Signing up for home internet service can be a bit of a gamble, but most Las Vegas residents will likely find Cox to be the best internet provider overall. CenturyLink is also a great choice, especially if you’re looking for a high-speed connection and fiber service is available at your address.
Those two wired broadband providers will be your primary options throughout Las Vegas. For more internet options, you’ll likely have to turn to wireless service, which is shaping up to be a viable alternative to traditional cable and DSL internet connections. The rise of 5G and its home internet use has brought much-needed competition to the Nevada landscape. Verizon or T-Mobile may be the perfect alternative to a wired home internet connection.
Best Las Vegas internet providers
How do your Las Vegas internet options compare, and which internet service provider is best for your home? You’ll find everything you need to know below, including pricing, speeds, connection types and service terms to help you decide.
All internet providers in Las Vegas
The three providers listed above may not be the only ISPs you come across in the Vegas area, they’re just the ones I’d recommend most. You’ll find more details below on all broadband options available in the area to help you compare and decide which is best for your home.
Top Las Vegas internet providers by availability
|Provider||Starting monthly price||Download speed range (Mbps)||Equipment cost||Approximate availability||CNET review score|
|Rise Broadband||$55-$65||25-100||Up to $16 (varies)||66%||6.2|
|Quantum Fiber||$30-$65||200-940||$15 (skippable)||32%||6.7|
|Valley Communications Association||$55-$150||40-1,000||Varies||5%||N/A|
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Las Vegas ISP honorable mentions
These internet providers also serve the Las Vegas area but lack the availability, speed or overall value to be included among the area’s best ISPs. If any of the internet providers below are available at your address, they’re worth a look, but I’d recommend considering Cox, Quantum Fiber or Verizon 5G first.
As a DSL internet provider, CenturyLink is better than most, with max speeds above 100Mbps starting at $50 per month. Speeds will vary widely with a DSL connection, however, and speeds around 60Mbps or below are much more likely with CenturyLink in Las Vegas. In that case, your dollar will go farther with Cox versus CenturyLink.
A local fixed wireless provider, LV.net broadcasts broadband signals throughout much of the city. While the availability is convenient and the name nod to Las Vegas is nice, prices are too high and speeds are too slow for the provider to be considered a viable alternative to Cox, Quantum Fiber, Verizon 5G or even CenturyLink’s DSL service.
Another fixed wireless provider, Rise Broadband is an excellent choice for internet in rural areas. But if you’re in Las Vegas, the 26th largest city in the US, you aren’t exactly in a rural area. Considering the speeds you get for the price, there are better ISPs in the Vegas vicinity than Rise. On the other hand, if you’re just outside the city limits and on the edge of rural desert territory, Rise Broadband is definitely worth checking out.
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
T-Mobile has the advantage over Verizon regarding nationwide 5G home internet availability, but not in Las Vegas. Not only does T-Mobile have less availability than Verizon 5G in the Vegas area, but speeds are significantly slower (33 to 182Mbps compared to 85 to 1,000Mbps) for roughly the same starting price.
Valley Communications Association
This regional provider offers fixed wireless and fiber connections in parts of Las Vegas and surrounding communities. Plans on either side of the service are priced a bit higher than comparable plans from competing providers like Cox, Quantum Fiber and Verizon 5G, so I recommend going with them over Valley Communications Association.
In an honest effort to cover all your internet options in Las Vegas, I have to include satellite internet from HughesNet and Viasat. Yes, it’s probably available. No, you don’t want it, at least not when Cox, CenturyLink/Quantum Fiber, and others are available.
Las Vegas internet details at a glance
Nearly all Las Vegas households will have access to broadband internet from at least one provider, while most will have two high-speed ISPs to choose from. Cable internet, largely provided by Cox, is the most prevalent connection type. Fiber internet is available to a small but growing portion of Las Vegas.
Internet pricing in Las Vegas
What can you expect to pay for internet in Las Vegas? Taxes and equipment fees aside, anticipate your broadband connection to cost at least $40 per month. Cheaper plans and promotional rates may be available depending on the provider, your address and the time of year. Still, other than Cox and Rise Broadband (and their cheapest plans), service from all other providers in the Las Vegas area starts at $50 per month or higher.
If you’re looking for cheap internet, I’d start by seeing if you’re eligible for Verizon’s 50% discount for qualifying mobile customers, putting your monthly internet bill around $25 to $35 per month before taxes. Otherwise, check out the list of cheap internet plans in Las Vegas below.
Low-income internet options in Las Vegas
There aren’t any internet discount programs available specifically to Las Vegas residents, but the nationwide Affordable Connectivity Program could grant you up to $30 per month to go toward your home internet bill.
As for discount programs from Las Vegas ISPs, Cox offers a low-income internet plan, Connect2Compete, which starts at just $10 per month for speeds up to 100Mbps. Visit the official Cox Connect2Compete page for more information on applying. CenturyLink does not have a similar discounted internet plan, but the provider does participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program, meaning you could get CenturyLink (or Quantum Fiber) home internet for a net cost of $20 per month after the $30 ACP credit.
Cox also offers a decent prepaid internet plan to all customers regardless of economic status or qualifications. The plan comes with speeds up to 100Mbps, starting at $50 per month. No credit check, deposit, modem rental fee or contracts are required.
Las Vegas internet speeds
Average tested internet speeds are on par with the rest of Nevada and the US. If you’d like faster-than-average speeds for your home, Cox, Quantum Fiber and Verizon 5G Home Internet offer download speeds up to 940Mbps or higher.
If you’re looking for high-speed internet in Las Vegas, Cox will probably be your best option. It’s the only provider that offers gig speeds throughout the entire region, and some neighborhoods may be eligible for fiber service, which can deliver equally fast upload speeds.
Quantum Fiber is also a decent choice for gig internet, and it’s less expensive than what you’ll get from Cox, but it has far less coverage than Cox in Las Vegas, available to only around a third of households in the area. And while Verizon 5G covers much of Las Vegas with speeds of 85 to 1,000Mbps, that’s a wide range and not all households will be eligible for the max.
Contracts and data caps
No major Las Vegas ISP requires a service contract, but you may have to sign a one-year agreement with Cox to get the lowest introductory pricing. The contract is no big deal if you plan on staying in the area and keeping your service for a year or longer. But, if you may move or cancel service before the contract is up, Cox may hit you with a costly early termination fee. For truly contract-free internet service, consider CenturyLink (and Quantum Fiber), Verizon 5G, T-Mobile 5G or Rise Broadband.
Cox is also the only provider with a hard data cap and monthly fees — up to $100 — for going over. While CenturyLink has a monthly data cap of 1TB, there is no fee for going over, though frequent and excessive overages may violate the terms of service. Rise Broadband has a data cap of 250GB with select plans, but you can upgrade to unlimited data for an additional $10 per month. 5G home internet from Verizon or T-Mobile comes with no data cap.
Internet in Las Vegas recap
Cox, Quantum Fiber and Verizon 5G will be your three best bets for high-speed internet in Las Vegas. Cox boasts the greatest coverage in the area and the best plan selection around, but all plans come with a data cap and possibly a one-year contract.
Quantum Fiber doesn’t have contracts or data overage fees, but plan selection is a bit more limited and service is only available to around a third of Vegas residents.
Verizon’s 5G Home Internet could be a suitable alternative to cable or fiber connections, but 5G technology is still relatively new and the speeds and service quality you experience could vary widely depending on your address. The pricing is fair, however, especially if you qualify for the 50% discount.
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