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We partnered with Wi-Fi internet providers across the United States to build a database and provide detailed information about what’s available to you. Enter your zip code to see all the internet plans in your area.

What is Wi-Fi?

The terms “Wi-Fi” and “internet” have become synonymous over the years. We connect our wireless devices to the internet each day, but the two terms are technically different.

In a home or office environment, an internet connection begins at the modem. This device receives internet data from your provider and translates it into data that is understood by computing devices like laptops or smartphones.

Next, the data moves along to a wired or wireless router using a wired Ethernet connection. This device routes the data through another Ethernet connection to wired devices (desktops, game consoles, NAS devices) or converts the data into radio waves for Wi-Fi-capable devices (smartphones, tablets).

The router creates your Wi-Fi network, but it can’t provide internet connectivity without a modem.

A router’s main job is to assign addresses to each wireless device to know where to send internet data received from the modem. Most modern devices support wireless connections, including computers, gaming consoles, Internet of Things devices, media streamers, Blu-ray players, and smart devices.

Your home network may have a wireless gateway rather than separate modem and router units. Gateways are hybrid devices that typically don’t have external antennas, even though they support Wi-Fi internet.

Without Wi-Fi, all devices must access the internet through a wired Ethernet connection, which can get messy. Wi-Fi instead provides a convenient, tether-free internet browsing experience.

What are the best Wi-Fi providers?

This list is based on combined insights gained from customer feedback, speed data, and independent customer satisfaction survey results.

EarthLink ranked in the top spot in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It was our best performer in overall satisfaction, speed satisfaction, reliability, price, and customer service. If you want a Wi-Fi provider that checks all the right boxes, EarthLink is the way to go.

AT&T and Verizon also had high marks in our survey, both of which offer DSL and fiber connections. Xfinity didn’t rank so well in terms of customer satisfaction, but it’s one of the more widely available Wi-Fi providers and has the fastest speed you can get (outside of Google Fiber). Spectrum covers a broader area but keeps its cable internet options short and sweet.

Who has the cheapest Wi-Fi internet?

ProviderPlan's maximum speedPrice
AT&T Fiber100 Mbps$35.00/mo. for 12 mos.*
CenturyLinkUp to 100 Mbps$50.00/mo.**
Cox25 Mbps$19.99/mo.#
Frontier500 Mbps$40.00/mo.##
Mediacom60 Mbps$19.99/mo.+
Optimum300 Mbps$45.00/mo.++
SpectrumUp to 200 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary)$49.99/mo.†
Suddenlink100 Mbps$34.99/mo.††
Verizon Fios200 Mbps$39.99/mo.§
WOW!100 Mbps$39.99/mo.‡
Xfinity50 Mbps$29.99/mo. ‡‡

* for 12 mos, plus taxes & equip. fee. Autopay & Paperless Bill req’d. $10/mo equip. fee applies

** Paperless billing or prepay required. Additional taxes, fees, and surcharges apply. Get the fastest internet speed available at your location (max speed is up to 100 Mbps).

# for the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement

## plus $10/mo. Wi-Fi router service fee. For 12 months. Actual speeds may vary. Installation, Equipment service fees, Internet Infrastructure Surcharge, taxes & other fees apply. Services subject to availability and all applicable terms and conditions.

+ for the first 12 months. Plus, activation, installation and monthly modem rental fees.

++ for 1-yr. Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Includes AutoPay and Paperless Billing.

†† for 1 yr. Plus taxes, fees, and other charges. Includes Auto Pay and Paperless Billing.

§ with autopay and taxes and equipment charges

With enrollment in AutoPay & paperless billing. Equipment & speed availability vary by area. $10 off for 12 months on regular rate of $39.99.

‡‡ for the first 12 mos. with a 1-year agreement

Mediacom has an incredibly affordable plan that costs $19.99 per month for 60 Mbps. Suddenlink isn’t too shabby either, with a 100 Mbps plan for $34.99 per month, and AT&T offers something similar using fiber.

Frontier wins the megabit-per-dollar trophy with its 500 Mbps fiber plan for $40 per month. See our guide on the best cheap internet plans for more details.

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List of Wi-Fi providers

Click on a provider’s name to discover more information and read customer reviews.

