What is Starry Internet?

Starry Internet is a new internet service provider offering unlimited 5G fixed wireless service. Currently available in five major U.S. markets: Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC, Starry Internet is set to expand into 47 additional U.S. markets in the coming years.

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About Starry Internet

Starry Internet launched in Boston in December 2017 as an alternative to wired internet services such as cable or DSL internet. As a 5G fixed wireless service provider, Starry Internet sends internet service over the air to receivers affixed to the top of apartment buildings which then send the service to a customer’s router within the building. 

Starry Internet’s technology and delivery method help to keep startup and operation costs relatively low compared to other internet service providers. The company has pledged to pass their savings onto the consumer, offering affordable high-speed plans without added fees or contracts.

What we like

  • Simple pricing – With no hidden fees, no router fees and no contracts, you won’t have to worry about surprises on your bill.
  • Fast download and upload speeds – 5G broadband supports fast download and upload speeds, something you won’t get with cable or DSL service.

Things to consider

  • Only available in apartment or condo buildings– Starry Internet is available only in buildings that are set up to receive service.
  • It’s still new – As with any new internet provider, Starry Internet is still optimizing their service, which may result in connection reliability issues.

Starry Internet service details

Since launch, Starry Internet has focused on a single plan offering up to 200 Mbps starting at $50/mo.* 

However, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for affordable, reliable internet service, Starry Internet is offering a new plan starting at $30/mo. for up to 100 Mbps for a limited time.

What’s included with Starry Internet plans?

  • Wi-Fi router at no extra cost
  • No hidden fees
  • No contract requirements
  • Tech support available 24/7

Starry Internet pricing and speeds

MU-MIMO broadcasting ensures bandwidth for all your devices

Multi-user, multiple-input, multiple-output technology, or MU-MIMO, is a Wi-Fi technology capable of connecting multiple devices at once without sacrificing connection quality. This means you can connect a virtually unlimited number of devices — smartphones, laptops, gaming consoles, smart TVs — and enjoy a fast, reliable connection on all of them.

Your MU-MIMO-ready router is included with your Starry Internet plan. 


How does Starry Internet compare to other providers?

There’s a lot to like about Starry Internet, but you may want to compare it to your current provider or others in your area before making a switch.

In most areas currently serviceable for Starry Internet, competing providers may include AT&T, Cox, RCN, Spectrum, Verizon and Xfinity among others. Here’s how Starry Internet compares:

Starting and long-term prices are lower than most 

With a $30/mo. price point and no added fees, Starry Internet is cheaper than most, especially considering the 100 Mbps that comes with it. For comparison, AT&T Internet starts $35/mo. for the same speeds and comes with an added fee for equipment. Xfinity also has a plan in the $30/mo. range, but with only a quarter of the speeds (25 Mbps).

Starry Internet plans also include your router rental and unlimited data, keeping your monthly costs low. And since there are no price increases, you can enjoy low pricing as long as you have the plan, whereas many other providers increase the price after one or two years.

Speeds are average, but not as many options

The 100 and 200 Mbps speeds available with Starry Internet are also available from nearly any cable or fiber optic provider. What’s more, cable and fiber optic providers typically offer more than two plans and/or speeds higher than 200 Mbps. Starry Internet does, however, offer fast upload speeds, something you can also get with fiber optic service but not with cable internet.

Compare Starry Internet to other providers

Starry Internet Armstrong
Starting price at
$30.00/mo.* $34.95/mo.*
Internet Speeds
100-200 Mbps 12 Mbps – 500 Mbps
Data cap
None 200 GB – 2 TB
Contract
None No contract agreement
Provider
Starry Internet
Starting price at
$30.00/mo.*
$34.95/mo.*
Internet Speeds
100-200 Mbps
12 Mbps – 500 Mbps
Data cap
None
200 GB – 2 TB
Contract
None
No contract agreement

Where is Starry Internet available?

Starry Internet is currently available in select apartment or condominium buildings in Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC. Availability in these cities varies by address. 

Starry, Inc. recently acquired 104 licenses for 24 GHz millimeter-wave spectrum to cover 51 markets in 25 states. With this new acquisition, Starry Internet intends to expand service to the following areas:

Alabama: Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile

Arkansas: Little Rock

Arizona: Tucson

Colorado: Colorado Springs, Fort Collins

Florida: Jacksonville, Tallahassee

Idaho: Boise City

Illinois: Decatur

Indiana: Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Bloomington

Kansas: Wichita

Kentucky: Louisville

Louisiana: Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Massachusetts: Springfield

Mississippi: Jackson

North Carolina: Fayetteville, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh

Nevada: Las Vegas, Reno

New Mexico: Albuquerque

New York: Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester

Ohio: Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, Columbus

Pennsylvania: Harrisburg

South Carolina: Charleston

Tennessee: Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis

Texas: San Antonio, Brownsville, Lubbock, El Paso

Virginia: Richmond, Virginia Beach

Washington: Spokane

Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Madison


Starry Internet FAQs

Is Starry Internet any good?

Starry Internet is quickly proving to be an affordable alternative to wired internet services such as cable and DSL. The service offers fast, symmetrical upload and download speeds similar to fiber optic, but currently does not have the same max speed potential. One major upside to Starry Internet is the simple, low pricing which includes a router rental and no data caps or contracts.

The newest internet plan from Starry Internet starts at $30/mo.* for speeds up to 100 Mbps. Starry Internet’s flagship plan starts at $50/mo.* for speeds up to 200 Mbps.

Starry Internet advertises “no hidden fees or price increases,” so plan pricing should remain consistent even after the first 12 months of service.

Due to the way Starry Internet works, service is only available to apartment and condominium buildings with a Starry Internet receiver installed. Starry Internet is not currently available to individual houses.

Starry Internet is a 5G fixed wireless internet service.

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