Astound Broadband Powered By Wave Review 2022

We spent a week reviewing Astound Broadband powered by Wave to find the provider’s best plans.

No-contract plans available

Price: $19.95/mo.–$163.97/mo.

Channels: 49–150+

Data cap: 400 GB–Unlimited

Contract: N/A

Plan Price* Download speeds Channel count Details
100 Mbps Internet $19.95/mo. 100 Mbps N/A View plan
500 Mbps Internet + Local TV $67.90/mo. 500 Mbps 49+ View plan
Gig Internet + Local TV and Expanded Content $157.65/mo. 940 Mbps 150+ View plan

*For the first 12 months.

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Is Astound Broadband powered by Wave good?

Although Astound’s internet plans won’t knock your socks off, the internet service provider (ISP) offers fine download speeds, no-contract service, and reasonable first-year prices. But Astound’s TV plans are expensive, and we’d recommend them only if you’re looking for channels that aren’t on a streaming bundle.

Astound Broadband powered by Wave pros and cons

Pros

  • Good first-year internet pricing
  • Larger data caps on 500 Mbps and Gig Internet plans

Cons

  • Expensive TV plans that require an internet plan
  • Slow upload speeds on Gig Internet

Where is Astound Broadband powered by Wave available?

Astound Broadband provides internet, phone, and TV service in California, Oregon, and Washington. Enter your zip code below to see if Astound is available in your area.

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Astound Broadband powered by Wave deals

Astound’s deals include free installation and discounted equipment rental fees for your first year of service. Visit Astound to learn more about deals in your area.

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Astound Broadband powered by Wave internet plans and prices

Plan Price* Max download speed Max upload speed Data cap Details
100 Mbps Internet $19.95/mo. 100 Mbps 5 Mbps 400 GB View plan
500 Mbps Internet $39.95/mo. 500 Mbps 10 Mbps 1 TB View plan
Gig Internet $49.95/mo. 940 Mbps 10 Mbps Unlimited View plan

*For the first 12 months.

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Astound keeps its internet options simple with three no-contract plans that have sensible download speeds and pricing. We’ll give Astound props for making its 100 Mbps plan affordable for the first year—many ISPs have starting internet plans that cost more than $30 monthly, which hardly make them budget-friendly. Astound’s Gig Internet promo pricing is similarly impressive, as we rarely see ISPs with gigabit plans that cost less than $50 per month.

We could do without the 100 Mbps plan’s 400 GB data cap—it’s decently sized, but most providers have adopted unlimited data or 1 TB data caps. On Astound’s 100 Mbps and 500 Mbps plans, you can double your data cap for $10 monthly or upgrade to unlimited data for $20 per month. If your household is full of heavy internet users, you could also upgrade to Gig Internet for an additional $10 per month.

Pro tip: Like many cable ISPs, Astound offers lower first-year rates before hitting you with a second-year price increase once your promotion ends.

Astound’s standard rates align with competitors like Xfinity and Spectrum, but that doesn’t mean you have to like them. Check out our bill negotiation guide for tips to lower your monthly costs.

Astound’s upload speeds are similarly unimpressive. For better or worse, they’re in line with competing cable ISPs, but one of Astound’s biggest misses is saddling Gig Internet with the same 10 Mbps upload speeds as its 500 Mbps plan. Gig Internet is Astound’s premium internet plan, but to get comparably premium upload speeds, you’ll have to pay an additional $5 monthly upgrade fee for 30 Mbps upload speeds.

You’ll need upload speeds above 10 Mbps if more than a few people at home regularly take video calls or do cloud backups for work. Competitors like Xfinity and Spectrum made faster upload speeds a given on their gigabit plans, and it’s a shame that Astound didn’t follow suit.

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Astound Broadband powered by Wave vs. competition

Plan Internet prices TV prices Data caps Internet types Details
Astound Broadband powered by Wave $19.95/mo.–$49.95/mo.* $31.95–$79.75/mo.* 400 GB–Unlimited Cable View Wave plans
Xfinity $19.99/mo.–$299.95/mo.* $49.99/mo.–$59.99/mo.* 1.2 TB–Unlimited Cable View Xfinity Plans
Read Xfinity review
Spectrum $49.99/mo.–$89.99/mo.* $49.99/mo.–$61.99/mo. Unlimited Cable View Spectrum Plans
Read Spectrum review
CenturyLink $50.00/mo.–$65.00/mo. n/a Unlimited DSL/Fiber View CenturyLink Plans
Read CenturyLink review
AT&T $55.00/mo.–$180.00/mo. n/a 1 TB–Unlimited DSL/Fiber View AT&T Plans
Read AT&T review

*For the first 12 months.

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

When it comes to pricing, Astound falls in line with other internet service providers that have West Coast coverage. Although AT&T and Xfinity have higher internet prices on paper, these rates cover each ISP’s premium gigabit plans that offer speeds up to 5 Gbps.

