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DecisionData Team
September 28, 2020
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In today’s world, you cannot afford to go without a great internet plan. Fast internet is necessary to be successful for people of all ages and from all areas. In such a fast-paced world, it’s crucial that you remain plugged in, and cable TV is another invaluable tool to keep you informed and on top of the latest news and events.

There are many cable TV and internet providers, but only five made our list of the best 409 cable providers in the U.S. Depending on your area, the competitor may offer DSL only, or they may offer TV delivered over fiber in your area. Enter your ZIP code below to see which providers are available:

Cable TV and Internet Provider's Speed

Before shopping for a new cable TV and internet bundle, you first need to calculate your usage. Depending on your household’s internet usage, you can decide which speeds are necessary for your family. 

Internet speeds are expressed in megabits per second (Mbps), with most packages ranging from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Types of activities that require heavy usage include HD video streaming, online gaming and file downloads. If you engage in these activities frequently, a plan with higher Mbps speeds will be better for you. 

We recommend using the following estimates when trying to determine the right speed for your cable tv and internet plan:

  • Light use: email, web browsing, SD video streaming
  • Moderate use: music streaming, light online gaming, HD video streaming
  • High use: numerous devices streaming HD video, live gaming, video conferencing
  • Very high use: multiple devices streaming 4K or HD video, large file downloads, live gaming, video conferencing
Devices Light Use Moderate Use High Use Very High Use
1-35-10 Mbps15 Mbps25 Mbps50 Mbps
4-815 Mbps25 Mbps50 Mbps100 Mbps
8-1025 Mbps50 Mbps100 Mbps150 Mbps
10+50 Mbps100 Mbps150 Mbps200+ Mbps

Pros and Cons of Cable TV and Internet Packages

Nearly 44% of American households use cable TV and it’s common for many families to bundle their cable TV with internet service. Below, we look at the positives and the areas of concern with packaging.

Cable providers offer tons of package options and the service is reliable even in bad weather, unlike satellite TV. There are also lots of sports and HD options available for those wanting to watch games in high definition.

Another perk of cable service is live TV and streaming options on the same screen that offers a seamless experience. Cable can be paired with DVR to make sure you can never miss your favorite shows.

Some concerns to be aware of with cable include knowing that most providers require two-year commitments, with price increases after year one. Cable is often not always available in very rural areas.

Cable Internet Pros and Cons At-A-Glance

ServiceProsCons
Cable
Internet
• A wide range of speeds to accommodate many households
• Good reliability when it comes to uptime
• Easy to set up
• Most providers include WiFi
• It can be expensive
• Poor customer service from ISPs
• Speeds might not be as advertised

Top Cable Internet Plans

Xfinity

Cable internet

Starting at $39.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • No data caps
  • Option to bundle with Xfinity TV

Xfinity offers some of the most inclusive internet and TV bundles today, with 260 channels available and download speeds from 60 Mbps to 500 Mbps. There are extra savings for some plans when you sign a two-year agreement instead of one, such as the X1 Starter Pro Triple Play with Blast Pro or the XF HD Premier Triple Play with Blast Pro. There’s wide availability, plenty of options to choose from and very fast speeds that reach up to two Gigs in some areas. Check our Xfinity coverage map to see if it's available in your area.

Spectrum

Cable internet

Starting at $49.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • No data caps

One of the best parts about Spectrum is that there are no contracts. There are no early termination fees, either. Customers can still benefit from extra savings if you sign up for a 12-month contract with your internet and TV bundle. 

With unlimited data, you can enjoy the fast speed of 200 Mbps offered across all plans. Cable television packages include over 200 channels with Spectrum’s Triple Play packages. HD channels are included at no extra cost, with some premium channels like HBO and Showtime also included with some plans. Check our Spectrum coverage map to see if it's available in your area.

Cox Communications

Cable internet

Starting at $19.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Options to bundle cable TV, home phone or home security

Cox cable and internet bundles boast Impressive download speeds of up to 1000 Mbps. Their signature panoramic WiFi service allows for stronger WiFi for your entire home with no dead zones. However, this requires professional installation and adds $10/mo. to your bill. Still, most customers don’t seem to mind, given Cox’s high customer satisfaction ratings for excellent customer service.

