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. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN
38% available in Boston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (1)
3. Verizon
99% available in Boston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (192)
4. Starry Internet
63% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
200Mbps
5. HughesNet
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)

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6. Viasat
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
7. Ultra Home Internet
99% available in Boston
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
110Mbps

User Rating (0)
8. netBlazr Inc.
98% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Comcast Business
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (10)
2. Astound Broadband Powered by RCN
38% available in Boston
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating (1)
3. Verizon
99% available in Boston
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

User Rating (192)
4. HughesNet
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)

$300 Mail-in Rebate Offer

5. Viasat
99% available in Boston
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
6. Ooma
50% available in Boston
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
7. Zayo Group
61% available in Boston
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. USAi.net
72% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1Mbps
9. netBlazr Inc.
98% available in Boston
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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

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

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

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5. Mint
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

User Rating
6. Visible
Available in Boston
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE

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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?

Verizon Fios fiber internet is the best option in Boston for reliable internet service, low latency, and fast upload speeds. But it’s available in only about half of Boston.

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.

Astound Broadband is a bit smaller on a national scale, but offers decent coverage in Boston. Astound has some fiber internet coverage, as well.

Summary of Boston internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Xfinity Cable 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Astound Broadband Powered by RCN Cable 1000 Mbps 1.5/5
Verizon DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps 3.5/5
Starry Internet Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps 3.5/5
HughesNet Geo Satellite & Satellite 25 Mbps 1.5/5
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5
Ultra Home Internet 5G Home 110 Mbps N/A
netBlazr Inc. Fixed Wireless 1000 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

Verizon is the highest-rated internet provider in Boston according to our annual customer satisfaction 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.

Fastest internet service providers in Boston

Xfinity and Astound Broadband are tied as the fastest providers in Boston, offering speeds up to 1,000 Mbps. Verizon is just behind with 940 Mbps. Although it technically ranks third in advertised download speeds, Verizon is the only one of the three to offer fiber connections, which means much faster upload speeds for content creators and those working from home.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
Xfinity$39.99–$79.00/mo.*Up to 1,000 Mbps3.5/5.0View Xfinity Plans
Astound Broadband$25.99–$49.99/mo.Up to 1,000 Mbps3.7/5.0View Astound Broadband Plans
Verizon $39.99–$89.99/mo.Up to 940 Mbps3.8/5.0

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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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Cheapest internet service providers in Boston

The cheapest internet you can get in Boston is Astound Broadband, which starts at just $25.99 per month. It’s important to note, however, that this is a promotional price. The price jumps considerably afterwards. The cheapest internet in Boston without an eventual price hike is Starry Internet, which starts at $30.00 per month.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
Astound Broadband$25.99–$49.99/mo.*Up to 1,000 Mbps3.7/5.0View Astound Broadband Plans
Starry Internet$30.00/mo.Up to 200 MbpsN/AView Starry Internet Plans
Xfinity$39.99–$79.00/mo.Up to 1,000 Mbps3.5/5.0View Xfinity Plans
Verizon $39.99–$89.99/mo.Up to 940 Mbps3.8/5.0

Fiber internet in Boston

Verizon is the only provider to offer fiber internet connections in Boston. Fiber connections are important because they boast not only lightning-fast download speeds, but also have equally fast upload speeds. Upload speed is important for livestreaming, video chat, and many other online activities. Fiber is also one of the most reliable types of internet connection, which means fewer outages and other problems to worry about.

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 and covers 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.

Astound Broadband has decent coverage areas around Boston and covers most of the central neighborhoods including Beacon Hill, Downtown, Chinatown, Leather District, Back Bay, and Fenway.

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Featured customer reviews

Breezeline

“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.

“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 range from $20 to $100 per month. The sweet spot for the best balance of speeds versus price is around $40 per month (not including taxes and fees). Several ISPs offer 100–300 Mbps speeds for about $40 per month in Boston.

Is there fiber internet service in Boston?

Yes, there is fiber internet in Boston. Verizon Fios is available in just over half of Boston, including areas of Downtown, Beacon Hill, West End, and The Greenway.

What internet services are available in Boston?

Xfinity, Astound, Verizon, and Starry Internet are available in Boston, with speeds ranging from up to 7 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps. Run your zip code to find and compare internet service providers in your area.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Boston

XFINITY

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Erin V | 02-12-2022

Horrible! They canceled my service when new renters moved into my multi family unit without ever checking with me. Now they're charging me a cancelation fee instead of honoring when my original contract started. Just stay away!!!

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XFINITY

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John B | 01-31-2022

Fast speed & excellent customer service. I've had no problems with Xfinity; and no, I don't work for them, nor did they pay me to write this review. The service is the payment. True.

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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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