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Best High-Speed Internet Providers of 2022

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Fast internet isn’t just a luxury anymore, it’s essential for most people. But even if you’re just moving down the street, you might have to switch internet providers in the process. That’s why we ask for your address in the box below — it’s the only way to show you exactly what your options are. You won’t be able to get all of our picks for the fastest internet providers at your address, but you can use this page to compare the options that are available.

Compare the fastest internet plans

  • Verizon Fios: Best overall
  • AT&T Fiber: Fastest speeds
  • WOW!: Cheapest gig plan
  • Google Fiber: Best perks
  • Xfinity: Best availability
ProviderMax download speedMax upload speedPrice*
Verizon Fios940 Mbps880 Mbps$89.99/mo.
AT&T Fiber4,700 Mbps4,700 Mbps$180.00/mo.
WOW!1,000 Mbps50 Mbps$29.99/mo.
Google Fiber2,000 Mbps1,000 Mbps$100.00/mo.
Xfinity3,000 Mbps3,000 Mbps$299.95/mo.
*Price for fastest plan. Updated 09/16/22.

Verizon Fios

Download speedUpload speedPricePerks
300 Mbps300 Mbps$49.99/mo.Wi-Fi security camera
500 Mbps500 Mbps$69.99/mo.SimpliSafe 4-piece Bundle
940 Mbps880 Mbps$89.99/mo.Stream TV Soundbar
Prices updated 09/16/22.

Pros

  • Upload speeds as fast as download
  • Four year price guarantee on gig plan
  • Highest customer satisfaction rating of any provider
  • Router and Wi-Fi extender included

Cons

  • Only available in northeast U.S.
  • No plans over one gig
  • Only three plans available

If you can get Verizon Fios at your address, you should do it — it’s the best high-speed internet provider around. Plans top out at one gig, but if we’re being honest, very few households need more bandwidth than that. At $89.99/mo., Verizon actually has one of the cheaper gig plans you’ll find, and you’ll be locked in for four years — a lifetime when it comes to internet prices. What’s more, Verizon has topped the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s list of internet providers for two years in a row, meaning the service actually delivers.

AT&T Fiber: Fastest speeds

Download speedUpload speedPricePerks
300 Mbps300 Mbps$55.00/mo.$150 reward card
500 Mbps500 Mbps$65.00/mo.$150 reward card
1,000 Mbps940 Mbps$80.00/mo.$200 reward card
2,000 Mbps2,000 Mbps$110.00/mo.$200 reward card
4,700 Mbps4,700 Mbps$180.00/mo.$200 reward card
Prices updated 09/16/22.

Pros

  • Speeds up to 5,000 Mbps
  • Cheap gig-speed plan
  • Prices start at just $55/mo. for fiber internet
  • $150-$200 Visa Reward Card when you sign up

Cons

  • Not as widely available
  • Fastest plans are on the expensive side

AT&T Fiber came in at a close second to Verizon Fios in our analysis. It has the fastest speeds of any nationwide provider in the U.S., but 5,000 Mbps is overkill for any residential home. But even if you don’t go with the top speed tier, the rest of AT&T Fiber’s plans are still great deals. Its gig speed plan costs just $80/mo., and you can get 300 Mbps for only $55/mo. — plenty of speed for most households.

WOW! Internet: Cheapest gig plan

Download speedUpload speed Year one priceYear two pricePerks
100 Mbps10 Mbps$29.99/mo.$39.99/mo.$150 gift card
200 Mbps10 Mbps$29.99/mo.$49.99/mo.$150 gift card
500 Mbps50 Mbps$29.99/mo.$59.99/mo.$150 gift card
1,000 Mbps50 Mbps$29.99/mo.$69.99/mo.$150 gift card
Prices updated 09/16/22.

Pros

  • Cheapest gig-speed plan
  • Gift card included on all plans
  • No contract required
  • Customizable equipment options

Cons

  • Prices increase after first year
  • Equipment fees start at $14/mo.
  • Low upload speeds

If you want high-speed internet without breaking the bank, WOW! is shockingly affordable. All of its plans are just $29.99/mo. in the first year, making it by far the cheapest way to get gig speeds. The biggest downside with WOW! is that it’s a cable internet provider, so its upload speeds are just a fraction of download. That means you could run into some issues if you’re an online gamer, or if you have multiple people on video meetings at one time.

Google Fiber: Best perks

Download speedUpload speedPrice
1,000 Mbps1,000 Mbps$70.00/mo.
2,000 Mbps1,000 Mbps$100.00/mo.
Prices updated 09/16/22.

Pros

  • Fast speeds
  • No contracts
  • Mesh Wi-Fi network included
  • 1 TB of data storage

Cons

  • Only two plans available
  • High starting price

Google Fiber isn’t the most widely available service, but it’s hard to beat if you live in a bigger household that requires a lot of bandwidth. Plans start at 1,000 Mbps of download and upload speed, which pretty much guarantees that you’ll never run into any buffering or long loading times. Best of all, both Google Fiber plans include a mesh Wi-Fi network, which usually costs several hundred dollars to buy on its own. This ensures that your Wi-Fi connection can be spread throughout your entire home without sacrificing speed.

Xfinity: Best availability

Download speedUpload speed Year one price
50 Mbps10 Mbps$30.00/mo.
100 Mbps10 Mbps$40.00/mo.
300 Mbps10 Mbps$50.00/mo.
600 Mbps20 Mbps$65.00/mo.
900 Mbps20 Mbps$70.00/mo.
1,200 Mbps35 Mbps$80.00/mo.
3,000 Mbps3,000 Mbps$299.95/mo.
Prices updated 09/16/22.

Pros

  • Coverage in 40 states
  • No-contract options
  • Extremely fast speeds available
  • Great consistency scores

Cons

  • Prices increase after first year
  • Low upload speeds on most plans
  • 1.2 TB data cap

Another company that’s offering packages with no long-term contract, Xfinity makes a play as one of the most affordable internet service providers in the game. Packages that can reach up to 50 Mbps download speed start at only $30/mo. with no fixed term attached, although the price bumps after the first 12 months of service. Unfortunately, Xfinity plans vary a ton by location, so you’ll have to check your specific address to find out what’s available to you.

Xfinity scores extremely well when it comes to speed and consistency tests. According to Ookla’s real-world testing, Xfinity provides the second-fastest speeds on average, and is the most consistent overall.


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