Internet providers in Providence, RI

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Providence internet service at a glance

At 100%, broadband coverage in Providence is comparable to the rest of Rhode Island - 100%, and comparable to broadband coverage across the U.S. - 95%.

The vast majority of those living in the Providence area will have access to cable, which covers 98% of Providence residents. Fiber-optic internet is also an option for many, offering service to 98% of the area. DSL is less available but still a popular internet option for roughly 97% of those living in Providence.

There are five internet providers serving the Providence area, and 98.10% of households will have internet options from more than one provider. Among Providence's five internet providers, prices start at $29.99 and available download speeds reach up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Top high-speed internet providers in Providence

The largest internet providers in Providence are Verizon and Cox bringing fiber-optic, DSL, and cable options to Providence.

Fiber-optic internet from Verizon is available to nearly all Providence residents, covering 98% of households. Many will also have the option of DSL from Verizon, which covers 97% of the area. Providence’s third most-available internet provider, Cox, offers cable to around 98% of Providence residents.

Verizon fiber-optic internet

Provider
Verizon
Starting price*
$39.99/mo.
Max download speed

940 Mbps

Max upload speed

880 Mbps

Average availability

98%

Fiber-optic from Verizon offers broadband to nearly all households in Providence covering 98% of the area.

Fiber-optic service from Verizon is popular for its fast download and upload speeds, even during peak usage times, but may be less available throughout Providence than other internet types.

Internet prices for Verizon start at $39.99/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Providence, $44.99.

Verizon customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 200 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.20 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Providence, $2.81.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps and upload speeds up to 880 Mbps in Providence. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much faster than the average max speeds from all Providence's providers, 576 Mbps.

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Verizon DSL internet

Provider
Verizon
Starting price*
$39.99/mo.
Max download speed

15 Mbps

Max upload speed

1 Mbps

Average availability

97%

DSL from Verizon offers broadband to nearly all households in Providence covering 97% of the area.

DSL internet from Verizon uses telephone lines in Providence to deliver service, which often leads to lower prices and higher availability, though download speeds are likely to be slower than cable or fiber-optic internet.

Internet prices for Verizon start at $39.99/mo.*, which is lower than the average starting price for internet in Providence, $44.99.

Verizon customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 200 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $0.20 per Mbps, lower than the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Providence, $2.81.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Verizon offers download speeds up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds up to 1 Mbps in Providence. These download speeds are available to 97% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Providence's providers, 576 Mbps.

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Cox cable internet

Provider
Cox
Starting price*
$29.99/mo.
Max download speed

300 Mbps

Max upload speed

30 Mbps

Average availability

98%

Cable from Cox offers broadband to nearly all households in Providence covering 98% of the area.

Cox’s cable network is likely to offer faster speeds than DSL or satellite service, but Providence residents in densely populated areas may experience slowed speeds during peak usage times.

Internet prices for Cox start at $29.99/mo.*, which is significantly lower than the average starting price for internet in Providence, $44.99.

Cox customers who choose the lowest-priced plan can expect speeds up to 10 Mbps, which comes to an estimated $3.00 per Mbps, about the same as the average cost per Mbps for the lowest priced plans in Providence, $2.81.

For those who value internet speed as much as cost, Cox offers download speeds up to 300 Mbps and upload speeds up to 30 Mbps in Providence. These download speeds are available to 98% of the area, and are much slower than the average max speeds from all Providence's providers, 576 Mbps.

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Internet coverage for rural areas

If you live in the heart of Providence, you’ll likely have options from fiber-optic, cable, and DSL internet providers. For those in rural areas or just outside Providence, however, satellite or fixed wireless internet may be the best internet option.

Satellite internet from HughesNet and ViaSat, Inc. offers 100% availability in Providence and surrounding areas. HughesNet starting prices are significantly higher than average in Providence at $59.99/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. The starting price for ViaSat, Inc. plans is higher than average for Providence at $50/mo. for speeds up to 25 Mbps. Satellite internet is a less appealing option for many Providence residents, however, as service typically comes with high latency and low data allowances.

Providence, RI internet providers

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Provider
Verizon $39.99/mo. 200 - 940 Mbps Fiber-optic 98%
Verizon $39.99/mo. 15 - 15 Mbps DSL 97%
Cox $29.99/mo. 10 - 1,000 Mbps Fiber-optic 0.250%
Cox $29.99/mo. 10 - 300 Mbps Cable 98%
Pivotal Global Capacity, LLC - - DSL 1.239%
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Internet provider frequently asked questions

Cox is the fastest internet provider in Providence with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. These speeds are available to 0.250% of households in Providence. The next fastest internet provider in Providence is Verizon, offering download speeds up to 940 Mbps to 98% of the area.

Cox offers the cheapest internet in Providence with plans starting at $29.99/mo. This is significantly less than the average starting price for internet in Providence, $44.99.

Verizon is the largest fiber-optic internet service provider in Providence, covering 98% of the city. Cox also offers fiber internet in Providence and is available to 0.250% of households.

Speeds of 10 Mbps and higher are good for gaming, but what you really want to consider when choosing an internet service for gaming is latency, or ping. Latency is the measure of how long it takes for your device to communicate with the server and is the main contributor to lag. The higher the ping, the more likely you are to experience lagging. Shoot for an internet service with latency below 100 ms.

Resetting your router and optimizing your router settings can give you an instant speed boost. Consider Wi-Fi extenders if your signal is weaker in certain areas of your home. Also, be sure to check your Wi-Fi network to see if there are any unknown devices or users connected that could be slowing your network.

There are benefits to using your own router vs. buying or renting one from your internet provider, such as lower monthly costs and more product options. If you choose to use your own router, keep in mind that your internet provider’s tech support may not be able to fully assist you with your personal router. Select providers may not give you the option to use your own router.