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Find the Best Internet Providers in Tampa, FL

Are you moving to Tampa, FL and looking to find the best Internet service providers (ISP) in your new area? Do you already live in Tampa, but are searching for a new ISP for your home?

No matter how you view your online experience, having Internet service that fits your needs is critical. From online gaming and streaming, to simply surfing the web and video chatting with family members, high-speed Internet improves your online experience by keeping you away from annoying buffering problems and lag. But how do you know if you’re really getting the best service — and the best deal — possible?

At Bandwidth Place, we partner with the best Internet providers in Tampa to connect you with a customized plan that fits your household’s network needs.

If you’re moving to Tampa or want to upgrade your Internet services, give us a call at (866) 918-4705. Our Internet specialists will check availability and recommend the best plan for you.

Top Internet Providers in Tampa: Compare Plans

Tampa’s Internet service providers offer a variety of different plans that include DSL, satellite, cable, and fiber options. Here are some of the best Internet service providers in the area:

Frontier

  • FiOS fiber-optic network
  • Max speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Bundles options (Internet, voice, and TV)
  • Customer service: 24/7 technical support
  • No contract

Charter Spectrum

  • Cable Internet
  • Internet speeds up to 100 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Bundles available: Internet + TV services (including 200+ HD channels, digital music, local broadcast) + phone services
  • Customer service: 24/7 access to tech support
  • No contract — will even contribute $500 toward a contract buyout

EarthLink

  • Fiber, satellite, and DSL Internet
  • Fastest Internet speeds: Up to 15 Mbps with DSL, up to 25 Mbps for satellite, up to 75 Mbps for fiber
  • No data caps
  • Types of plans: Hyperlink Internet (fiber-optic technology)
  • Technical support available 24/7
  • Contract length: 12 months required
  • Additional fees for professional installation and WiFi modem

HughesNet

  • Satellite Internet
  • Fastest Internet speeds: 25 Mbps downloads + 3 Mbps uploads
  • Types of plans: 10 GB or 20 GB Internet plans + 50 GB per month for off-peak hours (2 a.m.–8 a.m.) + built-in WiFi
  • Bundles: Internet + Voice
  • Customer service: 24/7 access to live representative, email response within 24 hours
  • 24-month contract required
  • Coverage includes: Apollo Beach, Odessa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, Carrollwood, Northdale, Valrico, etc.

Cogent Communications

  • Fiber-optic Internet
  • Only commercial Internet plans
  • Customer service: 24/7 technical support
  • Contact us for cost information

Finding Internet Service Providers in Your Area

If you’re on the hunt for an Internet provider and have started to research options, you probably noticed some of the more trusted brands, from Frontier to Charter Spectrum.

One of the most reliable providers is AT&T. As one of the top Internet service providers across the country, they offer trusted service and reliability. They also offer bundles that include DIRECTV and wireless Internet support.

Before you select a package, you’ll want to learn more about what type of Internet is best for your specific needs. Read through this guide for more information on how to gauge your Internet usage, the type of Internet package you’ll want to fit your lifestyle, and the top Internet providers in Tampa, Harbour Island, and surrounding areas.

If you have any questions about Internet service providers or want to talk about your plan options, call our Internet specialists at (866) 918-4705. We’ll walk you through the research process and get you set up with recommendations based on your location and Internet service needs.

Upload and Download Speed: What’s the Difference?

When determining what speeds you need, it’s best to perform a free speed test on your devices, which we offer. This can help you figure out what bandwidth you use and what speeds you might want. These speeds depend on how many devices are connected and your activities.

Downloading and streaming, for instance, takes up a lot more bandwidth and requires higher speeds than simply browsing.

Often, download speeds are quicker than upload speeds. If an Internet provider offers speeds up to 100 Mbps, for instance, that doesn’t mean the download and upload speeds will reach 100 Mbps. For example, the average speeds for Florida is 29.23 Mbps for downloads and 10.52 Mbps for uploads.

Tampa’s speeds, however, are above the state average:

  • 29.59 Mbps for downloads
  • 12.17 Mbps for uploads

AT&T Internet Service in the Tampa Area

If you’re looking for the best Internet providers for your home, you’ve no doubt considered AT&T’s trusted, reliable service. AT&T offers Internet service package bundles with Frontier for customers in the Tampa region. From the 33647 to the 33612 zip codes, coverage is available for the vast majority of prospective customers in Tampa. Some areas may even have access to fiber-optic Internet with AT&T Fiber℠ packages for maximum speed.

