Austin is home to tech giants, music festivals, and a vibrant startup culture. It’s no surprise that high-speed internet is easy to come by. But the only companies that offer internet coverage to 100% of the city are satellite providers, like HughesNet and Viasat.
For most people, wired internet connections, like fiber and cable, are better options. They provide faster, more reliable speeds and tend to cost less. You should always look for a fast and affordable wired internet plan first (don’t worry, we give you some options below).
But, for those who live in one of Austin’s internet blackout zones or on the outskirts of West Austin, satellite internet is a great backup option. You can even get coverage way out in rural areas, like Taylor and Driftwood.
Satellite internet may not be as fast as fiber, but it’s quickly catching up. In Austin, HughesNet can hook you up with speeds up to 50Mbps, which is plenty for streaming, gaming, and Zooming into a work meeting. And Viasat’s speeds go all the way up to 100Mbps!