Find the Best Internet Providers In My Area

Need expert advice on which internet providers are the best in your area? We’ll help you compare prices, download speeds, and data caps for the top internet providers in your area. Let's take a look.

What are the best internet providers?

The US is home to thousands of different internet service providers (ISPs). That can make searching for the best internet provider near you incredibly frustrating—especially if you have only one ISP to choose from. If you have more than one choice for internet in your area, it’s still difficult to narrow down your options to the best internet provider.

Entering your zip code above is another way to find an ISP that meets your needs, along with Googling “internet near me.”

We’ll do all the legwork for you and pull up a list of all the internet providers in your area. Then you can decide which one offers the right internet speed, the best deals, or the lowest price.

In general, if you’re able to grab internet service from one of these five providers below, you’re likely good to go. We’ve analyzed and compared dozens of ISPs, and these five come out on top time after time:

The 5 best internet providers in the US

  1. Xfinity: Best prices and speeds available nationwide
  2. Verizon Fios: Great fiber internet speeds and customer service
  3. AT&T Fiber: Fastest fiber speeds up to 5 gigs
  4. CenturyLink: Best DSL internet with a price lock guarantee
  5. Viasat: Best satellite internet speeds

But, don’t discount any local providers that cover only your county or town. 

Our top five internet picks include providers with large areas of availability. Still, local internet providers, like Google Fiber and ALLO, are worth a long look if they’re available near you.

How to get better internet in your area

Even with a list of the best internet providers in the country, you might still have trouble finding a better internet option in your area. Sometimes finding info on internet providers, like pricing or even data caps, is like trying to find Waldo. And sometimes it’s hard to tell if an ISP even serves your area.

Here are some quick details for a handful of the best internet providers we’ve reviewed and the areas they serve:

The best internet providers in your area
Provider
Main areas served
Monthly price range
Download speed range
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Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest$24.99$80*751200 Mbps
Northeast$49.99$119.993002048 Mbps
Southeast and California$55$1803005000 Mbps
Southwest, Midwest, and Northwest$30$70^100940 Mbps
Nationwide$30$169.99°12100 Mbps
Tri-state area (Northeast)$19.99$49.99**3001200 Mbps
Texas$25.99$59.99**4001200 Mbps
Atlanta, Orange County, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, and more (see full list)$70$100††10002000 Mbps
Southeast and Midwest$39.99$69.99**501000 Mbps
Nationwide, where 5G is available$50‡‡3382 Mbps
Nationwide, limited in parts of the South$110$500^^500010050 Mbps
Nationwide$49.95$189.95°°105000 Mbps
Data effective 05/04/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. charges.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area.
^ New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
° For the first 3 months.
** For the first 12 months.
†† Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas.
‡‡ Regulatory fees included in monthly price for qualified accounts. See full terms.
^^ Fully refundable. Depending on location, some orders may take 6 months or more to fulfill.
°° With a 12 month contract.

Is fiber or cable internet better?

If you can get fiber internet in your area, it’s hands-down the best option. Fiber is a newer technology compared to cable, and it’s able to deliver faster download and upload speeds. Plus, while cable internet is usually still saddled with data caps, fiber internet almost always offers you unlimited data.

That said, if you can’t get fiber internet near you, cable is still a viable option. We recommend cable internet as the second best choice over DSL, satellite, and fixed wireless.

Here’s a quick look at the pros and cons of each internet connection type you might find in your area:

Fiber internet

pro
Pros
pro Fast download and upload speeds
pro Unlimited data
pro More reliable connections
con
Cons
con Limited availability
con Potentially expensive

Cable internet

pro
Pros
pro Fast download speeds
pro Sometimes offers unlimited data
pro Fairly wide availability
con
Cons
con Slow upload speeds
con Can run into slowdowns

DSL internet

pro
Pros
pro Sometimes fast download speeds
pro Available almost nationwide
pro Larger data caps than satellite and fixed wireless
con
Cons
con Slow upload speeds
con Aging technology with slowdowns and disconnects

Satellite internet

pro
Pros
pro So-so download speeds
pro Available nationwide—including rural areas
con
Cons
con Expensive
con Small data caps

Fixed wireless internet

pro
Pros
pro Rural availability
pro So-so download speeds
pro Usually cheaper than satellite
con
Cons
con Small data caps
con Availability is still limited
Why does upload speed matter?
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Upload speed is important if you hop on video calls with Skype or Zoom, upload large files, like YouTube videos, or game. If you mainly use the internet to watch a few shows, check emails, and browse social media, you can likely get away with a slower upload speed.

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How much speed do you need?

How much download speed you need depends on three major factors: how many people use your internet at a time, what they do online, and how many devices are connected to your internet.

The basic rule for internet speed is: the more people and the more devices that connect to your internet, the more speed you need.

How many people use your internet?

The more people in your home who use your internet, the more download speed you’ll need. In general, we recommend the following speeds for different household sizes:

  • 1–2 people: 50–100 Mbps
  • 2–4 people: 100–500 Mbps
  • 4+ people: 500 Mbps or faster
Not sure how much speed you have right now?
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Take our quick and easy speed test to find out.

If you’re seeing too much of the buffering icon or experiencing other internet problems, that’s a good indicator that you may need more speed than what you’re getting right now.

