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Discover the Best Internet Providers In Your Area
We scrutinized over 1,200 internet service providers across the US to help you find the cheapest and fastest Wi-Fi providers near you. We’ll show you the best internet options in your area, just enter your zip code.
Heads up! RCN internet now goes by the name Astound Broadband, powered by RCN.
You'll also probably notice other brands like Grande Communications and Wave Broadband are using the new name.
This change might make things confusing, so we will keep up with any service updates that might pop up.
We’ll help you find an internet provider—without the headache
Our experts are here to help
We’ll help you find the right internet plan and check all the fine print so you’re not surprised by a “Gotcha!” later on.
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Internet providers vary by location, or even by which side of the street you’re on. We’ll use your zip code to narrow down your search.
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Find the cheapest internet in your area or look for the fastest speeds. Or find a happy medium in between.
What are the best internet service providers?
If you’re faced with a choice between internet providers in your area, we can help. We took a look at dozens of large internet providers across the US and compared prices, internet speeds, contracts, data caps, and customer service.
We also took a look at actual internet speed performance, as well as whether your bill goes up after a while—and by how much.
After the dust settled, we flagged Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, CenturyLink, AT&T Fiber, and Viasat as some of the best large internet service providers in the country.
- : Excellent value and speeds
- : Great fiber speeds and customer service
- : No contracts or price hikes
- : DIRECTV bundle options and fast fiber speeds
- : Fastest satellite internet speeds available
- : Budget prices for slower plans
- : Unlimited data and competitive prices
- : Zippy speeds and no data caps for Texans
- : Excellent speeds and low prices in the Northeast
- : Well-priced, fast speeds for rural towns
|4.25 out of 5 stars||$19.99–$79.99*||50–1200 Mbps||1.2 TB||Cable/Fiber||View Plans|
Verizon Fios Home Internet
|4.5 out of 5 stars||$39.99–$89.99†||200–Up to 940 Mbps||Unlimited||Fiber||View Plans|
|4 out of 5 stars||$50–$65‡||100–940 Mbps||Unlimited||DSL/Fiber||View Plans|
|4.25 out of 5 stars||$55–$180^||300–5000 Mbps||Unlimited||Fiber||View Plans|
|3.5 out of 5 stars||$30–$169.99°||12–100 Mbps||12–150 GB||Satellite||View Plans|
|3 out of 5 stars||$29.99–$109.99**||25–1000 Mbps||1.25 TB||Cable||View Plans|
|4 out of 5 stars||$17.99/mo.–$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.††||30–1000 Mbps||Unlimited||Cable||View Plans|
Astound Broadband, powered by Grande
|4 out of 5 stars||$19.99/mo.–$49.99/mo.††||50–940 Mbps||Unlimited||Cable/Fiber||View Plans|
Astound Broadband, powered by RCN
|4.25 out of 5 stars||$19.99/mo.–$44.99/mo.††||110–940 Mbps||Unlimited||Cable||View Plans|
|3.75 out of 5 stars||$29.99/mo.–$79.99/mo.‡‡||50–940 Mbps||Unlimited||Cable||View Plans|
How to find cheap internet service near me
Searching for an internet provider that won’t bust your budget? These are the cheapest internet service providers that still offer good value when it comes to speed.
- : Best value overall
- : Cheap gig-speed plan
- : No price hikes
- : Contract-free options
- : Low prices on all but the gig plan
5 tips for finding a cheap internet plan
We’ve also got a few tricks up our sleeves to help you find the cheapest ISPs. And our guide to lowering your internet bill may help you get those costs under control.
- Make sure you get enough internet speed, but don’t overpay for too much speed.
- Check the data cap—you don’t want to pay for overages.
- Find out when the promotional price goes up. (Most ISPs raise prices after 12 or 24 months.)
- Look for low-cost internet options and subsidies.
- Don’t be afraid to check prices for smaller, local internet providers.
What internet providers are in my area?
Which internet providers you can choose from depends on where you live. Sometimes your choices even change based on what side of the street you live on.
Generally, DSL and cable internet are the most common types of internet service you’ll find. But you may also find fiber, satellite, or even fixed wireless internet options in your area.
Here’s a more in-depth look at some of the larger internet providers, what type of connections they offer, and where they’re mainly available.
