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June 10, 2020

Getting home internet is easy for some people and a real challenge for others. Living in a rural area, residing in a neighborhood without fiber-optic cables or having a small budget are all hurdles that have become familiar to many internet users. Plus, some internet providers only provide services within certain ZIP codes. 

All of these factors can make it difficult to figure out which providers are available to you and how to choose the best one. 

On DecisionData.org, we provide the nitty-gritty details like the maximum speed offered by providers in your area, upload speeds, whether a given provider offers TV, as well as internet and a link to each provider’s website. 

Internet Providers & Cable TV Companies in Your Area

ProviderPrice RangeSpeed RangeData CapsContracts
$49.99-$49.9910-940 MbpsUnlimited12 month introductory
$29.99-$79.9915-2,000 Mbps1 TB12 months
$49.99-$99.97200-940 MbpsUnlimited12 months
$39.99-$79.99200-940 MbpsUnlimitedNo contract
$49.00-$65.0020-940 Mbps1 TBNo contract
$29.99-$74.996-940 MbpsUnlimitedNo contracts for DSL;
2-year for fiber service
$19.99-$99.9910-940 Mbps1 TB12 months
$19.99-$56.00200 Mbps-1 GBUnlimitedNo contract
$24.99-$69.99200 Mbps-1 GBUnlimitedNo contract

Check our ZIP code tool below to see the available providers in your area:

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Internet Service Provider Breakdown

AT&T

AT&T internet

Starting at $49.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • DSL or fiber internet service
  • Download speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Bundle options with AT&T TV or DIRECTV

AT&T features internet plans at a flat rate of $49.99/mo. It offers both DSL plans, with a download speed of up to 100 Mbps, and a fiber-optic network, with download speeds of either 100 Mbps or 940 Mbps. The plans feature unlimited data caps and one-year contracts. AT&T is noted for good customer service. It ranked in second place with 69 points in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) ratings. Unsure if AT&T is available in your area?

AT&T internet is available in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Check our AT&T coverage map to see if AT&T is available for you.

Xfinity

Xfinity internet

Starting at $39.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Up to 2,000 Mbps download speed
  • Option to bundle with Xfinity TV

Xfinity plans range from $39.99/mo. up to $79.99/mo. for 12 months, with download speeds from 15 Mbps to 2,000 Mbps. Upper-level plans require a two-year term agreement, and fees increase during the second year, but there are no data caps. The most expensive plan also gives you access to 125+ TV channels, including ESPN and Bravo. Xfinity has middle-of-the-road reviews for customer service, with ACSI giving it 61 points, one below the industry average, putting it in fourth place. J.D. Power gives it three power circles and second place behind Verizon.

Xfinity offers its strongest coverage in California, Florida, Illinois and New York, with availability in almost 40 states. Check Xfinity coverage in your area.

Spectrum

Spectrum internet

Starting at $49.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Download speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Offers cable TV, home phone and mobile service bundle options
  • No contract option

Spectrum offers three internet-only plans that start at $49.99/mo., with download speeds of 200 Mbps, 400 Mbps and 940 Mbps. Spectrum does not have data caps, which makes it a great choice for gamers since there are no fees for going over your data limit, and there are no contracts. The company ranks in seventh place, with 59 points, in the ACSI customer service rankings.

Spectrum offers its broadest coverage in California, Texas and New York. However, you will find at least some Spectrum options in 44 states. Check Spectrum availability in your area.

Verizon (Fios and DSL)

Verizon internet

Starting at $39.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Offers both DSL or fiber options
  • No data caps
  • No contracts

One of the top internet providers in the country, Verizon, has both a DSL network as well as a more limited fiber-optic network (Verizon Fios) available in select areas. Plan costs range from $39.99 to 79.99, with maximum download speeds of 200 Mbps to 940 Mbps. Verizon plans have no data cap, and customers are not required to sign an annual contract. One area where Verizon excels is in its reputation. Verizon Fios tops the ACSI list with 70 points and is also the highest-rated company on J.D. Power’s ISP Satisfaction Study.

Verizon Fios is most available in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. Their DSL coverage is also exclusive to the mid-Atlantic region. Check our Verizon coverage map to see if you live in an area covered by Verizon.

CenturyLink

CenturyLink internet

Starting at $49.00 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Internet speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • No contracts
  • “Price for Life” option

CenturyLink plans feature maximum download speeds from 20 Mbps to 940 Mbps, with prices ranging from $49 to $65/mo. CenturyLink has no contracts, though it advertises a “Price for Life” option that keeps your monthly fee the same as long as you have the plan. It does charge a fee if you go over the 1 TB data cap. CenturyLink is in the middle of the pack as far as reputation goes. Its ACSI score is 59, tying it for seventh place with Spectrum.

CenturyLink is the third largest DSL provider in the U.S. While they technically have coverage in all 50 states, some areas like California have limited availability. The company offers most coverage in Washington, Arizona and Colorado. Check CenturyLink coverage in your area.

Frontier Communications

Frontier internet

Starting at $29.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Download speeds ranging from 45 to 940 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Offers cable TV and digital phone bundle options

Frontier Communication’s prices start at $29.99/mo. for download speeds of 6 Mbps and continue up to $39.99 for 45 Mbps. Frontier also has Fios fiber-optic service in a limited area for $74.99 for up to 940 Mbps of download speed. Frontier plans do not have a data cap; its DSL service does not require a contract, but the Fios plan has a two-year contract. Frontier earns a 55 from the ACSI Customer Service list — which puts it in last place.

