The most important price increase to be aware of is the one after your promotional period ends. Nearly all internet providers offer promotional rates for their new customers. This means the listed price for internet service is the promotional rate and not the regular rate. However, most providers don’t advertise their regular rates. As a result, you can go on a goose chase to find out how much you will be paying for internet service each month after that promotional period ends.
Allconnect, however, has made it easy for you by breaking down all of the major ISP price increases. Even if you do not see your provider on the list, keep in mind these two things when buying internet:
- Unless your provider specifically says your plan is Price for Life, expect your bill to increase sometime between 3 to 24 months into your service.
- If your provider increases its prices once, expect them to do it again in the future.
So, which providers increase their prices after the promotional period and by how much? Find out below:
Summary of price increases for top ISPs
|Provider||Price increase||Promo period length||Additional details|
|AT&T||$0 – $10/mo.||12 months||No price increases for AT&T Fiber, $10 for DSL plans|
|Cox||$20 – $34/mo.||12 months||Rate increases vary by internet package|
|HughesNet||$10/mo.||6 months||Prices increase after 6 months even though the contract is 24-months.|
|Kinetic by Windstream||$15 – $18/mo.||12 months||Rate increases vary.|
|Mediacom||$10 – $70/mo.||12 months||The more expensive the package, the more expensive the price increase.|
|Sparklight||$10 – $60/mo.||6 – 12 months||All plans increase after the first 12 months except for Sparklight’s cheapest plan (100 mbps), which increases by $15/mo. after the first 6 months.|
|Spectrum||$25/mo.||12 months||After 12 months of service, your bill will increase by $21/mo. for internet-only and by $25/mo. for bundles.*|
|Viasat||$20 – $100/mo.||3 months||The more expensive the package, the more expensive the price increase.|
|Xfinity||Up to $45/mo.||12 – 24 months||Most plans increase by $30/mo. after the first year.|
Expert tip: Pay attention to which ISPs increase all of their plans by the same amount and which ISPs increase their more expensive plans at higher rates than their cheaper plans.
Overall, the providers that increase prices the most after a promotional period are Mediacom, Viasat and Sparklight, with an increase of up to $100/mo. However, this increase is only for these providers’ most expensive packages. When it comes to their cheapest plans, prices increase by as low as $10/mo.
The providers that increase their plans the most for low-tier packages, therefore, are AT&T, Spectrum and Xfinity because they increase their rates by the same amount for nearly all of their plans ($20 – $30/mo.).
This means that if you are looking for a cheap internet package, your price increase will be lower with Mediacom, Viasat and Sparklight after the first 12 months than it will be with AT&T, Spectrum or Xfinity. And if you are looking for a high-tier package, your price increase will be higher with Mediacom, Viasa and Sparklight after the first 12 months than it will be with AT&T, Spectrum or Xfinity.
How about Verizon and Optimum?
Two of the biggest providers, Verizon and Optimum, are particularly secretive about their price increases. However, just because they don’t list what their rates are after the first 12 months, doesn’t mean they don’t increase them. Based on what customers have reported, expect at least a $15/mo. price increase after the first year.
It’s also important to keep hidden fees in mind when shopping for internet. As we mentioned above, the advertised price is likely not what you will end up paying, not only because of promotional rates but also due to hidden fees like equipment costs, service fees and installation fees.
How you can save on internet
There are a few steps you can take to try and save on your monthly internet bill:
- Switch providers — if you are not happy with your ISP’s pricing, you may want to consider switching. Some providers will have cheaper plans than others, price guarantees, no hidden fees, etc.
- Buy your own equipment — Buying your own equipment, like a modem or router, can save you money in the long run since you won’t have to pay the provider’s monthly fees.
- Enroll in the ACP — If you are eligible to enroll in The Affordable Connectivity Program you could save up to $30/mo. on internet or even get it for free, depending on the plan.
Negotiate your bill — You can always try and negotiate a better deal for yourself on your internet bill. You may be able to get out of some unwanted extra fees.
Written by:Ari Howard
Associate Writer, Broadband & Wireless Content
Ari is an Associate Writer for the Allconnect team. She primarily writes about broadband news and studies, particularly relating to internet access, digital safety, broadband-related technology and the digital d… Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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