When you compare apples to apples, Astound’s first-year pricing for its 1 Gbps plan ($49.95 per month) is less than Xfinity ($69.99 per month) and Spectrum ($89.99 per month), although this difference evens out after Astound’s second-year price hike. For instance, Astound’s second-year prices range from $69.95 per month to $99.95 per month, while Xfinity’s prices on its comparable plans fall between $70.00 per month and $100.00 per month.

By comparison, CenturyLink and AT&T moved to flat-rate pricing, so you won’t have to worry about your bill doubling after your first year.

What is a data cap?

ISP data caps measure how much data your family uses per month, and you may be charged extra or experience slower speeds when you exceed this cap. Check out our data cap guide to learn more about how data caps work.

Astound Broadband powered by Wave features

Astound also offers TV and phone service alongside its internet plans. Here’s what you need to know about Astound’s TV plans and fine print.

Astound Broadband powered by Wave TV bundles

Plan Price* Channel count Phone service Notable channels
100 Mbps Internet + Local TV $47.90/mo. 49+ Add for $10.00/mo.* NBC, ABC, FOX
100 Mbps Internet + Expanded Content $127.65/mo. 150+ Add for $10.00/mo.* Disney Channel, Lifetime, TBS
Gig Internet + Expanded Content + Digital Cable Pack $160.40/mo. 224+ Add for $10.00/mo.* Cooking Channel, Disney XD, BBC America

*For the first 12 months.

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Astound’s TV plans look fine on paper, but they’re not worth it, thanks to a headache-inducing number of fees and add-on charges. For starters, you can’t get standalone TV service through Astound, as you have to bundle an internet plan with one of Astound’s two base TV plans.

Local TV ($31.95 per month, free for first year) is Astound’s local network-only plan, while Expanded Content ($79.75 per month) is a starter basic cable plan with channels like Disney Channel and TBS. You’ll also have to pay between $24.00 and $28.00 per month in station fees, which are standard for most cable TV providers.

On top of that, you’ll have to add separate packs if you want more channels. For basic cable networks, you’ll choose between the following packs:

  • Digital Sports ($12.00/mo., ESPNU, NFL Network, and more)
  • Digital Variety ($8.25/mo., Cooking Channel, Magnolia, and more)
  • Digital Favorites ($13.00/mo., Disney XD, BBC America, and more)
  • Digital Cable Pack ($32.75/mo., bundles all three packs together)

Thanks to all these charges, you’ll be paying far more for TV service on Wave compared to the competition. For example, Xfinity’s 600 Mbps and 125+ basic cable channel bundle costs $80.00 per month for your first two years. With Wave, you’ll be paying $147.65 per month for a comparable plan. (And this doesn’t even include the $80 second-year price hike you’ll see after Astound’s promo prices end.)

Astound Broadband powered by Wave fees

During the checkout process, Astound has no shortage of optional add-ons. Astound offers modem and router rentals for between $6.00 and $10.00 per month, but we’d recommend purchasing your own equipment to save on fees. You can also upgrade your data cap or upload speeds for between $5.00 and $20.00 per month.

For TV service, Astound offers a TiVo Stream 4K that’s free for your first year and only $1.49 per month afterward. You can add premium cable offerings like HBO Max and CINEMAX® to your cable plan for an additional fee.

Pro tip: Buying your own modem and router are great ways to save on internet equipment fees. Check out our Best Gigabit Modems and Best Wi-Fi Router guides for our hardware picks.

Final take

From internet plans to TV bundles, Astound Broadband doesn’t separate itself from the competition. The ISP’s great first-year internet prices are offset by standard second-year pricing, expensive TV plans, and average upload speeds.

Still, Astound could be a decent fit if you’re simply looking for internet service and your neighborhood isn’t covered by a major provider. Astound’s internet plans won’t impress—and don’t about that second-year price hike—but they’ll be fine if you want set-it-and-forget-it internet service.

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Methodology

To figure out how Astound Broadband powered by Wave stacked up to the competition, we spent a week analyzing all five Astound plans and researching their pricing, availability, and download speeds. We also compared Astound to competing ISPs to see which one offers the best deal for customers.

For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

Astound Broadband powered by Wave FAQ

Who is Astound Broadband powered by Wave owned by?

Wave is owned by Astound Broadband. Astound Broadband is the parent company for ISPs including Wave and RCN.

Is Astound Broadband by Wave cable or DSL?

Astound is a cable internet provider, and it does not offer DSL service.

Does Astound Broadband by Wave have unlimited data?

Astound includes unlimited data on its Gig Internet plan. If you want unlimited data on Astound’s other internet plans, you’ll have to pay an additional $20 per month.

Did Astound buy Wave Broadband?

Astound did not technically buy Wave Broadband, but basically reacquired the company after a series of ownership changes over the past decade.

What is Astound Broadband?

Astound Broadband is an internet services company that runs multiple internet networks throughout the US that were formerly known as RCN and Wave.

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