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Verizon vs. Astound Broadband: Which Internet Provider Is Best for You?

Verizon is faster, but Astound is a good alternative if you can’t get Verizon’s fiber.

  • Best for speed
    • Customer rating: 3.9
    • Price: $49.99–$119.99/mo.*#
    • Speed: 300–up to 2,048 Mbps
    • Internet type: Fiber, DSL
    • Data cap: No cap
    • Annual contract: No contract
  • Best fiber alternative
    • Customer rating: 3.5
    • Price: $20.00–$70.00/mo. †‡§
    • Speed: 100–1,200 Mbps
    • Internet type: Cable, fiber
    • Data cap: 300–1,000 GB in WA, OR, and CA only
    • Annual contract: No contract

Compare Verizon and Astound Broadband head to head

Verizon and Astound Broadband compete mainly in Pennsylvania and high-density areas like Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC. Go with Verizon’s fiber internet if it’s in your area, as it offers faster uploads, better reliability, and better long-term pricing. If you can’t get fiber, Astound Broadband’s cable internet is an excellent yet costly alternative.

Pros and cons: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband


  • No data caps
  • No annual contracts
  • Symmetrical fiber speeds


  • Limited availability
  • No DSL service for new customers



  • Affordable promo prices
  • Optional gaming router
  • No annual contracts


  • Data caps in the West Coast region
  • Limited fiber availability
  • High price hikes

Want to know if Verizon or Astound Broadband is in your area? Take a look by typing in your zip code below.

Plans and pricing: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Generally, Verizon’s fiber internet competes against Astound’s cable internet in the Northeast. However, both providers offer fiber in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, with speeds up to 940 Mbps. If you can’t get fiber from either one, Astound’s cable internet is your next best alternative.

Verizon plans and pricing

Internet 300/300$49.99/mo.*300 MbpsFiber
Internet 500/500$69.99/mo.*500 MbpsFiber
Internet 1 Gig$89.99/mo.*Up to 940 MbpsFiber
Internet 2 Gig$119.99/mo.*Up to 2,048 MbpsFiber
5G Home Internet$50.00/mo., $25.00/mo. for Unlimited mobile subscribers#Up to 300 MbpsFixed Wireless
5G Home Internet Plus$70.00/mo., $35.00/mo. for Unlimited mobile subscribers#Up to 1,000 MbpsFixed Wireless
LTE Home Internet$50.00/mo., $25.00/mo. for Unlimited mobile subscribers #25-50 MbpsFixed Wireless

Verizon and Astound Broadband offer fiber internet in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Of the two, pricing appears to be cheaper with Astound—even after the promotional period ends. Otherwise, Verizon’s fiber generally competes with Astound Broadband’s cable internet in the Northeast.

But Verizon trumps Astound Broadband in terms of selection and consistency. Verizon has five plans with a variety of speeds at set prices across the region. Astound offers different speed tiers at different prices in six Northeastern markets. Plus, Astound’s prices increase dramatically after the first 12 months, making Verizon the cheaper option for the long term in most areas where they overlap.

Astound Broadband plans and pricing

100 Mbps Internet$25.00/mo. *†‡Up to 100 MbpsCable, Fiber
300 Mbps Internet$20.00–$35.00/mo. *†Up to 300 MbpsCable, Fiber
600 Mbps Internet$35.00–$45.00/mo.*†‡Up to 600 MbpsCable, Fiber
800 Mbps Internet$50.00/mo.*†‡Up to 800 MbpsCable, Fiber
940 Mbps Internet$50.00–$60.00/mo.*†‡Up to 940 MbpsCable, Fiber
1200 Mbps Internet$44.99–$70.00/mo.*†‡Up to 1,200 MbpsCable

Astound Broadband runs four networks across the nation: Wave (West Coast), Grande (Texas), enTouch (Houston only), and RCN (the Chicago area and the Northeast). Plan availability and pricing vary across these locations, but they all mainly offer cable internet. Astound also has some fiber internet in California, Oregon, Texas, and Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

That said, if you want cheap fiber internet after promotional pricing, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, is the place to be. Astound’s 940 Mbps fiber internet plan costs $56.99 per month after 12 months versus Verizon’s similar plan at $89.99 per month after 12 months. But once you leave Luzerne County, Astound’s cable internet prices increase dramatically after 12 months: $159.99 for up to 940 Mbps in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Ouch!

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Deals and promotions: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Sign up for Verizon’s Fios gigabit plan to get the choice between an Xbox Series S Console or a $200 Home Depot Gift Card. On top of that, you can get even more extras. Choose between receiving the “Streaming” Package (Disney+ for 6 mos. and 2TB of Verizon Cloud storage) or the “Gaming” package (MoCA Ethernet Adapter and $50 Xbox eGift Card). Or get both packages for $10 per month extra. Choices galore!

Get internet starting at $20 or $25 a month with a two-year price lock. You get a month of service free if you live in Washington DC, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York or Virginia.

Extra fees: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Equipment feeInstallation feeOther fees
  • No equipment fee
  • $99.00 (waived if you order online)
  • $7.00 phone payment processing fee
  • $9.00 late payment fee
Astound Broadband
  • Up to $18.00/mo. modem rental fee
  • Up to $14.95/mo. router fee
  • $11.95/mo. enhanced whole-home WiFi fee (optional)
  • $5.00/mo. for each added beacon (optional)
  • $12.95/mo. pro-gaming router fee (optional)
  • Up to $20.00/mo. modem + router fee (Wave only)
  • Up to $20.00/mo. Home Networking fee (optional)
  • $79.95 pro install fee (waived with coupon code)
  • $15.00 self-install fee
  • $14.95 home networking install fee (optional)
  • $9.99 account activation fee
  • $40.00 non-pay restoral fee
  • Up to $30.00 returned check fee
  • $4.50 payment convenience fee (automated)
  • $6.95 payment convenience (rep)
  • $1.00 payment convenience fee (web)
  • Up to $10.00 late fee
  • Up to $25.00 AutoPay denial fee
  • $6.97/mo. network access and maintenance fee
  • $9.99/mo. Eero Secure (optional)

Don’t let Astound’s long equipment list scare you: most of it is optional. The modem and router fees vary between the four networks and locations, so there’s no one specific price. Plus, you can choose to get a mesh network system instead or the NETGEAR Nighthawk XR1000 router if you’re a gamer.

