• Cincinnati Bell and Charter Spectrum are the most widely available wired broadband options in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bell offers fiber and DSL service, while Spectrum is a cable provider.
  • Neither of these providers uses data caps in Cincinnati, making life easier for “cord cutters.” However, Spectrum offers some compelling TV/Internet bundles, particularly for sports fans.
  • Cincinnati businesses have a wide range of options when it comes to business broadband, including smaller specialist providers.

Best Residential Internet Providers

Speeds available for home and apartment Internet in Cincinnati can vary somewhat depending on neighborhood or building. Overall, we found these providers to offer the best bang for your buck. Both of these providers frequently offer sign-up promotions for new customers, as well as reduced pricing for TV/Internet bundle plans.

Residential Internet Providers Available in Cincinnati

Cincinnati has a decent array of options, although you should keep in mind that some of these only have limited availability within city limits. Check your address using our Internet search tool before bothering to read up on providers.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$3999+ 100%
Cable
(855) 436-5105
$4999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$3000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$3999+ 82%
Fiber
(513) 566-4101
$8995+ 8%
Fixed Wireless
(888) 595-5818
N/A 8%
Fixed Wireless
(888) 494-0549
$4499+ 2%
DSL
(855) 837-8791

Best Business Internet Providers

We selected this company for offering the most appealing business broadband services out of all the plans and providers available in Cincinnati.

Business Internet Providers Available in Cincinnati

Cincinnati has a variety of business-focused Internet providers. Here’s a full listing according to the latest data from the FCC.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$5999+ 100%
Cable
(855) 436-5105
$6999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
N/A 77%
Fiber
(513) 566-4101
N/A 49%
Fixed Wireless
(800) 860-9495
N/A 25%
Fiber
(888) 583-4237
$9995+ 12%
Fixed Wireless
(888) 595-5818
$7000+ 6%
DSL
(855) 837-8791

Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Cincinnati

For a granular view of how individual neighborhoods compare in terms of Internet options, navigate to your area of interest using the interactive mapping tool below.

Provider Competition Map

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Cincinnati Internet Speed Overview

We found the average speed in Cincinnati to be around 29.62 Mbps. This figure is supported by localized speed test data. The 90th percentile top speed average in the city is 62.04 Mbps. Thanks to fiber competition from Cincinnati Bell (known as “Cincy Bell” to locals), we expect to see speed test data continue to trend upwards in coming years.

Average Speed90th Percentile Speed
29.62 Mbps62.04 Mbps

Average Residential download speeds within Cincinnati

Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Cincinnati

Cincinnati is lucky to be largely free of data caps, making it a great area for streamers with a Netflix/Hulu/Twitch habit. That said, there are still a few issues that newcomers should be aware of before selecting a local plan.

Limited-Time Promotional Pricing

If you’re signing a multi-year contract for Internet and/or TV service, make sure you’ve read the fine print and understand exactly how your monthly pricing can change over the service period. Is it locked in, or will it change after the first few months? It’s common for Cincinnati providers to tempt customers with ultra-low-cost “signup offers” that cut monthly bills by as much as half for the first part of your contract, but then jump up again for the remainder of the time. Ultimately, you’ll have to figure out the average monthly price to actually compare plans like this to other options.

Router Rental Fees

Equipment rentals are the standard option for most providers in Cincinnati. If you want to get around the $5–10 monthly fee and save a few hundred dollars in the long run, consider purchasing your own modem, router, or combo gateway device. Each provider serving the area should be able to provide information on compatible equipment makes and models via their phone support or website.

Local Information

Cincinnati Smart City Initiative

As of 2017, Cincinnati’s local government was seeking proposals from developers who could introduce advanced “smart grid” technology to the area. If this plan pans out, residents can expect to see a rapid expansion in affordable gigabit services through public/private partnerships. Free or tiered Wi-Fi and other wireless Internet options are also part of the mayor’s proposed plan to transform Cincinnati into a “smart city.”[1]

What About Google Fiber?

Google Fiber has paused their expansion plan as of this report. However, the company is doubling down on fixed wireless gigabit service, rolling out high speed service to multi-unit buildings in several cities. If Google comes to Cincinnati in the future — and that’s a big “if” — it will probably be with fixed wireless service, not a FTTH (Fiber to the Home) service model.[2]


Experts

Ana De Castro

Ana De Castro

Ana De Castro cut her teeth as a SAP consultant for Deloitte during the original tech boom, and now works in a communications role in the telecom industry. When she isn’t explaining technical concepts to confused consumers, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two rambunctious kids.

James Webb

James Webb

James Webb is a tech and gadgets expert with a focus on educational content development. He draws on his background in the startup world to make complicated technologies and topics easy to understand for normal folks.

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