A Cox bundle with cable TV and internet service is more expensive than similar plans from other companies. However, its more basic plans are great for smaller households that can benefit from lower monthly pricing with moderate internet usage. Cox is available in 22 states, check our Cox coverage map to see if it's available in your area.

Mediacom

Cable internet

Starting at $39.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • 90-day money-back guarantee

Mediacom Cable is known for its fast speeds and huge data limits for the serious internet user. Plans are available with internet speeds from 60 Mbps up to 1,000 Mbps, and the impressive data limits skyrocket from 400 GB to 6,000 GB – which is much bigger than what Comcast or Cox offers. The base television packages include over 100 channels with tons of opportunity for customizing. You can pick whatever internet speed you want to pair with the TV package you choose.

Mediacom offers some of the fastest speeds available, but poor J.D. Power ratings mar its ratings. Ranking 2 out of 5, Mediacom is the lowest-rated of the group with Spectrum, Xfinity and Cox all receiving higher scores. However, the 90-day money-back guarantee is a win for many customers, with no penalty for early termination of your contract. Look at our Mediacom coverage map to see if it's available in your area.

Optimum

Cable internet

Starting at $39.99 /mo for 12 months

Plans Include

  • Price for life program

With Optimum’s cable and internet bundles, you have nine plans to choose from with over 420 channels, the most of many cable companies. Download speeds reach up to 400 Mbps with unlimited nationwide calling across all plans. You can also benefit from extra savings when you sign up for a 24-month contract, with locked-in pricing for customers of good standing through its Price for Life program.

Optimum delivers its signature technology through Altice that is designed to offer a more immersive experience for its users through TV, internet and streaming apps. Optimum is only available in four states, check our coverage map to see if it's available in your area.

Cable Companies in the U.S.

Below are the top cable companies in the country, sorted by percentage of U.S. coverage for both business and residential.

ISP Residents Covered Customers % USA Coverage
XFINITY (Comcast)115,055,188Business and Residential35.5%
Spectrum106,255,797Business and Residential32.5%
Cox Communications21,801,531Business and Residential6.8%
Optimum12,924,631Business and Residential4.0%
Mediacom7,714,422Business and Residential2.4%
WoW Cable7,236,864Business and Residential2.3%
Suddenlink7,096,524Business and Residential2.2%
RCN4,198,766Business and Residential1.3%
Cable One3,448,068Business and Residential1.1%
Liberty Cablevision3,066,731Business and Residential0.9%

Below are all of the cable companies in the country, sorted by percentage of U.S. coverage for both business and residential.

