Kansas Internet Guide
On this page you’ll find information on where to get internet access in Kansas. We provide info on the larger ISPs, local providers and the top 5 colleges and the internet access they provide students (if any). At the very end you’ll find some details on where to get free wi-fi access in Kansas.
Find the Best Internet Service Provider in Your Area of Kansas
Local Residential Internet Service Providers
The following 3 listings are local companies that provide internet access to residential areas in Kansas.
- WTC: WTC’s internet packages differ depending on the city that you’re in. For Wamego, St. George and Paxico, a 384Kbps download speed costs $31.95/month. A 512 Kbps costs $35.95/month. 1.5Mbps costs $43.95/month, 6.0 Mbps costs $64.95/month, and a 15.0 Mbps costs $99.95/month, Call WTC to inquire about their available packages in your area at 785) 456-1000.
- Knology: Knology offers internet packages for your needs. They have an Intronet plan with a maximum speed of 1 Mbps, Edge with a speed of 3 Mbps, Edge Plus with 15 Mbps, and High Speed with 25/30Mbps. Prices are not stated on the website as you may have to call them to confirm serviceability in your area. Their phone number is 877-KNOLOGY.
- Twin Valley Communications: Twin Valley introduces their fast internet with entry speeds that start at 10.0 Mbps which is 10 times faster than most competitors’ entry level Internet and reach as fast as 100 Mbps. To get pricing details in your area, call them at 800.515.3311.
Local Business Internet Service Providers
These 3 listings are also local to Kansas, but they focus on providing internet access to businesses.
- Eagle Communications: Eagle Communications offers high quality, high speed internet to your home using your existing cable. If you have Cable TV with Eagle Communications, you also have the capability to have Eagle High-Speed Internet. No phone lines are needed with their Internet. E-mail addresses are provided along with Spam Filter capability, and access to your e-mail via any computer with Eagle Web Mail. To get a price quote for your business, call them at 877-625-9901.
- Surewest Communications: SureWest Business Solutions has Fixed Internet Access that provides your business with dedicated, high-speed access to the World Wide Web. These are delivered through SureWest’s own Internet facilities via T1, on-net T1, multiple T1s, DS3, T3, point-to-point data circuits, fiber, metro ethernet or gigabit Ethernet. To call them for more details and for a price quote, use this number: 913.322.9878
- CableOne: CableOne has a internet packages for your business. They have a Business Economy High Speed Internet & Data package for up to 5 Mbps download speed. Other plans like Business Suite (SOHO), Office, and Business Enterprise High Speed Internet & Data have up to 50 Mbps download speeds. The difference is their upload speeds, number of email accounts, and the data usage per month. The prices are not stated on their website as you will have to call CableOne to get a quote. Their contact number is (208) 375-8288.
Kansas Internet Connections and Coverage
In this section you’ll find information regarding the internet speeds in Kansas, who the fastest providers are and what the 3G coverage looks like.
Regarding internet speeds, Nebraska has an average speed of 11.98 Mbps, which is slower than the national average of 12.55 Mbps.
The 5 cities with fastest internet speed in Kansas are:
- Wamego – 44.11 Mbps
- Tonganoxie – 16.21 Mbps
- Arkansas City – 16.03 Mbps
- Lawrence – 15.76 Mbps
- Junction City – 15.57 Mbps
The 5 fastest internet service providers in Kansas are:
- WTC Communications – 29.00 Mbps
- Apogee Telecom – 19.52 Mbps
- Community Wireless Communications – 18.93 Mbps
- Knology – 18.63 Mbps
- Cox – 16.85 Mbps
Keep in mind that any of the above can change at any time. For the most accurate details, visit the NetIndex.com page.
Mobile 3G Internet Coverage for Kansas
Here is some insight as to how the 3G coverage looks in Kansas.
Mobile coverage in Kansas is pretty good, with 3G signals available in most areas of the state.
Clear: Clear seems to have good coverage in major areas of Kansas. Strongest signals are in Kansas City and Overland Park.
AT&T: AT&T’s 3G signals are very strong in the Western area. There are good signals on the eastern portion and most especially in the major cities like Wichita and Kansas City.
Verizon: Verizon 3G data coverage is excellent! Only a few rare portions in the west have little or no signal, but it’s stable in all other areas.
Top 5 Colleges in Kansas & Their Internet Access
If you’re planning on attending a top 5 college in Kansas, the information below will show you what schools provide internet access, as well as how to get it.
Kansas State University provides wireless data network services for K-State students, faculty, staff, and guests. Two wireless networks are available: KSU Wireless (for all K-Staters) and KSU Housing (for residence halls or Jardine Apartments).
A current K-State eID and password is required to configure your device and access the secure wireless network.
JAYHAWK Secure Wireless provides access for KU faculty, staff and students
Anyone with a valid KU Online ID should use the secure JAYHAWK Wireless network. KUGUEST wireless provides access for any campus visitor. Campus visitors can access the KUGUEST wireless network. KU-Passport wireless provides access for select visitors. KU faculty and staff can request KU-Passport access for a campus visitor or group by contacting their departmental technical staff. The technical staff person should submit the request to the KU IT Customer Service Center.
Fort Hays State University has wireless networks that support mobile teaching and learning across campus; these are: TigerNetStudent for students, TigerNetFacultyStaff for faculty and staff, and TigerNetGuest for guests and visiting faculty. TigerNetGuest does not need any login or registration to gain access to the internet.
Washburn’s wireless internet access for students can be obtained by registering their devices (only four devices may be registered per person per semester) and logging in using their MyWashburn User Name and Password. For guests, they should notify the school two weeks in advance of the event and send an email to be created a wireless ID.
There are two wireless networks in Wichita State University: WSU Secure and WSU Guest. WSU Secure is the new wireless for students, faculty, and staff, protected by WPA2 security and your myWSU ID. WSU Guest is completely open, short-term, limited access for campus guests.
Free Internet Access Spots in Kansas
Places in Kansas that have free internet access are in coffeehouses, malls, public libraries, restaurants and hotels. Other places in Kansas are:
- Chanute Memorial Building in Chanute
- First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville
- Larks Park in Hays
- The Artist Alley in Independence
- Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence
- Superior Toyota in Merriam
Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list, but rather a shortlist of ideas to get you started.