• Columbus has a strong array of options for home and apartment Internet. Spectrum, AT&T, and WOW! Are the most common options within city limits.
  • The average Internet speed in Columbus is 27.89 Mbps, according to speed test data.
  • Columbus businesses have even more options than residential, including smaller niche providers specialized in industrial services and custom packages.

Best Residential Internet Providers

Cable and DSL are the main options for home Internet in Columbus. We picked these providers for offering the most value to the average home for daily needs like surfing the web, Facebooking, and streaming video content.

Residential Internet Providers Available in Columbus

Columbus has more options than the average metro area. As you can see, some of these providers only serve small parts of the city. Use our zip code search tool to see which are likely to be wired at your specified address.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$3999+ 100%
Cable
(855) 436-5105
$4999+ 100%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$3000+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$4000+ 99%
DSL
(855) 435-4578
$2999+ 87%
Cable
(888) 607-2611
$5900+ 65%
Fixed Wireless
(614) 469-9000
N/A 45%
Fixed Wireless
(888) 494-0549
$4499+ 3%
DSL
(855) 837-8791

Best Business Internet Providers

Here’s our top pick for business broadband in Columbus.

Business Internet Providers Available in Columbus

Columbus has an impressive array of options for business broadband, including several small niche operators with small coverage footprints. All the providers listed below currently advertise business services to Columbus zip codes.

ProvidersPricingAvailabilityPhone
$5999+ 100%
Cable
(855) 436-5105
$6999+ 98%
Satellite
(888) 387-7910
$9999+ 100%
Satellite
(877) 255-5702
$5000+ 91%
DSL
(855) 435-4578
N/A 28%
Cable
(888) 607-2611
N/A 26%
Fiber
(888) 583-4237
$7000+ 11%
DSL
(855) 837-8791
N/A 9%
Fiber
(800) 634-4032
N/A 5%
DSL
(866) 226-4244
N/A 8%
Copper
(800) 421-3887

Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Columbus

While most areas have at least a couple Internet options, other parts of Columbus get the short end of the stick. In these areas, customers have much less choice, and may be trapped with a single provider and high prices if they require speeds that no one else can offer.

Provider Competition Map

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Columbus Internet Speed Overview

The highest speed we’ve recorded on speed tests in Columbus is 63.15 Mbps. The average speed is 27.89 Mbps. While speeds increase dramatically in the few Columbus areas wired with fiber, they often max out around 100–300 Mbps in residential areas.

Average Speed90th Percentile Speed
27.89 Mbps63.15 Mbps

Average Residential download speeds within Columbus

Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Columbus

Early Termination Fees

Contracts that run for a year or more generally offer the best monthly pricing for Internet service, especially when bundled with TV service. The catch here is the fees you’ll owe if you need to break that contract early.

As a rule of thumb, try not to sign a contract that’s longer than your lease. Also be aware of how the monthly bill is calculated for the life of your contract, not just the first few months of “promotional pricing.”

Equipment Rental Fees

Most Internet plans offered in Columbus come with the equipment needed to make your home connection and/or Wi-Fi work. That usually means a modem, router, or combo unit. While the $5–10/month leasing fee for that equipment looks small up front, it adds up to hundreds of dollars if you are a customer for multiple years.

Our recommendation: purchase your own hardware from a third party if you’ll be subscribing for more than a year. Using your own equipment will also make it easier for you to unlock advanced security features and monitoring options for your home network.

Local Information

Public/Private Partnerships

As of 2016, Columbus lawmakers were working to create public/private partnerships between the government and local Internet providers. The goal of these arrangements is to make it easier for more providers to offer faster speeds in underserved neighborhoods. [1]

Broadband Roadblocks in Columbus

100% public-owned options such as municipal broadband have been suggested for Columbus in the past, but ultimately the cost of installing a network like this would be difficult to fit into the tax budget.

Opponents also note that municipal broadband options could potentially create an anti-competitive environment for private providers if technology costs lower enough to foster significant broadband competition down the road.

Low-Cost Broadband

Low-income Columbus residents can check for subsidized plans and equipment through EveryoneOn. In some cases, basic home access can be installed for as little as $10/month, connecting those in need with critical communication, educational opportunities, and employment search tools.


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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