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1. Optimum
92% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
8000Mbps

User Rating(1209)

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2. EarthLink.
100% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

Ranked #1 Overall by Highspeedinternet.com customer satisfaction survey for 2021 & 2022.

3. Spectrum
54% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Get WiFi & Mobile FREE for 12 months with Spectrum One 

4. Verizon Home Internet
99% available in NYC
Connection:
5G Home, DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
2048Mbps

User Rating(16)
5. Astound Broadband
40% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1200Mbps
6. Starry Internet
61% available in NYC
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

Try Starry with 1 month free using promo code 30HSI

8. ispMint
99% available in NYC
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
30Mbps
9. Consolidated Communications
61% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & DSL
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
10. Flume Internet
61% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Xchange Telecom
96% available in NYC
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
12. Eastern Shore Communications
99% available in NYC
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
1. Comcast Business
99% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps

User Rating(48)
2. Spectrum
54% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Get WiFi & Mobile FREE for 12 months with Spectrum One 

3. Verizon Home Internet
99% available in NYC
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
2048Mbps

User Rating(16)
4. Optimum Business
36% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
8000Mbps

User Rating(0)
5. Earthlink Business
100% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber & Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10000Mbps

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6. Astound Broadband
48% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1200Mbps
7. Crown Castle
18% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. Ooma
50% available in NYC
Ooma
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
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9. Tata Communications
50% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. Cogent Communication
50% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Consolidated Communications
61% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & DSL
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
12. Flume Internet
61% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
13. Zayo Group
61% available in NYC
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
14. Stealth Communications
84% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
15. Xchange Telecom
96% available in NYC
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
16. Eastern Shore Communications
99% available in NYC
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
1. Mint
Available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE Speeds may vary

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2. Visible
Available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE Speeds may vary

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3. Optimum Mobile
86% available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
Optimum Mobile
4GLTE Speeds may vary

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4. Verizon Wireless
56% available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE Speeds may vary

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5. AT&T Wireless
99% available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
5G Speeds may vary

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It’s no understatement to say that New York City is saturated in Wi-Fi. Across Manhattan alone, the vast majority of New Yorkers have at least three internet providers to choose from, and the rest of the five boroughs are also outfitted with multiple cable, fiber, and 5G home internet services. Spectrum is the most widely-available internet provider in the city, and its cable internet plans give you tons of speed and unlimited data at a reasonable price. But you can also find fiber-optic internet across wide swathes of the city, especially in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Though not available everywhere, Verizon’s Fios fiber packages get you the best internet you could ask for, with symmetrical speeds making remote work, streaming, and online gaming a breeze. 

College students and lower-income households can find some great internet options at a low price. Astound Broadband powered by RCN has a large cable-internet footprint in the city, and it frequently offers generous deals and discounts to go with its budget-friendly plans. There’s also T-Mobile 5G Home Internet and Verizon 5G Home Internet—cutting-edge internet plans that come at cheap, flat rates and work great for small to mid-sized households. And of course, there are several local and regional internet providers that offer fast fiber speeds and excellent customer service.

Best internet providers in New York City

The best internet providers in New York City are Verizon, Spectrum, and Astound Broadband powered by RCN.

  • Hands down, you can’t beat Verizon . Available across parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and other areas in the outer boroughs, Verizon’s Fios service delivers one of the fastest internet connections in the United States. The slowest plans start at 300 Mbps, which is still a great speed for small households, and Verizon’s reasonable prices and extra perks (including unlimited data, no equipment fees, and regular promos) make its deals that much sweeter.
  • Spectrum is a cable internet provider, meaning it can’t deliver the impressive, symmetrical speeds of a fiber provider like Verizon or Optimum. But Spectrum is still an excellent pick if you need a fast and reliable connection for a decent price. The provider’s cable plans reach speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, and prices start at around $50 per month. Even better, Spectrum has no data caps or annual contracts, so you get a straight deal and can cancel any time without paying extra fees.
  • If you’re looking for a plan that costs you under $50 a month, try out Astound Broadband powered by RCN . Astound Broadband’s baseline plan delivers speeds of up to 600 Mbps (meaning: ridiculously fast) and only costs $34.99 a month. Astound Broadband plans have no data caps and no contracts, and the provider routinely offers an array of promotions to benefit new customers. Before you sign up, consult our Best Internet Deals page to get coupon codes for waiving installation costs and other benefits.
  • Verizon 5G Home Internet and T-Mobile 5G Home Internet both hook you up with solid service at a budget price. Verizon and T-Mobile have both rolled out their respective 5G internet plans across parts of Manhattan and other boroughs, and while these budding wireless services aren’t quite as foolproof as cable or fiber internet, they’re still well worth considering. Whichever provider you go with, you get internet at a flat monthly rate, with no extra fees for installation or equipment. You get unlimited data and you don’t have to sign an annual contract, so you can cancel any time.

