- Cox cable, Verizon DSL, and Fios Fiber are the most readily available Internet possibilities in Virginia Beach.
- Fios has decent availability within the city and is our top pick for those who can access it. They regularly offer promotions for new customers in Virginia Beach, especially those willing to sign a 1–2 year service agreement.
- Virginia Beach also features some niche business providers, as well as business options from the primary residential brand names.
Best Residential Internet Options In VA Beach
We consider these providers to be the “top shelf” options for home and apartment Internet around Virginia Beach. The market can be limited, but these providers offer decent service in most areas and have been improving Internet-only plan options in recent years.
Verizon Fios - Top Pick
- Pricing: $3999 - $7999
- Max Down: 100 Mbps
- Max Up: 100 Mbps
Fios is our top recommendation in Virginia Beach because of their combination of ultra-fast download and upload speeds, future-proofed fiber network, and affordable pricing. They’re a good pick for cord cutters since they don’t impose data caps on streamers. That said, the TV options are crystal clear and full-featured and offer a lot of interest for sports fans.
Cox Communications - Runner Up
- Pricing: $2999 - $8999
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 30 Mbps
Cox is a good pick for family homes that need good Internet and affordable but robust TV service. Their budget TV/Internet bundles are hard to beat for households that need to maximize their channel count, and includes premium packages like sports and International programming.
Residential Internet Providers Available in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach is an eclectic place with more than one “right choice” for everything. Here’s a list of every Internet provider in the city so you can consider alternatives as a newcomer.
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Top Business Internet Providers
Business Internet options in Virginia Beach are somewhat more flexible than residential service. Among all the options, we found this business broadband provider to offer the best overall value in terms of pricing, features, and specialized customer support.
Cox Communications - Business Pick
- Max Down: 300 Mbps
- Max Up: 30 Mbps
Cox offers business services that compete strongly on pricing value within city limits. Critical business needs like payment processing and phone systems get access to their pure fiber network, and their tiered features for small-large businesses make scaling up relatively painless.
Business Internet Providers Available in Virginia Beach
Here’s a full list of all the Internet options for businesses in Virginia Beach. Some of these offer affordable basic cable and DSL for small operations, while others specialize in niche high-performance services for tech-dependent industries.
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|$5000+|| 14% |
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Map of Broadband Internet Competition in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach has a decent level of broadband competition for a City of its scale, especially in suburban areas. Fios from Verizon is largely to thank for this, as their introduction to the local cable/DSL market sparked rapid improvements in overall quality of service.
Provider Competition Map
Internet Speed Data in Virginia Beach
Average Residential download speeds within Virginia Beach
Top Factors to Consider When Shopping for Internet Service in Virginia Beach
Long-Term vs Short-Term Internet Options
Fios, Cox, and other major providers around Virginia Beach are incentivized to favor customers who are “in it for the long haul.” Installation costs may seem steep, but the company isn’t really making anything on the up-front costs. In fact, they’re probably losing money on sending a technician out to your house to install wiring, equipment, and more.
Because of this, the best monthly pricing usually comes attached to 1–2 year contracts, which allow the provider to offer lower monthly rates in exchange for a written agreement that you’ll stick around for long enough to turn them a profit.
The catch with long-term contracts are variable pricing and early termination fees. Variable pricing refers to the practice of advertising promotional rates that “time out” before the end of a contract, sticking you with a higher bill for the second half of a service agreement. When you’re shopping for home Internet, just keep an eye on the “final price” in the fine print. The average monthly cost is probably still a good deal, but don’t walk into it thinking the promo price will last forever.
…If you do, early termination fees can be steep from VA Beach providers, so be careful not to sign an Internet service contract that lasts longer than your lease. Finally, test your service thoroughly during the first 30 days so you can take advantage of the standard 30 money-back guarantee in a worse case scenario.
What about municipal broadband?
Virginia is one of a handful of states that, thanks to active lobbying, has roadblocks in place that block municipal broadband and other public/private network partnerships.
Municipal providers are allowed to exist in Virginia, but are prohibited from marketing “triple play” services. This is reasonable enough, but the requirement that they be profitable within a year is virtually impossible, considering the cost of implementing any sort of residential network or service.
Low-Cost Internet Plans
Virginia Beach is one of many cities around the US with a “digital divide” between connected residents and those who can’t afford or physically access home broadband.
Luckily, partnerships between the government and local providers make it possible to get service for a surprisingly low cost. Locals with low incomes and those stuck in special housing circumstances can access ultra-affordable service through EveryoneOn.
What’s holding up fiber in my Virginia Beach neighborhood?
Fiber expansion has been slow in some parts of Virginia Beach, with frustrated residents stuck without access… even while staring at a Fios access point across the street. The reason for this is that fiber is prohibitively expensive to install, and Verizon has been stretched thin rolling out FTTH (Fiber to the Home) service in the US overall. Unfortunately, if you don’t currently have service, it’s likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.
That being said, Virginia Beach is lucky to have much higher fiber access than average among cities its size.
We’ve reached out to the local government in Virginia Beach to ask for more information about their plans for improving connectivity for all residents in the coming years. This page will be updated when we conclude those conversations.
If you are involved with a group working to improve broadband access in Virginia Beach, please contact us so we can feature your work directly on this page as a public resource.
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.