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RCN Internet Plans and Pricing 2020

RCN's high-speed cable internet service has no contracts, no data caps, and no competitors when it comes to value.

Price: $19.99–$59.99/mo.

Internet speeds: 10–940 Mbps

Top plans
Best for budgets

250 Mbps Internet
Best for speed

Gig Internet
Best bundle

Signature TV + Gig Internet
Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Channels
$29.99–$44.99/mo. 250 Mbps 15 Mbps N/A View plan
$49.99–$59.99/mo. 940 Mbps 20 Mbps N/A View plan
$79.99–$109.99/mo. 940 Mbps 20 Mbps 275–297+ View plan
* For the first 12 months. Data is as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. 

Is RCN internet good?

RCN offers high-speed cable internet in Boston, Chicago, DC, Lehigh (PA), NY (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens), and Philadelphia. RCN internet prices can vary by location but are generally the best deal around for internet speeds from 10–940 Mbps. 

And if you’re into bundles, RCN’s double-play and triple-play packages (with internet, TV, or home phone service) have the same great value. 

On top of value, RCN also has no contracts, no data caps, free no-contact installation, two-hour service windows, and year-round, US-based, 24/7 customer support. So, yeah, we think RCN internet service is excellent.

Have a seat and we’ll tell you more.

RCN internet pros and cons

Pros

  • No contracts
  • Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • Possible same-day installation

Cons

  • Limited availability

Best RCN internet packages

Top plans
Best for budgets

250 Mbps Internet
Best for speed

Gig Internet
Best bundle

Signature TV + Gig Internet
Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Channels
$29.99–$44.99/mo. 250 Mbps 15 Mbps N/A View plan
$49.99–$59.99/mo. 940 Mbps 20 Mbps N/A View plan
$79.99–$109.99/mo. 940 Mbps 20 Mbps 275–297+ View plan
Data as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months.

We think RCN’s 250 Mbps Internet plan ($29.99–$44.99 a month) is a tremendous value for most families, with enough speed to do a healthy amount of HD streaming and online gaming. 

For larger households or gig gluttons who watch even more TV and play even more games, Gig Internet ($49.99–$59.99 a month) is a solid deal at $59.99. You will probably require a nice, juicy channel pack. For you, we suggest the Signature TV + Gig Internet bundle ($79.99–$109.99 a month), which adds 275–297+ TV channels to your internet plan, depending on location.

You can find all three of these recommended packages in any of RCN’s six cities. Some other RCN plans, however, are exclusive to only a few locations. Check out the full RCN plan menu (the link takes you to the plans and pricing table) or call RCN to see if there’s a better deal where you live.

RCN internet plans

RCN has seven standalone internet plans with speeds from 10–940 Mbps. Only two of these (recommended above) are available in all six locations. Plans from 10–100 Mbps are available only in one or two cities, and the 500 Mbps plan isn’t available in Lehigh or Philadelphia.

RCN internet packages and pricing

Price* Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to
$29.99–$44.99/mo. 250 Mbps 15 Mbps View plan
$49.99–$59.99/mo. 940 Mbps 20 Mbps View plan
$24.99/mo. 10 Mbps unavailable View plan
$19.99/mo. 25 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$29.99/mo. 50 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$29.99–$34.99/mo. 100 Mbps 10 Mbps View plan
$34.99–$49.99/mo. 500 Mbps 20 Mbps View plan
Data as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months

At $29.99–$44.99 a month, 250 Mbps Internet costs $0.12–$0.18 per megabit. That’s the best deal in the area, aside from Optimum’s Optimum 300 ($39.99 a month, $0.13 per megabit), which is available in Brooklyn.

But RCN’s Gig Internet, at $49.99–$59.99 a month, is the best deal for 940 Mbps in its area. By contrast, Optimum 1 Gig is $69.99 per month, while Xfinity’s Gigabit plan is $79.99 per month.

RCN Bundles

RCN’s bundles come with only two TV choices—Digital Basic TV (55–70+ channels) and Signature TV (275–297+ channels)—but basically the same seven internet plans ranging from 25-940 Mbps (see the additional 155 Mbps and 330 Mbps tiers added in the table below).