Frontier internet is available in almost 30 states. You’ll find the strongest coverage in California, Connecticut and Florida. Check Frontier availability in your area.

Cox

Cox internet

Starting at $19.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Download speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • Options to bundle cable TV, home phone or home security

Cox plans range from $19.99/mo. for an internet starter package with 10 Mbps download speed up to its Gigablast package with up to 940 Mbps of download speed for $99.99/mo. Most Cox plans require a one-year contract and come with a 1 TB data cap. Any data in excess of that may incur a $10 charge per 50 GB of additional data. Cox’s customer service is adequate, with a fifth-place showing in the ACSI Internet Service Provider Customer Service rankings.

Cox is only available in 18 states. You’re most likely to find coverage in California, Arizona and Virginia. Check Cox availability in your area.

Windstream

Windstream internet

Starting at $19.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps
  • No contracts
  • No data caps

Windstream utilizes Kinetic Internet and offers both DSL and fiber-optic cabling to for plans that range from $19.99 to $56 for 25 Mbps up to 1,000 Mbps of download speed. There are no contracts, but the introductory prices are good for one year. There are also no data caps, making them a good choice for heavy internet users. Windstream earns a low 57 in ACSI’s Customer Satisfaction Index, putting them ahead of only Frontier and Mediacom.

Windstream offers residential internet service in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. Check Windstream availability in your area.

Optimum

Optimum internet

Starting at $24.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Internet speeds up to 1 GB
  • No contracts
  • No data caps

Optimum has internet plans start at $24.99 for 200 Mbps of download speed with additional plans up to 1 GB of high-speed internet. There is no annual contract and the company offers an unlimited data cap. Optimum’s customer service is good: it ranks in third place on ACSI’s ratings, with a score of 63.

Optimum offers coverage in four states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and a small area in eastern Pennsylvania. Check Optimum availability in your area.

Statistics on Internet in My Area

Maximum download/upload speeds in the U.S.

The table below shows the percentage of ZIP codes with download and upload speeds matching the speed on the left. For example, in the 1 GB or faster range, 18.2% of ZIP codes have at least one provider offering download speeds and 11.7% of ZIP codes have gigabit upload speeds.

SpeedMax Download SpeedMax Upload SpeedBest For
.1 to 5 Mbps1.1%9.5%Single device
Web browsing
Checking email
6 to 10 Mbps1.6%12.8%1-3 devices, web browsing, email, social media, SD video streaming
11 to 20 Mbps2%17.6%1-3 devices, web browsing, email, social media, SD video streaming
21 to 30 Mbps2.3%10.5%4-8 devices, music steaming, one or two device HD video streaming
31 to 75 Mbps1.9%21.8%8-10 devices, multiple video streaming, real-time gaming on one device
76 to 100 Mbps9.2%3%8-10 devices, multiple devices streaming HD video, real-time gaming, video conferencing
101 to 250 Mbps14%2.7%10+ devices, multiple devices streaming HD video, multiple devices doing real time gaming
251 to 500 Mbps25%0.4%10+ devices streaming HD or 4K video, large file downloading
501 to 999 Mbps22.9%8.2%10+ devices, multiple devices streaming HD or 4K video or playing real-time games simultaneously
1 Gbps or more18.2%11.7%15+ devices, multiple devices streaming 4K videos or playing real-time games simultaneously
Unreported0.2%0.2%N/A
Satellite only1.7%1.7%1-3 devices, web browsing, email, social media, some video or music streaming, single-player gaming

Typical speeds (speeds that most users can expect during peak usage) are almost always lower than the maximum advertised speed across all providers. Cable providers, in particular, tend to have lower actual speeds than advertised. Speeds will vary by location.

When you enter your ZIP code below, you'll see actual vs. advertised speed for the internet providers in your area.

Which Types of Internet are Available in My Area?

The number of ZIP codes and the total number of people who can expect to find residential service at their homes by type.

CoverageDSLCableFiberAny wired service
% of ZIP codes with service available 93% 72% 28% 96%
% of the U.S. population served 90% 89% 25% 97%

Urban Areas: If you live in an urban area, you’re the most likely to have access to fast, fiber-optic cables.  You will also have access to cable and DSL in most cases. Providers tend to offer bundles, fast speeds and a competitive market. 

Suburban Areas: Suburban areas also enjoy fairly fast internet, though you may pay more with fewer options available. In some cases, there may only be a single high-speed internet provider in your neighborhood. However, fiber is beginning to expand to more suburban areas – so help could be on the way. 

Rural Areas: DSL providers are the most likely to offer internet in rural areas. Fiber won’t be found for a while, but you may be able to choose between DSL and cable.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find the best internet provider in my area?


Searching via your ZIP code on DecisionData.org is the easiest way to determine which internet service providers are available in your area. 

Who offers the cheapest internet service?


Most companies offer a variety of price ranges. DSL cable is usually the cheapest option, with companies like Cox and Xfinity offering some of the cheapest prices (under $30/mo.). 


Can I get WiFi without an internet provider?


You can often use a hot spot to access WiFi in certain areas, particularly in urban neighborhoods. However, WiFi at home is often the most reliable internet available. 

Can I get internet only, without TV?


Yes, plenty of companies, including AT&T and Verizon have large networks of internet-only service. You don’t have to sign up for cable to get internet at home or at your business.