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.

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Catherine McNally
Editorial Lead, Internet & Gaming
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Published on November 14, 2021
9 min read

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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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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.



Top 10 internet providers 2021
Provider
Rating
Monthly price
Download speed
Data cap
Connection type
Details
XfinityComcast Xfinity
$19.99$94.99*501200 Mbps11.2 TBCable/Fiber
Verizon Authorized DealerVerizon Fios Home Internet
$39.99$89.99200–Up to 940 MbpsNot AvailableFiber
CenturyLinkCenturyLink
$50$65100940 MbpsUnlimitedDSL/Fiber
ATTAT&T
$35$60^300940 MbpsUnlimitedFiber
ViasatViasat
$30$169.99°12100 Mbps12300 GBSatellite
Cox Authorized RetailerCox Communications
$19.99$109.99**25940 MbpsCable
Spectum Authorized ResellerSpectrum
$49.99/mo for 12 mos.$109.99/mo for 12 mos.††2001000 MbpsUnlimitedCable
Grande Communications
$24.99$54.99††50940 MbpsUnlimitedCable/Fiber
The logo for RCN internet, with the letters RCN in purple and a purple and green leaf shape to the left of the lettersRCN
$19.99$59.99††501000 MbpsUnlimitedCable
Suddenlink logoSuddenlink
$24.99/mo.$74.99/mo‡‡75940 MbpsUnlimitedCable
Data effective 11/19/18. 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.
New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
^ For the first 12 months plus taxes and equip. fee.
° For the first 3 months.
** For the first 12 months with a 1-year term agreement.
†† For the first 12 months.
‡‡ Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life. Customer must remain in good standing and up to date on bill payments to remain on Price For Life.
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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.



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.

  1. Make sure you get enough internet speed, but don’t overpay for too much speed.
  2. Check the data cap—you don’t want to pay for overages.
  3. Find out when the promotional price goes up. (Most ISPs raise prices after 12 or 24 months.)
  4. Look for low-cost internet options and subsidies.
  5. Don’t be afraid to check prices for smaller, local internet providers.

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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 are the top three large internet providers by region:

And 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

Provider
Main service areas
# of states covered
Rating
Monthly price range
Connection type
Details
XfinityXfinity
Northeast, Midwest, South, and West40$19.99$94.99*Cable/Fiber
Verizon Authorized DealerVerizon Fios Home Internet
Northeast10$39.99$89.99Fiber
ATTAT&T
Midwest, South, Nevada, and California21$35$60^DSL/Fiber
Spectum Authorized ResellerSpectrum
Northeast, Midwest, South, and West42$49.99/mo for 12 mos.$109.99/mo for 12 mos.††Cable
CenturyLinkCenturyLink
Midwest, South, Northwest, and West36$50$65DSL/Fiber
Cox Authorized RetailerCox Communications
Northeast, Midwest, South, and West19$19.99$109.99**Cable
Grande Communications
Texas1$24.99$54.99††Cable/Fiber
Buckeye Broadband TV logoBuckeye Broadband
Ohio and Michigan2$19.99$99.99^^Cable
Frontier Authorized Sales AgentFrontier
Northeast, Midwest, South, and West29$49.99$74.99°°DSL/Fiber
MediacomMediacom
Northeast, Midwest, South, California, and Arizona26$49.99$99.99††Cable
OptimumOptimum
Northeast4$29.99$79.99‡‡Cable
The logo for RCN internet, with the letters RCN in purple and a purple and green leaf shape to the left of the lettersRCN
Northeast and Illinois (Chicago)8$19.99$59.99††Cable
Sparklight logoSparklight
Northeast, Midwest, South, and West25$39$125***Cable
Suddenlink logoSuddenlink
Midwest, South, and West19$24.99$74.99‡‡Cable
WindstreamWindstream
Northeast, Midwest, and South18$27$85††DSL/Fiber
ViasatViasat
Entire US50$30$169.99°Satellite
HughesNetHughesNet
Entire US50$59.99$149.99†††Satellite
Data as of 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Data effective 11/19/18. 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.
^ For the first 12 months plus taxes and equip. fee.
†† For the first 12 months.
New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
** For the first 12 months with a 1-year term agreement.
^^ For the first 6 months.
°° for 24 months with 2-year agreement. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, equipment fees, Internet Infrastructure Surcharge, early term, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.
‡‡ Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Price for Life. Customer must remain in good standing and up to date on bill payments to remain on Price For Life.
*** Equipment, taxes, surcharges and fees are not included in above rate.
° For the first 3 months.
††† Requires 24 month agreement.
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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.