ISP Homes Covered Customers % USA Coverage
PenTeleData2042397Business and Residential0.6%
Wave Broadband2009760Business and Residential0.6%
Atlantic Broadband1615305Business and Residential0.5%
Midco1386939Business and Residential0.4%
Grande Communications1251248Business and Residential0.4%
Armstrong975312Business and Residential0.3%
Service Electric Cable TV838848Business and Residential0.3%
enTouch650415Business and Residential0.2%
Blue Ridge Communications619404Business and Residential0.2%
Vyve Broadband615064Business and Residential0.2%
GCI Communication580298Business and Residential0.2%
Buckeye Broadband542810Residential Only0.2%
TDS478069Business and Residential0.2%
Northland Communications506145Business and Residential0.2%
Service Electric Cablevision441318Residential Only0.1%
Shentel411188Business and Residential0.1%
Fidelity Communications400655Business and Residential0.1%
ClickCableTV398930Business and Residential0.1%
EarthLink0Business Only0.1%
Comporium320040Business and Residential0.1%
Vast Broadband313340Business and Residential0.1%
Zito Media LP292628Business and Residential0.1%
Windstream272199Business and Residential0.1%
MaxxSouth267286Business and Residential0.1%
Horry Telephone Cooperative231235Business and Residential0.1%
Coba Systems230844Residential Only0.1%
Consolidated Communications211220Business and Residential0.1%
Blue Stream194365Business and Residential0.1%
Spectrotel0Business Only0.1%
MCTV169744Business and Residential0.1%
CableAmerica152856Business and Residential<.1%
Bend Broadband149805Business and Residential<.1%
Hargray145261Business and Residential<.1%
Service Electric Broadband Cable143532Business and Residential<.1%
Morris Broadband138106Business and Residential<.1%
Telesystem0Business Only<.1%
Antietam Broadband134057Business and Residential<.1%
Ritter Communications123571Business and Residential<.1%
Direct Communications Cedar Valley119796Business and Residential<.1%
Kilgore Cable Television115544Business and Residential<.1%
Continuum112668Business and Residential<.1%
Reach Broadband103540Residential Only<.1%
Summit Broadband65894Business and Residential<.1%
USA Communications96499Business and Residential<.1%
CTV Beam93618Business and Residential<.1%
Reserve Telecommunications91157Business and Residential<.1%
Giggle Fiber81067Business and Residential<.1%
Community Antenna Service80208Business and Residential<.1%
ComSouth79426Business and Residential<.1%
ImOn Communications77619Business and Residential<.1%
Inter-Mountain Cable Inc77187Business and Residential<.1%
ETC74193Business and Residential<.1%
Resort Cable TV73047Business and Residential<.1%
Eagle Communications70855Business and Residential<.1%
Truvista67634Business and Residential<.1%
Clearnetworx67374Business and Residential<.1%
Home Telecom66739Business and Residential<.1%
Conway Corporation66176Business and Residential<.1%
CentraCom66102Business and Residential<.1%
Mid-Hudson CableVision64112Business and Residential<.1%
Thames Valley Communications62962Business and Residential<.1%
TEKSTAR52959Business and Residential<.1%
The Electric and Water Plant Board of the City of Frankfort, KY52372Business and Residential<.1%
D&P Communications49544Business and Residential<.1%
RainierConnect49233Business and Residential<.1%
Full Channel49065Business and Residential<.1%
Golden West Telecommunications48093Business and Residential<.1%
ATMC46267Business and Residential<.1%
Sweetwater Television Co45784Business and Residential<.1%
Orbitel Communications45286Business and Residential<.1%
commZoom45243Business and Residential<.1%
CASSCOMM44789Business and Residential<.1%
Spanish Fork City44640Business and Residential<.1%
Livingston43611Residential Only<.1%
Cablevision of Marion County42340Business and Residential<.1%
Emery Telcom41472Business and Residential<.1%
Allen's TV Cable Service41370Business and Residential<.1%
Ind-Co Cable TV40985Residential Only<.1%
Pine Bluff Cable TV40083Business and Residential<.1%
Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative40045Business and Residential<.1%
Access Cable39117Business and Residential<.1%
Hiawatha Broadband Communications38326Business and Residential<.1%
Country Cablevision37476Business and Residential<.1%
Vicksburg Video37264Business and Residential<.1%
USA Communications Iowa36831Business and Residential<.1%
Shrewsbury Community Cablevision36734Business and Residential<.1%
Vision Communications36669Business and Residential<.1%
Mid-Rivers Communications35443Business and Residential<.1%
BELD Broadband35025Business and Residential<.1%
Alaska Communications34784Business and Residential<.1%
White County Cable TV33729Business and Residential<.1%
Hotwire Communications33666Business and Residential<.1%
Columbia Power and Water System33592Business and Residential<.1%
Access Media Holdings32285Residential Only<.1%
Litestream Holdings31973Business and Residential<.1%
Bee Line Cable30753Business and Residential<.1%
City of Thomasville30671Business and Residential<.1%
San Bruno Municipal Cable TV30636Residential Only<.1%