Out of all of RCN’s bundles, we recommend Signature TV + 1 Gbps ($79.99–$109.99 per month, 940 Mbps, 275–297+ channels). It has by far the fastest speeds and most channels of any bundle in the area—not to mention the best value, at $0.09–$0.12 per megabit and $0.29–$0.37 per channel. 

To drive home the point on value, Optimum’s Optimum Core TV + Optimum 300 bundle is $64.99 a month for less than half the speed (300 Mbps) and fewer channels (220+). 

And Verizon’s 400 Mbps Internet + Your Fios TV costs $109.99 for less than half the download speed and only 125+ channels. The brightside, though, is that Verizon is a fiber-optic service, so it’s more reliable—and you’ll get 20 times faster upload speeds. That will work well for mid-sized families, online gamers (with social lives), and those of us working from home.

In other words, RCN’s Signature TV + 1 Gbps is a screamin’ deal. But we’ve compiled tables for all types of RCN bundles so you can compare prices, speeds, and channel counts and pick a package that works for you.

RCN internet plus TV packages and pricing

Price* Download speeds up to Channel count
$34.99/mo. 25 Mbps 70+ View plan
$74.99/mo. 25 Mbps 297+ View plan
$29.99–$39.99/mo. 50 Mbps 55–70+ View plan
$59.99–$69.99/mo. 50 Mbps 275–297+ View plan
$29.99–$44.99/mo. 155 Mbps 70+ View plan
$74.99–$89.99/mo. 155 Mbps 284–297+ View plan
$39.99–$49.99/mo. 250 Mbps 55–70+ View plan
$64.99–$89.99/mo. 250 Mbps 275–297+ View plan
$34.99–$54.99/mo. 330 Mbps 70+ View plan
$79.99–$99.99/mo. 330 Mbps 284–297+ View plan
$49.99–$59.99/mo. 500 Mbps 55–70+ View plan
$64.99–$94.99/mo. 500 Mbps 275–297+ View plan
$49.99–$69.99/mo. 940 Mbps 55–70+ View plan
$79.99–$109.99/mo. 940 Mbps 275–297+ View plan
Data as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months

RCN internet plus TV packages and pricing

Price* Download speeds up to Phone plan
$29.99/mo. 25 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$39.99–$59.99/mo. 50 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$39.99–$44.99/mo. 155 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$49.99–$69.99/mo. 250 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$44.99–$54.99/mo. 330 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$59.99–$79.99/mo. 500 Mbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$54.99–$89.99/mo. 1 Gbps Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
Data as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months

RCN internet plus TV and home phone packages and pricing

Price* Download speeds up to Channel count Phone plan
$44.99/mo. 25 Mbps 70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$84.99/mo. 25 Mbps 297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$34.99–$49.99/mo. 50 Mbps 55–70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$69.99–$79.99/mo. 50 Mbps 275–297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$39.99–$54.99/mo. 155 Mbps 70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$84.99–$99.99/mo. 155 Mbps 284–297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$44.99–$54.99/mo. 250 Mbps 55–70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$74.99–$89.99/mo. 250 Mbps 275–297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$44.99–$64.99/mo. 330 Mbps 70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$89.99–$109.99/mo. 330 Mbps 284–297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$54.99–$64.99/mo. 500 Mbps 55–70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$74.99–$99.99/mo. 500 Mbps 275–297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$59.99–$79.99/mo. 940 Mbps 55–70+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
$89.99–$119.99/mo. 940 Mbps 275–297+ Unlimited nationwide calling View plan
Data as of time of post. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months

RCN internet deals and promotions

While RCN has plenty of value baked into its internet plans, it also offers these deals for new customers: 

  • New customers can get up to 250 Mbps for $34.99 per month—and, for an extra $10.00 a month, 60+ channels including SHOWTIME® and TMC. And it’s all free for the first three months.
  • First three months free on select plans.

Can I use my own modem/router unit with RCN internet?

Well, it turns out that you can use your own modem/routers with RCN internet service as long as it’s compatible with RCN internet speeds. See the table below for the internet provider’s recommended specs.

RCN’s recommended modem/router specs

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RCN internet plan speedsDOCSISMin. # of downstream channelsIdeal # of downstream channels
Up to 250 Mbps3.0824
330 Mbps3.01624
500 Mbps and up3.116*32
* No recommendation from RCN. This is CableTV.com’s suggestion.