But Astound’s list of other fees is extensive, showing that you can end up in a world of financial hurt if you don’t have funds ready for AutoPay. Convenience fees? Network access and maintenance fees? Yep, Astound has those too.

Customer ratings: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Overall RatingReliability RatingCustomer Service RatingSpeed RatingPrice Rating
Astound Broadband3.

Verizon ranks second for overall satisfaction among the 13 national internet providers in our latest customer satisfaction survey. Its highest rating is in reliability satisfaction, which isn’t surprising given fiber is much more reliable than cable and DSL. It also ranks within the top four across the remaining categories, making Verizon one of the best fiber internet providers you can get if it’s available where you live.

Astound Broadband doesn’t share the same high scores, as it ranks in the bottom half across every category. Its best rating is in speed satisfaction, with scores slightly higher than the national average in meeting customer needs and advertised speeds. Its lowest ranking is in reliability and price satisfaction, the latter of which isn’t surprising since it generally increases your monthly cost after 12 months, whereas Verizon does not.

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Best TV and internet bundles

Internet speedTV channelsPriceDetails
Verizon 300 Mbps Internet + Your Fios TVUp to 300 Mbps125+$124.99/mo.*
Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection + More Fios TVUp to 940 Mbps300+$188.99/mo.
Astound Broadband 300 Mbps Internet + Basic TVUp to 300 Mbps40–65+$26.91-$65.47/mo.
Astound Broadband 1 Gig Internet + Preferred TVUp to 940 Mbps289+$107.13-$159.01/mo§

Astound Broadband has a long list of TV and internet bundles spread out across its four networks, so prices and availability vary. The broadcast TV service charge (up to $26.95 per month) is an extra fee as is every additional channel you tack onto the base lineup.

Verizon keeps your choices simple, with the cheapest Mix & Match option starting at $124.99 per month. You can pick five of your favorite channels with Verizon’s Your Fios TV service. The More Fios TV service includes Verizon’s most popular channels plus regional sports.

Internet types: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Internet typeDetails
VerizonDSL, fiber
Astound BroadbandCable, fiber

Verizon ‘s DSL internet is slower than fiber, topping out around 140 Mbps, but new customers can’t get it. Verizon’s fiber-to-the-home service is significantly faster, reaching speeds up to 2,048 Mbps both ways.

Astound Broadband is mainly a cable internet provider. Download speeds range from 50 Mbps to 1,200 Mbps, but some speed tiers may not be available where you live. Cable speeds aren’t symmetrical like fiber either, so Astound’s upload speeds on most plans are much slower at 10–50 Mbps.

Data caps: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Data CapDetails
  • No cap
Astound Broadband
  • 300–1,000 GB in WA, OR, and CA
  • No cap everywhere else

Astound Broadband enforces data caps on the West Coast. The data caps start at 300 GB and go up to 1 TB depending on the plan, and the 940 Mbps Internet plan includes the Unlimited Data Plan at no extra charge. Customers can opt for unlimited data on all other plans for $20 per month—but speeds may slow after 2 TB of usage. Astound also offers a cheaper Double Data Plan option for $10 per month, which doubles your data cap.

Astound does not enforce data caps in its other regions—just the West Coast.

Contracts: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Contract lengthDetails
VerizonNo contract
Astound BroadbandNo contract

Verizon and Astound Broadband do not have annual contracts. Astound, however, has discounted pricing for the first 12 or 24 months, depending on where you live. After that, pricing increases to the standard rates. There are no hidden penalties for canceling your subscription.

Installation: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Installation optionsDetails
  • $99.00 (waived if you order online)
Astound Broadband
  • $79.95 pro install fee (waived with coupon code)
  • $15.00 self-install fee
  • $14.95 home networking install fee (optional)

Generally, you can’t self-install fiber internet unless the necessary fiber line and hardware are already present. The same goes with cable internet: You need a pro install if your house isn’t connected to the provider’s equipment out by the road, or you need the connection relocated.

According to Astound’s documentation, you can only self-install cable internet in California, Oregon, and Washington (the Wave Broadband area). Astound’s Home Networking is an optional service that includes all the hardware and cables you need for a wired network with up to four additional computing devices.

Availability: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Verizon is primarily in the Northeast from Virginia to Massachusetts (excluding Connecticut)—eight states in all. Verizon has a larger DSL internet footprint, but its fiber network keeps growing.

Astound Broadband’s cable internet offers service on both sides of the US, but it mainly competes with Verizon in the Northeast. Both providers offer fiber internet in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania—otherwise, Astound’s cable internet competes with Verizon’s fiber.

To see if Verizon or Astound Broadband is in your area, enter your zip code below.

Final call: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

These two providers mainly compete in Pennsylvania and in densely populated East Coast areas like Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC.

If you live there, we suggest going with Verizon’s fiber. It’s faster, more reliable, and cheaper than Astound’s cable internet after a year. If you can’t get fiber, then Astound is your next best option, but be prepared to pay a higher price once the promotional discount ends.


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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