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 and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

2. Xtream Powered by Mediacom
20% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. CenturyLink
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
20Mbps

Order online – Fiber Internet up to 100 Mbps for $50/mo for 12 months

4. Viasat
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
5. T-Mobile Home Internet
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

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6. HughesNet
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Geo Satellite & Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (124)
7. Ultra Home Internet
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
5G Home
Download speeds up to
182Mbps

User Rating (0)
8. Earthlink Home Internet
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
LTE Home
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
9. PowerNet Global
61% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
10. Cincinnati Bell
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. Spectrum
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)

Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply.

2. Xtream Powered by Mediacom
20% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
3. CenturyLink
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
20Mbps

Order online – Fiber Internet up to 100 Mbps for $50/mo for 12 months

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

User Rating (124)
6. Ooma
50% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Wireless LTE
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
7. Zayo Group
13% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
8. PowerNet Global
61% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
9. Cincinnati Bell
99% available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
1. T-Mobile
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
T-Mobile
4GLTE

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

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

User Rating
4. Mint
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
Mint
4GLTE

User Rating
5. Visible
Available in Cincinnati
Connection:
Mobile
Visible
4GLTE

User Rating

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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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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)
2.5/5
Xtream Powered by Mediacom Cable 100 Mbps N/A
CenturyLink DSL 20 Mbps 1.5/5
Viasat Satellite 100 Mbps 1.5/5
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps 4.0/5
HughesNet Geo Satellite & Satellite 25 Mbps 1.5/5
Ultra Home Internet 5G Home 182 Mbps N/A
Earthlink Home Internet LTE Home 100 Mbps N/A
PowerNet Global Fixed Wireless 100 Mbps N/A
Cincinnati Bell Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.0/5

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.

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. Xtream Powered by Mediacomis 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 Xtream Powered by 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 and are the fastest internet providers in Cincinnati, both offering download speeds of 1,000 Mbps. For content creators and those who work from home, Cincinnati Bell’s fiber connection has the added bonus of symmetrical upload speeds. This means that you get the same gigabit speeds sending information as you get when downloading information.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
Cincinnati Bell$39.99–$69.99/mo.*Up to 1,000 MbpsN/AView Cincinnati Bell Plans
Spectrum$49.99–$89.99/mo.Up to 1,000 Mbps3.6/5.0View Spectrum Plans

Cheapest internet service providers in Cincinnati

The cheapest internet service in Cincinnati is Xtream Powered by Mediacom, which comes in at under $20 per month. Cincinnati Bell comes in second at $39.99. While it may be twice the price of Mediacom’s budget plan, Cincinnati Bell’s cheapest option is more than twice as fast, so it’s important to consider value along with overall cost.

ProviderPriceSpeedRatingView on Provider Site
Xtream Powered by Mediacom$19.99–$59.99/mo.*Up to 100 Mbps3.6/5.0View Mediacom Plans
Cincinnati Bell$39.99–$69.99/mo.Up to 1,000 MbpsN/AView Cincinnati Bell Plans

Fiber internet in Cincinnati

Cincinnati currently has only one option for fiber internet—Cincinnati Bell. Besides being local, this small fiber network manages to cover nearly the entire city, making it a very appealing choice. Fiber connections are important because they provide not only lightning-fast download speeds, but also equally fast upload speeds. Upload speed is important for livestreaming, video chat, and many other online activities. Fiber is also reliable, which means fewer outages to worry about.

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 $49.99 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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Customer reviews of internet providers in Cincinnati

Spectrum

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Chris P | 06-30-2021

Billed me for service that wasn’t even used. I cancelled service a month in advance. Would not listen when I tried to fight it. Also my internet was frequently down.

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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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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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