Packerland Broadband30560Business and Residential<.1%
ParagouldCable29962Residential Only<.1%
Frontier Communications28679Business and Residential<.1%
GEUS28420Business and Residential<.1%
Western Broadband28117Residential Only<.1%
crestviewcable27613Residential Only<.1%
Strata Networks27573Business and Residential<.1%
CityLink26846Business and Residential<.1%
Infostructure26289Business and Residential<.1%
Plant TiftNet25918Business and Residential<.1%
Fairfield Communications25586Business and Residential<.1%
Haefele TV25399Business and Residential<.1%
Sumner Cable TV25186Business and Residential<.1%
Long Lines24470Business and Residential<.1%
East Arkansas Cable TV24254Business and Residential<.1%
SjobergsInc23811Business and Residential<.1%
DECCACable23799Residential Only<.1%
Cable Services Inc23678Business and Residential<.1%
Muscatine Power & Water23462Business and Residential<.1%
Great Plains Communications23031Business and Residential<.1%
Nelsonville TV Cable22684Business and Residential<.1%
Atc Broadband22512Business and Residential<.1%
Northwest Community Communications22087Business and Residential<.1%
Big Sandy Broadband21331Business and Residential<.1%
Cincinnati Bell20882Business and Residential<.1%
CoMPAS20870Business and Residential<.1%
Tahlequah Cable TV20630Business and Residential<.1%
Anne Arundel Broadband20313Business and Residential<.1%
SCI20245Business and Residential<.1%
Premier Communications20233Business and Residential<.1%
DCI20074Business and Residential<.1%
Hood Canal Communications19943Business and Residential<.1%
City of Moultrie19651Business and Residential<.1%
CCC Cablevision19415Business and Residential<.1%
PVT Networks19360Business and Residential<.1%
1 Tennessee19259Business and Residential<.1%
Hart Telephone Company19183Business and Residential<.1%
CalNeva Broadband18950Business and Residential<.1%
Martelle Cooperative Telephone Association18780Business and Residential<.1%
Nittany Media18250Business and Residential<.1%
Baldwin Telecom17409Business and Residential<.1%
Fusion Media17305Business and Residential<.1%
Boycom Cablevision17031Business and Residential<.1%
Piedmont Communications16925Business and Residential<.1%
Inside Connect Cable16892Business and Residential<.1%
Lennon Telephone Company16809Business and Residential<.1%
APX Net0Business Only<.1%
Flint Cable16545Business and Residential<.1%
Coalfields Telephone Company16499Business and Residential<.1%
ChatmossCable16417Business and Residential<.1%
Southern Coastal Cable16399Business and Residential<.1%
Easton Cable16361Business and Residential<.1%
PTCI16256Business and Residential<.1%
South Central Communications15864Business and Residential<.1%
Pioneer Telephone Association15497Business and Residential<.1%
Sandhill Connextions15436Business and Residential<.1%
Cunningham Telephone Company15424Business and Residential<.1%
Coldwater Board of Public Utilities15098Business and Residential<.1%
Golden Rain Foundation15046Residential Only<.1%
Murphy Cable TV15026Business and Residential<.1%
Scottsboro Electric Power Board15015Business and Residential<.1%
Eastern Oregon Telecom14965Business and Residential<.1%
Citizens Telephone14909Business and Residential<.1%
TSC14802Business and Residential<.1%
Star Communications14687Business and Residential<.1%
Hope Community TV Prescott Video14523Business and Residential<.1%
Huntel Communications14487Business and Residential<.1%
North Coast Internet14317Business and Residential<.1%
Harlan Community Television14240Business and Residential<.1%
OTELCO14214Business and Residential<.1%
Limestone Cable14147Business and Residential<.1%
New Paris Telephone's Quality Cable14017Business and Residential<.1%
Chaparral CableVision13906Business and Residential<.1%
Chesnee Communications13847Business and Residential<.1%
Glasgow Electric Plant Board13825Business and Residential<.1%
Citizens Cablevision13737Business and Residential<.1%
Merrimac Communications Ltd13703Business and Residential<.1%
Blue Devil Cable13618Business and Residential<.1%
Jefferson County Cable13608Business and Residential<.1%
ElbertonNET13110Business and Residential<.1%
All West Communications12610Business and Residential<.1%
CableSuite 54112600Business and Residential<.1%
Lycom12423Business and Residential<.1%
Cleer Creek Communications12075Business and Residential<.1%
Duo County Telecom11886Business and Residential<.1%
SKT11856Business and Residential<.1%
Madison Communications11849Business and Residential<.1%
Parish Communications11786Business and Residential<.1%
Spencer Municipal Utilities11780Business and Residential<.1%
Cam-Tel Company11644Business and Residential<.1%
Darien Telephone Co11634Business and Residential<.1%
Volcano Communications11304Business and Residential<.1%
City of Camilla11153Business and Residential<.1%
Tel-Star Cablevision11070Residential Only<.1%
S&T Communications11068Business and Residential<.1%
Doylestown Cable TV10516Residential Only<.1%
Barbourville Online10395Business and Residential<.1%
Giant Communications10213Business and Residential<.1%
Watson Cable10198Business and Residential<.1%
