What is the best internet provider in Aurora?
Xfinity is the best internet service provider in Aurora due to its broad coverage and plan variety, which includes the cheapest and fastest plans in the area. Xfinity Connect is the cheapest internet plan in Aurora, offering download speeds up to 75 megabits per second, starting at $20 per month. On the high-speed end of the spectrum, Xfinity Gigabit Extra boasts download speeds up to 1,200Mbps, starting at $85 monthly.
Quantum Fiber and fellow Lumen Technologies brand CenturyLink are also decent choices for home internet in Aurora. CenturyLink is available to more Aurora households than Quantum Fiber, but you’ll get faster speeds and much better value from the latter’s fiber internet service.
Additionally, Aurora is home to multiple fixed wireless internet providers. Verizon 5G Home Internet offers the fastest speeds for the money, but T-Mobile Home Internet is also a practical option, particularly in rural areas to the east. Availability, pricing, and overall value from other fixed wireless providers, including Starry Internet, Aerux Broadband, and Rise Broadband, will vary by location.
Best internet in Aurora, Colorado
Aurora internet providers are compared
|Monthly price range
|Monthly equipment costs
|CNET review score
|$8 (does not include router)
|250GB or unlimited
|T-Mobile Home Internet
|$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)
|Verizon 5G Home Internet
|$50-$70 ($35-$45 for eligible Verizon Wireless customers)
|$15 (included in most plans)
|1.2TB or unlimited
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.
Source: CNET analysis of provider data.
How to find internet deals and promotions in Aurora
The best internet deals and top promotions in Aurora depend on what discounts are available during that time. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers.
Aurora internet providers, such as Xfinity, may offer lower introductory pricing or streaming add-ons for a limited time. Many, however, including Quantum Fiber, CenturyLink, and Rise Broadband, run the same standard pricing year-round.
For a more extensive list of promos, check out our guide on the best internet deals.
What’s a good internet speed?
Most internet connection plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you’re looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video, or gaming, you’ll have a better experience with a more robust connection.
Here’s an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines — and that internet speed, service, and performance vary by connection type, provider, and address.
For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you need.
- 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics — browsing the internet, sending and receiving email, streaming low-quality video.
- 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
- 40 to 100Mbps should give one user sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming, and online gaming.
- 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two users to simultaneously engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming, and online gaming.
- 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more users to engage in high-bandwidth activities at the same time.
How CNET chose the best internet providers in Aurora
Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router, or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. So what’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability, and speed information drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites, and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.
But it doesn’t end there. We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we consider every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP’s service. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of publication.
Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions:
- Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds?
- Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying?
- Are customers happy with their service?
While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. When selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, though we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees, and contracts.
Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and also take into account real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.
To explore our process in more depth, visit our How we test ISP’s page.