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.

NYC internet at a glance

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.

Internet availability in New York City

Top NYC residential internet providers

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.



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.

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.

Fastest internet in New York City

Download speeds 250 Mbps or higher

New York City – 89%

New York – 72%

U.S. – 73%

Download speeds 1,000 Mbps or higher

New York City – 45%

New York – 27%

U.S. – 16%

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
  • Optimum – Cable internet with download speeds up to 400 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.

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
  • 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.

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Free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York City

Whether you’re out and about or just visiting, there are public places where you can access free Wi-Fi service in New York City. Keep in mind that these networks are often public, so it’s good to avoid online activity that involves passwords or sensitive information when connected to free Wi-Fi networks.

Here are a few public places where you can find free Wi-Fi in NYC:

  • Public parks including Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Any underground subway station
  • Most coffee shops including Coffee Project NY and Odd Fox Coffee
  • Grand Central Library and other New York public libraries

If you have Spectrum or Optimum internet service, you can access free provider Wi-Fi hotspots throughout New York. Xfinity also offers free Wi-Fi hotspots in New York City, even though residential internet service is largely unavailable. Verizon does not currently offer Wi-Fi hotspots for internet customers in New York.

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Ari Howard

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Ari Howard

Associate Writer, Broadband & Wireless Content

Ari is an Associate Writer for the Allconnect team, focusing on broadband and wireless news, as well as broadband and TV provider deals. She recently graduated from Davidson College with a bachelor’s degree in… Read more

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