Check out some of the plans available from AT&T Internet powered by the AT&T Fiber℠ network:

Internet 100

Even the entry-level fiber-optic Internet plan offers great speed levels. With this Internet 100 plan, you’ll get to enjoy 100 Mbps, and download a 90-minute HD movie in 1 minute.2

Internet 300

The next tier of fiber-optic Internet, the Internet 300 plan, allows you use 13 devices at the same time1, and download a 90-minute HD movie in just 21 seconds. You’ll be able to upload a 4-minute HD video in just 1 second. This plan is ideal for families and households that intend to use multiple devices at once.

Internet 1000

If you really need your Internet speeds to be lightning-fast, you can consider their highest plan, the Internet 1000. You can work and stream on multiple devices at once, all while another family member downloads a new game or movie.1 This is the fastest Internet plan and since there’s no Internet usage data cap, it’s a great option for all families.

Even if you don’t need the speed of fiber-optic Internet service, you can find a plan that fits your needs by consulting an Internet specialist. Get started today by calling (866) 918-4705  and discovering how the many options offered in AT&T and Frontier Internet service packages fit your lifestyle needs.

DIRECTV Wireless Bundles

Many people think of TV when they hear DIRECTV. But did you know they often bundle with Internet service providers in Tampa and surrounding cities to get you the best home experience possible?

If not, you might be surprised to learn what DIRECTV’s services offer. If you’re looking for an all-inclusive package to outfit your home with all your digital needs, a DIRECTV bundle might be a good choice. DIRECTV is owned by AT&T and offers several TV satellite packages paired with high-quality, reliable Internet service.

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What to Consider When Choosing Internet Service in Tampa

Understanding your Internet service needs can help save you a lot of money and wasted time. Most people understand the reality that a proper Internet presence increases your ability to capitalize on both business and personal opportunities. In these cases, high-speed Internet will ultimately improve productivity as you spend less time waiting for important documents and pages to load, and more time on the task you really want to do.

At the same time, overpaying for a level of Internet service that you don’t actually need can be a waste of money, and, yet, it’s relatively common. Finding the right type of service for you or your business is a great way to maximize your productivity without spending additional dollars.

There are a number of methods to finding the right Internet package for your home. Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right ISP:

  • Contract length—How long does the contract last? Do you have to sign up for a two-year agreement to get the lowest rates?
  • Data caps—Are there limits on how much data you use per month? Ideally, you’ll want to find a plan that comes with unlimited data usage.
  • Connection type—The fastest Internet speeds are available through fiber-optic technology, but this may or may not be available to you (though 39.4 percent of Florida has access to fiber-optic Internet). If not, you might need to consider satellite, cable, or DSL.
  • Bundle plans—The best way to save on services is by choosing a plan that offers bundled services. If you want Internet services, TV services, and cell phone services, you may it easier to get everything from one provider.

Our network specialists can guide Tampa residents through understanding their own Internet needs to find the best fit. If you just want a better understanding of how to conceptualize Internet speeds, keep reading.

How Do You Know What Bandwidth Is Right for You?

Let’s start by thinking about your bandwidth and Internet speed in more tangible terms. A good way to understand bandwidth is to think of it like a water hose, or a pipe. If you’re looking to fill a small, two gallon bucket, a simple garden hose will do. Even if it only pumps out about five gallons per minute, it will still take you less than 30 seconds to fill the bucket. Bandwidth is like the size of the hose. If you need to fill a large tank for fish or a even a small pool, the process will go faster if you have a larger hose.

A fireman’s hose, for example, can fill a 100 gallon tank in just a few minutes by using both a large hose (bandwidth) and high water pressure (Internet speed). If you ask a lot from your online experience, you need to pair with an Internet service provider and plan that can handle it.

Bandwidth is measured in bits per second. There are eight megabits in one megabyte, which is important to consider when you’re choosing a provider. If you’re looking to download a longer movie, and you only have a 1 Mbps connection, it could take an incredibly long time — possibly upwards of 10 hours. For gamers, a 1 Mbps Internet connection could mean a 10 GB game will take about 20 hours to download.

