Frontier offers a wide range of internet speeds from 6 Mbps all the way up to gigabit speeds of 1,000 Mbps.
Gigabit speeds provide a ridiculous amount of bandwidth to support pretty much anything you (or your whole family) can think to do on the internet. But they’re available only in limited areas that have access to Frontier’s fiber services.
Everywhere else has to settle for digital subscriber line (DSL) internet speeds, which top out at 115 Mbps for Frontier.
Frontier’s DSL internet is more widely available than its fiber internet. And the DSL service has more customers, which pulls Frontier’s average internet speeds down from its gigabit heights. That’s normal. The average speed test result isn’t necessarily what you can expect from your Frontier internet package. The Frontier internet speed you should expect depends on your internet package.
Top advertised download speed:
Frontier average internet speed test results:
Average download speed: 38.71 Mbps
Average latency: 32.08 ms
Total speed tests: 64,429
Fastest cities for Frontier internet service
|City||Top advertised download speed||Average download speed*|
|1. Bradenton, FL||115 Mbps||80 Mbps|
|2. Walnut, CA||115 Mbps||78 Mbps|
|3. Largo, FL||115 Mbps||76 Mbps|
|4. Winchester, CA||115 Mbps||76 Mbps|
|5. Granada Hills, CA||115 Mbps||76 Mbps|
Remember that these are average speeds and won’t necessarily reflect your experience with Frontier internet, even if you live in one of the cities listed. Your actual speeds will depend on your internet package.
Frontier has two types of internet: DSL and fiber. DSL internet usually taps out at 100 Mbps max, while fiber internet can reach ten times those speeds. With that in mind, it makes sense that Frontier’s fastest cities would have at least some fiber service, even if it’s not gigabit fiber internet.
Of course, cities with Frontier’s fastest download speeds are at an advantage because its gigabit service is just so much faster than the other available Frontier speeds. It’s twice as fast as the next fastest internet plan.
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Internet speed recommendations
So, which Frontier internet speed package should you choose? Every household has different bandwidth needs, depending on how many people are using the internet and what you do online. We’ve outlined what speeds you need for common internet activities in the chart below.
Recommended minimum download speed
4 - 6 People:
4 - 6 People:
4 - 6 People:
SD Video: 10 Mbps
HD Video: 50 Mbps
4 - 6 People:
SD Video: 50 Mbps
HD Video: 100+ Mbps
About our Frontier internet speed test
The Frontier speed test gauges your fiber or DSL internet speed by measuring three things:
- Download speed—how long it takes for data to get from the server to your computer
- Upload speed—how long it takes info to get from your computer to the server
- Latency—how long it takes a ping to go round trip from your computer to the server and back
To measure your download speed, the Frontier speed test sends a small dummy file to your computer and times how long it takes to download, converting that time into your speed.
The dummy file is completely harmless, but security software might flag it as an unrecognized file type. That messes with your results, so you’ll want to turn it off to get an accurate speed test. Just remember to turn it back on again when you’re done.
Our speed test also uses the dummy file to assess your upload speed by sending the file from your computer to the internet server and timing how long it takes to complete.
Similarly, the speed test measures latency by sending a piece of information (called a ping) from your network to the internet server and back and timing how long it takes round trip.
Upload speed, download speed, and latency are all important for an uninterrupted browsing sesh, but when you sign up for an internet plan, you usually choose one based on the download speed. That’s because people download a lot more information from the internet than they send to the internet. Streaming Big Little Lies, downloading a video game file, and scrolling through your Facebook feed all primarily use download speed.
If your upload speed is a lot slower than your download speed, don’t panic. Most internet plans give you much less upload bandwidth. It’s usually about 10% of the plan’s download bandwidth. For example, a 100 Mbps plan might have up to 10 Mbps for upload speed, or a 25 Mbps plan might give you 3 Mbps for uploading. Frontier doesn’t specify for its DSL plans, but unless you’re doing a lot of uploading (like constantly posting to your vlog on YouTube), you don’t need much upload bandwidth anyway.
If it’s not enough, fiber internet plans (including Vantage Fiber and FiOS plans) often give you the same amount of bandwidth for uploading and downloading, which makes them great for heavy uploaders.
Latency (sometimes called ping or ping rate) is a little different. Firstly, it isn’t necessarily tied to the internet package you choose. Secondly, unlike with speed, low latency is actually better than high latency.
Basically, latency is the time it takes for your click to travel to the server and for the effects of that click to show on your computer. If you’ve ever experienced lag while playing an online game, you’re familiar with the effects of high latency. Two main culprits behind latency are network congestion and distance from a network hub.
Frontier internet speed FAQ
Is fiber better than DSL?
In short, yes, fiber is better than DSL. Fiber internet is faster, more reliable, and has lower latency than DSL. Fiber is also a newer type of internet that uses light signals to carry information at superfast speeds.
DSL, on the other hand, struggles with reliable performance when you’re too far away from a central hub. But because the tech is a little older, it’s had more time to gain ground—literally. It’s much more widely available than fiber internet, especially in rural areas. Slower DSL internet packages are also frequently more budget friendly than superfast fiber plans. Still, if you have the option between both, you probably want fiber.
What’s the difference between Frontier, Vantage, and FiOS?
Frontier high-speed internet, Vantage by Frontier, and FiOS by Frontier are all Frontier internet services. They have different names and branding because they’re slightly different networks. For example, FiOS by Frontier used to be Verizon Fios, but Frontier acquired parts of Verizon’s fiber network in 2016.
FiOS is all fiber internet. Frontier high-speed internet (packages named stuff like “Frontier Internet” or “Frontier Premium Internet”) is DSL. And Vantage has a little bit of both.
You probably won’t have multiple Frontier network options at your home, but if you do, the Vantage and FiOS fiber networks offer pretty much identical plans. But Vantage DSL is cheaper than Frontier DSL.
Where can I get Frontier internet?
You can get Frontier internet in 29 states, but it’s not available everywhere in each state. The best way to check if you can get Frontier is by checking plan availability with your ZIP.