AT&T internet service
AT&T is a leading provider of DSL, fiber optic and fixed wireless internet services. Shop AT&T internet plans in your area, discover available speeds and plan features and see how AT&T compares to other internet providers in your area.
About AT&T internet
AT&T is one of the largest internet providers in the U.S. with service available in 36 states. AT&T availability covers much of the South, Midwest and the West Coast. Around 30% of households serviceable for AT&T internet will have access to fiber optic service, while others will have DSL or fixed wireless options, especially those in rural areas.
You’ll find that AT&T internet has a lot to offer in terms of speed, value and other perks, but their service may not be for everyone. Read our breakdown of AT&T internet below to determine if the service is right for your home.
What we like
Reliable speeds – AT&T’s 100% fiber network gives you speed consistency and 99% reliability, even during peak usage times.1
High customer satisfaction – American Customer Satisfaction Index gave AT&T a 2020 score of 68/100, topping nearly every other provider on the list.
Installation options – Avoid a professional installation charge of up to $99 by opting for self-install, where available. Just follow this simple AT&T installation guide.
Things to consider
Limited plan options – While AT&T Fiber has three plan options, AT&T DSL doesn’t give you many choices, essentially offering just one plan/price that comes with the fastest speeds available at your address.
Monthly equipment fee is unavoidable – It’s only $10/mo., which is lower than most, but you won’t be able to avoid that fee by using your own equipment.
1Based on wired connection to gateway and network availability.
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AT&T internet prices and plans
There are six different AT&T internet plans, but what speeds you are actually eligible for depends on your location.
|Plan name||Starting price||Price after 12 months||Max download speeds||Connect type|
|AT&T Fixed Wireless||$49.99/mo.||$69.99/mo.||25 Mbps||Fixed wireless|
|Fiber 100||$35.00/mo.**||$55/mo.||100 Mbps||Fiber optic|
|AT&T Internet||$40.00/mo.||$55/mo.||75 Mbps||DSL (fiber/copper hybrid)|
|Internet 300||$45.00/mo.**||$65/mo.||300 Mbps||Fiber optic|
|Internet 1000||$60.00/mo.***||$80/mo.||940 Mbps||Fiber optic|
*Per mo for 12 mos + taxes & equip fee. $10/mo equip fee applies. Incl 1TB data/mo. $10 chrg for each add’l 50GB (up to $100/mo)
**Per mo for 12 mos + taxes & equip fee.$10/mo equip fee applies. Incl unlimited internet data allowance ($30 value). Ltd avail/areas; speeds vary, Download max typically 940 Mbps. not gt’d.
***Per mo for 12 mos + taxes & equip fee.$10/mo equip fee applies. Incl unlimited internet data allowance ($30 value). Ltd avail/areas; speeds vary, Download max typically 940 Mbps. not gt’d.
Equipment fees come with all plans, data caps do not
Low, but basically inescapable, equipment fees
Like plan pricing, the cost for your equipment is the same across all plans: $10/mo. This fee is a few bucks lower per month than other major internet providers, but unlike many, AT&T does not give you the option to use your own equipment to skirt that monthly fee.
That said, you’ll probably find the AT&T Wi-Fi Gateway router to be worth the added fee. In addition to whole-home AT&T Wi-Fi service, the AT&T Wi-Fi Gateway router makes it easy to manage connected devices and set parental controls via the AT&T Smart Home app.
1 TB/mo. is a lot of data. Unlimited is even more
AT&T’s 5-75 Mbps plans come with a monthly data allowance of 1 TB/mo. Going over that limit could add a fee up to $50 to your bill, but the good news is the average household won’t come close to using that much data. If you have multiple people in your house binge-watching shows in HD and 4K all month long, however, you may want to keep an eye on your usage.
Expert Tip: How to get unlimited data
There are no data caps on any of the AT&T Fiber plans, and AT&T internet customers who bundle with a qualifying TV service can also take advantage of unlimited data. If you don’t fall into either of those categories but still want unlimited data, you can add it to your plan for an additional $30/mo.
Should I just order the AT&T Fiber 1000 plan?
In many areas, AT&T Fiber 1000 is the most cost-effective plan, but that plan isn’t available everywhere. In locations served by AT&T’s DSL network, you’ll get speeds of up to 75 Mbps. The speeds you get ultimately depend on how far you are from a local service hub, so they can vary by address, anywhere from 5 Mbps to the max 75 Mbps.
