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Top 8 Internet Service Providers You Should Consider

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September 30, 2016 · 4.2k Views

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Internet service providers (ISPs) will allow any users with a desktop, laptop or any mobile device to easily connect to the Internet and access all types of internet services from basic browsing and checking emails to video streaming and gaming. Some ISPs will also provide internet transit, web hosting, domain registration, Usenet service and colocation. There are several types of ISPs and they could be commercial, community-owned, non-profit or privately owned.  

Some of the larger ISPs (i.e. Comcast or AT&T) usually offer bundled services which include and landline. Bundled services are generally offered at a discount. Depending on what ISP you opt for, keep in mind that some have limited availability depending on your local zipcode.

thumbs up icon Take a look at our VerizonComcast and AT&T page for new and ongoing promotional offers to cut your monthly price up to 50% off. Note that introductory prices are generally 40-60% off the normal monthly prices for majority of ISPs. This is a 1-year guaranteed price and you have the choice to cancel after your 1-year pricing period is over or continue the service at it's normal monthly rate. 

If you’re looking for a primary internet provider or planning to move soon, head over to internetprovidersbyzip.com and the site will generate a list of ISP and service available for your area.

google fiber logo

For those who don’t know, fiber-optic internet is the next big thing. Fiber-optic internet runs at rates that far surpass those of DSL and broadband internet. Google fiber boast a whopping 1000 Mbps compared to traditional DSL and wireless broadband ISPs. With faster internet, Google network also offer improved bandwidth capacity and that will make it easier for Google fiber users to stream content in HD, play online games and run heavy applications all day long.

Connection Speed: Google fiber currently boast a connection speed of 1000 Mbps. The base price for $50 per month covers up to 100 Mbps with no data caps and at $70 per month, you can get the full 1000 Mbps, one of the fastest connection speeds also with no data caps.

Bundle Options:

  • Google fiber also offer a bundled option (could depend on your specific zip code) which will get you their popular 1000 Mbps internet with an additional 220+ TV channels with HD included and no data caps

  • Business plans starts at $70 per month for up to 100 Mbps speeds with a Network Box included

  • You have the option to add on a phone line for $10 per month

  • You can find more details on all plan information by clicking on the locations where Google fiber is available via this map now

Additional Features: Google fiber comes with Google Cast built-in so you can easily mirror content from your Android device onto a bigger screen. You can also download the Google fiber TV app (available for both iOS and Android) and use your device as a remote control. Google fiber comes with a free terabyte of cloud storage.

Availability: Google fiber is currently limited to select locations in the the United States. You check your eligibility at Google fiber now.

thumbs up icon Best for: business owners, those interested in faster internet with no data caps or those interested in fiber-optic internet.


verizon fios

Like Google fiber, Verizon is also establishing their own fiber-optic network. Verizon Fios currently offers a few price and plan options with fiber internet speed up to 500 Mbps. Each plan and speed is suggested for an optimal amount of users within a household. Aside from internet, Verizon Fios will also be available as a bundled option for those who are also looking for phone service and cable options.

Connection Speed: Verizon Fios currently has five connection speeds available at 50 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 150 Mbps, 300 Mbps and the highest 500 Mbps. The base price for 50 Mbps starts at $49.99 per month with the highest priced option at $269.99 per month for 500 Mbps.

Additional Features: Verizon Fios also offer Fios Digital Voice available domestically and internationally with prices starting at $10 per month. You can also purchase Fios TV plans and customize the channels you want. For those eligible for Verizon Fios, they offer an extensive list of Fios TV plans that includes traditional TV, basic TV and Spanish plans. The most basic Fios TV plan starts at just $10 per month.

Bundle Options:

  • Verizon Fios offers Fios Triple play, a bundled package that includes 100 Mbps internet speed, custom TV and phone line with your 2 year contract at $69.99 per month compared to $59.99 per month for just Fios 100 Mbps internet service.

Availability: Like Google fiber, Fios is currently only available at select locations with further expansions in progress.

thumbs up icon Best for: those with no other fiber internet option, looking for faster internet speeds or interested in bundled option.


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Suddenlink is another ISP that also offer phone, security and TV plan via TiVo. Suddenlink is known for their customizable options via their Build Your Own Bundle (available online) a money-back guaranteed option if you’re unsatisfied with your switch.

