The 20 Best Internet Service Providers in 2022
Internet service providers offer online access with different technologies, speeds, and prices. That means there is plenty of choice for consumers.
Here is a list of the major US ISPs for 2022. These providers offer Internet service via DSL, copper, fixed wireless, cable, and fiber. Prices and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Best ISPs of 2022
Xfinity: Comcast’s brand name for consumer cable television, Internet and telephone services. Comcast is one of the largest cable providers offering service to residential and commercial customers in 39 US states. Xfinity provides download speeds from 50 to 3000 Mbps. Xfinity has a 1.2 TB monthly data limit, which is plenty if you’re not a very active user. Plans range from $20 to $300 per month.
Google Fiber, part of Alphabet’s Access division, is a fiber optic Internet and television provider. It offers simple pricing for both plans, as well as mesh Wi-Fi to ensure high-speed access throughout the home. Google Fiber provides 1 Gbps for $70 per month and 2 Gbps for $100 per month with no data caps or annual contracts.
AT&T Internet offers high-speed Internet service to 21 states. In addition to DSL broadband, AT&T Internet provides fiber optic and fixed wireless Internet service. AT&T fiber speeds range from 300 Mbps to 940 Mbps. Plans range from $55 to $80 per month.
Verizon: offers Fios (“Fiber Optic Service”) and DSL. In 2022, Verizon launched its 5G Ultra Wideband network, which is now available to homes in nearly 900 cities across 10 East Coast states. Plans range from $39.99 per month for 300 Mbps download to $89.99 for 940 Mbps.
WOW! (“WideOpenWest”) provides cable, fiber and DSL Internet access in 10 states in the Central and Southeastern regions. WOW offers plans with no data caps and no contracts, from $39.99 per month for 100 Mbps to $74.99 for 1 Gbps.
SpectrumCharter Communications’ consumer brand became one of the largest U.S. Internet providers through its 2016 acquisitions of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. Spectrum provides cable Internet with connected TV and phone, and download speeds from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. Plans start at $49.99 per month for 200 Mbps with no data cap. Spectrum 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 coverage to 70% by 2025. Prices start at $25 per month with no contracts or data caps.
Increase broadband is the largest fixed wireless broadband provider in the United States, providing high-speed Internet and digital voice services to residential and commercial customers in 16 states. The company’s fixed wireless offers broadband coverage in previously underserved rural areas. Rise Broadband offers up to 25 Mbps for $25 per month and 50 Mbps for $39.95.
CenturyLink:Lumen Technologies’ consumer brand provides Internet services to 37 states, 25 of which are over fiber. The company’s DSL Internet has a speed of up to 140 Mbps; Speeds for both fiber plans range between 200 and 940 Mbps. Plans are $50 per month, except for the highest 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 households in 40 states. The price is a flat rate of $50 per month with no contracts and no data limits.
Mediacom was founded in 1995 to provide advanced television, Internet and telephone services to small towns and communities across America. It is 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 optic network. Plans start at $19.99 per month for 100 Mbps. The 1Gbps plan is $59.99 per month with a data limit of 6,000GB.
Stellar 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 up to 940 Mbps for $79.99. Boundary Internet has no data caps.
Optimal, from Altice, offers cable and fiber Internet services to four states: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Optimum has no contracts or data caps and offers lifetime pricing. Plans start at $39.99 per month for 300 Mbps. The 1GB plan is $79.99 per month.
Ziply Fiber launched in 2020 after acquiring DSL and fiber networks in the Northwest from Frontier Communications. The company has no contracts or data caps and offers 2 and 5 GB speeds. Monthly costs are $20 for 50 Mbps, $120 for 2 Gbps, and $300 for 5 Gbps.
Wind current offers DSL, copper, fixed wireless, fiber optic and cable internet services. Its DSL service is available in 50 states and kinetic fiber internet in 18 states. Windstream requires no contracts or data caps, but prices go up after the first year. Plans start at $19.99 for 25 Mbps and $85 per month for 1000 Mbps.
Cox Communications It is the third-largest cable television provider in the United States, serving 18 states, with the largest coverage in Arizona and California. Cox offers cable TV, Internet, phone and fiber optic services. Plans range from $29.99 per month for 25 Mbps to $99.99 for 1 Gbps.
TDS Telecom It is the eighth largest DSL provider in the United States, providing Internet service in 31 states, primarily in the Midwest. TDS offers cable, fiber and copper internet services at speeds from 100 to 2 Gbps. Plans start at $24.95 per month with a 250GB data limit.
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 speeds may slow after using 40-150GB. Plans start at $49.99 per month and go up to $149.99.
Starlink: It is the new satellite internet developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Its low-orbit satellites mean faster connections with less latency than other satellite internet networks. Starlink offers unlimited data and rural access, though it has high upfront equipment costs. Plans start at $99 per month for speeds up to 200 Mbps.