Coverage areas for 17 large internet providers
Main service areas
# of states covered
Monthly price range
|Northeast, Midwest, South, and West||40||4.25 out of 5 stars||$19.99–$79.99*||Cable/Fiber||View Plans|
Verizon Fios Home Internet
|Northeast||9||4.5 out of 5 stars||$39.99–$89.99†||Fiber||View Plans|
|Midwest, South, Nevada, and California||21||4.25 out of 5 stars||$55–$180^||DSL/Fiber||View Plans|
|Northeast, Midwest, South, and West||44||4 out of 5 stars||$17.99/mo.–$89.99/mo. for 12 mos.††||Cable||View Plans|
|Midwest, South, Northwest, and West||36||4 out of 5 stars||$50–$65‡||DSL/Fiber||View Plans|
|Northeast, Midwest, South, and West||19||3 out of 5 stars||$29.99–$109.99**||Cable||View Plans|
Astound Broadband, powered by Grande
|Texas||1||4 out of 5 stars||$19.99–$49.99††||Cable/Fiber||View Plans|
|Ohio and Michigan||2||–||$19.99–$114.99^^||Cable||View Plans|
|Northeast, Midwest, South, and West||25||3.75 out of 5 stars||$49.99–$149.99°°||DSL/Fiber||View Plans|
|Northeast, Midwest, South, California, and Arizona||22||2.75 out of 5 stars||$19.99–$99.99††||Cable||View Plans|
|Northeast||4||3.5 out of 5 stars||$29.99–$79.99‡‡||Cable||View Plans|
Astound Broadband, powered by RCN
|Northeast and Illinois (Chicago)||8||4.25 out of 5 stars||$19.99–$44.99††||Cable||View Plans|
|Northeast, Midwest, South, and West||25||2.25 out of 5 stars||$39–$125***||Cable||View Plans|
|Midwest, South, and West||17||3.75 out of 5 stars||$29.99–$79.99‡‡||Cable||View Plans|
|Northeast, Midwest, and South||18||3.75 out of 5 stars||$39.99–$69.99††||DSL/Fiber||View Plans|
|Entire US||50||3.5 out of 5 stars||$30–$169.99°||Satellite||View Plans|
|Entire US||50||3 out of 5 stars||$64.99–$159.99†††||Satellite||View Plans|
How much internet speed do you need?
A download speed between 50 to 100 Mbps is enough for most folks. These internet speeds should allow you to game, stream in HD or 4K, and answer a Zoom call.
But if you operate a home business, are a creative professional, or if you share your internet with a lot of people, you may need more speed. Read our guide to internet speed to see our recommendations.
Most internet providers advertise internet speeds that meet a variety of needs. But the speeds you actually get may be slower (or faster) than what’s written on your plan.
So we tested actual internet speeds from ISPs around the US, and these five boast the fastest download and upload speeds.
What types of internet are there?
Not every internet connection is the same, and there are pros and cons to each type. Here’s a quick peek at what you can expect from each type.
Digital subscriber line (DSL) uses your phone line to connect you to the internet. It tends to be one of the cheapest internet options, but you likely won’t see speeds over 100 Mbps. You may even see speeds as slow as 1 Mbps—but that’s still faster than dial-up.
Cable internet is a fairly affordable option that’s common across the US, and it uses coaxial cables to connect you to the internet. Its download speeds are comparable to fiber-optic internet, but upload speeds usually top out around 35–50 Mbps. Cable internet is also prone to slowdowns when there’s a lot of internet traffic.
Fiber-optic internet uses light to transmit data to and from your computer. This allows a fiber internet connection to achieve download speeds up to 1 or even 2 Gbps (1,000 or 2,000 Mbps), and oftentimes fiber connections have matching, or symmetrical, upload speeds. But fiber is expensive to install, so its availability remains limited mostly to large cities.
Satellite internet uses—you guessed it—satellites orbiting Earth to send signals to your computer on the ground. Satellite can even reach download speeds of about 100 Mbps, and it’s available to some of the most remote areas in the US. But your internet signal has to travel thousands of miles to reach the satellite, which means slow speeds and lots of lag. On top of that, you’re restricted to a miniscule amount of data with satellite.
A fixed wireless connection uses radio waves to send wireless signals to your home. With fixed wireless, you’ll need to set up an antenna to receive those signals. This technology works fairly well in rural areas, but doesn’t experience some of the drawbacks of satellite internet, like high latency. But your download speeds might suffer and you likely won’t get a lot of data.