A bar chart showing how much internet speed you need for certain size households

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.



We’ll help you test your internet speed, and if it’s not up to par, we’ll help you find a new internet provider too.

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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.

DSL

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Cheap internet service plans
Pro Bullet Widely available
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Aging technology that uses phone lines
Con Bullet Slow download and upload speeds

Cable

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Download speeds that rival fiber-optic
Pro Bullet Availability across most of the US
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Sluggish upload speeds
Con Bullet Tendency to slow down during peak hours

Fiber

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Fastest download and upload speeds
Pro Bullet Potential to achieve even faster speeds
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Potentially expensive plans
Con Bullet Limited availability, mostly in cities

Satellite

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Availability even in rural and remote areas
Pro Bullet Ability to reach download speeds of 100 Mbps
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Tiny data allowances and high latency
Con Bullet Expensive plans

Fixed wireless

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Cheaper plans compared to satellite
Pro Bullet Availability in some rural areas
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Small data caps
Con Bullet Slow download and upload speeds

5G

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Newer technology capable of fast speeds
Pro Bullet Affordable prices
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Limited availability, mostly in urban areas
Con Bullet Signal disruption from objects and buildings

4G LTE

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.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Availability in rural areas and on the go
Pro Bullet Peak download speeds up to 50 Mbps
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Potentially expensive internet plans
Con Bullet Expensive equipment for some services

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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, and Suddenlink. Viasat is also a good option if you live in a rural area that only gets satellite internet.

The easiest way to see the best internet in your area? Enter your zip code below and we’ll find them for you.

The best internet right now is fiber-optic internet, which features the fastest download and upload speeds available. Cable isn’t far behind, but its upload speeds are sluggish at best when compared to fiber.

The best large fiber internet providers include Verizon Fios Home Internet and AT&T Fiber.

Good internet services include Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, CenturyLink, AT&T Fiber, Viasat, and Suddenlink. But you may also find a good local internet provider with low prices, fast speeds, and excellent customer service, so it never hurts to look around at all your options.

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.

We’d say the cheapest and best internet service comes from Comcast Xfinity, Verizon Fios Home Internet, CenturyLink, or AT&T Fiber. But a local internet provider in your area might also offer cheap internet service that comes with excellent customer service.

If we go by the numbers, Comcast Xfinity has the fastest internet plan available: Its Gigabit Pro plan gets up to 2,000 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.

A bunch of large internet providers offer unlimited internet data, including AT&T Fiber, CenturyLink, Earthlink, Frontier FiberOptic, Grande, Optimum, Spectrum, and Suddenlink.

Other providers, like Xfinity, have an unlimited data upgrade—but you’ll pay more each month. Check out our guide to internet provider data caps to see which popular ISPs offer unlimited data.

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Here's your IP address
Your Location
Device Type
Operating System
Internet Service Provider
Device
Browser

You should see your internet service provider listed above, along with your location, device, browser, and IP address. If you don’t, you might be running a virtual private network (VPN), which disguises your IP address and ISP.

Another way to identify your ISP is by visiting the Who Is My ISP? site.

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.

The wifi icon showing a black dot with 3 ripple lines above it
A screenshot of a Samsung phone interface showing that wifi is turned on

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.

Catherine McNally
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Catherine McNally
Catherine has a degree in journalism and an MBA, and has spent the last 10+ years writing everything from Okinawa travel guides to stories on Medium. She’s been online since AOL CDs were a thing and is an unapologetic PC gamer. She believes the internet is a necessity, not a luxury, and writes reviews and guides to help everyone stay connected. You can also find her on Twitter: @CMReviewsIt.

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