Internet providers in Columbus, OH

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1. Spectrum
99% available in Columbus
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
940Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
2. CenturyLink
90% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL
Download speeds up to
100Mbps

Self installation available 

3. EarthLink
99% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
4. Viasat
99% available in Columbus
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. WOW!
79% available in Columbus
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
6. AT&T
11% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
7. Frontier
10% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
500Mbps

Limited Offers. Contact-Free Guided Installations Only

8. HughesNet
99% available in Columbus
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
9. TOAST.net
18% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
10. Bresco Broadband
62% available in Columbus
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
50Mbps
11. Intelliwave Broadband
14% available in Columbus
Connection:
Fixed Wireless
Download speeds up to
10Mbps
1. Frontier
16% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
500Mbps

Limited Offers. Contact-Free Guided Installations Only

2. Viasat
99% available in Columbus
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
3. WOW!
79% available in Columbus
Connection:
Cable
Download speeds up to
1000Mbps
4. Megapath
51% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Other Copper Wireline
Download speeds up to
25Mbps
5. HughesNet
99% available in Columbus
Connection:
Satellite
Download speeds up to
25Mbps

User Rating (72)
6. TOAST.net
18% available in Columbus
Connection:
DSL & Fiber
Download speeds up to
100Mbps
1. Verizon Wireless
Available in Columbus
Connection:
Mobile
Verizon Wireless
4GLTE

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

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3. AT&T Wireless
Available in Columbus
Connection:
Mobile
AT&T Wireless
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 Columbus?

Spectrum is the best internet provider in Columbus, OH. It has a wide range of prices and speeds, a highly dependable network, and vast coverage area across Columbus and the surrounding suburbs.

There are 22 internet providers in Columbus, and Spectrum has the widest availability out of all of them, stretching across almost the entire state of Ohio. Spectrum gives you a lot of options as far as speed and price, and its network runs over coaxial cables—which is second only to fiber in terms of reliability and speed.

AT&T is also a formidable internet option for Columbusites seeking Wi-Fi in the Arch City. AT&T delivers two kinds of internet: DSL and fiber. DSL will be great if you don’t want to pay too much money and aren’t picky about speed.

Fiber, on the other hand, is really rare but much better. AT&T’s Internet 1000 plan, which runs over fiber, costs only $49.99 for the first 12 months and delivers 940 Mbps download speeds. That’s ten times faster than DSL’s max speeds and cheaper than Spectrum’s gigabit plan.

The reason we still consider Spectrum the best is because fiber is so hard to find. We ran a search for dozens of residences in Columbus and only found a handful at which AT&T’s fiber service was available. One residence we looked up in the 43220 area code could get it, but other homes a mile or two away could get only DSL plans with speeds of 25–75 Mbps.

Another intriguing option is WOW!, a lesser-known, Colorado–based internet provider that has cable coverage across Columbus. WOW! delivers speeds on par with Spectrum but with lower prices and more incentives (like free installation).

CenturyLink and Frontier also provide DSL internet in Columbus. CenturyLink’s coverage centers around the middle of the city, while Frontier has coverage on the outskirts of town. Both of these are worthwhile options if you’re looking to save money on a cheaper Wi-Fi plan.

HughesNet and Viasat, meanwhile, are satellite internet providers. Satellite is far from the best option—at least for now. But it’ll get you the internet you need if you live in a rural village like Galena or Sunbury or the surrounding countryside where fiber, cable, and DSL aren’t always available.

Summary of Columbus internet providers

Provider Type Download speeds up to User Rating
Spectrum Cable 940 Mbps
(wireless speeds may vary)
3.0/5
CenturyLink DSL 100 Mbps 2.0/5
EarthLink DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 3.5/5
Viasat Satellite 25 Mbps 1.5/5
WOW! Cable 1000 Mbps 3.0/5
AT&T DSL & Fiber 1000 Mbps 2.5/5
Frontier DSL & Fiber 500 Mbps 1.5/5
HughesNet Satellite 25 Mbps 2.0/5
TOAST.net DSL & Fiber 100 Mbps N/A
Bresco Broadband Fixed Wireless 50 Mbps N/A
Intelliwave Broadband Fixed Wireless 10 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.

Highest-rated internet providers in Columbus

EarthLink is the highest-rated ISP in Columbus. It had the highest overall score of the 15 internet providers we included in our 2020 customer satisfaction survey, ranking in the top three of every single category.