Irvine Community Television Inc10102Business and Residential<.1%
Benton Cooperative Telephone Company10033Business and Residential<.1%
Mikrotec CATV9995Business and Residential<.1%
Nuvera9802Business and Residential<.1%
Beehive Broadband9767Business and Residential<.1%
Wired or Wireless9468Business and Residential<.1%
Bryan Municipal Utilities9178Business and Residential<.1%
Algona Municipal Utilities9144Business and Residential<.1%
Hospers Telephone Exchange9122Business and Residential<.1%
City of Cairo8937Business and Residential<.1%
Three River Digital Communications8860Business and Residential<.1%
PogoZone8777Business and Residential<.1%
Mountain Zone TV Systems8749Business and Residential<.1%
Forsyth CableNet8539Business and Residential<.1%
Pine-Net8434Business and Residential<.1%
NKTelco8417Business and Residential<.1%
MontanaSky Networks8370Business and Residential<.1%
Falcon Broadband8341Business and Residential<.1%
Southern Plains Cable8313Business and Residential<.1%
STC7877Business and Residential<.1%
WestPAnet7829Business and Residential<.1%
NITCO7828Business and Residential<.1%
BlueBridgeMedia7823Business and Residential<.1%
Margaretville Telephone Company7737Business and Residential<.1%
Coast Communications Company7671Business and Residential<.1%
Wire Tele-View Corporation7622Business and Residential<.1%
Spring City Cable TV7596Business and Residential<.1%
Tailwind0Business Only<.1%
Community Telecom Services7346Residential Only<.1%
Alma Telephone7269Business and Residential<.1%
Centre TV Cable7255Residential Only<.1%
Madison Telephone Company7160Business and Residential<.1%
Independence Telecommunications Utility7111Business and Residential<.1%
golden valley cable and comm6998Business and Residential<.1%
Nortex Communications6915Business and Residential<.1%
City of Williamstown6793Business and Residential<.1%
Alliance Communications6712Business and Residential<.1%
Bayou Cable6711Residential Only<.1%
Blue Mountain Digital6594Residential Only<.1%
Concept Cable6463Business and Residential<.1%
CableCoop6393Business and Residential<.1%
Stowe Communications6359Business and Residential<.1%
Northwest Iowa Telephone Co Inc6175Business and Residential<.1%
Midwest Data Center6102Business and Residential<.1%
MAINSTREET5969Business and Residential<.1%
Springport Telephone Company5830Business and Residential<.1%
Wabash Communications5757Business and Residential<.1%
Phillips County Telephone Company5521Business and Residential<.1%
Dalton Telephone Company5457Business and Residential<.1%
The Community Agency (TCA)5357Business and Residential<.1%
Belzoni Cable5343Business and Residential<.1%
Harlan Municipal Utilities5276Business and Residential<.1%
Pine Belt Communications5207Business and Residential<.1%
GBT Communications4990Business and Residential<.1%
Omnitel4881Business and Residential<.1%
Suburban4814Business and Residential<.1%
Eyecom4733Business and Residential<.1%
C Spire0Business Only<.1%
Marne Elk Horn4692Business and Residential<.1%
Southern Vermont Cable4648Residential Only<.1%
WTC Communications4600Business and Residential<.1%
LightStream4478Business and Residential<.1%
Eastern Cable4395Business and Residential<.1%
Universal0Business Only<.1%
Karban TV Systems4284Residential Only<.1%
Iron River TV4246Business and Residential<.1%
Orange City Communications4208Business and Residential<.1%
Comm Choice Of Iowa4091Business and Residential<.1%
Lakeland Communications4086Business and Residential<.1%
Osage Municipal Utilities4031Business and Residential<.1%
Aeneas Communications3998Business and Residential<.1%
Bracken Cable3900Business and Residential<.1%
Miles Wireless3889Business and Residential<.1%
Beaver Valley Cable3877Business and Residential<.1%
Ridgeville Telephone Company3870Business and Residential<.1%
Yelcot Communications3852Business and Residential<.1%
Schaller Telephone Company3786Business and Residential<.1%
NTEC3693Business and Residential<.1%
Catalina Broadband Solutions3690Business and Residential<.1%
1stelInc0Business Only<.1%
Powhatan Point Cable3599Residential Only<.1%
Inland Networks3580Business and Residential<.1%
Milford Communications3563Business and Residential<.1%
Privatel3539Business and Residential<.1%
Custer Telephone3475Business and Residential<.1%
Spanish Fork City CORP3456Business and Residential<.1%
Woodsfield Municipal Cable3453Business and Residential<.1%
One Point Technologies3437Business and Residential<.1%
Partner Communications Cooperative3429Business and Residential<.1%
EagleZip.com3364Business and Residential<.1%
Troy Cablevision Inc3250Business and Residential<.1%
E.L. Internet Northwest3242Business and Residential<.1%
Ripley Video Cable3238Business and Residential<.1%
Velocity Communications3223Business and Residential<.1%
Access Montana3056Residential Only<.1%
Colfax Highline Cable3035Business and Residential<.1%
Silver Star Communications3008Business and Residential<.1%
Crystal Broadband Networks3007Residential Only<.1%
United Telcom2911Business and Residential<.1%
Milaca Local Link2886Business and Residential<.1%
