Internet providers in Boston, MA
Find the best internet service providers in Boston and compare plans, pricing, speeds and more, all in one place
Residential internet providers (ISPs) in Boston, MA by availability
|Provider||Starting price*||Speed range||Internet type||Boston average availability|
|Verizon||$39.99/mo.||1 - 940 Mbps||DSL and fiber||96% DSL, 40% fiber-optic|
|Xfinity||$39.99/mo.||10 - 1,000 Mbps||Cable||91%|
|RCN||$34.99/mo.||100 - 1,000 Mbps||Cable/fiber||42%|
|Atlantic Broadband||$39.99/mo.||50 - 1,000 Mbps||Cable||25%|
*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. As of 10/01/19.
Boston has 76 internet plans, according to FCC data, from 40 internet providers, and eight offer home internet services. The three major ISPs are Verizon, Xfinity and RCN.
You can use the table above to compare Boston’s major internet service providers by cost, internet speed, internet types and availability. “Boston average availability” refers to the percentage of the greater Boston area that is served by that ISP.
What speed is right for you? That depends on what you use the internet for; 25 Mbps tends to be enough for households that browse the internet, and stream music, videos and television programming. What type of internet you need — cable, DSL, fiber-optic, satellite— also depends on how you use your internet. The most popular kind of ISP in Boston is DSL, followed by cable and fiber-optic.
Compare the major internet service providers in Boston
Because of its high speeds, versatile plans and quality streaming services, Verizon Fiber is considered to be the best internet service in Boston, based on its high customer satisfaction rates.
Why Boston loves Verizon
- Verizon high-speed internet covers about 96% of Boston-area homes
- Verizon Fiber has download speeds of up to 940 Mbps
Xfinity is ideal for simultaneous gaming and excellent Wi-Fi access. They offer a variety of bundles, discounts, and deals.
Why Boston loves Xfinity
- Rated high in customer satisfaction, especially among gamers
- Reaches 91% of the Boston area’s residents
RCN has a versatile range of packages and plans, plus bundles for discounts.
Why Boston loves RCN
- Excellent variety of internet packages in the Boston area
- Same-day installation and 24/7 customer support
Which are the fastest internet services in Boston?
The fastest internet speeds from internet providers in Boston are from Atlantic Broadband, HughesNet, Verizon and Xfinity.
- Atlantic Broadband – up to 1 Gbps
- Xfinity – up to 1 Gbps
- Verizon – up to 940 Mbps
- RCN – up to 400 Mbps
Internet speeds depend on the plan. Many providers offer options to accommodate your streaming, browsing, file sharing and cable TV needs.
Boston, MA, public Wi-Fi hotspots
You can find free public Wi-Fi across the city of Boston. Some providers include a map of free Wi-Fi hotspots.
Here are a few places where you can find free public Wi-Fi in Boston:
- Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way
- Museum of Science (MoS) Giftshop, Museum of Science Driveway
- Venu Nightclub, 100 Warrenton Street
- Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, Atlantic Avenue
- Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue
Moving to Boston
As you move to the Boston area, you’ll need to connect with your local government and utility providers, public transportation and, if you have children, you’ll want to learn about your public education options. This list will get you started.
If you move to the Boston area, let our experts help you set up your home internet service, cable television, home security, and more. Call to find the best providers and compare plans for your new home.
Last updated 10/02/19.