ProviderCustomer satisfactionMax download speedInternet typeSee plans
Xfinity3.7/52,000 MbpsCable and fiberView Plans
AT&T Fiber3.8/51,000 MbpsFiber and DSLView Plans
Spectrum3.7/51,000 Mbps°CableView Plans
Verizon Fios3.9/5Up to 940 MbpsFiber and DSLView Plans
Google FiberN/A2,000 MbpsFiberView Plans
WOW!N/A1,000 MbpsCableView Plans
Optimum3.7/5940 MbpsCable and fiberView Plans
CenturyLink3.4/5940 MbpsFiber and DSLView Plans
Mediacom3.8/51,000 MbpsCableView Plans
EarthLink4.1/51,000 MbpsFiber and DSLView Plans
WindstreamN/A1,000 MbpsFiber and DSLView Plans
RCN3.8/5940 MbpsCableView Plans
Cox3.8/5940 MbpsCableView Plans
FrontierN/A1,000 MbpsFiber and DSLView Plans
Suddenlink3.8/51,000 MbpsCableView Plans
Sparklight3.8/51,000 MbpsCableView Plans
HughesNetN/A25 MbpsSatelliteView Plans
ViasatN/A100 MbpsSatelliteView Plans

Data as of 8/31/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*Results based on our annual customer satisfaction survey.

°Speed based on a wired connection. Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Gig capable modem required for Gig speed. For a list of Gig capable modems, visit Spectrum.net/modem.

Wi-Fi providers by zip code: quick facts

Internet speeds range from 25 Mbps to 1,000 Mbps in most zip codes.

99.96%

of zip codes have at least one provider with speeds

between 25 Mbps and 1 Gbps.

99.86%

of zip codes have access to 2 or more wired providers.

99.96%

of the country has access to broadband internet

(25 Mbps or faster).

95.94%

of zip codes have access to 3 or more wired providers.

Data via the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Wi-Fi provider availability—what internet can you get?

The typical zip code search result will list several Wi-Fi providers offering different types of connections. The most common are cable and DSL, while fiber internet connectivity is relatively new and less abundant.

Wi-Fi provider availability depends on your zip code and physical address. For instance, fiber may be accessible in your zip code but not on your street.

To find out what’s available to you, enter your zip code below.

What is the fastest available Wi-Fi internet in my area?

Fiber is the fastest type of internet connection you can get today. Its current maximum speeds hit 2 Gbps, double that of the fastest cable internet plans. Fiber also provides symmetrical speeds, meaning your upload and download speeds are nearly identical. By comparison, cable, DSL, and satellite upload speeds are far slower than their download speeds.

The following internet providers offer fiber-based internet:

Google Fiber and Xfinity are the only two on the list that offer speeds up to 2,000 Mbps. All the others limit the bandwidth to 1,000 Mbps.

If you don’t have access to fiber, cable internet is your best option. Spectrum and Xfinity are the largest cable internet providers. Mediacom also has broad coverage, followed by Cox and Sparklight.

Finally, DSL provides the slowest land-based internet connection, maxing out at 110 Mbps. Satellite internet is accessible mostly anywhere, but the maximum theoretical speed is 150 Mbps. However, DSL is still better than satellite, as you won’t experience the high price and the high latency caused by sending data to and from space.

The Wi-Fi speed in your home will depend on two factors: your router and your wireless devices. This combination is why you’ll see some providers state “wireless speeds may vary”—Wi-Fi connections fluctuate, and your devices may not support the fastest wireless speeds possible.

Pro tip:

To see how your home network fares against your plan’s advertised maximum speed, connect a wired computer to the modem, run our speed test, and compare the numbers. Rerun the test using mobile devices connected to your router to see how their speeds differ from wired connections.

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See internet service provider ratings and reviews

Each year, we conduct a customer satisfaction survey asking many questions about each Wi-Fi provider. We publish the results of five categories: overall satisfaction, speed, price, reliability, and customer support.

Our most recent survey shows that EarthLink dominated every category, followed by AT&T and Verizon in most cases. Cox also fared relatively well, but CenturyLink and Xfinity typically ranked the lowest out of 12.

You can also read reviews through our provider pages. For instance, there are 734 customer reviews on our AT&T provider page and 760 reviews on our Spectrum provider page. For more information about a specific provider, click on the provider’s name in the List of Wi-Fi providers section above.

