Frontier vs. Spectrum comparison

See how Frontier Communications and Spectrum internet and TV services stack up.

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Is Frontier or Spectrum a better fit for you?

We’ve done the research on Frontier and Spectrum, so you can compare and choose the best internet, TV and home phone provider for you in one convenient spot. Depending on your home TV and internet needs, you may find either Spectrum or Frontier to be a better fit for you.

  • Spectrum is available in 46 states, Frontier is available in 25 states with Frontier FiberOptic in four states: California, Texas, Florida and Indiana.
  • Spectrum offers cable internet and TV service, while Frontier offers DSL and fiber-optic internet and fiber-optic TV.
  • Frontier offers the cheaper internet with plans starting at $37.99/mo.*
  • Spectrum and Frontier both advertise gig internet with download speeds up to 940 Mbps.
  • Spectrum internet plans start at 60 Mbps; Frontier DSL internet speeds vary by location and Frontier FiberOptic internet speed tiers start at 50 Mbps.

Our pick: Spectrum has the best availability in the nation and therefore, has the best offering for subscribers in more areas. Spectrum offers speeds from 60 to 940 Mbps.

Compare Spectrum vs. Frontier

Frontier vs. Spectrum service availability

Frontier availability spans select areas of 25 states with Frontier FiberOptic available in California, Florida and Texas. 

Depending on where you live, Frontier may offer DSL or fiber optic service. Areas of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington formerly eligible for Frontier service are now served by Ziply Fiber

Spectrum is the second largest cable provider in the U.S. Spectrum coverage areas bring cable internet, TV and home phone services to select areas of 46 states. 

The two providers overlap in regions such as parts of New York, Ohio, southeast Tennessee, Minnesota, Southern California and other areas of the U.S.

Frontier vs. Spectrum bundles

Spectrum and Frontier offer comparable TV channel packages and premium channel promotions. They also offer similar internet speeds where Frontier FiberOptic is available.

What shoppers should consider in different regions

Both providers’ pricing and package options vary across the U.S., especially Frontier’s. Frontier offers different internet speeds in separate regions. Frontier also tends to offer higher internet speeds with bundles than with standalone internet plans.

Spectrum and Frontier both have select availability with TV services, too. In different areas, each provider may only offer TV service as part of a bundle. Because internet speed pricing changes so much and standalone options aren’t comparable in certain regions, potential “bundle savings” can differ across the U.S.

Contracts and equipment fees

Both Frontier and Spectrum offer their services free of contractual obligation to new subscribers. With Frontier, you won’t have to worry about big price jumps after a promotional period expires. Spectrum is a little different in that a promotional period will expire and your bill will increase after two years of service, but you’re free to come and go as you please.  

Additional fees will depend on the Frontier or Spectrum services you choose. Frontier internet plans include the rental fee with the monthly price. Modem rental with Spectrum is included, but router rental will cost $5/mo.*

Spectrum vs. Frontier internet packages

Internet service from Frontier and Spectrum come with no data caps and no contract requirements.

Available internet plans, pricing and speeds vary by location with Frontier and Spectrum. Because of Frontier’s diverse internet connection types, you will likely find their internet plans to have the most variations from location to location.

We’ve listed Frontier FiberOptic plans below as they are most similar to the internet plans you’ll find with Spectrum.

Frontier FiberOptic internet plans

Spectrum offers up to three internet plans — Spectrum Internet, Internet Ultra and Internet Gig — in most areas with available speeds ranging from 60 to 940 Mbps. You’ll find details on Spectrum internet plans below.

Spectrum internet plans

Spectrum vs. Frontier cheap internet plans

In areas where Spectrum and Frontier are both available, Frontier will likely present the lowest-priced internet options. Depending on the plan you choose, however, Spectrum plans may come with more speed for the price, making it a better value.

Frontier FiberOptic cheapest internet plan

  • $49.99/mo.* for up to 50 Mbps
  • No added fee for equipment
  • No contract required

Spectrum cheapest internet plan

  • $49.99/mo.* for up to 200 Mbps
  • Internet modem included, $5/mo.* Wi-Fi rental
  • No contract required

Spectrum’s cheapest plan offers a bit more speed than Frontier, but you’ll also get an added equipment fee of $5/mo. Frontier internet plan pricing already includes the cost of equipment rental.

Frontier vs. Spectrum fastest internet plans

Depending where you live, Frontier may offer internet speeds up to 940 Mbps, but gig internet availability is limited. More commonly, the fastest internet speeds available with Frontier’s two fiber brands are speeds up to 500 Mbps.The fastest speeds for Frontier Broadband plans (DSL) are up to 24 Mbps.

Spectrum’s gig internet offers speeds up to 940 Mbps and are available in the majority of Spectrum service areas.

Frontier FiberOptic fastest internet plan

  • Gigabit – up to 940/880 Mbps
  • $79.99/mo.*
  • 100% fiber-optic network internet

Spectrum fastest internet plan

  • Spectrum Internet GIG – up to 940 Mbps
  • $109.99/mo.*
  • Cable internet

Spectrum upload speeds range from 10 to 35 Mbps, depending on your plan. Gigabit plans with download speeds up to 940 Mbps have upload speeds up to 35 Mbps, plans from 300 to 400 Mbps carry upload speeds up to 20 Mbps and lower tier plans have upload speeds up to 10 Mbps. 

Frontier FiberOptic internet plans will include upload speeds that are almost equivalent to their download speeds (Upload speeds max out at 880 Mbps).

Frontier vs. Spectrum TV

Spectrum’s TV plan pricing starts lower than Frontier TV prices. Spectrum charges fewer monthly fees than Frontier and also charges less for installation and monthly set-top box rental. However, both providers frequently waive installation and setup fees for qualifying deals.

Frontier TV costs vs. Spectrum TV packages and costs

Frontier vs. Spectrum customer satisfaction

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) scores internet and TV providers based on feedback from customers in the areas of service quality, costs, customer service and more. Here’s how Spectrum and Frontier TV and internet scored over the past three years for customer satisfaction.

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David Anders

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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

Shannon Ullman

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Shannon Ullman

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