’s internet speeds range from 10Mbps to 2 Gigabits.

Xfinity pricing differs by location, service selection (standalone or bundle), and whether you select to enter into a service contract. If you live in the Tucson area, Xfinity could be a good alternative. Enter your address on their website to see if their network coverage is available in your location.

Base Price$39.99/mo. (up to 100 Mbps)
Connection TypeCable
Max Download Speed1000 Mbps
Area ServedTucson

6.) Sparklight

Formally Cable One, Sparklight is an Arizona-based company that serves some of the remotest areas of Arizona. Service areas include Prescott, Winslow, Cottonwood, Globe/Miami, and extend to the southeast corner along the border with New Mexico.

Sparklight advertises “lightning-fast” speeds for all your gaming, streaming, downloading apps, and music preferences. For current residents or those planning a move to Prescott, Cottonwood, or the Globe area, Sparklight is the clear choice for your high-speed internet.

Base Price$45.00/mo. (200 Mbps)
Connection TypeCable
Max Download Speed1000 Mbps
Area ServedPrescott, Winslow, Cottonwood, and Globe/Miami

7.) Frontier

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Customers who subscribe to Frontier Fiber gig service receive a free eero Pro 6 mesh Wi-Fi system

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Frontier covers the northeast quadrant of the state and a sliver in the west along the Nevada border, including some of the remote areas of Arizona. Its network coverage stretches from Flagstaff north to the Utah border, then east to New Mexico, including the Navajo Indian Reservation and the Painted Desert. In the western part of the state, Lake Havasu City, Kingman, and Bullhead City enjoy Frontier Internet connectivity.

Towns such as Snowflake, Show Low, and Holbrook are also within Frontier’s coverage radius. For more information on their plans and pricing, visit the Frontier website.

Base Price$49.99/mo.
Connection TypeDSL
Max Download Speed500 Mbps
Area ServedNortheast and Western Arizona

8.) HughesNet

HughesNet provides satellite Internet to 272 Arizona communities, some of which are extremely tough to access due to rugged terrain. Tortilla Flats, Jerome, and Indian Wells are well within HughesNet coverage.

If you’re the adventurous type, and Arizona certainly delivers plenty of opportunities for adventure, then quality satellite internet may be your best (and only) choice. HughesNet has been a reliable satellite provider for over 50 years, constantly upgrading its service to improve customer experience.

Base Price$44.99/mo.
Connection TypeSatellite
Max Download Speed25 Mbps
Area ServedAnywhere with a view of the southern sky.

9.) Xtreme Powered by Mediacom

Xtreme by Mediacom is available in the Phoenix area and the far southern town of Nogales. This ISP offers a variety of plans to suit your needs. With prices starting at $19.99/mo. for 100 Mbps, Xtreme Powered by Mediacom comes in as the best bargain on our list.

Base Price$19.99/mo.
Connection TypeCable
Max Download Speed100 Mbps
Area ServedPhoenix and Nogales

10.) Spectrum

Spectrum provides Internet to the small city of Yuma, an agricultural powerhouse, on the far southwestern tip of Arizona. Its customers enjoy no-contract, affordable, and high-speed internet.

Base Price$49.99/mo.
Connection TypeCable
Max Download Speed1000 Mbps
Area ServedYuma and vicinity

Summary of the Top 10 Internet Providers in Arizona

RankISP
1. Cox Communications
2.CenturyLink
3.Optimum
4.T-Mobile 5G
5.Xfinity
6.Sparklight
7.Frontier
8.HughesNet
9.Xtreme
10.Spectrum

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Top 10 Internet Providers in Arizona FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Are there areas of Arizona that do not have internet access?

Currently, 31.6% of Arizona’s population does not have access to internet. As with most parts of the world, your best bet is to be near a populated area. If you are not, there may still be satellite options.

What is the least expensive internet in Arizona?

Xtreme Powered by Mediacom at $19.99 to start, is the cheapest internet service in Arizona.

What are the fastest download speeds I can get in Arizona?

Many internet providers in Arizona are offering speeds up to 1000 Mbps, but this will vary greatly based on where you are located and the price plan you choose. The average speed statewide is 39 Mbps.

Can I get fiber optic internet in Arizona?

As of this writing, 17.5% of Arizona’s residents have access to fiber internet connections.

How many internet providers are available in Arizona?

Currently there are 193 different internet providers in Arizona. Your best bet is to do a search using your zip code to find out which companies are available in your location.

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