Types of nationwide Wi-Fi service providers

DSL

A digital subscriber line (DSL) uses telephone cable to deliver internet. It’s the slowest land-based option, providing speeds of up to 110 Mbps.

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Pros

  • Affordable packages
  • Wide availability

Cons

  • Slower speeds than cable and fiber
  • Less stability the further you are from the provider’s central office

Cable

Cable internet uses coaxial cables to deliver internet—the same lines used for cable TV. It’s a faster step up from DSL, providing speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.

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Pros

  • Wide availability
  • Speeds up to 1,000 Mbps

Cons

  • Possible slower speeds during peak hours
  • Slower uploads than downloads

Fiber

Fiber internet uses fiber-optic cable to deliver internet. It’s the newest type of connection, so availability is scarce at this time. Fiber’s upload speeds typically match its download speeds.

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Pros

  • Equal upload and download speeds
  • Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Expensive pricing

Satellite

Satellite internet sends internet connectivity to satellites in space that retransmit the signal to a subscriber’s dish.

This connection is ideal for customers outside the reach of DSL, cable, and fiber—but the long distance translates to lower speeds and high latency.

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Pros

  • Global availability
  • Faster speeds than dial-up

Cons

  • Restricted data
  • Slower speeds than cable and fiber

4G LTE

4G LTE uses a cellular network to deliver internet connectivity to devices that support a cellular connection (phone, laptop modem, etc.). 4G speeds are slower than 5G in most cases.

4G LTE connectivity is prevalent in rural areas and with “digital nomads” who use the best hotspots.

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Pros

  • Accessibility in rural areas
  • Unlimited data plans

Cons

  • Slower speeds than 5G and wired internet
  • Unpredictable speeds

5G

Like 4G LTE, 5G uses a cellular network to deliver internet to smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and all other devices that support a cellular connection. 5G speeds are typically faster than 4G.

This 5G service is not to be confused with the other 5G technology that delivers gigabit speeds to homes using a fixed wireless connection.

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Pros

  • Faster speeds than 4G LTE
  • Unlimited data plans

Cons

  • Limited availability for now
  • Unpredictable speeds

Fixed-wireless

Fixed-wireless uses radio waves to send internet connectivity to an antenna mounted in or on your home. It supports 4G LTE and 5G cellular connections.

Fixed-wireless is also the backbone of 5G gigabit internet, which pulls internet connectivity from small towers throughout your city. Transmissions support up to 1,000 Mbps (1 Gbps), making this connection a great alternative to cable and fiber.

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Pros

  • Speeds up to 1 Gbps
  • Latest wireless technology

Cons

  • Limited availability
  • Unpredictable speeds

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FAQ about Wi-Fi providers

Which Wi-Fi provider has the best internet service?

EarthLink tops the charts in our annual customer satisfaction survey. It outranks the competition in overall satisfaction, speed, price, reliability, and customer service. Verizon and AT&T typically kept the second and third spots.

Cox is a highly rated cable provider in our survey, especially in speed and customer satisfaction. Spectrum is also a good cable internet provider that offers a simplified list of options. Xfinity covers the most territory in the US and provides a wider variety of plans. However, Xfinity didn’t fare well in our survey, ranking 11th out of 12 for overall satisfaction.

 

How can I find Wi-Fi providers in my area?

Enter your zip code in the box below to find out what Wi-Fi plans are available in your area.

 

Can I get Wi-Fi internet without a provider?

No, there must be an internet plan and connection in place to get Wi-Fi internet in your home or office. An internet connection requires a modem to receive the internet signal from the provider and a wireless router to broadcast that connection using radio waves. This requirement applies to all scenarios, whether you’re at home, in the office, or shopping at Walmart.

However, you don’t need an internet plan when accessing public networks—just the host. We provide a guide on how to get free and low-cost internet if you’re on a budget.

 

Is Wi-Fi internet secure?

Your home Wi-Fi internet is typically secured by default using WPA2 or WPA3. Just click or tap on the listed network and enter the password. For more information, we provide instructions on setting up a home Wi-Fi network—especially if you’re installing a router you purchased.

A public Wi-Fi network, however, can be secured or unsecured.

A secure network typically requires an agreement before signing on and may even make you create an account before use. You also need a password to use a secure Wi-Fi network.

