Internet providers in Boston, MA

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1. Xfinity
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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2. Verizon
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (188)
3. RCN
1% available in Boston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. netBlazr Inc.
56% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
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1. Comcast Business
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

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2. Viasat
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
3. Ooma
50% available in Boston
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
4. netBlazr Inc.
56% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. USAi.net
17% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1Mbps
6. Zayo Group
5% available in Boston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
7. Allstream
Available in Boston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. Syringa Networks
Available in Boston
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. PowerOne
Available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
10. One Ring Networks
Available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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2. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
4GLTE

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3. Verizon Wireless
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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4. AT&T Wireless
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G

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How much internet speed do I need?

5+ Mbps

  • Regular browsing
  • Music streaming
  • Ideal for 1 person

10+ Mbps

  • HD video streaming
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD streaming
  • Frequent gaming
  • Ideal for 2-4 people

40+ Mbps

  • Simultaneous HD streaming
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+

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What is the best internet provider in Boston?

Internet providers in Boston cover every type of bandwidth need, whether you’re looking for basic broadband for emails and looking up Red Sox stats or a wicked fast high-speed internet connection so everyone in the house can stream in HD.

Verizon Fios fiber internet is a great option for reliable internet service, low latency, and fast upload speeds. But it’s available in only about half of Boston. The rest of the city has access to Verizon’s DSL internet service, which isn’t nearly as fast and doesn’t offer the same upload speeds.

Xfinity’s 1,000 Mbps speeds are available to almost all Bostonians, but this cable ISP can run a little pricey, especially if you have the need for speed.

Atlantic Broadband and RCN are a bit smaller on a national scale, but both offer decent coverage in Boston. RCN is highly rated for customer service, and Atlantic Broadband’s month-to-month service lets you avoid contracts and early termination fees.

Summary of Boston internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Verizon DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps 3.5/5
RCN Cable 1000 Mbps 3.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Geo Satellite & Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
netBlazr Inc. Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps N/A

Availability and speeds displayed are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Technology Type

DSL:

DSL provides internet service via phone cables and is up to ten times faster than dial-up service.

Cable:

Cable provides internet speeds faster than DSL through the same cables used for cable TV.

Satellite:

Satellite internet is widely available, but offers slower speeds due to a far-traveling signal.

Fiber:

Fiber relies on glass strands to relay digital code and is much faster than both DSL and cable.

Highest-rated internet providers in Boston

EarthLink took the lead for overall satisfaction in our annual customer satisfaction survey. Customers rated the ISP highly in all four categories: speed, price, reliability, and customer service.

Verizon also got top rankings in our survey. Verizon took third place overall, but it was scored second-highest in all categories except customer service (where it was ranked third). Verizon customers rate it particularly highly for satisfaction with reliability—75% of customers surveyed reported that they’re “very satisfied” or “100% satisfied” with their internet in that category.

RCN customers rated their overall satisfaction pretty average, but those with fiber internet connections were generally more satisfied than their counterparts with DSL or cable.

Xfinity did not get high ratings in our survey, but the cable ISP’s customers don’t report any out-of-the-ordinary performance issues when asked about specific issues. For example, Xfinity was ranked ninth out of 12 for speed, but 87% of its users report that their speeds usually or always meet their needs, which is above average for the category. So while it’s not the highest on the list, it’s still doing its job well.

Fastest internet service providers in Boston

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

RCN offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Verizon offers internet at speeds up to 940 Mbps

Viasat offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

You can find internet speeds ranging from 7 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps throughout Boston. Over 98% of the city has access to gigabit internet speeds, which is great for households with a lot of heavy internet users since no one has to fight over bandwidth.

Most people don’t need to pony up for gigabit speeds though. You can still get away with multiple connected devices, gaming, and HD streaming with speed plans upwards of 100 Mbps. 1,000 Mbps is overkill for most people, especially if you don’t want to spend a fortune on internet service.

One thing to take note of with Boston ISPs are the upload speeds. While several providers have gigabit internet download speeds, most give you much slower upload speeds. So if you’re doing a lot of cloud computing or video uploading, you might want to go with Verizon Fios, which has much faster upload speeds than other providers.

