Internet providers in NYC, NY

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1. Spectrum
61% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
2. Verizon
Available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download/Upload
speeds up to

940/880Mbps
3. RCN
Available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
4. Xfinity
Available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. Mediacom
Available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
6. Optimum
45% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
400Mbps
7. Viasat
99% available in NYC
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
8. Atlantic Broadband
14% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
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1. Spectrum
Available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
2. RCN
Available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
3. Mediacom
Available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
4. Optimum
3% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
5. Viasat
99% available in NYC
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
6. Megapath
94% available in NYC
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
7. Atlantic Broadband
14% available in NYC
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
8. Tata Communications
Available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
9. Stealth Communications
Available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
10. Cogent Communication
Available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
11. Lightower Fiber Networks
3% available in NYC
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
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1. AT&T
Available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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2. Sprint
Available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE

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3. T-Mobile
Available in NYC
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
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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Verizon vs. Xfinity

Verizon offers great speeds, but Xfinity xFi gives you more control. Which should you choose?

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Spectrum vs. Xfinity

Choose Spectrum for good customer service and no data caps. Go with Xfinity for gig speeds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What internet is available at my address?

The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) available in New York are listed above. You can enter your ZIP code to see a list of ISPs available in your area. Once you pick a provider, you can call it to find out the speeds it offers at your specific address.


What is the best internet provider in New York?

Verizon offers the fastest internet speeds in New York and has the highest ratings from J.D. Power. It’s probably your best bet. RCN also scored well in several customer satisfaction metrics.

How much is Verizon Fios internet only in New York?

You can find Verizon Fios stand-alone internet packages starting as low as $39.99 per month.* That package will require a 1-year contract and setting up Auto Pay.* All ISP offers are subject to change, so if you see a package you like, don’t hesitate. View Verizon Fios Internet plans.

How do I change my Verizon home Wi-Fi name?

You can change the name of your Verizon home Wi-Fi network using the My Fios App or the My Verizon website or by logging into the router itself. Verizon even published some easy instructions for changing your SSID, which is computer speak for the name of your Wi-Fi network.

  • Note: After changing your Wi-Fi network’s name or password, you will have to log in again with all your connected devices.
Is Spectrum Internet good?

According to our customer satisfaction survey, Spectrum is a middle-of-the-road ISP. It’s pretty close to average in most categories, but it scores well for technical support and customer service. It offers just one internet package with a speed of 100 Mbps.* That’s faster than the average package but nowhere near the gigabit speeds offered by Verizon or Xfinity.

Spectrum isn’t a bad provider, but whether it’s your best choice depends on what else is available in your area. Most New Yorkers will have a better option.

What is Spectrum home Wi-Fi?

Some Spectrum customers are surprised to find a charge for home Wi-Fi on their bill. The home Wi-Fi charge is basically a fee for maintaining your home network if you use a Spectrum router.

While Spectrum issues a free modem, if you want a modem with a Wi-Fi router, you’ll have to pay the home Wi-Fi fee. The fee is usually small and presumably goes to covering the costs of helping customers troubleshoot their Spectrum home Wi-Fi networks.

You can avoid this fee by using your own router to create your Wi-Fi network. But, if you do, Spectrum tech support may not be able to help you with calibration or maintenance.

How do I get cheap internet?

Because not having reliable internet service can have lasting consequences, several programs exist to help low-income households get internet service.

If you just want to save some money on your internet service, you need to carefully consider more than cost. With internet, it’s not always about strictly getting the lowest price. The cheapest packages might not have enough speed to do everything you need to do online. So, you need to make sure you get a good price on a package with enough speed.

We’ve simplified that whole process. Just use our How much internet speed do I need? tool. It will ask you some questions about your internet usage, then recommend a good speed. At the end, you can put in your ZIP code to see ISPs in your area. Then you can compare the prices of the providers offering services that meet your speed needs.

How do I get internet without cable?

You have plenty of options for getting internet service without cable. Most phone companies offer internet service. In New York, that means Verizon primarily. But even cable companies like Spectrum, Xfinity, and RCN offer internet-only packages.

If you’re looking for a wireless internet service, you can look into a satellite provider, like Viasat. Also, some mobile phone companies will let you use your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot, but that service can be inconsistent.

 

*All packages and pricing information is as of 02/28/19 and are subject to change.

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What is the best internet provider in NYC?

Internet Provider Types in NYC


Cable

100%
Coverage


DSL

99%
Coverage


Fiber

64%
Coverage

Internet Speed Availability in NYC


3 Mbps

100%
Availability


10 Mbps

100%
Availability


25 Mbps

100%
Availability

Broadband Internet Availability

(Internet faster than 25 Mbps)

100%
NYC
98%
New York
79%
USA

NYC Residential Internet Coverage

Welcome to your source for information on internet services in New York. We’ll show you which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are available in NYC plus give you speeds, stats, and comparisons between providers like Verizon, Spectrum, and Xfinity so you can make an informed choice.

New Yorkers in all five boroughs can get access to top-end broadband providers, but exactly which ISPs offer service in your area will depend on your neighborhood.

Verizon

Verizon has the largest coverage area. It offers internet service to virtually the entire city. However, the speeds available may vary by location.

Spectrum

The Spectrum service area covers Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and about a third of Brooklyn on the northwest side. It doesn’t offer service in the Bronx.

RCN

RCN offers service in Manhattan and some neighborhoods around LaGuardia Airport and Flushing Meadows.

Optimum

Optimum covers most of the city, but it doesn’t have service in Staten Island. It also offers service in only a few neighborhoods in Queens.

Xfinity

Xfinity is listed as a New York ISP, but it offers service to just a small part of Manhattan. Its major service area doesn't include most of New York, but it does offer service around Newark.

The good news is that no matter where you live in New York, you’re bound to have decent internet services available.

Highest-rated Internet Service Providers in New York

RCN earned the highest overall customer satisfaction ratings in our 2018 independent customer satisfaction survey.† It earned 4.04 out of 5 stars. Optimum, Xfinity, and Spectrum all faired well too. They all earned between 3.83 and 3.9 out of 5.

Optimum gets the highest marks from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) among internet providers in New York. It has an A+ rating and a BBB Accredited Business designation. Verizon also earned an A+ rating with the BBB, but it doesn’t have the accreditation. RCN was close behind with an A- rating.

J.D. Power ranks Verizon as the top ISP in the East. It was rated “Among the Best” in every category. Xfinity was the next-highest-rated ISP in the East, but it trailed Verizon significantly.

 

†The Verizon scores were omitted from the survey results due to a dispute at the time of the survey.

Fastest Internet Service Providers in NYC

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Verizon offers internet at speeds up to 940 Mbps

RCN offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Xfinity offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

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Summary of NYC Internet Providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.0/5
Verizon DSL & Fiber 940 Mbps 3.0/5
RCN Cable & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Xfinity Cable 100 Mbps 2.5/5
Mediacom Cable 50 Mbps 2.5/5
Optimum Cable 400 Mbps 2.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Atlantic Broadband Cable 100 Mbps 2.5/5

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.

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