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RCN internet, TV and phone services

Astound Broadband Powered by RCN is a regional cable internet, TV and home phone service provider headquartered in Princeton, NJ. RCN offers cable and fiber optic internet service, plus TV and home phone bundles in six major metro areas.

RCN provider overview

Editor’s note: RCN announced plans in January 2022 to transition to Astound Broadband. Regional providers will retain their name, with RCN becoming Astound Broadband Powered by RCN. Branding changes to the company’s website are expected to follow.

RCN is available to more than five million residents, making it one of the largest cable providers in the U.S. Depending on your location and which RCN internet plan you choose, your connection could include a cable, fiber optic or DSL connection, or a hybrid or multiple network types.

What we like

  • No data caps – RCN internet does not have data caps, so you don’t have to worry about added fees and throttling for going over a monthly data limit.

  • Whole home Wi-Fi – Sends Wi-Fi throughout your home for a convenient, reliable connection. Wi-Fi equipment is available to rent or included with select plans.

  • No contracts – RCN plans require no contract to get introductory pricing or special offers, so you aren’t locked into a long-term commitment.

Things to consider

  • Pricing and speeds depend on location – RCN internet plans in separate markets may be priced differently, even for similar speeds. Plus, the RCN Gig plan may not be available in all locations.

  • Availability – RCN has limited coverage, which is mainly confined to metro areas in D.C., Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

  • Channel lineup – RCN’s top cable TV package offers about 298+ channels, less that providers such as Verizon or DIRECTV that offer 425+ and 330+ channels respectively.

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RCN internet plans are available from speeds of 10 to 1,000 Mbps. Your service comes with no contract agreement and free standard Wi-Fi service. Bundle with TV for additional value, plus options for Sports Packs, Premium channels and DVR service.

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RCN internet plans

RCN primarily uses a cable internet network, but may also use a fiber-optic or DSL network in select locations. Your connection could include a cable, fiber-optic or DSL connection, or a hybrid of multiple network types.

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Opting for an RCN bundle also gives you extra perks, such as additional TV package options, plus premium channels and DVR service included at no extra cost with select bundles.

Get unlimited nationwide calling starting at $5/mo., when bundled. Enjoy 17 included calling features, such as call waiting. International calling also available, starting at $9.95/mo.

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RCN TV packages and pricing

RCN has a couple of cable TV plans available with a wide range of channels for any type of viewer. See more details on pricing and add-ons to find out which RCN TV plan is right for you.

Find the right TV service with RCN

RCN TV packages offer entertainment for every household.


Is RCN good internet?

RCN speeds are good for a variety of internet activities and multiple users. RCN speed tiers and pricing are comparable to other service providers. Additionally, RCN was voted #1 in the 2019 PCMag’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards for Customer Service, Tech Support and Most Likely to Recommend.

RCN uses a fiber optic network in select areas to offer their gigabit internet service. This network allows for download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, but has limited availability in RCN service areas.

Xfinity offers faster max speeds than RCN in many locations, with download speeds up to 2,000 Mbps. RCN, however, is likely to offer cheaper internet plans, especially when you consider cost per Mbps.

RCN internet is available in select areas of Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley region and Washington, D.C.

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Lisa Iscrupe

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Lisa Iscrupe

Writer, Broadband & Data Content

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Robin Layton

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Robin Layton

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