1. Start with your ZIP code.
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 above, we’ll show you a list of ISPs in your area. We’ll even include TV options if you want to take advantage of bundling discounts.
2. 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.
Summary of internet providers
There are a lot of home internet services 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: (Fiber/DSL) Excellent customer service
- Buckeye Broadband: (Cable) Download speeds up to 200 Mbps
- Cable ONE: (Cable) Plans designed for different types of users
- CenturyLink: (Fiber/DSL) Price for Life guarantee
- Cox: (Cable) Affordable packages
- Frontier: (Fiber/DSL) Plans with matched download and upload speeds
- Mediacom: (Cable) Multi-room Wi-Fi system
- Optimum: (Cable) No annual contracts
- RCN: (Fiber/DSL) Plans with no data caps
- Spectrum: (Cable) Contract-free plans
- Verizon: (Fiber) Speeds up to 1 Gbps
- Viasat: (Satellite) Availability in remote rural areas
- Windstream: (Fiber/DSL) Availability in some rural areas
- Xfinity: (Cable) Download speeds up to 2 Gbps
How to save on internet
Bundle it with TV.
The easiest way to get cheap internet is to bundle it with TV. Plenty of ISPs—cable and fiber 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.
Even though internet 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 uses the higher frequencies of wired telephone lines to deliver internet faster than outdated dial-up.
- Cable uses the same copper wiring as cable TV to provide broadband internet.
- Fiber offers the fastest download speeds available with new fiber-optic cables.
- Satellite supports internet in rural areas by using satellites in space and dishes on earth.
What is a good internet speed?
The FCC’s definition of broadband is 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. Those 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 speed for you.
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.
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.
Get moving with broadband internet
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.