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From choosing the best internet speed for your lifestyle to understanding how different technologies work, we compiled all the info you’ll need to make an informed purchase. Our localized search tool will show you available internet service providers near you. Entering your zip code will help us filter your results since providers can vary by location. To start, check out some of the best internet service providers available.

Internet Type: Pros & Cons

DSL Internet

Short for Digital Subscriber Line, this type of internet uses the copper phone lines that typically already run through most homes to transmit digital data.

Affordability
Good for gaming & streaming
Depends heavily on proximity to location
Lacks speed during transmission

Cable Internet

Cable internet uses copper coaxial cables, the same way you get cable TV, to deliver electrical signals to a modem.

Widely available
Faster speeds than other broadband connections
Can be expensive
Not as fast as fiber-optic cable

Fiber Internet

Fiber internet transfers data as light signals through the use of fiber-optic cables made from thin glass or plastic wires.

Fastest upload and download speeds available
Can support heavy streaming usage
Most expensive option
Not as widely available

Satellite Internet

Uses three satellite dishes to transmit signals: one dish connected to your modem, one in space, and one at an internet service provider’s hub.

Global coverage
Good for light internet users
Slow speeds
Not as secure as other connections

What Internet Speed Do You Need?

Understanding internet speed and connection type can be complicated. Most providers offer high-speed plans ranging from 100-1000 Mbps depending on your location. Are you a gamer? Do you stream content in several different rooms? Work from home? Read more about how to choose the best internet speed for your lifestyle.

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Compare Internet Providers

ProviderTypeMax Download SpeedMax Upload Speed
Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 20 mbps
Cable 300 mbps 10 mbps
DSL/Fiber/Fixed Wireless 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
DSL/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
DSL/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
Satellite 25 mbps 3 mbps
Cable 1000 mbps 50 mbps
Fiber/Fixed Wireless 1000 mbps 250 mbps
Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
Fixed Wireless 100 mbps 100 mbps
DSL/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
Cable/Fiber 940 mbps 35 mbps
Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
DSL/Cable/Fiber/Fixed Wireless 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
DSL/Fiber 940 mbps 880 mbps
DSL/Cable/Fiber/Fixed Wireless 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
DSL/Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 1000 mbps
Cable/Fiber 1000 mbps 100 mbps

Data sourced 7/2/2020. Offers and availability vary by location. Prices are subject to change and may require a contract.

Internet FAQs

Computer scientists Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn are credited with inventing the Internet communication protocols we use today and the system referred to as the Internet. Cerf and Kahn developed a set of guidelines for data transfer using packet switching in 1980, calling those guidelines TCP/IP, or Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol. The TCP part of the protocol is in charge of packing the data before it moves across the network and unpacking it once it has arrived. The IP component acts as the trip coordinator and maps the movement of information from its start point to its end point.

Though other protocols were developed and used before TCP/IP, such as the file transfer protocol (FTP) and network control protocol (NCP), the Internet as we know it today is built on the basis of Cerf and Kahn’s "network of networks."

The main factor you’ll want to assess is your household’s internet usage and streaming habits. Check out some additional insights on what internet speed is best for your lifestyle.
The first step to finding internet providers in your area is to enter your zip code in the search bar. If you live in a large city, more options will be available than in rural parts of the country. To find internet providers near you start here.
Internet pricing varies by connection type and speed. The pricing goes up with faster speeds. Other factors will include location, data caps and whether or not you choose to bundle service with TV/Cable. To find the best available prices in your area, enter your zip code here.

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