Internet Service Providers in
New York, NY

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Speeds up to245 Mbps
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5G Home Internet 63% coverage in New York, NY Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to1000 Mbps
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Cable Internet 65% coverage in New York, NY Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to8000 Mbps
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Cable & Fiber Internet 92% coverage in New York, NY Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to1000 Mbps
Fiber Internet 100% coverage in New York, NY Reliability data not available
Speeds up to2048 Mbps
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5G Home, DSL & Fiber Internet 99% coverage in New York, NY Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to1200 Mbps
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Cable & Fiber Internet 40% coverage in New York, NY Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Reliable
Speeds up to1000 Mbps
Fixed Wireless Internet 61% coverage in New York, NY Reliability data not available
Speeds up to100 Mbps
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Satellite Internet 99% coverage in New York, NY Thumbs Up Somewhat reliable
Speeds up to10 Mbps
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Fixed Wireless Internet 99% coverage in New York, NY Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to1000 Mbps
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Fixed Wireless Internet 96% coverage in New York, NY Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to1000 Mbps
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Fiber Internet 61% coverage in New York, NY Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to50 Mbps
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Cable & DSL Internet 61% coverage in New York, NY Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to5G
Mobile Internet Available in New York, NY Reliability data not available
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Speeds up to5G
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Best internet providers in New York, NY

Verizon Fios: Best fiber option

Verizon Fios: Best fiber option

pro
Pros
pro Fiber connection
pro Gigabit and multi-gig speed options
pro Symmetrical speeds
con
Cons
con Expensive prices on faster plans

For an internet connection that moves as fast as the city, get Verizon Fios. In NYC, this speedy fiber connection delivers speeds of up to 2,300Mbps. You get symmetrical speeds with most plans, meaning your download and upload speeds are the same. That’s super useful if you regularly upload large files. But you’ll pay up to $90 a month in exchange for symmetrical Wi-Fi faster than commuters rushing to catch a train, so make sure your budget accommodates that extra cost before signing up.

Best Verizon Fios internet plan for most people: Internet 500/500, 500 Mbps for $69.99/mo.

Since living space is limited in New York City, you likely don’t have as many connected devices as you would in a home in the suburbs festooned with security cameras. And that, in turn, means that you need less speed—so 500Mbps should be more than enough for most users. Depending on how connected your lifestyle is, you could save money by settling for the Internet 300/300 plan, which is plenty of speed for a small to mid-sized household.

Spectrum: Best cable option

Spectrum Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Cable connection
pro Gigabit speed options
pro No annual contracts
con
Cons
con Many fees
con Price hikes after 1 year

We recommend trying cable through Spectrum if fiber isn’t available where you live. Spectrum cable can’t reach the same speeds as fiber, but it’s still very fast and reliable (with speeds up to a gig), and the initial fees on Spectrum’s plans aren’t as expensive as Verizon Fios’. Also, Spectrum doesn’t require an annual contract, so if you think you might pack up your place and move to Dumbo next year, you’re free to go without being on the hook for early termination fees. However, Spectrum has a lot of extra fees (including a $5 monthly fee just to enable Wi-Fi on a Spectrum router), and it also hikes up its prices after a year.

Best Spectrum internet plan for most people: Internet Ultra; 500 Mbps for $39.99/mo.

As with Verizon Fios, New York City apartment dwellers and homeowners probably don’t need Spectrum’s gig plan. Half that speed should be more than enough for most internet users, especially since it comes at the could-be-worse price of $40 a month (for the first year, anyway).

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet: Best alternative option

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro Largest 5G network
pro Free installation and equipment
pro No data caps
con
Cons
con One plan option
con Slower than fiber and cable

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly internet plan, you should try T-Mobile 5G Home Internet. This relatively new service—which runs over T-Mobile’s vast 5G network— makes accessing the internet painless thanks to its easy setup and abundance of promotional deals. T-Mobile 5G has a fixed $50-a-month price, you don’t have to pay fees for installation or equipment, and you have unlimited data. But your speeds will only reach 245Mbps, which means it may not be the best for content creators, YouTube influencers, serious gamers, or anyone who relies on a fast, reliable connection for work or recreation.

Best T-Mobile 5G Home Internet plan for most people: T-Mobile 5G Home Internet; 72–245Mbps for $50.00/mo.

T-Mobile 5G Home Internet has just one plan for $50 per month. While the 245Mbps max speeds are a little slow for large households and power users, this service is perfect for the average user.

T Mobile
T-Mobile Home Internet
pro Speeds up to 245 Mbps
pro 5G + Home connections
Spectrum
Spectrum
pro Speeds up to 1000 Mbps
pro Cable connections

Cheapest internet providers in New York, NY

The cheapest internet providers get you a reliable connection at an affordable price. You may have to settle for slower speeds, but you can also find promos and discounts. Hot tip: Look for providers with unlimited data and no extra fees to save even further.

Provider
Price starting at
Connection Type
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Astound Broadband
$20Fiber
Astound Broadband
$20Cable
Spectrum
$24.99Cable

Internet connection options in New York, NY

Fiber availability

91%

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Renowned for its reliability, fiber can reach download and upload speeds up to 10,000Mbps. While it isn’t available everywhere, it’s the best internet you can get.

Cable availability

60%

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Cable is bread-and-butter internet—widely available, often affordable, and very fast, delivering download speeds that range anywhere from 25Mbps to 1,200Mbps.

DSL availability

93%

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DSL maxes out at 100Mbps, but many DSL customers get much slower speeds than that. DSL is becoming obsolete, but it’s still a solid option in rural areas.

Satellite availability

99%

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Satellite is available practically everywhere, even in the most remote parts of the country. It’s costly and comes with strict data limits and slow speeds, so use it as a last resort.

Fastest internet plans and providers in
New York, NY

The fastest internet providers can get you gigabit or even multi-gigabit speeds. Not everyone needs a 1,000Mbps connection or faster, but it’s worth the investment if you’re a power user or live in a large household.

Provider
Max Download Speed
Connection Type
Learn More
Optimum
8000 MbpsFiber
Verizon
2048 MbpsFiber
Astound Broadband
1200 MbpsFiber

Internet availability faster than 100Mbps by region

New York

100%

New York

100%

How much speed do you need?

Take a look below at what you can do with different speeds commonly offered by internet service providers (ISPs). You can read more about the average user’s speed needs in our internet speed guide.

Internet Speed
No. of people
No. of devices
Activities
5–25Mbps 1–2 1–5 Casual web browsing • Emails • Social media • Streaming SD video • Streaming music
25–50Mbps 2–4 4–7 Streaming HD and 4K video • Streaming music • Online gaming • Light work from home
50–100Mbps 4–6 7–10 Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Working from home • Using home security devices
100–500Mbps 6+ 10+ Streaming 4K video • Online gaming • Running a home office • Using home security and smart home devices
500–1,000Mbps 10+ 15+ Running a home office or creative profession • Streaming in 4K • Live streaming • Online gaming • Using home security and smart home devices

To get these numbers, we used the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband speed guide, our streaming internet speed guide, and our Zoom internet speed guide.

Internet provider averages in
New York, NY

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Average download speed

84 Mbps
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Average upload speed

39 Mbps
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Average latency time

35 ms

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