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Scott Orr
November 02, 2020

Spectrum Internet At-A-Glance

Although Spectrum Internet is a fairly new company, that doesn’t mean it lacks experience: it was created in 2014 by Charter Communications. The company then purchased and merged with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, with all three now under the Spectrum name. 

Spectrum Internet has a nationwide presence with customers in 42 states. It provides cable internet service to residential customers; a subsidiary, Spectrum Enterprise, offers a fiber connection for businesses.

Spectrum's internet plans are competitively priced, and customers wishing to bundle their telecommunications needs will find plans that also include phone and TV services.  

Spectrum covers 32.22% of the U.S. with home cable service and 0.02% with home fiber service.

Spectrum Internet

Spectrum Internet offers three internet-only plans — although not all plans are available in your location. Check your ZIP code to see your choices.

The Spectrum Internet basic plan offers 200 Mbps, Spectrum Internet Ultra offers up to 400 Mbps and Spectrum Gigabit provides 940 Mbps. Even the basic plan is enough for casual internet users with multiple members in their households. If you’re looking for highly reliable speeds for extensive use and gaming, the Spectrum Gigabit plan rivals fiber speeds to give you a heightened internet experience.

Additional features for Spectrum internet packages include:

  • No contracts
  • No data caps
  • Plans starting at $49.99/mo.
  • Unlimited access to WiFi hotspots
  • Modem and router included at no additional charge

Top Spectrum Packages

PLANSPEEDSDATA CAPPRICEEXTRAS
InternetUp to 200 MbpsNo$49.99/mo.Free modem
Internet UltraUp to 400 MbpsNo$69.99/mo.Free modem
Internet GigUp to 940 MbpsNo$109.99/mo.Free modem

Spectrum TV

Along with internet, Spectrum offers highly-rated cable TV packages. You can choose from plans starting at $44.99/mo. Spectrum offers its TV Select plan that includes 125 channels. The TV Silver plan offers an upgraded plan with 175 channels, including premium options like HBO and SHOWTIME. The biggest TV package is TV Gold, which offers 200+ channels and even more premium channels like STARZ and TMC. 

If you’re an avid cable TV watcher, DVR is a must. Spectrum offers Cloud DVR (cDVR) and Cloud DVR Plus packages so you can record programs and watch them across your devices when you have the time. Cloud DVR is an added $4.99 on top of your TV package, while Cloud DVR Plus is an additional $9.99. The basic cDVR package lets you record up to 50 programs and store them for up to 90 days, while cDVR Plus offers space for 100 programs and storage for up to a year.

Spectrum Bundle Packages

Spectrum offers far more than just internet to its customers. The company also provides cable TV, home phone and mobile service for both business and residential needs. 

Customers can choose from a variety of packages that meet their needs, including Double Play and Triple Play options. Double Play packages bundle together TV and internet, while Triple Play includes TV, internet and phone.

Spectrum bundles also include a 30-day, money-back guarantee, a free modem and the Spectrum TV app.

BUNDLEPRICE RANGEINCLUDES
Double Play bundles (TV, internet)$89.98 to $134.98/mo.• 200 Mbps
• 125-200 channels
Triple Play bundles (TV, internet, phone)$99.97 to $144.87/mo.• 200 Mbps
• 125-200 channels
• Unlimited nationwide calling

Spectrum Availability

Spectrum internet and package deals are available in 42 states, with coverage especially strong on both coasts and in the Midwest. If you are outside the U.S., Spectrum is also available in parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

Spectrum Customer Satisfaction Ratings

63

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) is a nonprofit organization that annually surveys more than 300,000 customers to create its rankings. In 2020, it gave Spectrum a score of 63, up from 2019's 59. It does come in below the leading company, Verizon Fios, which scored 73. 

 

J.D. Power, in its U.S. Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study, gave Spectrum a 2 out of 5 power circle ranking for overall satisfaction, as well as performance and reliability, cost, billing, communication and customer service.

 

These rankings, along with Better Business Bureau online customer reviews of Spectrum, indicate that the company’s customer service is less than stellar. Your own experience, of course, will vary depending on your situation.

 

Spectrum Internet Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get just Spectrum internet?

Yes. The basic plan starts at download speeds up to 100 Mbps for $49.99/mo. Spectrum will always recommend bundling internet with TV and/or phone service, but the choice is yours.

What price does Spectrum charge after the promo period ends?

After the 12-month promotional period runs out, you can expect to see your bill increase by $10 to $35/mo., depending on the bundle or deal you have.

Does Spectrum charge an installation fee?

It does. The fee is $49.99, charged when a technician comes out to do the set-up. But Spectrum also offers a do-it-yourself install kit, which is free, so if you’re up for it, you can save the install charge.

We supplied the data; now, the decision is yours.

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