Nova Cablevision2876Business and Residential<.1%
Sister Lakes Cable2873Residential Only<.1%
Westex Telecom2860Business and Residential<.1%
Stratford Mutual Telephone Company2857Residential Only<.1%
LighthouseNet2850Business and Residential<.1%
Lyons Communications2669Business and Residential<.1%
Arvig2658Business and Residential<.1%
NextGen Communications2654Business and Residential<.1%
Red River Communications2636Business and Residential<.1%
City of Hawarden2619Business and Residential<.1%
Horizon Cable TV2578Business and Residential<.1%
Grundy Center Municipal Light & Power2500Business and Residential<.1%
Bulldog Cable Georgia2492Business and Residential<.1%
Premium Choice Broadband2378Residential Only<.1%
KLM June 20172338Business and Residential<.1%
Community Antenna System WI2277Business and Residential<.1%
CMS Internet2251Business and Residential<.1%
Altatec2198Business and Residential<.1%
Glenwood Telecommunications2116Business and Residential<.1%
Windbreak2062Business and Residential<.1%
Cable Communications of Willsboro2024Business and Residential<.1%
Nushagak Electric & Telephone Cooperative1979Business and Residential<.1%
Adams CATV1908Business and Residential<.1%
Huntel1899Business and Residential<.1%
Beampeed1884Business and Residential<.1%
Northwest Communications1864Business and Residential<.1%
Bagley Public Utilities1822Business and Residential<.1%
Vogtmann Engineering Inc1804Business and Residential<.1%
Reinbeck Telecommunications Utility1773Business and Residential<.1%
Wittenberg Wireless1768Business and Residential<.1%
Mountain VIllage Metropolitan District1662Business and Residential<.1%
Diode Communications1620Business and Residential<.1%
Rise Broadband1587Business and Residential<.1%
Lone Pine Communications1554Business and Residential<.1%
MMCTSU1533Business and Residential<.1%
Butler-Bremer Communications1532Business and Residential<.1%
Castle Cable TV1513Business and Residential<.1%
Panora Telco1513Business and Residential<.1%
Western Iowa Telephone Association1474Residential Only<.1%
Asset Black0Business Only<.1%
Griggs County Telephone Company1462Business and Residential<.1%
Coon Rapids Municpal Utitlies1456Business and Residential<.1%
Hanson Communications1428Business and Residential<.1%
Television Association of Republic1332Business and Residential<.1%
Gorge Networks1329Business and Residential<.1%
Mapleton Communications Management Agency1237Business and Residential<.1%
Laurens Municipal Utilties1236Business and Residential<.1%
eastlink1202Business and Residential<.1%
Atwood Cable Systems1192Business and Residential<.1%
Tyson Communications1146Business and Residential<.1%
Keene Valley Video1112Business and Residential<.1%
Mobius Communications Company1092Business and Residential<.1%
BridgerCableTV1079Residential Only<.1%
MasterVision1035Residential Only<.1%
Mutal Telecommunications1033Business and Residential<.1%
NEMR Telecom984Business and Residential<.1%
Grantsburg Telcom967Business and Residential<.1%
TSCCI966Business and Residential<.1%
Park TV & Cable963Residential Only<.1%
Jefferson Telecom961Business and Residential<.1%
WT Services923Business and Residential<.1%
Jordan Solier Valley Telephone Company908Business and Residential<.1%
H&B Cable902Business and Residential<.1%
Omnispring0Business Only<.1%
North Olympic Peninsula Data Centers872Business and Residential<.1%
Pickwick Cablevision842Residential Only<.1%
ATCJET.NET816Business and Residential<.1%
VS Enterprises758Business and Residential<.1%
Reynolds Cable Tv560Business and Residential<.1%
United Utilities527Business and Residential<.1%
Pinpoint Communications520Business and Residential<.1%
Celect Communications492Business and Residential<.1%
Home Communications Inc443Residential Only<.1%
Kentec Communications413Business and Residential<.1%
CopMtn396Business and Residential<.1%
12Global371Business and Residential<.1%
Rebeltec Communications350Business and Residential<.1%
pathway322Business and Residential<.1%
St. John Cable313Business and Residential<.1%
Crosslake Communications306Business and Residential<.1%
Extreme Broadband296Business and Residential<.1%
Brooklyn Mutual Telecommunications Cooperative236Business and Residential<.1%
Murray Electric System227Business and Residential<.1%
Dumont Telephone Company193Business and Residential<.1%
BroadRiver Comm Corp0Business Only<.1%
XIT Telecommunication & Technology182Business and Residential<.1%
IP Global0Business Only<.1%
Kuhn Communications136Business and Residential<.1%
Fayetteville Public Utilities118Business and Residential<.1%
Intermax Networks92Business and Residential<.1%
SMR Communications73Residential Only<.1%
Bellaire TV Cable Co62Residential Only<.1%
Advantage Wireless53Business and Residential<.1%
TrentonCable41Business and Residential<.1%
Optivon0Business Only<.1%
Spiral Communications8Business and Residential<.1%
Dimension45Business and Residential<.1%
SignalInc4Business and Residential<.1%
SECOM3Business and Residential<.1%
AT&T0Business Only<.1%
Proximiti Communications0Business Only<.1%
Taloga Cable1Business and Residential<.1%