Pay particular attention to downstream channels—a higher number is better. If your current modem/router has only eight channels, it will still work for speeds up to 250 Mbps. But if you’re buying a new device, get one with at least 16 downstream channels to ensure the best download speed.

Note that there are some exceptions to RCN’s bring-your-own-modem policy: 

  • If you’re an RCN digital phone customer, you must use an RCN EMTA modem for your phone service.
  • If you live in an RCN fiber-to-the-home area, you’ll have to use an RCN internet device.
  • The Motorola MB8600 is not compatible with RCN’s network.
  • EURODOCSIS cable modems aren’t supported in the US so you can’t use them with RCN.

Pro tip: Not sure where to start to buy your own modem/router combo? Check out Best Modem/Router Combos to get started on your search.

RCN internet equipment

Okay, gear geeks—let’s examine the devices you need (and might need) with RCN internet service.

  • Standard Wi-Fi & Modem ($8.00/mo.): A DOCSIS 3.0 modem/router combo.
  • Standard Wi-Fi & Gig Modem ($10.00/mo.): A DOCSIS 3.1 modem/router combo for higher speeds.
  • Enhanced Whole Home Wi-Fi Only ($9.95/mo.): The monthly fee for this mesh Wi-Fi service includes one base eero and one beacon eero, with additional eeros available for $5.00 each per month.
  • eero Secure+ ($9.99/mo.): Lock down your sweet new mesh-work with this doodad, which comes with antivirus software, ad blocking, VPN protection, password management, and more.

Yes, that means you’ll need to rent a modem/router from RCN—unless you can, I dunno, buy your own.

Final take: Is RCN internet worth it?

Whenever we’re asked which internet provider has the most affordable plans or best value, RCN always tops the list. Aside from Optimum’s Optimum 300 plan, no other provider in the area has the same speeds at such low prices. And don’t forget how RCN blows away the competition’s bundles. 

That kind of value—without contracts or data caps—is staggering. It makes us wish we lived in RCN’s service area. But since we don’t, maybe send us a postcard telling us about the good life?

RCN Internet FAQ

Where is RCN available?

RCN internet and TV service is available in these areas: 

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
  • New York City (Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens)
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Washington, DC

But to be absolutely sure that you live in an RCN service area, enter your zip code below. 

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Which is better, Comcast or RCN?

For the speeds it offers, RCN is a much better internet provider than Xfinity, a.k.a. Comcast. To put it into perspective: RCN’s 1 Gbps Internet cable plan gives you 940 Mbps for $49.99–$59.99 a month (depending on your location). Xfinity’s Gigabit plan, on the other hand, is $79.99 per month for 1,000 Mbps.

Is RCN better than Verizon?

In terms of value, RCN is better. For context, RCN’s Signature TV + 1 Gbps has cable speeds up to 940 Mbps and 275–297+ channels for $79.99–$109.99 per month (prices vary by location), while Verizon’s 400 Mbps Internet + Your Fios TV ($109.99 a month) has a 400 Mbps fiber-optic connection and only 125+ channels.

Fiber connections are faster and more reliable than cable, and fiber also has symmetrical download and upload speeds. On that, Verizon wins.

But if you don’t care as much about upload speeds, RCN’s internet download speeds are the same as Verizon. And you’ll get more than double the TV channels for the same, or possibly better, price.

Is RCN any good?

RCN is good—great, actually. It has cable connections from 10–940 Mbps, no contracts, no data caps, and prices that are hard for juggernauts like Verizon and Xfinity to beat.

Why is my RCN internet so slow?

Several reasons could explain why your internet connection is slow:

  • Do you and your family do a lot of streaming and gaming? You might need to upgrade to a faster plan to accommodate internet usage in your household
  • How old is your modem, router, or modem-router combo? Perhaps it’s time to upgrade.
  • What’s going on in the world? A general surge in internet traffic can slow down everyone’s cable connections.
  • What’s going on around you? RCN could be experiencing a service outage due to weather or some fool crashing his car into a utility pole near your house.

These are the most common culprits, but there could be others. To troubleshoot your connection, contact RCN tech support at 1-866-832-4726. Or chat with an RCN representative.

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