What is the fastest internet provider in New York City?

Optimum is the fastest internet provider in New York City. Its fiber internet plans offer download speeds up to 5,000 Mbps. Optimum’s fiber internet plans aren’t as easy to find as its cable plans, which reach up to 940 Mbps.

Verizon is the second fastest internet provider available in New York City. Its fiber-optic internet plans offer download speeds up to 2,048 Mbps, although it’s more common to find Verizon Fios plans with 940 Mbps downloads and 880 Mbps uploads. Its fiber network is incredibly reliable, and its plans can deliver symmetrical upload and download speeds—which isn’t possible with cable providers.

Spectrum and Astound Broadband also deliver gigabit download speeds. Spectrum’s plans top out at 1,000 Mbps while Astound Broadband hits downloads up to 940 Mbps. These providers aren’t as fast as Verizon on our speed test, but they still deliver excellent service.

Fastest internet providers in NYC

ProviderMax speeds (download/upload)Internet typeView plans
Optimum 8,000 Mbps/8,000 MbpsFiber, cableView Plans
Verizon Home Internet 2,048 Mbps/2,048 MbpsFiberView Plans
Astound Broadband 1,500 Mbps/20 MbpsCableView Plans
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps/35 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)CableView Plans

 

How much internet speed do I need?

5 Mbps

  • Browsing
  • Streaming music
  • Ideal for single user

10 Mbps

  • Streaming HD videos
  • Casual gaming
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

20 Mbps

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

40+ Mbps

  • Streaming multiple shows in HD
  • Simultaneous gaming
  • Ideal for 4+ people

Most households need at least 25 Mbps of download speed and 3 Mbps of upload speed. While most common internet activities can work with fairly slow speeds, your network easily gets bogged down if you have multiple devices using the internet at the same time. That’s especially true if you have multiple people working from home or learning remotely.

If you don’t know what speed you need, you can test your current internet speed to give yourself a reference point and take it from there.

 

Looking for an easy way to test and track your internet speed?

Take our internet speed test or download our free speed test app to test your speed from anywhere.

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What is the cheapest internet provider in New York City?

Astound Broadband is the cheapest internet provider in New York City. Astound Broadband offers a plan for just $20.00 a month and Optimum offers one for just $10 more—both awesome deals considering the speeds you get on either plan.

Verizon 5G Home Internet and T-Mobile 5G Home Internet are two other great options for cheap internet in the city. While both providers technically charge more (literally by a penny) than Verizon Fios and Spectrum on baseline plans, you end up getting a much better deal because you don’t have to worry about extra fees for installation or equipment. You also get unlimited data and lots of promotions and deals.

But if you prefer fiber or cable, no worries, because Verizon Fios and Spectrum also have solid fiber-optic and cable plans at cheap prices. We recommend going for Verizon if either has fiber internet in your area, but all these providers can get you reliable performance even on the cheapest internet plans.

Optimum also has cheap prices, but Optimum imposes price hikes on all of its plans after a year of service. So while you’re getting a great discount upfront, you end up paying more in the long run.

