20 Best Internet Service Providers in 2022

Internet service providers offer online access with a variety of technologies, speeds and prices. This means a lot of choice for consumers.

Here is a list of major ISPs in the United States for 2022. These providers offer Internet service over DSL, copper, fixed wireless, cable, and fiber. Prices and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

The best ISPs of 2022

Xfinity is Comcast’s brand for consumer cable television, Internet and telephone services. Comcast is one of the largest cable companies, providing service to residential and business customers in 39 US states. Xfinity offers download speeds ranging from 50 to 3000 Mbps. Xfinity has a monthly data cap of 1.2TB, more than enough data unless you’re a very active user. Plans range from $20 to $300 per month.

Xfinity

Google fiber, part of Alphabet’s Access division, is fiber optic internet and television. It offers simple pricing on two plans, plus mesh Wi-Fi to ensure high-speed access throughout your home. Google Fiber provides 1 Gbps at $70 per month and 2 Gbps at $100 per month with no data caps or annual contracts.

AT&T Internet offers high-speed Internet service in 21 states. In addition to DSL broadband, AT&T Internet provides fixed wireless and fiber Internet service. AT&T fiber speeds range from 300 Mbps to 940. Plans range from $55 per month to $80.

Verizon offers Fios (“Fiber Optic Service”) and DSL. In 2022, Verizon launched its 5G Ultra Wideband network, now available to homes in approximately 900 cities in 10 East Coast states. Plans range from $39.99 per month for 300 Mbps downloads to $89.99 for 940 Mbps.

WOW (“WideOpenWest”) provides cable, fiber and DSL Internet access in 10 states in the Central and Southeast regions. WOW offers plans with no data caps or contracts, from $39.99 per month for 100 Mbps to $74.99 for 1 Gbps.

Screenshot of WOW!  Internet service webpage.

WOW

Spectrum, the consumer brand of Charter Communications, became one of the largest internet service providers in the United States with the 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Spectrum provides wired Internet connection, combined with television and telephone, and download speeds of 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Plans start at $49.99 per month for 200 Mbps with no data cap. Spectrum’s Internet service is available in 44 states.

Consolidated communications offers DSL and fiber Internet services to consumers and businesses in 23 states, with plans to expand fiber to 70% of its footprint by 2025. Prices start at $25 per month with no contracts or data caps.

Rise in broadband is the largest fixed wireless broadband service provider in the United States, offering high-speed Internet and digital voice services to residential and business customers in 16 states. The company’s fixed wireless provides broadband coverage in previously underserved rural areas. Rise Broadband offers speeds of up to 25 Mbps for $25 per month and 50 Mbps for $39.95.

CenturyLink, the consumer brand of Lumen Technologies, provides Internet service to 37 states, 25 of them via fiber. The company’s DSL Internet has speeds of up to 140 Mbps; speeds for two fiber planes range from 200 and 940 Mbps. Plans are $50 per month, except for maximum fiber speed at $65 per month.

T-Mobile began offering home internet via 5G or 4G LTE in 2021. It is now available to more than 30 million homes in 40 states. Pricing is a $50 per month plan with no contract or data caps.

Screenshot of T-mobile internet service webpage.

T-Mobile

Mediacom was founded in 1995 to bring advanced television, Internet and telephone services to small towns in the United States. It’s the fifth-largest cable provider and offers service in 22 states, with its best coverage in the Midwest. It recently completed a three-year, $1 billion reinvestment project to expand its fiber network. Plans start at $19.99 per month for 100 Mbps. The 1 Gbps plan is $59.99 per month with a data cap of 6,000 GB.

starry internet offers fixed wireless Internet service that uses millimeter wave bands to send large amounts of data over short distances. Plans start at $30 per month for 50 Mbps and $80 per month for a 1 Gbps plan, with no contracts or data caps.

Border Internet offers DSL and fiber internet plans in 25 states, primarily along the West Coast, Midwest and South. Fiber is available in 19 of those states. Plans start at $34.99 per month with three fiber plans with speeds of up to 940 Mbps for $79.99. Frontier Internet has no data caps.

Optimum, from Altice, offers cable and fiber Internet services in four states: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Optimum has no contracts or data caps and offers lifetime rates. Plans start at $39.99 per month for 300 Mbps. The 1GB plan costs $79.99 per month.

Ziply fiber launched in 2020 after acquiring DSL and fiber networks in the North West from Frontier Communications. The company has no contracts or data caps and offers 2 and 5 GB speeds. The monthly cost is $20 for 50 Mbps, $120 for 2 Gbps, and $300 for 5 Gbps.

Screenshot of the Ziply Fiber homepage.

Ziply fiber

Air flow offers DSL, copper, fixed wireless, fiber and cable Internet services. Its DSL service is available in 50 states and Kinetic Fiber Internet in 18. Windstream doesn’t require a contract or data cap, but prices go up after the first year. Plans start at $19.99 for 25 Mbps and $85 per month for 1,000 Mbps.

Cox Communications is the third largest cable television provider in the United States, serving 18 states, with the most coverage in Arizona and California. Cox offers cable television, Internet, telephone and fiber services. Plans range from $29.99 per month for 25 Mbps to $99.99 for 1 Gbps.

TDS Telecom is the eighth largest DSL provider in the United States, providing Internet service in 31 states, primarily the Midwest. TDS offers cable, fiber and copper Internet services from 100 to 2 Gbit/s. Plans start at $24.95 per month with a 250GB data cap.

viasat is a satellite internet provider that may be the best choice for rural areas where fiber, cable or DSL options are not available. Viasat offers download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. All plans offer unlimited data, but speed may slow down after using 40-150 GB. Plans start at $49.99 per month and go up to $149.99.

Stellar Link is the new satellite Internet developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Its low orbit satellites mean a faster connection with less latency than other satellite internet networks. Starlink offers unlimited data and rural availability, although it has high upfront costs for equipment. Plans start at $99 per month for up to 200 Mbps.

Screenshot of Starlink homepage.

Stellar Link

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