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How can you find internet service providers in your area?
If you’re searching for “internet in my area” online, chances are you’re moving or are stuck in a bad relationship with one of the other major providers. The industry has the least satisfied customers in America, and many people don’t have any way to improve their situation — about 1 in 4 Americans only have one broadband provider in their area.
That’s due to a complicated array of factors: The high cost of building broadband infrastructure in such a large country, telecommunications monopolies and inaccurate reporting from the FCC all contribute to the problem. But the internet has actually been improving in the U.S. We currently have the 11th fastest speeds in the world at nearly 200 Mbps, and government programs like the Emergency Broadband Benefit have succeeded in getting more people online.
Compare the best internet service providers
Comparing providers head-to-head is one of the best ways to avoid overpaying for internet service or signing up for a plan that doesn’t fit your needs. Not all providers will be available at your address, but you can use this list to see how the largest ones compare to what’s available near you.
|Provider||Monthly price range*||Download speed range|
|AT&T||$35.00 – $60.00||10 – 940 Mbps|
|CenturyLink||$50.00 – $65.00||20 – 940 Mbps|
|Cox||$29.99 – $99.99||25 – 940 Mbps|
|Frontier FiberOptic||$37.99 – $74.99||50 – 940 Mbps|
|HughesNet||$59.99 – $149.99||Up to 25 Mbps|
|Mediacom||$19.99 – $79.99||60 – 1,000 Mbps|
|Optimum||$35.00 – $55.00||300 – 940 Mbps|
|RCN||$19.99 – $59.99||10 – 1,000 Mbps|
|Spectrum||$49.99 – $109.99||200 – 940 Mbps|
|Starry Internet||$50.00||Up to 200 Mbps|
|Suddenlink||$30.00 – $70.00||200 – 940 Mbps|
|Verizon Fios||$39.99 – $84.99||200 – 940 Mbps|
|Viasat||$99.99 – $299.99||12 – 30 Mbps|
|Kinetic by Windstream||$37.00 – $67.00||15 – 1,000 Mbps|
|WOW!||$19.99 – $64.99||100 – 1,000 Mbps|
|Xfinity||$19.99 – $299.95||25 – 2,000 Mbps|
|Ziply Fiber||$20.00 – $60.00||30 – 1,000 Mbps|
*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. Speeds may vary. As of 09/17/21.
Where to find the best internet providers
When shopping for a new internet service provider, it’s likely you’ll discover internet options you previously didn’t know were available. It’s just as likely, however, that some ISPs you thought were (or hoped would be) available are not. Broadband access can vary significantly even in a single community, where one side of a street has access to fiber optic, for instance, and the other side does not.
If fiber optic internet is available in your area, it will almost always give you the fastest, most reliable speeds for the best value. If you can’t get fiber, your next best option is cable internet, but DSL may be a better choice if you’re looking for the cheapest plans. Lastly, satellite is a common go-to internet service in rural areas where fiber and cable are not available. Residents of rural areas may want to consider fixed wireless providers since they often have lower latency and higher data allowances than satellite providers.
Internet availability and service areas
AT&T – Available in 21 states. Primary internet service areas include the South, Midwest and parts of the West Coast.
CenturyLink – Available in 35 states. Primary internet service areas include the Northwest, Southwest and Midwest.
Cox – Available in 19 states. Primary internet service areas include the Southwest, Central U.S. and the Northeast.
Frontier – Available in 25 states. Primary internet service areas include the Midwest, Northeast, parts of the South and Texas.
HughesNet – Available in all 50 states. Primary internet service areas include rural areas across the U.S.
Spectrum – Available in 41 states. Primary internet service areas include the South, Midwest and West Coast.
Verizon – Available in eight states. Primary internet service areas include the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Xfinity – Available in 39 states. Primary internet service areas include the Northwest, Great Lakes region and eastern U.S.
Source: FCC Fixed Broadband Deployment
Internet technology types
Not all internet connections are the same. Each internet type and provider presents specific advantages and potential disadvantages.
Available to 89% of U.S. households and can offer gigabit speeds.
Low upload speeds and slowed speeds during peak usage times can be an issue.
DSL availability spans 89% of the U.S. and is known for relatively cheap plans.
Available speeds max out at around 100 Mbps with DSL service.
With fast and reliable download and upload speeds, fiber is a popular internet choice.
Fiber is unfortunately one of the least available internet types, covering only 40% of the U.S.
Available throughout all 50 states, satellite internet is ideal for rural areas.
Plans are likely to come with low data allowances and high latency.
Fixed wirelessWireless providers
Fixed wireless is also ideal for rural areas and does not have the high latency of satellite internet.
Low speeds and data caps are downsides of fixed wireless internet.
Fast speeds and high availability make 5G Home Internet comparable to cable and fiber.
5G Home Internet isn’t compatible with all devices, and walls or other barriers can block signals.
Internet shopping tips from our experts
How much should I pay for internet? What’s a good internet speed? After 20+ years of helping people find the best internet service for their homes, we’ve become experts at answering internet questions like these and ones you may not know you had.
Speed is one of the most important considerations when choosing an internet service. The average household in the U.S. gets around 200 Mbps of download speed, but many people can get by with less. Discover what speeds you need and take our speed test to see what you’re currently getting.
Finding affordable internet goes beyond comparing plan pricing. Look for hidden fees, price increases and data caps and cancelling service to get an idea of the true cost of internet. Also, be mindful of ways you can save, like switching providers or buying your own modem and router.
Internet provider FAQs
No. We don’t provide internet service ourselves, but we connect you with the providers that are available in your area.
Often, more rural areas have fewer internet provider options due to the high cost of the infrastructure. Satellite providers HughesNet and Viasat are available everywhere, but don’t expect the higher speeds you would get from fiber or even DSL connections. However, Starlink is the newest player in the field, with speeds up to 150 Mbps and a starting price of $99/mo.
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Written by:Joe Supan
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
Joe oversees all things broadband for Allconnect. His work has been referenced by Yahoo!, Lifehacker and more. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these … Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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