5G internet uses a combination of cellular and fixed wireless networks to get you online. This internet service type is still fairly new and therefore not yet available outside of a few large cities, but it could become a contender with even fiber internet. 5G is also susceptible to line-of-sight issues, where buildings, trees, and furniture can disrupt your signal.
Similar to 5G, 4G LTE uses cellular and fixed wireless technology to send and receive data over the internet. But while 5G is focused on urban areas, 4G LTE is found in rural areas. While it doesn’t feature speeds as fast as 5G internet, 4G LTE can be an affordable rural internet option—or even a way to get internet on the road.
Get into the finer details and compare the most popular providers
How do I find the best internet in my area?
Even if you have only one internet provider to choose from, you might still be stuck choosing between two plans. To find the best internet in your area, here are some things you should check out:
- Check what’s available near you. If your choice is between fiber and cable internet, go with fiber unless cable is a better price. Similarly, cable is a better choice than DSL. If you live in a rural area, it’s worth looking to see if fixed wireless is available, since it offers more data and lower latency than satellite internet.
- Find out how much internet speed you need. We recommend at least 100 Mbps for most households, but you may need faster speeds. Or you might get away with slower speeds, which could save you a buck or ten.
- Check data caps. A handful of ISPs still cap your data around 1 TB per billing cycle, plus satellite internet providers and fixed wireless providers usually have smaller data caps than that. Check the data cap on any plans you’re considering so you’re not surprised by data overage fees or throttled internet speeds.
- Double-check the fine print. It’s worth reading the fine print since most ISPs raise your price after 12–24 months. And there’s the question of how much installation and equipment will cost too. You should also check the early termination fee (ETF), especially if you know you might need to change internet providers in the near future.
- Bring your own modem and You can easily save around $10–$15 a month by not renting your ISP’s equipment and bringing your own instead. A good modem and router usually costs around $75–$100, but a $10 rental fee stacks up to $120 after a year.
- Search for deals. Many ISPs offer streaming subscriptions, rewards cards, or even free installation deals for new customers. Take a peek to see if any deals are offered in your area—and if those incentives are something you’re actually interested in.
- Negotiate. It never hurts to ask for free installation or a deal if you bundle TV or phone with your internet. If you’re an existing customer, ask if you can take home the subscriptions or rewards cards offered to new subscribers.
Internet service FAQ
Still searching for the right internet in your area? We can help.
The best internet provider in your area depends on where you live, but in general we’ve seen great service, speeds, and prices from Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, CenturyLink, AT&T Fiber, Spectrum Internet, and Suddenlink. Viasat is also a good option if you live in a rural area that only gets satellite internet.
We’d say the best Wi-Fi for the money comes from Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, CenturyLink, or AT&T Fiber. Earthlink is another great option—while it has higher prices, the company takes care of any outages or technical issues on your behalf. (That’s why it’s consistently ranked one of the best ISPs for customer satisfaction.)
But there’s always a chance that you’ll find a small, local internet provider that offers better prices and fast Wi-Fi, so be sure to look at all the internet options near you.
The cheapest and fastest internet depends on where you live, but we’ve found that Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, CenturyLink, and AT&T Fiber all offer fast speeds at low promotional prices.
You can check to see if any of these providers—or cheaper and faster internet options—are available at your address.
If we go by the numbers, Comcast Xfinity has the fastest internet plan available: Its Gigabit Pro plan gets up to 3,000 Mbps download and upload speeds.
We’d say 100 Mbps is fast enough for most families, but if you’re sharing your internet with 3+ people or own a lot of connected devices, it may not be fast enough.
Check out our internet speed guide to see if 100 Mbps is fast enough for you.
An easy way to tell if you’re connected to Wi-Fi right now is to look for the Wi-Fi symbol. It should be on the top left or right corner of your Mac or cellular device. For Windows devices, the Wi-Fi symbol is located on the right side of your taskbar, which is usually located at the bottom of your screen.
Another way to check if you’re connected to Wi-Fi right now is to visit the Wi-Fi settings menu on your device or computer.
Your device should show whether you’re connected to Wi-Fi or not, and it should also show you which Wi-Fi network you’re connected to.
On the left: The official Wi-Fi symbol. If you see this, you should be connected to a wireless network.
On the right: The author's Samsung phone shows that Wi-Fi is on and she's connected to a network.
The internet might not be working in your area due to a widespread internet or power outage, or it could be due to an issue with your equipment or connection.
You can try to troubleshoot internet connection problems with our guide to fixing your internet, or you can contact your internet provider to make sure they’re aware of the problem and working on it.