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How much data do you need?

Data caps are another element you shouldn’t overlook in your internet search. Of course, most of us won’t use more than the one terabyte (TB) of data the majority of large ISPs provide.

But some internet companies still stick you with even lower data caps or you might need more based on your needs, so it’s best to double-check.

How much data is a terabyte (TB)?
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One TB of data is equal to 1,000 gigabytes (GB) of data. You could also say that 1 TB of data is equal to 1,000,000 megabytes (MB). Now that’s a lot of zeroes!

1 TB = 1 thousand GB = 1 million MB

Which ISPs have data caps?

We mentioned that a lot of the bigger ISPs still have data caps, while some have embraced the dream of unlimited data. And one (Verizon Fios Home Internet) doesn't like to tell us what its data cap is, but we're guessing it's unlimited. 

Here’s what you can expect from some of the large internet providers in terms of data caps:

Data caps for internet providers in the US
Provider
Main areas served
Monthly price range
Data cap
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Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest$24.99$80*1.2 TBUnlimited
Northeast$49.99$119.99Unlimited
Southeast and California$55$180Unlimited
Southwest, Midwest, and Northwest$30$70^Unlimited
Nationwide$30$169.99°12150 GB
Tri-state area (Northeast)$19.99$49.99**Unlimited
Texas$25.99$59.99**Unlimited
Atlanta, Orange County, Charlotte, Salt Lake City, and more (see full list)$70$100††Unlimited
Southeast and Midwest$39.99$69.99**Unlimited
Nationwide, where 5G is available$50‡‡Unlimited
Nationwide, limited in parts of the South$110$500^^Unlimited
Nationwide$49.95$189.95°°50 GBUnlimited
Data effective 05/04/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. charges.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area.
^ New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
° For the first 3 months.
** For the first 12 months.
†† Plus taxes and fees. Service not available in all areas.
‡‡ Regulatory fees included in monthly price for qualified accounts. See full terms.
^^ Fully refundable. Depending on location, some orders may take 6 months or more to fulfill.
°° With a 12 month contract.

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How to save money on internet

Internet can be extremely costly, especially if you need faster download speeds. But there are a few ways you can save some money on your internet bill:

  • Choose only as much internet speed as you need—don’t pay for unnecessary speed.
  • Use your own router and modem instead of the ISP’s equipment.
  • Bundle your internet with TV, home security, or mobile services.
  • Shop around and compare prices from other ISPs in your area.
  • Negotiate your monthly charges or fees (like installation).
  • Use Wi-Fi instead of cell phone data and cancel that unlimited data plan.
  • Look for discounts and special promotions.
  • Learn more about government subsidies and low-cost internet plans.

Learn more about how to save money on internet plans in your area

Recap: What’s the best internet in your area?

If one of these five best internet providers is available, chances are it’s offering some of the best internet service in your area.

The best internet providers near you
Provider
Main areas served
Monthly price range
Download speed range
Learn more
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest$24.99$80*751200 Mbps
Northeast$49.99$119.993002048 Mbps
Southeast and California$55$1803005000 Mbps
Southwest, Midwest, and Northwest$30$70^100940 Mbps
Nationwide$30$169.99°12100 Mbps
Data effective 05/04/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip. charges.
Price after $5/mo Autopay & Paperless bill discount (w/in 2 bills). Plus taxes $ fees. Limited availability. May not be available in your area.
^ New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
° For the first 3 months.

Smaller, local internet providers may also offer exceptional speeds and prices, so be sure to take a look around.

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FAQ

Still have questions about how to find the best internet provider near you? We’ll find you the answers.

Which Wi-Fi is best in my area?

All internet comes with Wi-Fi as long as you have a wireless router. So the best Wi-Fi in your area comes down to where you live—but we recommend Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, AT&T Fiber, CenturyLink, or Viasat.

Is 1,000 Mbps high-speed internet?

Yes, 1,000 Mbps is considered high-speed internet. According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), any download speed of 25 Mbps or faster is “high-speed internet.”

What’s the best wireless internet provider?

We recommend T-Mobile Home Internet as the best wireless internet provider, since its price includes your taxes and fees.

Which internet provider has the best customer satisfaction?

According to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) report, AT&T Internet and Verizon Fios Home Internet both have the best customer satisfaction scores of 71 out of 100.1

Comcast Xfinity is another highly rated internet provider for customer satisfaction—it scored 67 out of 100.

What internet speed do I need to watch HBO Max™?

HBO Max recommends at least 5 to 50 Mbps download speeds if you want to stream in HD or 4K.2 We say go with an internet plan that offers at least 50 Mbps download speeds.

What internet speed do I need to watch YouTube TV?

You’ll need internet speeds of 3 to 13 Mbps to stream YouTube TV, but we recommend getting an internet plan with at least 50 Mbps download speeds so you have enough bandwidth to support other people and devices using your network.

What internet speed do I need to watch Amazon Prime?

Amazon recommends a download speed of 1 to 5 Mbps to watch its Prime Video content in SD or HD.3 We recommend grabbing a download speed of at least 50 Mbps so you have enough bandwidth to keep everyone in your household, plus all your devices, connected.

How do I find out what internet provider I have?

Finding out what internet provider you have is easy, just take a look below:

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How to find out what internet provider you have
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