Video subscriber figures for the largest cable companies are taken from earnings reports where available and estimated otherwise.

Setting up Cable Internet

Depending on the service provider you choose, you might have multiple options when it comes to setting up your cable internet. AT&T offers its customers a self-install option, which involves the provider sending you a self-install kit, along with a step-by-step guide to setting up your service. With most providers who offer this service, you can request a self-install kit when you sign up for an account.

Alternatively, you could request a service person come out to install everything for you. This is more time intensive, as cable internet installations can take anywhere from two to four hours. When you sign up for service, you’ll request a time for the provider to come out to install cable internet. Some providers offer this service free of charge whereas others can charge you. Therefore, it’s important to gather this information up front so you don’t receive any surprise charges. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is cable internet?

Cable internet is one way of delivering high-speed internet. It uses copper cables and is similar to DSL, ranging from about 20 Mbps to 100 Mbps. Unlike DSL, cable broadband uses the same coaxial cable that delivers video and sound to cable TV subscribers. This means most residential houses are already equipped to handle cable broadband with no additional installation needed.

Can I add internet service if I already have cable TV?

Usually, yes. Most providers also offer bundles for your TV, internet and phone so by adding new services with the same provider, you're more likely to save money.

Do I need a phone line to have cable internet?

No. Unlike DSL, cable internet uses a coaxial cable, making it simpler to access than other internet types which may require more specialized connections or equipment.