Connection Speed: Suddenlink connection speeds and plans depends on your area. For example, in Bayside, California with zip code 95524, Suddenlink will list all available services at the top of the page including all available plans and pricing details. For this specific location, Suddenlink lists connection speed ranging from 50 Mbps to as high as 150 Mbps. You have the option to purchase your internet plan individually or select from a bundled option which includes HDTV, unlimited data, and phone.

Internet Only Plans: for those interested in just internet services, the base price for 50 Mbps internet from suddenlink starts at $39 per month with a monthly data limit of 250GB with the most expensive plan at $79 per month for 150 Mbps speed and unlimited data.

Additional Features: for those that are also interested in discounted bundled options, suddenlink offers HDTV and phone service bundles starting at $82 per month for a base internet speed of 50 Mbps and a monthly data limit of 250GB. The good news is that you won’t be required to sign on for a contract for any of the bundled options so if you’re unsatisfied during your first month of the service, cash in on that money back guaranteed!

Availability: currently, Suddenlink only serves select zip codes in the following areas: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia. You can find a list of all specific areas on this page at suddenlink.com.

thumbs up icon Best for: basic internet plans and bundle options.


comcast xfinity logo

Comcast is a global media conglomerate and one of the largest broadcasting and cable TV company. They’re also a very well known ISP offering multiple services, a range of bundled options and even more programming options. Although Comcast introductory offers are enticing at first, potential customers should take a close look at their pricing and additional information for each plan. Most introductory offers will only pertain to new residential customers, require a minimum one year contract and the price will be valid for that first year only. After the first year, you will no longer qualify for the introductory price and should see a price increase of $10 - $20 per month thereafter.

Connection Speed: Comcast XFINITY  offer up to 200 Mbps and the base price is $39.99 for up to 25 Mbps with the highest price for 250 Mbps at $69.99 per month. Again, keep in mind that these prices are introductory prices and your monthly price is subject to change after the initial one-year special pricing. You can see all price ranges at xfinity.com.

Bundle Options: as one of the largest broadcasting companies, Comcast offer a range of bundled options with the most popular being their streaming TV and internet deals. (Options to add on phone and home service available).

  • At $59.99 per month, you can get internet speed of up to 100 Mbps including 10+ TV and access to popular shows and movies from HBO

  • XFINITY  offers 10 bundled options with price increases for those who prefer access to more cable lineups (up to 220+) including popular HBO and SHOWTIME access. You can see all available bundled options on this XFINITY deals page

Additional Features: for those interested in signing on for Comcast cable programs, you can also add-on the following programming options to your existing or new service: Pay-Per-View Events, Sports, On-Demand Highlights and International Programming. Plus, see all available channels from XFINITY  TV here.

Availability: Comcast serves majority of states in the U.S. and you can easily check availability for your location and all plans and packages at xfinity.com.

thumbs up icon Best for: those looking for more bundled and especially cable TV options with their internet service.


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Cox Communications is among one of the largest ISP providers that serves 18 states in the U.S. with the largest coverage in Arizona, California and Virginia. Like most ISPs, Cox also offer affordable bundled options that includes TV package deals. You have the option to select from their best bundle deal or build your own package. Cox also lets you customize all internet plans so you can select any additional services or preferences when you sign up for your internet service online.

Connection Speeds: for individual internet plans, Cox offers internet speeds up to 133x faster than traditional DSL speeds and their high-speed internet starts as low as $19.99 per month. Your final price per month depends on how you customize your plan and Cox enables customization for all four internet offers. You can take a look at all Cox internet plans and customize your plan now. Cox also offers 30-day reimbursement if you decide to go with another service.

Bundle Options:

  • Cox Flex Watch is one of their best-bundled TV and internet plans at $58.99 per month for a one year sign on. Flex Watch will give you access for up to 50 Mbps, 5GB Cloud Drive storage, HBO/STARZ and 10+ channels with the Cox TV Starter and access to over 400,000 WiFi Hotspots

  • You can explore all bundled options and promotional offers from Cox by inputting your local address or you also have the choice to tailor a bundle that best fits you

Additional Features: Cox offers free access to over 500,000 WiFi Hotspots which you can add on when you begin customizing your internet plan. Bonus internet features include free cloud storage and Cox Security Suite Plus by McAfee. If you’re not sure about what plans you should get, Cox Speed Advisor can help you select a plan by gauging your internet usage and household members.

