Internet providers in Cincinnati, OH

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1. Spectrum
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection. Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Gig capable modem required for Gig speed.

2. CenturyLink
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
20Mbps

Self installation available 

3. Viasat
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
4. Mediacom
1% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. HughesNet
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. Cincinnati Bell
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
7. Mobilcomm
86% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
2Mbps
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1. Viasat
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
2. Mediacom
1% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. Suddenlink Communications
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps

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4. Ooma
50% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. Powernet
79% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
6Mbps
6. Zayo Group
12% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Verizon Wireless
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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

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3. AT&T Wireless
Available in Cincinnati
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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CenturyLink vs. Spectrum

If you want a national provider, you’ll need to choose between CenturyLink and Spectrum. Find out which is right for you.

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Cable vs. Fiber: Which Internet Type Is Right for You?

Both fiber and cable internet are common types of broadband internet, but which connection is right for you?

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The Fastest Internet Providers 2020

Internet speeds across the country vary depending on where you live and which plan you get. We break down the fastest ones.

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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.

Summary of Cincinnati internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Spectrum Cable 1000 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
3.0/5
CenturyLink DSL 20 Mbps 2.0/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Mediacom Cable 100 Mbps 2.5/5
HughesNet Geo Satellite & Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
Cincinnati Bell Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
Mobilcomm Fixed Wireless 2 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.

What is the best internet provider in Cincinnati?

Spectrum is the best option for home internet in Cincinnati, offering speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, as well as a variety of more affordable plans. Spectrum provides high-speed cable service with plenty of bandwidth for things like work, school, or just watching Netflix.

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.

There are also local internet providers like Cincinnati Bell, which offers fiber plans with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

If none of these providers serve your area, you can also consider satellite internet. Although it’s far from the fastest option, both Viasat and HughesNet are available everywhere and have speeds ranging from 12 Mbps to 100 Mbps.

Highest-rated internet providers in Cincinnati

Spectrum remains the highest-rated cable internet provider in Cincinnati followed by CenturyLink (DSL) and Mediacom (cable).

In our annual customer satisfaction survey, Spectrum scored ninth out of 12 in overall customer satisfaction, ranking just one place behind Mediacom. CenturyLink followed both in our survey, ranking last.

Of the three, Mediacom ranked best for internet speed and reliability. Spectrum did better in terms of pricing and customer service while CenturyLink outranked them both only in price—presumably due to its Price for Life deal. CenturyLink’s fiber customers gave it a better speed rating than its DSL customers.

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. There are two satellite providers, Viasat and HughesNet. Viasat isn’t featured in our survey, but HughesNet ranks around the middle in most categories.

Fastest internet service providers in Cincinnati

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Cincinnati Bell offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Mediacom offers internet at speeds up to 100 Mbps

Viasat offers internet at speeds up to 25 Mbps

Cincinnati Bell offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps on its Fioptics fiber-optic internet. Spectrum also offers speeds up to 1,000 Mbps on its cable network. Either of these providers should give you more than enough speed for common tasks like streaming and online gaming.

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.

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.

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 1,000 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.

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Spectrum

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Abe W | 06-05-2015

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. Currently they are advertising pricing significantly less per month less than what they are charging me for new customers. If i could get similar service at a better price i would change but they have a monopoly in my neighbourhood

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Spectrum

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Matt L | 02-20-2015

I hate dealing with twc. Constant problems with internet and terrible customer service. Find someone else if you can!!

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Cincinnati Bell

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Colleen N | 01-06-2015

I have the fioptics through Cincinnati Bell and it works good.The price package is awesome.I do have minor issues, sometimes the speed is slow but not too often considering all of the devices that are using it.If the price is right, I will continue using Cincinnati Bell.

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