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.

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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
Atlanta, GeorgiaXFINITYXFINITY
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
Denver, ColoradoXFINITYXFINITY
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
Portland, OregonXFINITYXFINITY
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.

ProvidersSpeed
AT&T Internet79.32 Mbps
CenturyLink33.45 Mbps
Verizon High Speed Internet97.15 Mbps
ProvidersSpeed
GTT Communications8.47 Mbps
MegaPath18.61 Mbps
XO Communications297.94 Mbps
ProvidersSpeed
XFINITY from Comcast105.87 Mbps
Charter Spectrum92.79 Mbps
Cox Communications93.83 Mbps
ProvidersSpeed
Verizon Fios139 Mbps
Crown Castle Fiber82.68 Mbps
Level 3 Communications76.31 Mbps
ProvidersSpeed
HughesNet36.31 Mbps
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede)12.81 Mbps
X2nSat3.01 Mbps
ProvidersSpeed
Rise Broadband14.07 Mbps
Skyriver Communications26.05 Mbps
CyberNet Communications71.6 Mbps
ProvidersSpeed
AT&T Wireless25.62 Mbps
Verizon Wireless27.23 Mbps
Sprint23.35 Mbps
Top ten fastest

Top 10 Fastest

ProvidersFastest Speed
XO Communications297.94 Mbps
FORETHOUGHT.net293.31 Mbps
CTI Fiber289.68 Mbps
Stealth Communications259.37 Mbps
NewCloud249.19 Mbps
ACD.net247 Mbps
United Communications226.85 Mbps
Hotwire Communications225.25 Mbps
Community Broadband Network225.23 Mbps
SDN Communications215.26 Mbps