Availability: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma and Rhode Island.

thumbs up icon Best for: simple bundled options for those looking for high speed internet and TV options at an affordable price range.


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Windstream is a mid-sized ISP and focuses largely on serving rural areas of America with approximately 3.3 million users. Windstream caters to residential, small business and enterprise customers. Aside from high speed internet services, customers also have the option to add on digital TV and home phone services.

Connection Speeds: windstream offers standard internet connection speeds at 6 Mbps or enhanced internet speed up to 25 Mbps. For certain locations, windstream now offers speeds up to 100 Mbps (depending on your specific zip code), but these enhanced and premium options comes with a hefty price tag.

Bundled Options: windstream offers several internet and phone bundled options once you input your location. For those who want more speed at an affordable price, consider looking into their bundled options which are priced at a highly discounted rate compared to their individual internet price plans. For example, for Pfafftown, North Carolina, windstream offers premium speed of 75 Mbps with the unlimited phone for just $40 per month for a year compared to $97.99 per month if you go with the internet-only plan.

Additional Features: windstream also offers TV plans where have the option to select from a 2-year TV price guarantee or stick with first year savings (ideal if you’re giving the service a trial run). Windstream TV price guarantees come with DISH Network and:

  • Up to 290 channels starting at $44.99 (2-Year Price Guarantee)

  • Up to 320 channels starting at $39.99 (First Year Savings Plans)

You can also opt into their unlimited phone services, online security and shop for electronics with special financing offers.

Availability: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas.

thumbs up icon Best for: those who do general internet browsing and only need standard internet speeds.


CenturyLink logo

CenturyLink is a large ISP provider and offer a range of services for residential, business, governmental and wholesale customers. CenturyLink covers around 38-40 states offering services from high-speed internet to phone, TV and smart home services with special offers and bundles available. Specifically for businesses, the company also offer cloud, colocation, IT consulting, security, data network and much more. You can take a look at the range of services available and browse from more options below:

Connection Speeds: CenturyLink always has a promotional offer available and their current offer is $29.95 per month for speeds up to 40 Mbps with a free $25 Prepaid card when you order online. (As usual, this is a one year contract offer and after the initial one year price guarantee, you will be charged the normal rate per month). Monthly prices starts at $19.95 for 12 Mbps and every internet plan currently qualify for a free Prepaid Card if you order online.

Bundle Options: CenturyLink has several different bundle options where you can select from a combination of internet, phone and DirectTV solutions. Bundled offers starts at $49.94. Pricing and bundle options vary from location to location.

Additional Features: You can also shop for phone, TV and home security services from CenturyLink. Take a look at special offers available on your area so you don’t miss out on free Prepaid card sign on bonuses and bundle!

Availability: large coverage across the U.S., you can see check their coverage map for more information.

thumbs up icon Best for: small, medium or enterprise businesses that wants high speed internet, bundled options and more solutions to enhance business performance.


time warner cable logo

Time Warner Cable is a telecommunications company that offers internet, TV, phone and home security. Through their cable network, Time Warner is able to offer a wide range of TV plans as an ISP and you also have the option to customize your service selections via their Pick Your Plans page.

Connection Speeds: Time Warner currently offers four different internet-only plans with up to 50 Mbps connection speed. Standard internet plan starts at $34.99 per month for up to 15 Mbps with the fastest connection speed going for $64.99 per month. Note that these prices are available for the first 12-months and online-only.

Bundled Options: like other ISPs, Time Warner also offers a combination of internet, TV and phone options. The base prices for bundled options are as follow:

  • Internet up to 30 Mbps with 20+ TV Channels from $49.99

  • Internet up to 30 Mbps, 70+ TV Channel and Phone with Voicemail from $89.99

Additional Features: as mentioned, Time Warner also offer extensive TV plans which include: premium network, sports plan, international plan and adult plans. You can visit their Plans & Packages page for more details and select from your list of favorite channels. Like CenturyLink, Time Warner also offers flexible business solutions for small business to enterprise with tailored industry solutions for education, financial, retail and more.

Availability:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

thumbs up icon Best for: small business to large enterprise that requires specific industry options from ISPs that includes everything from business internet and phone to cloud and ethernet services.


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