Internet provider

streamingservicestv.com//optimum

Price: $45.00/mo–$75.00/mo
Simultaneous streams: 3 Video: 1080p, 4K

4.3/5
streamingservicestv.com/spectrum

Price: $44.99/mo–$139.98/mo.*†‡
Simultaneous streams: 3 Video: 1080p, 4K

4.2/5
streamingservicestv.com/at&t

Price: $35.00/mo.–$119.97/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 3 Video: 1080p, 4K

4.3/5
COX PROVIDER

Price: $39.99/mo–$79.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 5 Video: 1080p

4.2/5
streamingservicestv.com/rcn

Price: $19.99/mo–$59.99/mo.
Simultaneous streams: 4 Video: 1080p, 4K

4.6/5

Choose the right package for you

Once you’ve found a provider you’re interested in, we’ll take you to our provider pages. There, you can learn more about package options and sign up for TV and internet services. But if you’ve already got an ISP in mind, skip down to the list below for some of the biggest providers in the US.

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There are a lot of home internet service providers out there, but these are the most popular options. Not every provider will be available where you live, though, so be sure to search with your ZIP code to find out what your choices are.

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How to save on internet

Bundle it with TV

The easiest way to get the cheapest internet service is to bundle it with TV. Plenty of ISPs—cable and fiber internet providers in particular—also offer TV. When you get both with one provider, you’ll usually get discounts and sometimes other perks like included installation or equipment.

Ask if you qualify for a discount

Low-income households can apply for discounts since internet is considered a utility by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). When you sign up, be sure to ask the customer representative if you qualify for one.

Check for broadband deals

You might find a high-speed internet provider in your area that offers additional broadband deals when you sign up. Check out “Best Internet Deals” for a list of providers and their promotions.

Internet FAQ

Even though internet service is widespread in the US, people still don’t know a lot about it. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with answers to the most common questions.

There are four common types of home internet service :

DSL internet uses the higher frequencies of wired telephone lines to deliver internet faster than outdated dial-up. AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier offer DSL internet service.

Cable internet uses the same copper wiring as cable TV to provide broadband internet. Cox, Mediacom, Spectrum, Suddenlink, and Xfinity primarily offer cable internet connection.

Fiber internet offers the fastest download speeds available with new fiber-optic cables. AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Verizon Fios have fiber internet networks.

Satellite internet supports internet in rural areas by using satellites in space and dish recievers on earth. Viasat and HughesNet are the two leading satellite internet service providers.

5G takes current wireless technology a step further in terms of speed, creating an on-the-go connection that’s comparable to your home internet connection. It could revolutionize the way we connect around the world by making wireless internet more accessible than ever.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon offer 5G mobile service in select cities—and the next step is bring it into your home.

Currently only Verizon offers 5G as home internet, and you can find it in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, Indianapolis, and Chicago. But if T-Mobile follows through on its promise to make a 5G-based home network, it will reach even rural areas and open up high-speed internet work and learning opportunities across the US.

Wi-Fi is a wireless internet connection, but perhaps thanks to its usage on signs in coffee shops and other places, it’s becoming a more common term to refer to internet service in general. But “internet” is still the correct way to refer to this place where we’re hanging out now. Wi-Fi is just a way to access the internet, using wireless routers in your home or public space.

Whether you’re using your phone as a hotspot, or using Wi-Fi in your favorite coffee shop, that internet access has to come from somewhere—and that somewhere is through an internet provider.

If you need help paying for internet, check out these free and low-income internet options.

Or if you’re wary of internet providers because you don’t want sign an annual contract, you might find more flexibility with a no-contract internet plan.

The FCC’s definition of broadband is 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Those internet speeds are enough to support most online gaming and streaming for a household of two to four people.

Depending on the size of your household, the number of connected devices, and what you use the internet for, you may need faster speeds—or you might be okay with less. This tool from HighSpeedInternet.com can help you decide the right internet speed for you.

For more information on internet speeds, check out our article “What is a Good Internet Speed?”

Many internet providers offer internet starting at $20 per month. But those plans often come with slow download speeds, so be careful. We recommend these affordable high speed plans instead.

PlanStarting priceDownload speeds up to 
Xfinity Performance Select$34.99/mo.* 100 Mbps BOOK NOW
Verizon Fios Internet 200/200$39.99/mo.† 200 Mbps BOOK NOW
Cox Internet Essential 50$39.99/mo.‡ 50 Mbps BOOK NOW
CenturyLink Price for Life$49.00/mo.§ 100 Mbps§ BOOK NOW
Mediacom Internet 100$49.99/mo.˚ 100 Mbps BOOK NOW
Spectrum Internet$49.99/mo.• 200 Mbps• BOOK NOW
AT&T Internet$45.00/mo.¶ 100 Mbps BOOK NOW

A modem receives signals from your ISP and translates the data into digital signals your connected devices can understand. Without a modem, your computer couldn’t connect to the internet because it wouldn’t be able to decipher the information.

If you’d like to know more about modems and routers, check out our comparison page for an in-depth view.

You need a modem for DSL and cable internet, and you can either lease one from your provider or buy your own. But if you have fiber or satellite internet, you can’t buy your own modem. Fiber requires an optical network terminal (ONT) instead of a modem, and satellite providers have proprietary modems, so you’ll have to lease these from your ISP.

Technically, a router is optional since you can hook up most computers to your modem with an Ethernet cord. But getting a router will let you set up a Wi-Fi network throughout your home. If you want to support smaller internet-enabled devices like smartphones and smart-home technology, a router is a must-have.

Your ISP may provide you with a router, or you can buy your own. Routers that come separately from modems are easier to update as technology advances, but you can purchase modem/router combos if you prefer to have everything in one device.

While many ISPs have data caps, some offer unlimited data. However, even with unlimited data, most ISPs will contact you if your usage is excessive—usually over 1 TB in one month.