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Internet providers: Top options

verizon
Best overall
  • Speeds – 300 Mbps
  • Prices starting at – $49.99/mo.
spectrum
Low equipment fees
  • Speeds – Starting up to 300 Mbps
  • Prices starting at – $49.99/mo.
t-mobile
99% availability
  • Speeds – Up to 245 Mbps
  • Prices starting at – $50.00/mo.
xfinity
Several plan options
  • Speeds – 50 Mbps
  • Prices starting at – $24.99/mo.
att
Best speeds
  • Speeds – 300 Mbps
  • Prices starting at – $55/mo.
cox
Best bundles
  • Speeds – 100 Mbps
  • Prices starting at – $35/mo.

Compare the top internet service providers 

Making a comparison of internet companies and the services they offer is one of the best ways to avoid overpaying for home internet service or signing up for a plan that doesn’t fit your needs.

Verizon, Xfinity, AT&T and Spectrum are all good internet provider options to consider if they are available near you. They each offer fair pricing for the speeds you get and have low to no extra fees. Some cheaper providers include Mediacom and WOW!, but if fiber is available where you live, Frontier and AT&T have multi-gig options. 

Not all providers will be available in your area, but you can use this list to see how the largest ones compare to what’s available near you. If you don’t see your ISP in the table above, check our full list of internet service providers.

Which internet providers are available near you?

Where you live in the U.S. also plays an important role in which ISPs and what type of internet services are available in your area. Metro areas like New York and Los Angeles will often have more internet availability for fast fiber optic internet or a 5G connection, whereas a small town in Kentucky may only have slower DSL or satellite as options.

Xfinity and Spectrum are the most widely available cable providers, and fiber providers like Verizon Fios and AT&T have more limited internet availability.

Not every internet service provider (ISP) is available near you. You may have access to AT&T or Xfinity in your home, but the houses on the other side of your street may not. This is why finding the exact internet service and plan to fit your needs starts with you inputting your address. 

The providers listed above cover most of the U.S., but there are smaller regional providers like Altafiber and Optimum that could be available where you live.

Whether you’re shopping for cheap internet, a faster plan or an all-around better internet provider, we can help you find internet providers in your area.

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Verizon logo

Allconnect Rating

4.43 / 5

Verizon Fios – Best overall

Verizon Fios is Allconnect’s choice for the best ISP due to its fast fiber speeds, special perks and competitive pricing. Verizon also has excellent customer satisfaction ratings and has no data caps or contracts. Verizon’s prices start at a reasonable $49.99/mo. for 300 Mbps. Like other providers, your bill won’t increase after the promotional period ends. Verizon also offers its 5G home internet service to over 900 cities throughout the U.S. You can save when you bundle Verizon 5G Home Internet with a Verizon mobile plan.

On the downside, Verizon Fios has limited availability. Service is only available in parts of eight states and focused primarily in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. You also won’t be able to save when you bundle Verizon Fios internet with another service – it will just simplify your monthly bill.

Read our full Verizon Fios review.
tmobile home internet logo

Allconnect Rating

4.12 / 5

T-Mobile – Best internet availability

Behind satellite internet providers like Hughesnet and Viasat, T-Mobile is the most widely available internet provider in the country. According to the FCC, it provides 5G coverage to 89% of the U.S. and is still expanding. T-Mobile offers speeds up to 245 Mbps with no contracts. T-Mobile customers with a cell phone plan can save $10 to $20/mo. by bundling.

While its availability makes it a convenient internet option, T-Mobile may provide inconsistent internet speeds. Its 5G speeds are more erratic than cable or fiber and depend on your proximity to a T-Mobile tower.

Read our full T-Mobile review
Xfinity logo

Allconnect Rating

3.63 / 5

Xfinity – Best cable internet provider

Xfinity is widely available, serving nearly 20 million people across 40 states. They also offer no-contract options, so you don’t need to worry about a long-term commitment. Xfinity has discounts on internet service for cellphone customers and inexpensive starting prices for those looking for a cheap internet option. Pair those facts with Xfinity’s speeds up to 6,000 Mbps and Xfinity is the best cable internet provider if they are available in your area.

Some drawbacks of Xfinity are the hidden fees, rate hikes and regional pricing. Xfinity plans can get pricey once you add in the cost of equipment rentals, and rate hikes are possible with certain plans. Xfinity prices also vary from region to region, so you could pay more depending on your location.

Read our full Xfinity review
Spectrum logo

Allconnect Rating

3.62 / 5

Spectrum – Best for low equipment fees

Spectrum offers three home internet plans from $49.99/mo. to $79.99/mo. (with Auto Pay) with speeds from 300 to 1,000 Mbps. (Wireless speeds may vary). Spectrum’s equipment fee is only $5/mo., one of the lowest amongst top ISPs. It also has free installation with no data caps or contracts and offers bundling options for TV service and home phone. Spectrum is widely available, serving over 100 million people across 41 states.

On the other hand, Spectrum has slower upload speeds than other ISPs and will increase your price after the first year of service.

Read our full Spectrum review
AT&T logo

Allconnect Rating

4.47 / 5

AT&T Fiber – Best for fast speeds

AT&T Fiber offers download speeds ranging from 300 to 4,700 Mbps, some of the fastest in the country. If you have a large household with work/study-from-home users and serious gamers, AT&T Fiber can meet all those needs. You can also take advantage of no data caps, no contracts and no equipment fees with AT&T. Bundles are available with AT&T internet and DIRECTV. AT&T is available across 21 states, with service primarily in the Southern and Midwestern regions of the country

Some things to consider with AT&T are the DSL price hikes and lack of bundle discounts. If you have an AT&T DSL plan, your monthly internet price will increase in a year or two. While bundling services can simplify your monthly bill, it won’t save you money.