Cheapest internet plans in New York City

PlanPriceSpeedView plans
Astound Broadband 300 Mbps Internet$25.00/mo.300 MbpsView Plans
Optimum Fiber Internet 300$35.00/mo.*300 MbpsView Plans
Verizon Fios Internet 300/300$49.99/mo.300 MbpsView Plans
Spectrum Internet®$49.99/mo. for 12 mos.§Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)View Plans
Verizon 5G Home Internet$50.00/mo.; $25.00/mo.** with 5G Get More, 5G Play More, or 5G Do MoreUp to 300 MbpsView Plans
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet$50.00/mo.††33–182 MbpsView Plans
Starry Select$30.00/mo.#Up to 100 MbpsView Plans

Free internet opportunities in NYC

Qualifying residents can enroll in Big Apple Connect for either Optimum or Spectrum internet service. New customers at participating NYCHA properties can order through Big Apple Connect services for a free cable plan up to 300 Mbps. Existing customers can have their monthly bill reduced to $0.

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Internet deals and promotions in New York City

ProviderDealView on provider's site
Verizon Home Internet Get a $100 Verizon gift card plus either Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses or $400 toward Samsung home appliances at The Home Depot® when you sign up for a Fios 1 Gig or 2 Gig plan.Get the Deal
Optimum Get free installation when you order online plus a 60-day money-back guarantee and included Wi-Fi equipment.Get the Deal
Spectrum Sign up for Spectrum One and get Spectrum internet with speeds up to 300Mbps, free Advanced Wifi, and one Unlimited Mobile line free for 12 months.Get the Deal
Astound Broadband Get $75 off your internet bill for each friend you refer to Astound Broadband. No contracts required.

In some locations, use the code 1FREE to get one free month of internet service and 50% off installation
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Cox Communications

Save $15 per month when you bundle internet service with Cox Mobile.

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Viasat Get free installation when you sign up for a qualifying home internet plan.Get the Deal
Starry Internet New customers get unlimited data, free expert installation, and an included Wi-Fi router.Get the Deal

 

What are the fiber internet providers in New York City?

Verizon Home Internet and Optimum are the two major fiber internet providers in New York City. Regional providers Flume Internet and Hotwire Communications also offer fiber internet on select plans.

We always recommend fiber internet as the best type of internet you can get—with fast speeds, a super reliable connection, and symmetrical uploads, you simply can’t beat it.

Fiber internet providers in New York City

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Featured customer reviews from NYC

Spectrum

“I called the hotline concerning our billing statement and I received the BEST costumer service!”

—Katie F.

“Service is excellent, never have had a service interruption unless for power failure over the 4-5 years we have had them.”

—Stephen E.

Optimum

“Optimum provides adequate internet for the home. They are awesome in the amount of hotspots available to subscribers. This is great as to avoid using data.”

—Robyn P.

Spectrum

“Spectrum over-promises, under-performs, and under-delivers.”

—Happy G.

“Internet speeds are frustratingly inconsistent. The variance is between one hundred Mbs and one point zero Mbs. Periods between four PM and eleven PM are particularly problematic.”

—James K.

Optimum

“If I were able to find another internet service provider, I would do so. We are paying for 100mb/second, but only receive intermittent service, usually at 20mb/sec when it actually is available.”

—R.D.

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Customer reviews of internet providers in NYC

Spectrum

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Juan R | 08-16-2023

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Unfortunately I don't have that many options living in the New York area when it comes to Internet providers. So i'm very much stuck with Spectrum. Overall their biggest problem is they have so many outages that it becomes a problem with reliability. When I tried calling they didn't seem to know what the outage was, or when it would be done. Rerouting internet to impacted users seems so trivial and like a simple task for a company of that size, but the support team didn't seem to have much answers to how to fix issues. Their solution was a credit of $1 and some change.

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Spectrum

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Kamron S | 08-15-2023

unusable, garbage service and internet

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RYUICHI S | 05-02-2023

The worst customer service. Charged for the month that I didn't use their service!!!!!! I was moving, so I called the customer support before my last subscription cycle ends. I told the customer support when I was moving out and the service needed to be canceled the last day of the cycle. The customer support said that everything is all set and I hanged up. And I realized a few days after my last subscription cycle ended that I was charged for another new cycle. I called the customer support again and explained everything, but he said that I had to call after I disconnect the devices(router and modem) from the service, otherwise I was going to be charged for good. First, I was not told when I called the customer support first time that I had to call them back again. Second, so then what's the whole point that I spoke with the customer support before the moving. Do they expect their customer calling them while they are having a hassle with their moving? Apparently, they have low rating here with other reviews. I'm now happy with Astound by RCN.

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