These days, to get just about anything done, you need to have a steady internet connection. What you don’t need, however, a plan that comes with sky-high bills. We’ve reviewed the best internet service providers in the U.S. based on speed, price, coverage, and customer service to identify the most affordable options right now.
AT&T is one of the largest DSL broadband providers in the country, delivering extremely fast DSL connectivity to millions of people, in addition to also offering fiber-optic service to some. This broad coverage is good news for consumers. Further, the company’s plans are also affordably priced. What’s more, the internet service provider even offers routers to customers at no extra charge. That’s a pretty unusual benefit, given that AT&T is a fairly large internet provider. The only con is that AT&T’s plans can be hard to navigate and make sense of.
Verizon Fios, which is the company fiber-optic service, delivers good speeds at an affordable price. What’s more, the upload speeds are the same as the download speeds. While Verizon provides 200 Mbps, many other competing service providers only offer between 25 to 60 Mbps for the same price. What’s more, most of them also require an annual or two-year contract. Verizon, in comparison, does not require you to sign a contract for fiber or DSL, which means you can switch to a different provider whenever you want to.
At just $40 per month, this internet service provider’s 500 Mbps plan is quite reasonable. In fact, it’s worth noting that a number of cable internet providers charge a lot more for just half that speed. While the speed is lesser in comparison, Frontier’s Vantage Internet plan is a great cost-effective option that you can consider. It costs only $28 per month for speeds up to 6 Mbps.
If you don’t want to commit to any one internet service provider but still want to access decent internet connectivity at a low (starting) price, Xfinity’s plans are a great option. The company’s prepaid internet option may appeal to customers who want to avoid credit checks and those who don’t have a bank account.