Consider these typical needs when deciding what Internet bandwidth and speed is right for you:

Online Activities and Speeds

  • Streaming compressed (MP3, AAC, etc.) music—1 Mbps
  • Streaming SD quality video on your laptop or desktop computer—1 Mbps
  • Normal web surfing—1 Mbps
  • Compressed music streaming—1 Mbps
  • Streaming lossless music. Streaming SD quality video on your TV—2 Mbps
  • Streaming HD (720p) video—5 Mbps
  • Streaming Full HD (1080p) video with high definition audio—10 Mbps
  • Streaming 4K or Ultra HD video—25 Mbps

Bandwidth Place is dedicated to helping you understand the importance of bandwidth, getting high-speed Internet access, and explaining what you’ll need from an Internet service provider. Call (866) 918-4705 today to talk to our specialists about the best bandwidth options in your area, find a plan, and sign up for services.

Talking with a Bandwidth Place Internet Specialist

Bandwidth Place specializes in helping residents in Tampa, Jacksonville, and other cities across Florida with all your Internet broadband service needs. From speed tests to managing your broadband performance, we can walk you through your entire Internet experience.

When you call our specialists looking to find the best Internet provider in Tampa, here are some questions you might want to ask:

  • What are the terms and conditions of various contracts? Some service providers offer discounts like sign-on early incentives for the first year, but you should review the full contract price once it renews, or be ready to cancel your contract.
  • What are the available bundle options in Florida? Service providers like AT&T often offer the opportunity to bundle your Internet service with TV, wireless, and more. This can be important to consider if you’re moving and looking to quickly set up your systems with one provider. Bundles can also be a great way to save money.
  • Which Internet speed should I choose? Explain what activities you normally use Internet for at home and how many devices you typically have connected. We can help you select the right level of plan.
  • What does this mean? It’s quite possible that you’re not familiar with the terms and jargon associated with Internet service, as it can be easy to become confused with some of the lingo.
  • What is bandwidth, and how do you know what speed your activities will need? You may want to take our free online speed test before you call, and our specialists can walk you through that plans best suit your activities.
  • What’s the difference between fiber-optic Internet and your other options? Our specialists can help you answer these questions and simplify the process.
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Moving to Tampa: Average Costs

If you’re moving to Tampa, or considering moving to the city soon, you’ll need to know what to expect from your Internet services. As of 2016, over 80 percent Florida residents have a broadband subscription.

If you’re coming from Baltimore, MD, you’ll be happy to see that the average cost of Internet services (for 8 Mbps) is about 62 percent lower in Tampa, according to Expatistan. Here is how Internet service in Tampa compares to the following cities:

  • The cost of Internet services is about 22 percent higher in Seattle than in Tampa.
  • Internet services in Oklahoma City are about 16 percent higher than in Tampa.
  • If you’re moving internationally from Kyoto, Japan, you can expect around a 13 percent drop in the cost of your Internet services.

Understanding geographical differences can help you budget your move and quickly get acquainted with your new city. The biggest price factor in Tampa is housing, which is higher than the national average. However, the average cost of utilities is less in Tampa than the general U.S. The average cost range of home warranties in Florida is slightly below the average premium range of $300–$800. Since Tampa is one of the hottest cities in the country, many residents choose to take on professional lawn care services, which is between $56 and $75 per visit (1 acre lot).

You’ll want to make sure you’re choosing the best ISP for your home, too. Bandwidth Place partners with the best Internet service providers in Tampa to help you find the right fit for your household needs. Plan to work from home? Will you need to browse, download, and stream? You’ll want the best Internet service available — and we can help you determine what that is.

Find the Best ISP Near You with Bandwidth Place

How do you make sure you’re always getting the best Internet service in your area? With one short phone call, specialists at Bandwidth Place can help you find the right provider, the top Internet/cable bundles, and more.

AT&T offers Internet service packages in the Tampa area through a partnership with Frontier. They also give customers the option to include a DIRECTV bundle with that purchase. DIRECTV’s bundle options include a TV and wireless deal to outfit your home with its entertainment needs. Remember to consider your Internet usage before settling on a package.

At Bandwidth Place, our specialists will help you determine which Internet speed is right for you. We can also answer any questions you may have regarding bandwidth, ISPs, or network usage.

Call our experts today at (866) 918-4705 to learn more about Internet service providers in your area like AT&T and how to get the most out of your Internet package with bundles combining DIRECTV services.

Plans offered by AT&T Internet vary by geographic region. Be be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with AT&T representatives before ordering service, as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time. Updated on 12/6/2018.

1Number of devices depends on screen size/resolution.

2Speed/Time examples are estimated and based on wired connection to gateway.

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