How to Compare Internet Providers

How to Compare Internet Providers

Key factors
  • There's a lot to consider when choosing an Internet provider. From determining availability to understanding the performance quality, everything can seem a bit more complicated than it needs to be.
  • Having helped millions of people find the right ISP for their needs, we’ve boiled our ISP comparison guide down to 4 key steps.
  • Being educated about what you're buying is the best way to save money and get a service you'll enjoy.
Key steps to thoroughly compare
  1. Using our tool above, compile a list of all of the providers that have service in your area.
  2. Consider what factors are most important to you: Speed, Price, or Customer Service.
  3. Decide how much bandwidth you need and whether you need an “unlimited” plan.
  4. Contact your top pick to get one of the deals listed on our site.

If you're interested in specific comparisons, such as XFINITY vs AT&T, we’ve compared many providers head to head to help you make an informed decision.

How to Compare Internet Providers

On the Fence? Read Our Reviews

Key factors
  • Most consumers in the USA only have 1-3 high-speed Internet providers available at their address. Our reviews and comparisons make it easy to understand which is your best option.
  • We've thoroughly reviewed the most common Internet providers according to 6 key factors: Customer Service, User Rating, Available Speed, Technology, Availability and Price.
  • Each of these elements is baked into our intelligent address search tool above.
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Recommended Providers by City

Live in a major city and shopping for providers? Chances are we’ve done a deep dive into the providers available and have recommendations to help you make a smart decision.

CityTop PickBusiness Pick
Albuquerque, New MexicoXFINITYCenturyLink
Arlington, TexasCharter CommunicationsATT
Austin, TexasGoogle FiberRise Broadband
Bakersfield, CaliforniaCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Baltimore, MarylandXFINITYXFINITY
Boston, MassachusettsXFINITYXFINITY
Brooklyn, New YorkVerizon FiosCharter Communications
Buffalo, New YorkCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Charleston, South CarolinaWOW!WOW!
Charlotte, North CarolinaCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Chicago, IllinoisXFINITYATT
Cincinnati, OhioCincinnati BellCharter Communications
Colorado Springs, ColoradoXFINITYXFINITY
Columbus, OhioWOW!Charter Communications
Dallas, TexasATTCharter Communications
Dayton, OhioATTATT
El Paso, TexasCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Fort Lauderdale, FloridaXFINITYXFINITY
Fort Worth, TexasCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Gainesville, FloridaCox CommunicationsCox Communications
Grand Rapids, MichiganXFINITYATT
Houston, TexasXFINITYATT
Jacksonville, FloridaXFINITYXFINITY
Jersey City, New JerseyVerizon FiosXFINITY
Knoxville, TennesseeWOW!WOW!
Las Vegas, NevadaCox CommunicationsCox Communications
Lexington, KentuckyCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Long Beach, CaliforniaFrontier CommunicationsFrontier Communications
Los Angeles, CaliforniaCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Louisville, KentuckyCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Madison, WisconsinCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Memphis, TennesseeXFINITYXFINITY
Mesa, ArizonaCox CommunicationsCenturyLink
Miami, FloridaXFINITYATT
Milwaukee, WisconsinCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Minneapolis, MinnesotaXFINITYXFINITY
Nashville, TennesseeXFINITYXFINITY
New Orleans, LouisianaCox CommunicationsATT
New York, New YorkVerizon FiosStealth Communications
Oklahoma City, OklahomaCox CommunicationsRise Broadband
Orlando, FloridaCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaXFINITYXFINITY
Phoenix, ArizonaCox CommunicationsCox Communications
Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaVerizon FiosXFINITY
Plano, TexasCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Raleigh, North CarolinaCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Richmond, VirginiaVerizon FiosXFINITY
Rochester, New YorkCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Saint Louis, MissouriCharter CommunicationsCharter Communications
Salt Lake City, UtahVeracity NetworksXFINITY
San Antonio, TexasGrande CommunicationsCharter Communications
San Diego, CaliforniaCox CommunicationsCharter Communications
San Francisco, CaliforniaXFINITYXFINITY
San Jose, CaliforniaXFINITYXFINITY
Seattle, WashingtonXFINITYWave Broadband
Spokane, WashingtonXFINITYXFINITY
Tampa, FloridaFrontier CommunicationsCharter Communications
Virginia Beach, VirginiaVerizon FiosCox Communications
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Largest Providers by Coverage Type

There are several good reasons to care about the size of a provider's network. Large providers don't always provide the best customer service, but they often have the latest upgrades and are convenient if you want to move. Here's a breakdown of the most prominent providers in the USA according to network type.

AT&T Internet52.07 Mbps
CenturyLink26.46 Mbps
Verizon High Speed Internet81.94 Mbps
GTT Communications8.76 Mbps
MegaPath17.44 Mbps
XO Communications300.62 Mbps
XFINITY from Comcast107.88 Mbps
Charter Spectrum80.89 Mbps
Cox Communications88.14 Mbps
Verizon Fios114.07 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber78.66 Mbps
Level 3 Communications74.16 Mbps
HughesNet37.65 Mbps
Exede Internet11.66 Mbps
X2nSat3.01 Mbps
Rise Broadband13.41 Mbps
Skyriver Communications20.37 Mbps
CyberNet Communications69.51 Mbps
AT&T Wireless25.61 Mbps
Verizon Wireless25.76 Mbps
Sprint22.08 Mbps
Top ten fastest

Top 10 Fastest

ProvidersFastest Speed
Stealth Communications308.74 Mbps
XO Communications300.62 Mbps
FORETHOUGHT.net297.38 Mbps
CTI Fiber284.17 Mbps
Webpass266.09 Mbps
NewCloud254.14 Mbps
ACD.net242.7 Mbps
Community Broadband Network221.48 Mbps
SDN Communications213.86 Mbps
United Communications205.39 Mbps