- Verizon FiOS and Comcast Xfinity offer service to most of Jersey City.
- The average speed in Jersey City clocks in at 42.35 Mbps, according to local speed test data.
- Fiber, cable, and DSL are widely available, although many residents only have one or two options so far as Internet providers.
Best Residential Internet Providers
Residential Internet has gone from luxury to necessity. If you’re a newcomer to the city, this is where we’d start. See below for our picks of best local providers, considering value, IP-verified ratings, and overall availability.
Verizon Fios - Top Pick
- Pricing: $3999 - $7999
- Max Down: 940 Mbps
- Max Up: 880 Mbps
Verizon Fios is a favored choice in most of their coverage areas, thanks to a solid combination of high speed and reasonable price. The unusually high upload speeds offered by their fiber network makes it a good pick for streamers, gamers, and work-from-home setups.
XFINITY from Comcast - Runner Up
- Pricing: $3999 - $8999
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Xfinity is a solid option for TV and Internet customers, and they offer the fastest network available within a reasonable budget in the area. Their TV options make it a compelling choice for appointment TV fans, although it can work just fine for supporting the average cord cutter’s Netflix habit.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Jersey City
Jersey City is lucky to have decent fiber coverage, although service is often on-par with traditional cable depending on where the fiber network terminates in relation to your building. Here’s a full table of options within city limits so you can consider the alternatives.
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Best Business Internet Providers
Jersey City has a strong economy, and even “Mom and Pop” businesses need strong broadband to handle VoIP, customer accounts, and other needs specific to local industries. Here’s our top pick in Jersey City.
XFINITY from Comcast - Business Pick
- Max Down: 987 Mbps
- Max Up: 35 Mbps
Comcast Business is a strong value for local businesses that need a mix of scalability and reliability within an attainable budget. Medium-sized businesses with aggressive growth goals are particularly well-suited to Comcast’s offerings. VoIP and business TV are common offers, and much like residential plans you can “bundle” additional features for a discount.
Business Internet Providers Available in Jersey City
As you can tell from the listings below, business-class providers are common in the area and offer a bit more flexibility than residential service.
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Jersey City
Like many densely-populated urban areas, Jersey City doesn’t have equal distribution when it comes to broadband options. Thanks to issues with in-building wiring, sometimes you won’t even have the same options as your neighbor across the street. We’ve crunched the numbers on number of options so you can see how many options there are right down to your block.
Provider Competition Map
Jersey City Internet Speed Overview
Average Residential download speeds within Jersey City
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Jersey City
Data limits are a common feature of broadband plans in Jersey City. While the limits are much higher than the average person’s monthly data usage, they can be a problem for power users and gamers. The fees if you go over are steep, so consider an unlimited data plan if one is available in your neighborhood — even if the cost is a bit higher up front.
FiOS currently doesn’t have caps, which is why we generally recommend them over Xfinity if you have the option.
Modem Rental Fees
Installing your own modem, router, or gateway device isn’t as complicated as you might think. It’s generally possible to have a technician walk you through it over the phone, and they might even knock off the installation fee since you’re saving them the trip and technician travel time. The best part: you’ll save the $5 or $10 per month that most Jersey City-area providers charge for default equipment, adding up to hundreds in savings over the course of 2 years and beyond.
Universal access initiatives
Jersey City is included in a $70 Million effort to increase universal wired broadband Internet access in the New York area as of 2015. While rollout of this project has been frustrated by a host of zoning and logistical problems, the situation is undeniably improving for Jersey City residents — if only at a pace that can feel slow for local residents. 
Broadband for Underserved Areas
Jersey City residents who can’t afford Internet are cut off from vital education and employment opportunities. Thanks to public/private partnerships with local providers, those who meet the criteria can get low-cost plans for as low as $10. Marked-down computers, classes, and free library Internet access are also available for the Jersey City community.
Broadband Roadblocks in Jersey City
While “municipal broadband” and other publicly-owned and/or publicly-funded broadband networks aren’t outlawed directly in New Jersey as in some other states, it’s unlikely that such a network will be seen for residential use in Jersey City anytime soon. Municipal broadband is notoriously difficult to enact and often faces legal opposition from private companies within a targeted service area. There are legitimate arguments to be made on either side of the issue — suffice it to say, it’s not the most straightforward solution to broadband issues facing New Jersey at this time.
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.