If AT&T Fiber is available in your area, you may have the option of AT&T Fiber 100, AT&T Fiber 300 or AT&T Fiber 1000. The differences between the three are:
- The 100 Mbps plan increases to $55/mo. after the first year
- The 300 Mbps plan increases to $65/mo. after the first year
- The 1,000 Mbps plan increases to $80/mo. after the first year
Selecting the 100 Mbps or 300 Mbps plan can save you $10-15/mo. initially, but we think the speed boost you get with AT&T Fiber 1000 is well worth the cost.
What else do you get with AT&T internet?
Value goes beyond monthly price and speeds. With AT&T, you’ll get some extra perks such as free Wi-Fi hotspot access and online security you may not find with other providers.
Access to 30,000+ Wi-Fi hotspots
The AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot network keeps you connected on the go with 30,000 locations available for free to AT&T internet customers.
Security Suite powered by McAfee®
Included at no extra cost on plans 5-100 Mbps, the AT&T Security Suite helps keep your connected devices safe from viruses and malware.
24/7 technical support
Outages and equipment issues are rare, but AT&T customer service will be there to assist you if and when they do arise.
How does AT&T internet service compare?
In most areas serviceable for AT&T internet, a cable provider may also be available. You may also have access to competing DSL or fiber optic internet providers. Take a look at how AT&T compares to other internet service providers below:
|Starting price at|
|5 Mbps – 940 Mbps||10 Mbps – 940 Mbps|
|1 TB/mo. DSL, unlimited with AT&T Fiber||1 TB/mo.|
|One year||One year|
- Starting price at
- Internet Speeds
- 5 Mbps – 940 Mbps
- 10 Mbps – 940 Mbps
- Data cap
- 1 TB/mo. DSL, unlimited with AT&T Fiber
- 1 TB/mo.
- One year
- One year
*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 12/07/20.
If you’d like more in-depth comparisons of AT&T vs. other providers, click any of the links below:
Industry-leading customer satisfaction ratings
Ranked above most internet providers – ACSI 2020
The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) gives the largest internet providers annual customer satisfaction scores based on feedback from actual customers. In 2020, AT&T received a 68/100, which ranks higher than all major cable internet providers, including Xfinity (66/100), Spectrum (63/100) and Cox (61/100). The only provider to score above AT&T was Verizon with a 73/100.
Best overall satisfaction in South region – J.D. Power Awards/ratings
J.D. Power also performs annual customer satisfaction for the largest internet providers. In 2019, J.D. Power rated AT&T number one in overall satisfaction in the South region. Contributing to AT&T’s high satisfaction score were high marks for Performance and Reliability, Cost of Service and Customer Service.
AT&T internet FAQs
All standalone internet plans start at $35/mo. for AT&T Fiber and $45/mo. for AT&T DSL.* If your address is only serviceable for DSL, your plan will come with the fastest speeds available, up to 75 Mbps.
*Per mo for 12 mos when bundled, + taxes & equip fee.$10/mo equip fee applies. Incl unlimited internet data allowance ($30 value). Ltd avail/areas; speeds vary, not gt’d.
The AT&T Gateway router comes with AT&T internet plans for an added $10/mo. equipment rental fee.
Your AT&T modem/wireless router device comes with malware protection and 24/7 technical support.
AT&T does offer fixed wireless internet, but the service is less available than their DSL or fiber optic networks, covering only 5% of their serviceable areas. Primary service areas for AT&T fixed wireless include rural areas in the Midwest.
The Smart Home Manager app, available for free on Android and iOS devices, gives you full control over your Wi-Fi connection. Download the app and log in with your AT&T credentials to view devices connected to your AT&T Wi-Fi, block devices and set parental controls.
Most AT&T internet plans come with a 1TB/mo. data cap, which is more than enough for the average household. If you’re interested in unlimited data, you can add it to your plan starting at $30/mo., or choose any AT&T Fiber plan or qualifying AT&T internet and TV bundle, both of which come with unlimited data
Anyone can save $10/mo. on AT&T internet by bundling with a qualifying TV service, such as AT&T TV and DIRECTV. Senior citizens, military members and low-income households may also qualify for a discount on AT&T services.
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Written by:David Anders
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
David joined the Allconnect team in 2017, specializing in broadband and TV content. His work has been referenced by a variety of sources, including ArcGIS, DIRECTV and more. As a Senior Writer, David is motivate… Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
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