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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–$84.99/mo.*#
    • Speed: 300–up to 2,300Mbps
    • Internet type: Fiber, DSL
    • Data cap: No cap
    • Annual contract: No contract
  • Best fiber alternative
    • Customer rating: 3.7**
    • Price: $25.00–$70.00/mo.
    • Speed: 100–1,500Mbps
    • Internet type: Cable, fiber
    • Data cap: No cap
    • Annual contract: No contract

Compare Verizon and Astound Broadband head to head

Verizon and Astound Broadband duke it out in the Northeast, but Astound has a substantially smaller footprint in the area than Verizon. Go with Verizon’s fiber internet if it’s available to you, as it offers better reliability and cheaper long-term pricing. If you can’t get fiber, Astound Broadband’s cable or fiber internet is an excellent yet costly alternative.

Pros and cons: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband


  • No data caps
  • No annual contracts
  • Fast, reliable fiber


  • Limited availability
  • No DSL for new customers



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


  • Limited availability
  • High price hikes

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Plans and pricing: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Verizon competes with Astound in the four major metropolitan areas in the Northeast, but it has the upper hand in availability and price. Verizon also has the fastest fiber speeds of the two at 2,300Mbps.

Verizon plans and pricing

Internet 300/300$49.99/mo.*300MbpsFiber
Internet 500/500$69.99/mo.*500MbpsFiber
Internet 1 Gig$89.99/mo.*Up to 940MbpsFiber
Internet 2 Gig$84.99/mo.*Up to 2,300MbpsFiber
5G Home Internet$60.00/mo., $35.00/mo. for Unlimited mobile subscribers#Up to 300MbpsFixed Wireless
5G Home Internet Plus$80.00/mo., $45.00/mo. for Unlimited mobile subscribers#Up to 1,000MbpsFixed Wireless
LTE Home Internet$50.00/mo., $25.00/mo. for Unlimited mobile subscribers #25-50MbpsFixed Wireless

Verizon dominates the Northeast, so the only places you’ll see it overlap Astound Broadband is in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston. Astound is mostly a cable internet provider anyway, as its fiber internet is hard to find even in these large metropolitan areas. We’ll always tell you to go with Verizon’s fiber even if you do come across any Astound connection, as it doesn’t inflate your cost after one or two years as Astound does.

Both have speeds ranging from 300Mbps to 2,000Mbps, but Verizon goes a little higher at 2,300Mbps. Of the two, Verizon has the best customer satisfaction based on our recent survey, outranking Astound in every category. In fact, it’s the most reliable internet service based on customer feedback. You simply can’t go wrong with Verizon’s fiber internet or its fixed wireless service.

Astound Broadband plans and pricing

300 Mbps Internet$25.00–45.00/mo. *†‡Up to 300MbpsCable, fiber
600 Mbps Internet$40.00–$45.00/mo. *Up to 600MbpsCable, fiber
800 Mbps Internet$50.00/mo. *Up to 800MbpsCable, fiber
940 Mbps Internet$50.00–60.00/mo. *Up to 940MbpsCable, fiber
1500 Mbps Internet$60.00–$70.00/mo. *Up to 1,500MbpsCable. fiber

Technically, Astound Broadband runs four networks across the nation, but in this instance, its RCN network directly competes with Verizon in the Northeast, so we can weed out the other three that are irrelevant to the comparison. That means ignoring the data caps plaguing Astound’s Wave network on the West Coast.

That said, you’ll see a variety of Astound’s cable and fiber internet plans from Washington DC to Boston, with speeds currently topping out at 2,000Mbps based on what Astound reports in its local rate cards. Pricing is mostly the same across all six markets, although Lehigh Valley has the highest prices of them all. Your rates skyrocket after 12 or 24 months—Verizon doesn’t increase your rates.

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Deals and promotions: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Get a Target gift card worth up to $300 plus no-cost router rental.

News Fios 1 Gig and Fios 2 Gig customers are eligible for either Disney+ Premium for six month or a free MoCA Ethernet Adapter and $50 Xbox eGift Card.

Get $75 off your internet bill for each friend you refer to Astound Broadband. No contracts required.

New customers may be eligible for free installation and a free modem, depending on service area.

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, so there’s no one specific price we can pin down. 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

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Verizon ranks second for overall satisfaction among the 15 national internet providers in our latest customer satisfaction survey. Its highest ratings are in reliability and speed satisfaction, which isn’t surprising given fiber is much more reliable and faster than cable and DSL. It also ranks within the top three 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 scores are in speed, reliability, and customer service satisfaction, where it ranks eighth out of 15 internet providers. Its lowest ranking is in price satisfaction, which isn’t surprising given the steep price hikes customers experience when the introductory pricing ends. In contrast, Verizon doesn’t increase your monthly rate after 12 months.

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Best TV and internet bundles

Internet speedTV channelsPriceDetails
Verizon 300 Mbps Internet + Your Fios TVUp to 300Mbps125+$99.99/mo.*
Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection + More Fios TVUp to 940Mbps300+$163.99/mo.
Astound Broadband 300 Mbps Internet + Basic TVUp to 300MbpsUp to 58+$53.70/mo.
Astound Broadband 1 Gig Internet + Basic TVUp to 940MbpsUp to 58+$59.69-$88.70/mo.

Astound Broadband offers eight different bundles in each market except for Luzerne County, where it doesn’t bundle TV or internet at all (based on what Astound tells us). New York’s pricing includes Paramount+ with Showtime, whereas all other markets do not. The promo pricing is awesome, but keep in mind the steep price hikes after 12 or 24 months, depending on the internet plan.

Verizon keeps your choices simple, with the cheapest Mix & Match option starting at $135 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 140Mbps, but new customers can’t get it. Verizon’s fiber-to-the-home service is significantly faster, reaching speeds up to 2,300Mbps both ways.

Astound Broadband is mainly a cable internet provider. Download speeds range from 100Mbps to 2,000Mbps, depending on the internet type, but some speed tiers may not be available where you live. Cable speeds aren’t symmetrical like fiber either, so Astound’s upload speeds in the Northeast don’t go above 20Mbps, even on its 1,500Mbps plan.

Data caps: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Data CapDetails
  • No cap
Astound Broadband
  • No cap

Technically, Astound has data caps, but they only apply to its Wave network on the West Coast. In the Northeast, it doesn’t enforce data caps on its RCN network, so there’s no worrying about monthly limits and extra fees. Verizon doesn’t have data caps, either.

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)
  • $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’t self-install internet in the Northeast, so we didn’t include the fee on our list. 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 provides internet in the Northeast, from Virginia to New York. It mostly encapsulates the major metropolitan areas and extends into places like Virginia Beach, Buffalo, Albany, and Plattsburg. Verizon has a larger DSL internet footprint, but its fiber network keeps growing.

Astound Broadband has a far smaller footprint in the same region. It doesn’t have the same reach as Verzion either, so it’ll be a harder service to locate. It’s the only one of the two with the largest presence in the Allentown area.

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Final call: Verizon vs. Astound Broadband

Verizon and Astound Broadband’s RCN network compete in the Northeast, but Verizon commands so much of the area that you’ll rarely come across an Astound cable or fiber connection. And even if you do, we say go with Verizon if it’s available to you.

Astound has cheap promotional prices—we get it. But your rates skyrocket after 12 or 24 months, depending on the plan, so we can’t suggest Astound unless it’s your only cable or fiber option. Astound also has equipment fees, compounding your long-term cost. Verizon is simply the best you can get, but don’t take our word for it—customers say so in our latest satisfaction survey.


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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