An unsecured Wi-Fi network typically doesn’t require an agreement or password. In some cases, you may need to create an account, which provides some protection—but not on the “secured” level.

In both cases, never log in to an account when accessing a public network, as lurking eavesdroppers could quietly steal your credentials. Never automatically connect to a public network, and consider using the best virtual private network (VPN) to secure your connection better.

 

Pro tip:

We provide several methods on how to keep your router secure against unwanted visitors and hackers.

What are Wi-Fi standards?

A Wi-Fi standard is an established requirement for wireless connectivity. It defines what is needed, what is expected, and how those expectations are accomplished to provide a specific service. It’s important information to know while you’re shopping for a router or a wireless device, as the Wi-Fi standard defines maximum wireless speeds.

For example, the latest standard is IEEE 802.11ax, the wireless portion of the 802.11 local area network standards set. It was created and maintained by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers LAN/MAN Standards Committee but is marketed as Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Wi-Fi operates by sending data in streams. With Wi-Fi 6, a single stream can reach up to 1,201 Mbps per second, meaning a Wi-Fi 6 router supporting eight streams can reach up to 10 Gbps combined. By comparison, the older Wi-Fi 5 (801.11ac or Wireless AC) standard supports up to 866.7 Mbps in a single stream only, totaling nearly 7 Gbps combined in Wi-Fi 5 routers that can handle eight streams.

In addition to speeds, new standards introduce new technologies. For instance, Wi-Fi 5 added beamforming and multi-user multiple-input multiple-output (MU-MIMO) connectivity for a more stable connection. Wi-Fi 6 adds Target Wake Time (TWT) to improve device battery life, while orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) enables more data to flow simultaneously.

 

What is a good Wi-Fi speed?

A 100 Mbps internet connection is good for most people who simply want to stream a few videos, check their email, shop on Amazon, and post on social networks. Faster speeds are better if you have multiple devices streaming 4K content simultaneously, or you’re a gamer faced with large downloads.

Remember, your internet plan determines your raw speed. If you’re paying for only 100 Mbps, you won’t see faster internet speeds whether you’re wired or wireless. Your router also plays a part, as range and Wi-Fi congestion will cause speed issues on your side of the internet connection.

 

Pro tip:

We suggest getting a Wi-Fi 6 router that can easily handle multiple devices. Consult our guide on the best Wi-Fi 6 routers for more information.

 

Here are some examples of the speeds you need:

Media typeSpeed rangeMore info
Music streaming0.09–18.43 Mbps (per song)Find Out More
Netflix streaming0.50–25 Mbps (per video)Find Out More
Console gaming online3 Mbps at leastFind Out More

These numbers reflect a single user, so three people streaming 4K content from Netflix would use roughly 75 Mbps.

Because every customer is different, you may need more speed than others. We provide a tool so you can determine how much speed you need for residential or business scenarios.

 

Why is my Wi-Fi slow?

There are many reasons why your Wi-Fi is slow. These include the following: 

  • Website server issues
  • Traffic congestion between you and the website or service
  • Local provider network congestion issues
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Interference from other wireless networks
  • Not enough bandwidth

Keep in mind that wireless speeds depend on the router and devices you use. For example, your smartphone with a Wi-Fi 5 component will never reach the maximum speeds advertised with a Wi-Fi 6 router. Plus, if you’re paying for a 400 Mbps plan, your internet speed will never go beyond that number no matter what router you get.

If your Wi-Fi connection seems slower than normal, turn off the router and wait for a minute. Turn it back on, and see if the reboot helped. If not, test your connection on a wired device. Reboot the modem and the router if your wired connection is also slow.

For more information, consult our guide on slow Wi-Fi issues due to a router or provider.

 

How do I speed up my Wi-Fi?

If your Wi-Fi speed feels sluggish, you may be in dire need of a complete reboot. Do the following to see if a reboot will resolve the slowdown:

Step 1: Unplug both the modem and the router from the power outlet. This step completely powers them down and clears the system memory—just like you would with a computer.

Step 2: Plug the modem back in and wait for it to boot completely. 

Step 3: Plug the router back in and wait for it to boot completely.

Step 4: Try your internet connection on a wireless device.

If a proper reboot didn’t work, consult our guide on how to improve your Wi-Fi speed in 10 simple steps.