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What is cable internet?

Cable internet is an internet connection type using the same cable that connects to your TV. Because the cable used by your TV provides much greater bandwidth than phone lines, cable internet is much faster than DSL. Most cable providers offer cable and internet packages at a discounted rate. That means you can easily save more money by bundling your TV, phone and internet services from the same cable provider.

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Pros and cons of cable internet

  • No home phone line is required to get online
  • As long as you’re hooked into the network, you can expect a good connection
  • Boasts speeds that are much faster than dial-up and DSL
  • Get service for a price that meets your budget and remains steady
  • Available and easily connected in most areas
  •  Internet speeds can throttle because you'll share a connection with users in you area
  •  Most cable internet providers have data caps and will throttle your internet speed or charge additional fees when the max has been hit
  •  The more devices connected, the slower your internet speeds

Selecting your cable internet provider

When comparing cable internet providers, keep in mind important features like:

  • Pricing - Internet plans from different cable internet providers can vary greatly in price. Many times, local cable companies will have similar pricing and will be your best bet for cheap internet service.
  • Available speeds - Consider your internet browsing habits and how many people will be using your internet-connected devices when selecting your internet speed. Incompatible speeds can cause service disturbances like lag and buffering.
  • Equipment fees - Many providers offer free equipment rental or discounted pricing when you order online or take advantage of special offers. Some providers may charge fees  for router and modem rental that can make service more expensive than you anticipated.
  • Features - You may be eligible for additional bonuses like security software, hotspot access and more with your cable internet services.
  • Contracts - Unexpected service contracts can leave you stuck with a provider for longer than you want. Be sure to read the fine print on your service agreement to see whether or not there’s a term limit on your service, or what fees you could incur if you cancel.

For more specific information on cable internet providers in your area, give Allconnect® a call today. We’ll help you compare pricing, speeds and more near you. 

Top cable internet providers

We partner with big cable internet providers across the country to offer affordable plans in your area. Take a look at some of the major companies we partner with and how they compare. 

  • Speeds average around 100 Mbps
  • Data cap of 1 TB/mo.
  • Access to more than 500,000 free hotspots nationwide
  • Free HD receiver with select plans

  • Speeds average around 200 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Free Optimum smart router
  • 1.5 million hotspot locations

  • Speeds average around 100 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Free modem and DVR equipment
  • Thousands of hotspots nationwide

  • Speeds average around 60 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Monthly modem rental fee
  • Millions of nationwide hotspots

 

As ranked by Reviews.com as of 8/22/18.

Differentiating between cable internet providers can be tricky since most consumers are limited to the cable providers that service their area. If you’re looking for unlimited data with your cable internet service, providers like Optimum, Spectrum or XFINITY may be best for you. Speed offerings from cable internet providers will vary depending on where you’re located. Give Allconnect a call to find out which providers, speeds and plans are available near you.

Who provides cable service in my area?

Depending on your address, you could be eligible for cable internet service from providers such as Spectrum, Cox, XFINITY or a number of others. We’ve listed a few of the largest cable internet providers below.

  States served Main service areas Channels Starting price Buy now
spectrum

41

Southern U.S., Midwest and West Coast

125-200+

$64.99/mo.*

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xfinity

40

Northwest, Great Lakes area and Eastern U.S.

10-260+

$49.99/mo.*

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cox internet

19

Southwest, Central U.S. and Northeast

75-250+

$64.99/mo.*

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4

Northeast, NYC

50-420+

$19.99/mo.*

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21

Midwest, Central U.S., Mid-Atlantic

100-380+

$19.99/mo.*

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*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 09/04/18.

Save with bundles from top cable internet providers

Bundling services with your internet service provider can be a great way to save money and simplify your monthly bill if you’re interested in more than one service. Depending on which provider you choose to bundle with you may be saving more money with one than another. 

Take a look at monthly bundle savings from two popular cable internet providers with comparable availability and speed offerings.

  • Internet 150 Mbps - $54.99/mo.* standalone
  • 140+ channels - $49.99/mo.* standalone
  • Phone - $20/mo.* 
  • Internet, TV and phone - about $79.99/mo.* bundled

Bundled savings: $44.99/mo.*

*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 09/04/18.

Since CenturyLink doesn’t offer standalone phone service, you’ll be paying about the same amount for cable internet, home phone and DIRECTV service individually as you would when bundled.

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Customer satisfaction with cable internet

When you look at cable internet reviews from real consumers, popular providers like AT&T, Cox, Spectrum and XFINITY rank well amongst other types of internet providers. All are ranked in a range of 60 to 69 out 100, with the highest score of 69 going to AT&T Internet and the lowest score of 60 going to XFINITY. A fiber internet provider (Verizon Fios) earns the best internet review with a first place score of 71. Cable internet providers take second and third place, as well as a majority of the remaining top 10 spots. Check out more internet service provider reviews from the American Customer Satisfaction Index

Common cable internet questions

Cable internet is best for the moderate internet user. This connection type is best if you use your internet for web browsing, streaming movies or music, gaming and video chats.

Many providers like XFINITY and Spectrum offer standalone cable internet, so you won’t need to sign up for additional services. However, bundling with either TV or phone can save you money on your monthly bills.

If a cable internet connection isn’t right for your browsing habits, consider satellite, DSL or fiber internet instead. Each connection type has it’s advantages, so locate the providers in your area to see what’s available.

You’ll typically only experience disruptions in service during strong weather conditions or times of high internet traffic in your area. You and your family will be sharing bandwidth with users around you, so speed decrease will depend on how many devices and people are using the connection at one time.

If you’re unable to shop cable internet near you, you may be located in an area where satellite, DSL or fiber connections are your only options. Compare and contrast connections  to select the best internet option for you.

Bandwidth usually refers to how much information your internet signal can transmit in a given amount of time. The more bandwidth your internet has, the easier it will be to continue your favorite internet activities like streaming, gaming and more.

Last updated 08/27/18.

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