Internet providers in New York, NY

Discover which internet providers are available in NYC and compare internet speeds and pricing from top providers in the city.

Internet options in New York City

Moving to or around The Big Apple presents all sorts of new opportunities, including who you rely on for internet and TV service. To help you find the best internet provider for your new home, we’ve listed everything you need to know about the top providers below. Even if you aren’t moving, you may find that switching NYC internet providers could get you better services or a lower monthly rate.

Cable internet is the most widely available internet service in NYC, but DSL and fiber optic internet are also options in most areas. Available download speeds range from 1 to 1,000 Mbps, and internet plan pricing starts at under $50/mo. with most providers.

Top NYC residential internet providers

Best internet provider in NYC

Overall, Verizon Fios offers the best value for internet service in New York City. Fiber optic is not available everywhere in the city but if it is an option for you, it is your best bet for fast, reliable speeds at a good price. Verizon Fios’ cheapest plan ($39.99/mo.) offers speeds up to 200 Mbps. With cable providers, you have to pay around $10/mo. more for that speed. If Verizon’s DSL service is available in your area instead of Verizon Fios, you will not have access to those same speeds or pricing.

Compare the largest internet providers in New York City

The four largest internet providers in NYC are Verizon, Spectrum, Optimum and RCN. Your New York City address and the borough you live in will largely determine which providers and plans are available to you.

Provider details:

Verizon High Speed Internet (DSL) is available throughout NYC. Verizon Fios, a 100% fiber connection, offers service primarily in parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island.

  • One to three internet plan options depending on location
  • Starting at $39.99-$79.99/mo.*
  • Speeds 200 – up to 940 Mbps
  • Fast upload speeds
  • Bundle savings

Provider details:

Spectrum cable internet services are available throughout most of Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island. Residents of western Brooklyn may also have Spectrum as an available internet provider.

  • Three internet plan options
  • Starting at $49.99-$109.99/mo.*
  • Speeds 200 – 940 Mbps
  • Modem included
  • No data caps

Provider details:

Optimum covers many areas where Spectrum is unavailable, including the Bronx and Brooklyn. Optimum coverage also extends east throughout much of Long Island and north into Yonkers and Eastchester, but is not available in Mount Vernon.

  • Three internet plan options
  • Starting at $40-$64.99/mo.*
  • Speeds 200 – 400 Mbps
  • Price for life guarantee
  • Installation included with select plans

Provider details:

RCN is available in all boroughs except Staten Island, but residents of Manhattan and Queens are much more likely to be serviceable for RCN. Even in these two boroughs where RCN is most available, serviceability can vary from block to block.

  • Four internet plan options
  • Starting at $29.99-$68.33/mo.*
  • Speeds 50 – 1,000 Mbps
  • No contract required
  • Installation included with select plans

Find out which NYC internet providers are available near you. Click “Shop providers” below to find New York City internet providers by ZIP code, or call to speak with our internet experts about specific providers and plans for your address.


Fastest internet in New York City

Cable and fiber optic internet providers in New York will be your best options for high-speed internet. And if you need fast upload speeds, look to fiber optic internet providers such as Verizon Fios. 

New York City’s fastest max advertised download speeds

  • RCN – Cable internet with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps 
  • Spectrum – Cable internet with download speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Verizon Fios –  Fiber optic internet with download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps
  • EarthLink – Fiber optic internet with download speeds up 1,000 Mbps
  • Suddenlink – Fiber optic internet with download speeds up to 940 Mbps

See if New York City’s fastest internet speeds are available in your area. Click below to check for high-speed cable and fiber optic internet providers in NYC.

Our pick: EarthLink is our choice for the fastest provider in New York City with maximum speeds of 1,000 Mbps and a fiber optic internet connection.


Cheap internet service providers in New York City

If you’re looking for cheap NYC internet providers, most will offer plans for around $50/mo. or lower. Keep in mind that equipment fees, Wi-Fi service and other hidden fees can add to the overall monthly costs.

Cheap internet plans in NYC

  • RCN 155 Mbps Internet – $29.99/mo.* for up to 155 Mbps
  • Suddenlink Internet 100 – $35/mo.* for up to 100 Mbps
  • EarthLink High Speed Internet 3 Mbps – $39.95/mo.* for up to 3 Mbps
  • Verizon Fios 200/200 – $39.99/mo.* for 200 Mbps
  • Optimum Internet 300 – $40.00/mo.* for up to 300 Mbps
  • Spectrum Internet – $49.99/mo.* for up to 200 Mbps

Finding the cheapest New York internet plans starts with a search of available providers in your area. Click “Shop plans” to find providers in your ZIP code and compare starting prices.

Our pick: RCN is our choice for the best value in NYC with starting prices of $29.99/mo.* for speeds up to 155 Mbps. 

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Which provider offers the best benefits in New York City?

Spectrum

  • Existing contract buyouts up to $500
  • No data caps
  • No contracts
  • Free modem rental
  • Free antivirus software
  • Free HD channels and Free On Demand
  • Access to Spectrum hotspots

Verizon Fios

  • No contract options available
  • Two-year price guarantee on all home service plans
  • 24/7 TechSure support
  • Free router rental with select internet plans
  • Access to Verizon hotspots

Optimum

  • Existing contract buyouts up to $500
  • No annual contracts
  • Risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Exclusive discounts and promotional offers like a $100 Visa gift card when you order online

Verizon’s benefits stand out from the rest thanks to their two-year price guarantee and no contract options. This means you’ll know what you’re paying for right from the start and how much it will cost you for the foreseeable future.

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Ari Howard

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