- Internet speeds and options are somewhat limited in Dayton compared to other metro areas in Ohio.
- Spectrum and AT&T are the main Internet options in most Dayton neighborhoods. Fiber is only available in select neighborhoods like Oakwood and at some specific apartment buildings downtown, although it is slowly expanding.
- The average broadband speed recorded by speed tests in Dayton is 38.15 Mbps.
Best Residential Internet Providers
“Cable vs DSL” is the core question Dayton residents face. We usually recommend cable over DSL, but in this case reviews suggest that DSL’s reliability trumps cable’s raw speeds in the area.
AT&T Internet - Top Pick
- Pricing: $5000
- Max Down: 75 Mbps
- Max Up: 8.0 Mbps
AT&T Internet has two features in its favor: strong speeds and flexible TV offerings. While they do place caps on streaming on some plans, the limits are several times more than what the average customer uses. They make up for it with excellent budget pricing and friendly, easy installation.
Cincinnati Bell - Runner Up
- Pricing: $2499 - $3999
- Max Down: 50 Mbps
- Max Up: 20 Mbps
Cincinnati Bell offers hybrid Fiber/DSL service in a sizable part of the city, and while they’re not a household name their services compete strongly with the bigger names in Internet service.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Dayton
On the surface, it looks like Dayton has a lot of companies serving the area. In practice, many of these have very small coverage footprints or don’t overlap to create competition for specific neighborhoods. Here’s a full list so you can consider what might be available.
|$4499+|| 100% |
|$5999+|| 100% |
|$3000+|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 94% |
|N/A|| 21% |
|$5200+|| 20% |
|$2499+|| 14% |
|$2000+|| 5% |
|$5000+|| 2% |
Best Business Internet Providers
Business Internet in Dayton mostly comes in the form of cable connections. Fiber is available in some business districts. We picked this provider for offering the best-quality service with flexible plans and well-rated support crews.
AT&T Internet - Business Pick
- Max Down: 75 Mbps
- Max Up: 8.0 Mbps
AT&T Business offers some of the best balance between value and feature flexibility in the Dayton business broadband market. Their network is dependable enough to rely on the SLA for mission-critical purposes like credit card transactions, and the support gets positive reviews.
Business Internet Providers Available in Dayton
See the table below for a comprehensive listing of Internet options for Dayton Businesses.
|$5999+|| 100% |
|N/A|| 99% |
|N/A|| 100% |
|$5000+|| 90% |
|N/A|| 17% |
|$7400+|| 26% |
|N/A|| 8% |
|N/A|| 9% |
|$1999+|| 4% |
|N/A|| 6% |
|$5900+|| 4% |
|N/A|| 3% |
Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Dayton
DSL ranges in quality from “great” to “terrible” depending on your residence’s distance from the local ISP office. Cable has a strong advantage in the Dayton market, especially among customers who like to bundle TV services for entertainment access. The interactive map below should give you an idea of which areas have options and which are left “in the dark.”
Provider Competition Map
Dayton Internet Speed Overview
The average speed in Dayton comes in at 38.15 Mbps. The 94.62 Mbps top speed is only available in select locations.
|Average Speed||90th Percentile Speed|
|38.15 Mbps||94.62 Mbps|
Average Residential download speeds within Dayton
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Dayton
Before you sign on to an Internet plan, consider these common issues among Dayton-area providers.
Limited-Time Promotional Pricing
It’s common for Dayton providers to offer new customers reduced rates to sign a contract. However, it’s also common for that monthly rate to increase dramatically after the first year or so of service.
Make sure you’ve combed through the fine print before signing, and compare the final price rather than the “promo price” when deciding which local Internet option to spring for.
Modem and Router Fees
Cable and DSL Internet providers generally offer to rent a modem and/or router along with your service. We suggest that customers consider buying their own equipment to save the $5–10 monthly fee this adds to your bill.
The upfront cost of a modem and router is pretty low — less than $100 in most cases — so you stand to save a lot of money if you stay with a provider for more than one year. Renting the equipment from the provider really only makes sense if you’re a short-term resident, or simply don’t want to bother with installing and activating your own equipment.
Connect Ohio and Dayton
Dayton was recently selected by broadband advocacy group Connect Ohio for an infrastructure audit. The group will be making recommendations for the city on ways to encourage competition and increase the speeds available to residents. While Ohio tends to hold a negative view of public-owned solutions like municipal broadband, residents can expect that public/private partnerships or incentives for upstart providers will increase speeds and competition in the near future.
Is Google Fiber an Option for Dayton?
Short version: not currently. Long version: Google Fiber has actually been slowing down expansion nationwide and pausing fiber network development. Instead, the company seems to be exploring wireless options using millimeter-wave technology purchased from Webpass. Dayton residents can expect that if gigabit competition arrives in the area, it will likely be from a wireless technology like Webpass rather than a wired technology like Google Fiber.
References and Footnotes
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 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.