Compare and Find Internet Providers in Your Area
Best internet and cable provider in my area
CableTV.com gathers price, speed, and availability data on the most prominent internet service providers (ISPs) out there, so you can choose your provider confidently.
If you enter your zip code below, we’ll show you a list of high-speed internet providers in your area. We’ll even include TV options if you want to take advantage of bundling discounts. We don’t keep or share your information, so you can compare internet plans worry-free.
Choose the right package for you
Once you’ve found a provider you’re interested in, we’ll take you to our provider pages. There, you can learn more about package options and sign up for TV and internet services.
But if you’ve already got an ISP in mind, skip down to the list below for some of the biggest providers in the US.
Compare internet providers
There are a lot of home internet service providers out there, but these are the most popular options. Not every provider will be available where you live, though, so be sure to search with your ZIP code to find out what your choices are.
- AT&T: ($35.00–$69.99/mo.) Excellent customer service
- Buckeye Broadband: ($19.99–$59.99/mo.) Download speeds up to 200 Mbps
- CenturyLink: ($49.00–$65.00/mo.) Price for Life guarantee
- Cox: ($29.99–$99.99/mo.) Affordable packages
- Frontier: ($49.99–$79.99/mo.) Plans with matched download and upload speeds
- Mediacom: ($19.99–$79.99/mo.) Multi-room Wi-Fi system
- Optimum: ($45.00–$75.00) No annual contracts
- RCN: ($19.99–$59.99/mo.) Internet plans with no data caps
- Sparklight (Cable ONE): ($45.00–$125.00/mo.) Plans designed for different types of users
- Spectrum: ($49.99–$109.99/mo.) Contract-free internet plans
- Verizon: ($39.99–$79.99/mo.) Internet speeds up to 940 Mbps
- Viasat: ($30.00–$150.00/mo.) Satellite internet available in remote rural areas
- Windstream: ($27.00–$85.00/mo.) Availability in some rural areas
- WOW!: ($29.99–$99.99/mo.) Upload speeds up to 50 Mbps
- Xfinity: ($19.99–$299.95/mo.) Download speeds up to 2 Gbps
Best internet providers
How to save on internet
Bundle it with TV
The easiest way to get the cheapest internet service is to bundle it with TV. Plenty of ISPs—cable and fiber internet providers in particular—also offer TV. When you get both with one provider, you’ll usually get discounts and sometimes other perks like included installation or equipment.
Ask if you qualify for a discount
Low-income households can apply for discounts since internet is considered a utility by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). When you sign up, be sure to ask the customer representative if you qualify for one.
Check for broadband deals
You might find a high-speed internet provider in your area that offers additional broadband deals when you sign up. Check out “Best Internet Deals” for a list of providers and their promotions.
Even though internet service is widespread in the US, people still don’t know a lot about it. Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with answers to the most common questions.
What types of internet are there?
There are four common types of home internet service:
- DSL internet uses the higher frequencies of wired telephone lines to deliver internet faster than outdated dial-up. AT&T, CenturyLink, and Frontier offer DSL internet service.
- Cable internet uses the same copper wiring as cable TV to provide broadband internet. Cox, Mediacom, Spectrum, Suddenlink, and Xfinity primarily offer cable internet connection.
- Fiber internet offers the fastest download speeds available with new fiber-optic cables. AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and Verizon Fios have fiber internet networks.
- Satellite internet supports internet in rural areas by using satellites in space and dish recievers on earth. Viasat and HughesNet are the two leading satellite internet service providers.
With the help of a router, any of these internet types can be transformed into Wi-Fi in your home.
What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and internet?
Wi-Fi is a wireless internet connection, but perhaps thanks to its usage on signs in coffee shops and other places, it’s becoming a more common term to refer to internet service in general. But “internet” is still the correct way to refer to this place where we’re hanging out now. Wi-Fi is just a way to access the internet, using wireless routers in your home or public space.
Can I get Wi-Fi without an internet provider?
Whether you’re using your phone as a hotspot, or using Wi-Fi in your favorite coffee shop, that internet access has to come from somewhere—and that somewhere is through an internet provider.
If you need help paying for internet, check out these free and low-income internet options.
Or if you’re wary of internet providers because you don’t want sign an annual contract, you might find more flexibility with a no-contract internet plan.
What is a good internet speed?
The FCC’s definition of broadband is 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Those internet speeds are enough to support most online gaming and streaming for a household of two to four people.
Depending on the size of your household, the number of connected devices, and what you use the internet for, you may need faster speeds—or you might be okay with less. This tool from HighSpeedInternet.com can help you decide the right internet speed for you.
For more information on internet speeds, check out our article “What is a Good Internet Speed?”
Who offers the cheapest internet service?
Many internet providers offer internet starting at $20 per month. But those plans often come with slow download speeds, so be careful. We recommend these affordable high speed plans instead.
|Plan||Starting price||Download speeds up to||Sign up|
|Xfinity Performance Select||$34.99/mo.*||100 Mbps||View plan |
|Verizon Fios Internet 200/200||$39.99/mo.†||200 Mbps||View plan|
|Cox Internet Essential 50||$39.99/mo.‡||50 Mbps||View plan|
|CenturyLink Price for Life||$49.00/mo.§||100 Mbps§||View plan|
|Mediacom Internet 100||$49.99/mo.˚||100 Mbps||View plan|
|Spectrum Internet||$49.99/mo.•||200 Mbps•||View plan|
|AT&T Internet||$45.00/mo.¶||100 Mbps||View plan|
Data as of publication date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* for the first 12 mos. w/ 1-yr. agreement
† w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equipment charges
‡ for 12 months w/1-yr. service agr.
§ Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply. Speeds may not be available in your area.
˚ For the first 12 months.
• For the first 12 months. Standard rates apply after year 1. No additional charge for modem; other equipment, install, taxes, fees & surcharges may apply. Speeds may not be available in your area.
¶ for 12 months plus taxes & equip. fee. $10/mo equip. fee applies.
To learn more about these plans, check out our review of the best cheap internet packages.
What is a modem used for?
A modem receives signals from your ISP and translates the data into digital signals your connected devices can understand. Without a modem, your computer couldn’t connect to the internet because it wouldn’t be able to decipher the information.
If you’d like to know more about modems and routers, check out our comparison page for an in-depth view.
Do I need a modem and a router?
You need a modem for DSL and cable internet, and you can either lease one from your provider or buy your own. But if you have fiber or satellite internet, you can’t buy your own modem. Fiber requires an optical network terminal (ONT) instead of a modem, and satellite providers have proprietary modems, so you’ll have to lease these from your ISP.
Technically, a router is optional since you can hook up most computers to your modem with an Ethernet cord. But getting a router will let you set up a Wi-Fi network throughout your home. If you want to support smaller internet-enabled devices like smartphones and smart-home technology, a router is a must-have.
Your ISP may provide you with a router, or you can buy your own. Routers that come separately from modems are easier to update as technology advances, but you can purchase modem/router combos if you prefer to have everything in one device.
Do all internet providers have a data cap?
While many ISPs have data caps, some offer unlimited data. However, even with unlimited data, most ISPs will contact you if your usage is excessive—usually over 1 TB in one month.
What internet service is available in my area?
You can find internet plans available in your area by entering your ZIP code below. It’s a fast way to see all your options and pick the best one.
Why is there only one internet provider in my area?
Although internet service is widely recognized as a utility, its distribution is still left up to the free market in most of the US. Internet providers build their networks in areas where they can make a profit—and competing providers impact that bottom line.
In short, you may simply live in an area where it’s not worth it to internet service providers to compete for your cash. That’s a real bummer.