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Verizon vs. Xfinity

Xfinity has Wi-Fi hotspots all over Boston, but Verizon Fios offers much faster upload speeds. Read our comparison review to figure out which ISP is the better deal for you.

Read more about Verizon vs. Xfinity

Best Internet for Gaming

If you need high-performance internet for gaming (or anything else), check out why Xfinity, Verizon, and RCN get our stamp of approval.

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Your Guide to Xfinity Installation

Leaning towards Xfinity internet? Let us run you through the pros and cons of professional vs. self-installation options.

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Boston residential internet coverage

Through Verizon, about half of Boston has access to high-speed fiber internet. Verizon Fios is available in some central neighborhoods, including Back Bay, Downtown, and Beacon Hill. In the north, the ISP serves Charlestown and Allston. Southern neighborhoods in the Verizon Fios service area include South Dorchester and Mattapan. Verizon’s DSL network is slightly larger, expanding to cover the entire city.

Cable internet provider Xfinity has a significant presence in Greater Boston, bringing high-speed internet coverage to neighborhoods as far north as Charlestown and as far south as Hyde Park.

Local providers RCN and Atlantic Broadband have more limited coverage areas around Boston but cover most of the central neighborhoods including Beacon Hill, Downtown, Chinatown, Leather District, Back Bay, and Fenway.

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Featured customer reviews

Atlantic Broadband

“The service is good. Polite and responsive in this area. Pricing is fair. Speed could be better, but do-able for basic streaming.”

–Robert W.

Xfinity

“Blazing fast, no hassle, no downtime to date, and very little package pressure.”

–Christopher R.

AT&T

“Uverse internet/TV bundle is a very good option…”

–Carlos Sorzano

Boston internet FAQ

How much does internet cost in Boston?

Prices for internet in Boston start at $35. But there are high-speed internet plans in Boston for every price range, whether you want basic broadband or the fastest speeds.

Does Comcast throttle internet in Boston?

Comcast’s Xfinity internet service has been known to throttle internet speeds. Common reasons for speed throttling include data cap overages and network congestion.

All Xfinity plans have a 1 TB data cap. You can pay for extra high-speed data in 50 GB chunks or pay an additional $50 per month for unlimited data.

Network congestion usually occurs during peak usage hours—usually around 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Or it can happen when everyone in your neighborhood decides to get online at the same time. The best way to avoid network congestion is run a few speed tests at different times to keep track of when your connection is affected. Then keep your big downloads or other data-heavy activities outside of that time range.

You can read more about internet throttling and how to avoid it in our guide to internet throttling.

Is there fiber internet service in Boston?

Yes, there is fiber internet in Boston. Verizon Fios’s Gigabit and slightly slower fiber-optic internet options are available in just over half of Boston, including areas of Downtown, Beacon Hill, West End, and The Greenway.

RCN also has fiber internet in Boston, but it isn’t clear how much of Beantown actually has fiber instead of cable.

Boston also used to have some Google Fiber coverage via Webpass internet services, but the fiber-optic internet provider backed out of the city in 2018.

What internet services are available in Boston?

There are fiber, cable, DSL, satellite, and fixed-wireless internet services available in Boston with speeds ranging from up to 7 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps. Run your zip to find and compare internet service providers in your area.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Boston

Starry Internet

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Douglas M | 07-09-2021

Xfinity did the usual random extra service added to the bill at the one month mark even though I had declined all the trial options when signing up. I hadn't heard of starry before moving in but my neighbor gave me a 30 day trial code so i figured it couldn't be worse than comcast/verizon. I really liked it, I'm sad I apparently only have comcast as an option in my new apartment again. I was really surprised they didn't try and stick me with a rental fee for the router and a bunch of other fees, the actual amount that came out of my bank account each month was what the ads said. When they called in they said they might be able to serve my new building soon. Fingers crossed.

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Verizon

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Diana S | 08-15-2015

I would love to win a years worth of free internet! I have verizon and I think they are the best! Always great customer service, they don't cut you off like some companies if your late paying and they are always there to fix your problems! They are the best!

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XFINITY

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Frank V | 07-03-2015

Comcast has a great quality and reliability of service however their price point is lacking.

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