Internet providers in Cincinnati, OH

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1. Spectrum
100% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
2. Mediacom
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. CenturyLink
100% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
20Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. Cincinnati Bell
100% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
1. Spectrum
100% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
2. Mediacom
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. CenturyLink
100% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
20Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. PowerNet Global
54% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
1. Xfinity Mobile
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
Xfinity Mobile
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2. AT&T
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T
4GLTE

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3. Sprint
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
Sprint
4GLTE

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4. T-Mobile
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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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 Cincinnati?

Traced by the behemoth of water known as the Ohio River, Cincinnati is a place where old meets new. Residents can see the reflection of the city’s collection of glittering high-rises and nineteenth-century architecture reflected back at them in the evenings on the river—depending on how clean the water is, of course. With all of this profound infrastructure, it makes sense that internet providers in Cincinnati, Ohio, abound.

The home of the Cincinnati Bengals has access to national internet providers such as Spectrum and CenturyLink. Spectrum provides high-speed cable service with speeds up to 100 Mbps, while CenturyLink offers DSL at slower speeds but more affordable prices. Mediacom is another good option for cable internet service in Cincinnati with fast speeds and reasonable prices from a big provider with a slightly smaller national footprint than Spectrum.

But if you like to keep things in the Cincy family, there are some smaller local internet providers like Cincinnati Bell. And if you live in the outskirts of Cincinnati where the reflection of the city lights in the water is a sight for a different world, then satellite internet providers HughesNet and Viasat might be a good choice for you with internet that’s available nationwide.

Summary of Cincinnati internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Spectrum Cable 100 Mbps 3.0/5
Mediacom Cable 100 Mbps 2.5/5
CenturyLink DSL 20 Mbps 2.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.5/5
Cincinnati Bell DSL & Fiber 25 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.

Highest-rated internet providers in Cincinnati

Although it’s not cool enough to find at the bustling and rustic Findlay Market, Spectrum is still the highest-rated internet provider in Cincinnati. In our annual customer satisfaction survey, Spectrum scores fairly well, landing right in the middle of the pack overall and in most individual categories. It also ranks in the top three for installation and the top five for monthly billing, reliability, and customer service.

J.D. Power also ranks Spectrum highly, putting it in third place for north central internet service providers, just above Frontier. Although CenturyLink is another big-name provider available in Cincinnati, you won’t get the same level of speeds and will likely experience more slowing during high-traffic times with its DSL service.

If you live in a rural area of Cincinnati or just on a mysterious street where land-based internet service isn’t available, satellite internet is there for you. And of the two satellite providers—Viasat and HughesNet—Viasat comes out on top in nearly every category in our surveys.

Fastest internet service providers in Cincinnati

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Mediacom offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Viasat offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

HughesNet offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

Cincinnati Bell offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps on its Fioptics fiber-optic internet. Spectrum offers speeds up to 100 Mbps. Either of these providers should give you more than enough speed for common tasks like streaming and online gaming, whether you have a house full of Ohio State Buckeyes fans or just really like playing Fortnite.

Cincinnati is also one of the lucky cities in the nation to have access to 5G networks. Depending on where you live and what kind of phone you have, 5G speeds can be much faster than residential internet speeds. Replacing your home internet connection with a 5G connection might be worth looking into if you’re a Cincinnati resident. But 5G is currently available on only seven phones, none of which are iPhones. It might be worth waiting until technology catches up before cashing in on those superfast 5G speeds.

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Cincinnati residential internet coverage

Residential internet coverage in the Over-the-Rhine district varies by provider. Of the major providers in Cincinnati, only two cover the entire area: Spectrum and Cincinnati Bell. This includes both the downtown area near the Krohn Conservatory and Cincinnati Art Museum and outlying suburbs, from Westwood and Mount Airy to Madisonville, Oakley, and Pleasant Ridge, and on down along the Ohio River by Mount Adams and East End.

CenturyLink doesn’t offer coverage in downtown Cincinnati, but it does bring service to some northern neighborhoods like North Avondale near Xavier University, clear up near Lake Erie by Winton Place, and past Columbus and approaching Akron in College Hills.

Viasat and HughesNet are both available nationwide, so they cover the entire Cincinnati area and even out to the most rural areas and towns, like Yellow Springs, Granville, and Sugarcreek.

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Featured customer reviews

Cincinnati Bell

 

“I have the Fioptics through Cincinnati Bell and it works good. The price package is awesome.”

–Colleen N

Spectrum

 

“Service is generally very good, but pricing is unfair, being a long term customer of many years I feel I should be getting better pricing”

–Abe W

Cincinnati Bell

 

“The speed is sufficient. I do find that my wi-fi signal gets dropped from time to time which is not good if I am doing work for my online classes.”

—Amy S.

Cincinnati internet FAQ

What are the internet options in Cincinnati?

Cincinnati, Ohio, has several good options for high-speed internet. The best option for you depends on where you live and what speeds you’re after.

Here’s a list of all the internet options available in Cincinnati:

  • Spectrum
  • CenturyLink
  • Mediacom
  • Cincinnati Bell
  • HughesNet
  • Viasat

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What is the best internet service provider in Cincinnati?

Our best internet service provider in Cincinnati is Spectrum. Some providers like Cincinnati Bell might offer faster speeds, but Spectrum provides the best balance of price and internet speed that’s backed by a nationwide brand. Plans start at $44.99 per month and can reach up to 100 Mbps in some areas.

Who has the cheapest internet in Cincinnati?

Mediacom offers some of the cheapest internet packages in Cincinnati. But if you’re after value, Spectrum offers the cheapest internet in Cincinnati for how much speed you get.

What is Fioptics internet?

Fioptics is the name for the fiber-optic internet packages delivered by Cincinnati Bell. It is also often used as a shorthand term for fiber optics. Fiber internet is fast and offers equal upload and download speeds. It’s worth getting if it’s available in your area.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Cincinnati

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