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Optimum internet plans and pricing

Explore Optimum’s internet plans and find out which plan is right for you. From exclusive deals for new customers to hidden fees you don’t want to miss, we have all the information you need to make a fully informed decision.

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Optimum internet plan details

Optimum internet plans and pricing will vary by location. We’ve listed some popular Optimum plans below, but the best way to get accurate plan information for your address is to call and speak with our internet experts.

Optimum internet plans and pricing

New customer deals and special offers 

Before signing up for Optimum, make sure you know all the offers and special deals you can access. 

  • Free installation: If you sign-up for Optimum online, you will be eligible for free standard installation. This special offer could save you up to $99. 
  • Contract buyout: If you are stuck in a contract with another provider and will be charged an early termination if you switch providers, Optimum will reimburse you $100 for switching. 
  • Autopay & paperless bill discount: When you enroll in autopay and paperless billing, you will receive a $5 discount. The starting price listed, however, has already applied this $5 discount, which means you would be paying an additional $5/mo. if you don’t enroll in autopay and paperless billing. 
  • Price for life: If you select the 1 GB internet plan, you will automatically qualify for Price for Life, which means your monthly fee of $69.99 will never increase. 

If you’re shopping for internet service in the greater NYC area, it’s likely that Optimum cable internet will be an option. Optimum is available to over 12 million people, many of whom live in New York, but coverage also extends to western Connecticut, eastern New Jersey and parts of rural Pennsylvania. In New York, you’ll find Optimum internet service in The Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Poughkeepsie and Yonkers, among other NY cities.

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Why choose Optimum internet?

Optimum high-speed internet is great if you like flexibility, fast speeds and steady pricing with your internet plans. Optimum internet plans offer a combination of customer-friendly features that most other internet providers don’t have.

What we like

  • No contracts. With Optimum, you’re never stuck in a long-term agreement or responsible for early termination fees.
  • Unlimited data. If your household loves to stream and game, Optimum internet plans have the freedom you need.
  • Price for life offers. Why pay more when you can pay the same price, year after year? With Optimum’s Price for Life offers, you won’t have increasing monthly internet costs.

Things to consider:

  • Optimum introductory pricing. Intro is only available to new customers or former customers who have not had service in at least 30 days, and whose account was left in good standing. 
  • Fees, taxes and surcharges. These can change at any time, which means your monthly cost could go up if those charges increase. 
  • Modem lease. Leasing a modem adds $10/mo. charge to the price of your Optimum plan.

Choose the best Optimum internet plan for you

If you’re considering an Optimum internet plan for your home, there are three high-speed internet options to choose from. We recommend the Optimum 300 for most households, as it should be plenty fast enough to support multiple devices for streaming and gaming. Of course, prices and plans will depend on which Optimum promotions are available in your area.

Optimum internet equipment and fees

Modem and router 

When you purchase Optimum internet, you will also need to install a router and modem in order to receive in-home Wi-Fi. You have the option of either buying a router and modem or renting one from Optimum. 

Equipment rental – $10/mo.

Equipment rental includes a modem/router Altice Gateway device, plus Optimum Wi-Fi service. A Wi-Fi extender may also be included with the rental cost. One of the main bonuses to renting your modem and router through Optimum is that you have access to tech support 24/7. 

 If you have Optimum TV as well, you can opt for the Altice One ($20/mo.),  a device that acts as your modem, router and Optimum TV box all-in-one.  


To receive free standard installation and save $99, all you have to do is order online. However, if you need Premium Installation, you will still have to pay the $149 fee.

Standard installation – $99 (included with online orders)

  • Installs a coaxial cable 
  • Sets up one of your devices wirelessly 
  • Includes a maximum of two outlets setup 

Premium installation – $149

  • Hard-wires one of the following devices: Smart TV, gaming systems, computers or alarm system 
  • Sets up all of your devices wirelessly 
  • Includes set-up for three outlets  (an additional $25 is charged per outlet set-up) 

Compare Optimum internet to other providers

Optimum may not be the only option for internet in your area. In the four states that Optimum provides coverage – New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut – there are eight other primary providers available. 

As you can see from the table below, two providers, RCN and Windstream, have plans that start at a cheaper price point than Optimum. However, the cheapest plans with those providers will only get you 10 Mbps and 15 Mbps respectively, versus the 300 Mbps you get for paying at most $25 more each month ($45/mo. in total) That could mean the difference between streaming and gaming on multiple devices in HD in your home or only being able to game and stream on one or two devices simultaneously. 

Take a look at how Optimum compares to other cable, DSL and fiber-optic internet providers that may be available at your address.

Optimum vs. other internet providers

Optimum 1 Gig plan vs. other providers 

Optimum’s 1 Gig offer is a great deal considering you can get 1 GB internet at a locked-in price of $69.99. To put that in perspective, take a look at what similar speed plans with competing providers cost:

  • Verizon up to 940 Mbps: $79.99/mo.*
  • Cox up to 1,000 Mbps: $99/mo.*
  • Spectrum up to 940 Mbps: $109.99/mo.*

In fact, the only providers that are cheaper than Optimum for gigabit plans are AT&T (starting at $49.99/mo.*), CenturyLink ($65/mo.*) and Windstream ($67/mo.*).

Lisa Iscrupe

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Lisa Iscrupe

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Optimum internet FAQs

Can you get Optimum internet only?

Yes. Optimum offers multiple internet-only plans with speeds up to 940 Mbps in select areas.

Is there an installation fee for Optimum internet?

Standard installation for Optimum internet is $99; however, you can get this fee waived if you sign up online. For Premium installation, you will have to pay the $149 fee even if you order online.

Can I use my own modem with Optimum internet? 

Yes. If you choose to buy your own modem in order to save on costs, make sure that it is compatible with Optimum’s service and download speeds. You don’t want your modem to be the reason why your internet is slow. Also, be aware that you will not receive the same customer service you would receive if you rented your modem from Optimum.

Does Optimum have internet for low-income households?

Altice’s internet for low-income customers is called Altice Advantage Internet. Qualifying customers can get internet with speeds up to 30 Mbps, a free smart router, a free modem, discounted installation and more. Check eligibility.

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