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AT&T vs. Frontier: Which Internet Provider Is Best for You?

Both have fast fiber internet, but AT&T has the upper hand in customer satisfaction

  • Best for variety
    • Price: $55.00–$250.00/mo.
    • Customer rating: 3.9
    • Speed: 225–5,000Mbps*
    • Internet type: Fiber, fixed wireless
    • Data cap: Varies
    • Contract: No contract
  • Best for price
    • Price: $44.99–$129.99/mo.
    • Customer rating: 3.5
    • Speed: 500–5,000Mbps*
    • Internet type: DSL, fiber
    • Data cap: No cap
    • Contract: Optional 1-year agreement with Visa Reward Card

Compare AT&T and Frontier head to head

AT&T is the best choice for fiber internet. It has a handful of fiber plans at great prices, making it one of the best internet services for gaming. Frontier is no slouch in delivering fast fiber speeds, but its fiber network is far less available than AT&T’s. Frontier still offers DSL internet as your optional service, while AT&T has fixed wireless internet with DSL-like speeds.


  • Wider availability
  • Multi-gig speeds


  • Data caps on DSL and fixed wireless


  • No data caps
  • Cheap fiber prices


  • Limited fiber availability

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Plans and pricing: AT&T vs. Frontier

Overall, AT&T has a larger fiber footprint across the US than Frontier. Both offer alternative internet options, too, if you can’t get fiber: fixed wireless with AT&T and DSL with Frontier. AT&T still has DSL internet, but like Verizon, it doesn’t offer DSL to new customers.

AT&T plans and pricing

PackagePriceSpeedTypeOrder online
Internet 300$55.00/mo.*300MbpsFiberView Plans
Internet 500$65.00/mo.*500MbpsFiberView Plans
Internet 1 Gig$80.00/mo.1,000MbpsFiberView Plans
Internet 2 Gig$150.00/mo.2,000MbpsFiberView Plans
Internet 5 Gig$250.00/mo.5,000MbpsFiberView Plans
Internet Air$55.00/mo.75–225MbpsFixed Wireless/5GView Plans

AT&T stopped offering DSL internet to new customers, so it’s now primarily a fiber and fixed wireless provider. It clashes with Frontier’s fiber only in a few places—meaning you’ll probably never see them both. If you do, both have plans ranging from 500Mbps to 5,000Mbps if speed is what you need. AT&T is the only one of the two with a 300Mbps plan.

AT&T and Frontier command a larger portion of the nation with fixed wireless and DSL, respectively. Again, you may not see these two overlap, but if they’re both listed in your area, AT&T is the better choice. You get speeds of up to 225Mbps with its fixed wireless service, although AT&T has it locked down with a data cap.

Frontier plans and pricing

PackagePriceSpeedTypeOrder online
Frontier Internet$64.99/mo.*Call for detailsDSLView Plans
Frontier Fiber 500$44.99/mo.500MbpsFiberView Plans
Frontier Fiber 1 Gig$69.99/mo.1,000MbpsFiberView Plans
Frontier Fiber 2 Gig$99.99/mo.§2,000MbpsFiberView Plans
Frontier Fiber 5 Gig$129.99/mo.#5,000MbpsFiberView Plans

Frontier is mostly a DSL internet provider with some fiber. It has noticeably cheaper fiber prices than AT&T, especially when we compare the multi-gig plans. Plus, it doesn’t raise your rates—just like AT&T—so it’s a far better megabit-per-dollar value.

Frontier’s fiber is limited in availability, however, so you may see its DSL internet instead. The plan costs more than Frontier’s 500Mbps fiber, but AT&T’s fixed wireless ain’t exactly cheap for the speeds you get, either. If you want more megabits for your buck, you may want to check for cable internet in your area instead.