Beyond EarthLink, AT&T, Spectrum, CenturyLink, and Frontier all ranked in the middle of the survey. The providers came in sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth places, respectively. So they seem pretty equal when it comes to customer satisfaction.

However, when you drill down on the specifics, different providers have strengths. Spectrum ranks highly in customer satisfaction with internet speeds. AT&T gets high marks in satisfaction with installation and setup, and CenturyLink has high customer satisfaction with monthly bills.

WOW! was not included in our survey. Back in 2013, it was ranked as the best cable internet provider in PC Mag’s Reader’s Choice survey, but it hasn’t won any accolades since then. In fact, these days it gets consistently poor customer reviews at both the Better Business Bureau and ConsumerAffairs.com.

Fastest internet service providers in Columbus

EarthLink offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

WOW! offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

AT&T offers internet at speeds up to 1000 Mbps

Spectrum offers internet at speeds up to 940 Mbps

AT&T, Spectrum, and WOW! all have internet plans featuring 1,000 Mbps download speeds—the fastest internet you can get in Columbus. Spectrum and WOW! also have fast internet options that range from 100–500 Mbps, which is definitely worth considering if you want speedy Wi-Fi but can’t afford a full gigabit plan.

AT&T has a gigabit plan that runs over a fiber network, but it’s available only in scattered parts of Columbus, so you’ll be lucky if you can get it. Otherwise, AT&T has DSL plans, but its max speeds top out at 100 Mbps—and even that’s a stretch for most DSL internet setups.

Spectrum has a plan that maxes out at 940 Mbps, which is practically gigabit speeds. It runs on a coaxial cable network, and it’s much more widely available compared to AT&T’s rare and precious fiber plan.

You can also get speeds ranging from 100–400 Mbps from Spectrum. That may not sound as impressive as 1,000 Mbps, but it’s still incredibly fast. With 100 Mbps, you’ll have no trouble streaming Buckeyes and Blue Jackets games in 4K while your kids watch YouTube videos and play online video games in the other room.

WOW! also has cable internet plans ranging from 100 to 1,000 Mbps. We still prefer Spectrum because it gets better customer service ratings than WOW!, but this is another option if you’re looking for extremely fast internet over a cable network.

How to get cheap internet in Columbus

The cheapest and most readily available internet you can get in Columbus, OH, comes from the cable internet provider WOW!. Its cheapest plan provides up to 100 Mbps download speeds for a starting price of $34.99 per month, with free installation and a $100 Visa Prepaid Rewards Card thrown in for good measure.

The plan requires a 24-month contract, but it comes with no data caps. (The price goes up to $59.99 per month—or $54.99 a month with AutoPay—after the two years are up.)

We are a little skeptical, since a two-year commitment is pretty steep considering many other internet providers have been offering month-to-month contracts. And the irate customer reviews we’ve seen of WOW!’s service aren’t exactly encouraging. But if you’re willing to sign up for that long, then you’ll save some money.

Pro tip:

If you’re looking for other options for cheap and free internet, read our page on internet deals and our COVID-19 internet guide to find bonus offers and programs designed for qualifying K–12 students, college students, and low-income families.

Free Wi-Fi access at the Columbus Metropolitan Library

You can access free broadband Wi-Fi at the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Library branches offer free internet access on-site. Since the library branches have closed due to COVID-19 precautions, staff have extended coverage to the library parking lots. You can park in the lot and get free Wi-Fi there seven days a week at these hours:

  • Monday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m.–10:00 p.m.
  • Friday–Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

When the library is opened up again, go to any branch and use your library card to check out a mobile hotspot. A mobile hotspot enables you to access a Wi-Fi signal to use with a laptop, phone, and other devices.

In addition to that, The Ohio State University provides free Wi-Fi access to faculty, students, and guests while on campus.

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AT&T vs. Spectrum

If you’re interested in gigabit speeds and fiber connections, then go for AT&T. But choose Spectrum for straightforward options and wide availability.

Read more about AT&T vs. Spectrum

CenturyLink vs. Spectrum

CenturyLink has low prices and a ridiculously fast fiber gigabit plan, while Spectrum’s cable internet is more consistent all around.

Read more about CenturyLink vs. Spectrum

Your Guide to AT&T Internet Installation

From choosing a pro over self-installation to finding the right router, we walk you step-by-step through the Wi-Fi installation process.