Read our full AT&T review.
cox logo

Allconnect Rating

3.61 / 5

Cox – Best TV and internet bundles

Cox has internet plans priced at $49.99 – $149.99/mo. for 100 – 2,000 Mbps. Although you don’t save any money by bundling Cox’s services, you get a 30-day money-back guarantee that includes the standard installation charge, your first month’s service fee and your equipment charges. Another perk of Cox is that installation is free on certain bundles.

Be wary of Cox’s limited availability and price increases. Cox is only available to about 7% of the country and your price will likely increase after one or two years.

Read our full Cox review
CenturyLink authorized retailer logo

Allconnect Rating

3.52 / 5

CenturyLink – Best for affordable plans

CenturyLink internet starts at $30/mo. for speeds up to 200 Mbps. Although CenturyLink tends to have only one plan available in its serviceable areas, it comes with fast speeds and unlimited data at a reasonable price point. Equipment fees will run an extra $15/mo., but you won’t have a contract to worry about with CenturyLink. CenturyLink is available in parts of 16 states with service concentrated in the northern Midwest and Western U.S.

CenutryLink’s limited plan options can be a drawback for many. depending on where you live, CenturyLink may only have one or two plan options for you.

Read our full CenturyLink review
Hughesnet logo

Allconnect Rating

2.11 / 5

Hughesnet – Best satellite provider

Hughesnet is available pretty much everywhere in the U.S. and its plans come with 15 – 25 Mbps download speeds that will allow you to browse the web, watch a video and do most of what you love online. Hughesnet Fusion plans are available in select areas and combine satellite and wireless tech to deliver a high-speed, low-latency internet experience.

On the downside, Hughesnet has very slow speeds compared to cable, fiber and even 5G providers. You will also be tied to a contract when you purchase a Hughesnet plan.

Read our full Hughesnet review

Tips for choosing the best internet provider

How much should I pay for internet? What’s a good internet speed? After 20+ years of helping people like you find the best internet service in your area, we’ve become experts at answering internet questions like these and ones you may not know you had. Start by finding out what speed you need with Allconnect’s Speed Quiz.

Determine the speed you need

Speed is one of the most important considerations when choosing an internet service. Your download and upload speed determines how fast you can stream, browse, video chat and send and receive data. Take our speed test to see what you’re currently getting and determine if you need more or less internet speed.

Consider the number of devices you have connected to your network and the internet activities you do every day. More connected devices and heavy-bandwidth activities like gaming require more internet speed. From there, you can pick a provider offering the speed you need at a price that works for you.

Test your current internet speed

Avoid overpaying

Finding affordable internet goes beyond comparing plan pricing. Look for hidden fees, price increases and data caps to get an idea of the true cost of internet. Also, be mindful of ways you can save, like switching providers or buying your own modem and router.

Learn common terms

Don’t know a bit from a byte? We cut through the jargon to help you understand what kind of speed you actually need. Learn the internet terms you’ve always wondered about to make the right decision when choosing an internet provider and plan.

Internet technology types

Not all internet connections are the same. Find out how different technologies affect the quality of internet service.

5G Home Internet

5G is the latest internet technology using cellphone towers to send internet to your home. 5G providers perform similarly to traditional internet providers, reaching speeds as fast as 1,000 Mbps in some areas. Still, the speeds can be inconsistent and depend on your proximity to a cell tower.

Fiber

Fiber internet is the fastest and most reliable internet option available. It offers symmetrical download and upload speeds and many providers offer multi-gigabit internet plans. Unfortunately, fiber internet has limited availability and is generally more expensive than other technology types.

Cable

Cable internet is available to most of the U.S., offers gigabit speeds and is one of the most reliable forms of internet. Cable will have lower upload speeds than fiber, however, and may be slow during peak usage times.

Fixed wireless

Fixed wireless internet is ideal for rural areas and does not have the latency of satellite internet, but be prepared for slower speeds and data caps.

Satellite

Satellite internet is available in all 50 states and is the most reliable internet option for rural areas. Plans are more expensive than wired connections and will likely come with low data allowances and high latency.

DSL

DSL internet uses phone lines to transmit data. It is widely available and a low-cost internet option, but expect low speeds that max out at about 100 Mbps.

Internet provider FAQs

Is Allconnect an internet provider?

No. We don’t provide internet service ourselves, but we connect you with the providers that are available in your area.

Often, more rural areas have fewer internet provider options due to the high cost of the infrastructure. Satellite providers HughesNet and Viasat are available everywhere, but don’t expect the higher speeds you would get from fiber or even DSL connections. However, Starlink is the newest player in the field, with speeds up to 150 Mbps and a starting price of $99/mo.

Larger ISPs like Verizon and AT&T are expanding their service areas every year, as are leading-edge internet companies like Starlink and Google Fiber. 5G home internet options are expanding as well, with companies like T-Mobile and Verizon leading the way. The passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide billions of dollars for infrastructure to carry internet service to rural and underserved communities.

Joe Supan

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Joe Supan

Principal Writer, Broadband Content

Joe is a senior writer for CNET covering home technology and broadband. Prior to joining CNET, Joe led MYMOVE’s moving coverage and reported on broadband policy, the digital divide, and privacy issues for the br… Read more

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