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Deal and promotions: AT&T vs. Frontier

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Extra fees: AT&T vs. Frontier

Equipment FeeInstallation FeeOther Fees
  • $10.00/mo. for modem/router
  • Up to $99.00 for pro install (covered on many plans)
  • Free for self-install
  • $10 per 50 GB when you exceed data cap (DSL, fixed wireless only)
  • $15.00/mo. (early termination, contract plans only)
  • Up to $9.00 late payment fee
  • Frontier
  • No charge for DSL modem or wireless gateway
  • Free fiber expert installation, $100 DSL expert installation
  • $10.00 disconnect fee
  • $9.99 equipment fee for extra devices
  • $5.00/mo. no AutoPay fee
  • $2.99/mo. Paper bill fee
  • AT&T is the only provider of the two with data caps, but they only apply to its DSL with speeds of 75Mbps or less, and its fixed wireless internet—fiber has no data cap. Meanwhile, Frontier’s monthly rates include autopay and paperless billing discounts, so expect to pay $7.99 extra each month if you opt out of both.

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    Customer ratings: AT&T vs. Frontier

    Overall RatingSpeed RatingPriceReliabilityCustomer Service

    AT&T takes the fourth spot for overall satisfaction among the 15 national internet providers in our latest customer satisfaction survey. Its strongest point is price satisfaction, which isn’t surprising given the speeds you get for the money. In fact, it has a better pricing score than the national average. AT&T also ranks in the top five for customer service, reliability, and speed satisfaction, showing that it’s a really solid provider if you want fiber internet.

    Frontier also delivers fiber internet, but its satisfaction ratings are far lower than AT&T. It ranks in the bottom half in nearly every category except for price, where it ranks seventh, placing it just ahead of Spectrum. Frontier doesn’t increase prices for at least four years, making it a better choice over other providers with shorter promotional periods.

    Best TV and internet bundles

    Internet speedTV channelsPriceOrder online
    DIRECTV ENTERTAINMENT + AT&T Fiber Internet 300Up to 300Mbps75+$124.99/mo.*View Plans
    DIRECTV CHOICE All-Included Package + AT&T Fiber Internet 300Up to 300Mbps105+$129.99/mo.*View Plans
    Frontier 500 + YouTube TVUp to 500Mbps100+$112.98/mo.#View Plans
    Frontier 1 Gig + YouTube TVUp to 1,000Mbps100+$132.98/mo.#View Plans

    Technically, AT&T doesn’t bundle TV with its fiber internet. Instead, you can get DIRECTV packages through AT&T to complement its fiber internet. There are no perks or discounts as seen with traditional TV and internet bundles.

    Frontier bundles YouTube TV with its fiber and DSL services. Customers save $10 a month by bundling and getting 100+ channels of live TV.

    Internet types: AT&T vs. Frontier

    Internet typeOrder online
  • DSL
  • Fiber
  • Fixed wireless
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  • DSL
  • Fiber
  • View Plans

    DSL internet uses telephone cables to bring the internet into your home. A 140Mbps or slower speed is typical for a DSL connection, although Windstream’s DSL service can reach up to just over 200Mbps.

    Fiber-to-the-home services from AT&T and Frontier have a somewhat smaller footprint, generally covering around 30% of their national markets. AT&T is the only provider of the two with a fixed wireless service, however, which sends internet via transmitters to homes that can’t get a landline connection.

    Should you get fixed wireless?

    Fixed wireless isn’t just for rural areas. Perhaps you live in an area where fiber and DSL internet just isn’t reliable. Take a look at our fixed wireless internet guide for more about speed, plans, and pricing.

    Data caps: AT&T vs. Frontier

    Data CapOrder online
  • No cap for fiber
  • 1TB for DSL up to 75Mbps
  • 350GB for fixed wireless
  • View Plans
  • No cap
  • View Plans

    Frontier doesn’t enforce data caps on its DSL and fiber services, so you can use the internet all you want without worrying about overage fees and throttled speeds.