Read more about Your Guide to AT&T Internet Installation

Columbus residential internet coverage

As the state capital of Ohio and the home to both a world-renowned zoo and a championship-winning Division I college football team, Columbus has a lot going on. And it’s got a lot of internet providers, too, with plenty of deals on fast speeds and cheap Wi-Fi.

Cable internet provider Spectrum has the widest reach in Columbus, offering internet across not just the city but also pretty much the entirety of the state.

The only place in the Columbus area where its network drops off is around the village of Commercial Point along State Route 762. It also falls off in a small area just east of State Route 4 in the Madison County community of Rosedale. Other than that, Spectrum’s network is “bomb dot com” (to borrow a phrase from Columbus native son Guy Fieri).

AT&T also has wide availability in Columbus, delivering fiber and DSL internet across the city as well as in the nearby cities of Lancaster, Springfield, and Dayton. Its service isn’t active in more rural parts of Columbus and in neighboring counties, though.

WOW! also has a prominent presence in Columbus. Its network reaches across the city and covers nearby suburbs in every direction—from Pataskala to West Jefferson and Orange Township to Lockbourne.

CenturyLink has service across parts of Columbus. Its network stretches along a corridor from the community of Riverview and the southern portion of Clintonville straight south through the University District and down to the Brewery District. It also covers Southern Orchards, Thurman Square, Deshler Park, and a stretch of Grandview South along the Scioto River.

You can get internet from Frontier in the outskirts of Columbus and surrounding counties, starting north of the Ohio University Airport and south of Interstate 270.

Columbus internet provider availability

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Customer reviews of internet providers in Columbus

Featured customer reviews

AT&T

“I was charged more than the amount quoted to me. Person who sold me the package gave me his phone number but won’t return my calls.”

–Cindy R.

Spectrum

“Pricing is arbitrary and capricious. Cost goes up every year. We want to switch.”

–Brina P

CenturyLink

“I live in a rural community and finding stable service was challenging. CenturyLink was perfect. I have teenagers so needless to say connection is life!”

–Angela R.

 

Columbus internet FAQ

Who has the best home internet service in Columbus, OH?

Spectrum offers the best home internet in Columbus, Ohio. With coverage that spans across the city and surrounding suburbs, Spectrum offers plans with incredibly fast speeds at a range of reasonable prices. Needless to say, we think it’s the most reliable and consistent provider in town.

Who has the cheapest internet service in Columbus, OH?

WOW! offers the cheapest internet service in Columbus. You can get 100 Mbps cable internet from WOW! for $34.99 per month for the first two years if you sign up for a 24-month plan. The deal comes with free installation and a $100 Visa Prepaid Rewards Card.

What internet providers are available to me in Columbus, OH?

AT&T provides DSL and fiber internet in the Columbus metropolitan area. Spectrum and WOW! offer cable internet across the city and in most suburbs.

CenturyLink and Frontier have DSL and fiber internet in some parts of Columbus. CenturyLink is available in the center and southeast parts of the city, while Frontier has coverage in the outskirts and suburbs.

Intelliwave Broadband and Bresco Broadband are two regional providers with a presence in Columbus, offering internet for homes and businesses mostly in rural areas.

Last but not least, Viasat and HughesNet both provide satellite internet in Columbus and the surrounding areas. They’re ideal if you don’t have any other options and want Wi-Fi for a rural or remote stretch of Ohio.

Customer reviews of internet providers in Columbus

Spectrum

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Sherry H | 04-25-2017

The apps don't work half the time since the twitch over. The internet is an absolute necessity these days. I live on less than $4,000 a year. So, when I have to pay out for internet fees just to communicate with my family that all live out state. Even I can't get free internet I would be happy being able to pay no more than $40 a month for high speed internet.

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CHARLES F | 11-29-2016

I've been with Time Warner Cable for many, many years, I'm on a fixed income and they always, with only one exception, work with me on pricing. So yes I did go to another ISP for a couple of years, but once again Time Warner is working with me and I'm happy to be back.

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WOW!

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Elijah D | 07-25-2016

My Internet provider is one of the best I've ever chosen. It has one of the fastest broadband speeds that I have ever seen. WOW also has very helpful service available at a moments notice. We have multiple devices on only one network so speed and reliablity are truly important to us.

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