    AT&T doesn’t enforce data caps with fiber, but its DSL internet with speeds of 75Mbps or lower and its fixed wireless service has data caps. In both cases, you pay $10 for every 50GB you go over the monthly limit.

    Contracts: AT&T vs. Frontier

    Contract lengthOrder online
  • No contract
  • View Plans
  • Optional 1-year contract with Visa Reward Card
  • View Plans

    AT&T doesn’t lock you down with a traditional contract. That means you can cancel your internet service at any time without penalty.

    Frontier also doesn’t enforce contracts for internet service. However, you must sign a one-year agreement if you accept a Visa Reward Card when you sign up for fiber internet.

    Installation: AT&T vs. Frontier

    Installation optionsOrder online
  • Up to $99.00 for pro install
  • Free for self-install
  • View Plans
  • Free fiber expert installation, $100 DSL expert installation
  • View Plans

    Modern AT&T fiber installations include a termination box outside and a fiber jack installed in the room where AT&T’s desktop optical network terminal (ONT) resides—this device is actually a gateway supporting fiber. Older fiber installations have a smaller ONT mounted on the fiber jack and use Ethernet to connect a standard gateway or router.

    With Frontier’s fiber-to-the-home service, a technician installs the ONT in your garage, basement, or closet. After that, the ONT connects to your home’s existing Ethernet or coaxial cable wiring—a MoCA adapter and splitter are required for coaxial cabling and TV. The supplied gateway connects to the Ethernet or coaxial cable jack mounted in the wall.

    Like self-installing cable and DSL equipment, your home already needs a fiber connection before you can order a self-install kit from AT&T. Frontier also offers self-install for some fiber plans.

    Availability: AT&T vs. Frontier

    AT&T has a larger footprint stamped across the US than Frontier. Most of its fiber coverage can be found in the Eastern and Central time zones, except in the Northeast, where Frontier competes with Verizon, Optimum, and Astound Broadband. Frontier’s fiber is mostly available in specific hotspots across the nation, like Dallas, Houston, Tampa, and Los Angeles.

    AT&T and Frontier have larger fixed wireless and DSL footprints, respectively. For now, AT&T’s fixed wireless is primarily in the south, with additional coverage in Kansas, California, and around the Great Lakes. Frontier’s DSL internet is mostly in the northeast, West Virginia, around the Great Lakes region, California, and in small pockets scattered across the nation.

    To see which AT&T and Frontier plans are available in your area, enter your zip code below:

    Final call: AT&T vs. Frontier

    AT&T and Frontier rarely overlap, so picking one over the other is limited to just a handful of areas. Both have fast fiber speeds reaching up to 5,000Mbps, so you can’t go wrong with either one if you want fast fiber speeds.

    Frontier is the clear cheaper fiber provider of the two, especially when we compare their multi-gig plans. But we can’t overlook Frontier’s customer feedback in our latest satisfaction survey, where it ranks in the bottom half of four out of five categories. AT&T outranks Frontier in every category, indicating that AT&T is a better long-term deal even if its plans cost more.

    That said, go with AT&T for its excellent service, reliability, and speed. Frontier is your go-to DSL internet provider of the two, while AT&T fills in the gaps where wired internet isn’t available.


    Our editorial team bases our analyses on customer input from our annual customer satisfaction survey, results from our speed test tool, and proprietary internet provider data on speeds and pricing. To strengthen our research, we look closely at provider contracts to get hard-to-find information on price hikes, data caps, and extra fees, and we keep tabs on the latest news reports and online reviews. When applicable, we also rely on our personal experiences testing these services.

    Author -

    Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At, he focuses on network equipment testing and review.

    Editor - Rebecca Lee Armstrong

    Rebecca Lee Armstrong has more than six years of experience writing about tech and the internet, with a specialty in hands-on testing. She started writing tech product and service reviews while finishing her BFA in creative writing at the University of Evansville and has found her niche writing about home networking, routers, and internet access at Her work has also been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ, and iMore.

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