13 Best Internet Deals (2017): Compare Top Service Providers & Offers

A DealCrunch community member asked...

Q&A

Are there any promotions to save on internet service?

Levi Horowitz

Levi Horowitz

DealCrunch Editor

Levi answered on 9.1.17:

If you’re reading this right now, you’re using the internet. More importantly however, if you’re reading this right now, you’re paying for the internet, and probably don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

Navigating internet service providers, or ISPs, can get quite nuanced, so prepare to do some research. For example, you’ll want to consider how many devices will be connecting to your network, whether you have other services, like phone or cable, to bundle with internet, and the available providers in your area.

That said, this list of the top internet carriers can help you choose the best deal on their service, so use the navigation below to quickly jump to your local ISPs:

Comcast XFINITY | Verizon FiOS | Spectrum | Bright House Networks | AT&T | Cox
Time Warner | Charter | CenturyLink | Mediacom | Suddenlink | Frontier | WOW

Best Comcast Internet Deals

Comcast XFINITY offers great deals and unique functionality for a range of internet users, providing service for in-home internet use as well as several packages that offer access to a reliable network of hotspots nationwide. These hotspots can help you save on monthly smartphone data, which is especially helpful for those who live on their laptops and need to work on the go.

For those with just one to two devices to connect, we’ve seen deals from Comcast that include 10 Mbps for just $24.99/month for new customers who sign a one-year service agreement. While this plan does not include hotspots, it’s still a great deal.

1

Comcast XFINITY

★★★★★ 4.6/5.0

Cheapest plan

$24.99/mo.

Aside from competitive pricing, Comcast XFINITY also boasts a number of notable customer services, including self-service phone applications, 24/7 customer support, a 30-day money back guarantee, a guaranteed two-hour appointment window, and, in the event of outages, credit to customers affected. As far as coverage is concerned, Comcast provides internet in almost all major metropolitan areas and immediate surroundings. However, Comcast provides little to no coverage for the middle of the US aside from major cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, and Detroit.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#1 in Best Internet Deals4.6 out of 5www.Xfinity.com

While Comcast boasts valuable hotspots and competitive offers for new customers, existing Comcast customers won’t find a plan cheaper than $49.99, which might not be the best for return customers. And, if you’ve experienced poor customer service in the past, our next provider may be better suited for your internet needs.

Best Verizon Internet Deals

Verizon FiOS boasts scorching speeds at reasonable rates when you sign a term agreement with the company, which is recognized by JD Power as having the “Highest Residential Internet Service Satisfaction in the East, Four Years in a Row.” That means returning customers have a little more power when it comes time to negotiating renewals, upgrades, or switching plans.

2

Verizon FiOS

★★★★★ 4.5/5.0

Cheapest plan

$39.99/mo.

In my experience, Verizon has had wonderful customer service, and its website has representatives ready and willing to reach out to you while you browse the latest deals. Verizon current has a promotion that gives $500 of credit to help buy you out of any current contract you may be stuck in, but it’s important to note that many of its deals are limited-time offers. To find out if Verizon is in your area, consult the coverage map and enter the necessary information.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#2 in Best Internet Deals4.5 out of 5www.Verizon.com

New Verizon FiOS customers can expect offers such as 50 Mbps for $39.99/month for the first year with no annual contract and the $90 installation fee waived. This deal is exclusive to those ordering online, but, after speaking with sales representatives, I learned that they negotiate with each client on an individual basis to decide on suitable plans.Photo of a person using the internetGreat customer service and inexpensive internet speed don’t come without a caveat; Verizon internet services is only available in nine states. If available, it’s a great deal, but for those living in the other 41, you’ll have to search elsewhere.

Best Spectrum Internet Deals

Spectrum, from Charter Communications, has recently acquired Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable, and now has some interesting rewards to offer along with its internet service. From a free internet modem to free online protection with Security Suite to no data caps, Spectrum has been making moves to win over customers.

Although you’re likely looking for the best deal on internet in your area, it’s worth noting that Spectrum currently offers a bundled deal with phone, TV, and internet for an even cheaper price than the available deal on internet alone. And similar to Comcast, Spectrum also offers nationwide hotspots.

3

Spectrum

★★★★ 4.4/5.0

Cheapest plan

$44.99/mo.

Spectrum’s enticing add-ons include a one-hour guaranteed appointment window that nets you $20 if your representative is late, a 30-day money back guarantee, and a $500 credit buyout if you’re willing to terminate your contract to switch services. The coverage for Spectrum stretches across 29 states and can be broken down into three separate maps — Bright House-Spectrum, Time Warner-Spectrum, and Charter-Spectrum. Although it isn’t as well-equipped for America’s largest cities, it still has impressive coverage in sizeable cities like Tampa, Fort Worth, and Riverside, California.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#3 in Best Internet Deals4.4 out of 5www.Spectrum.com

New customers can expect super fast speeds of 60 Mbps, but it isn’t cheap at $44.99/month for one year, plus taxes, equipment charges, and “other fees.” However, Spectrum service does come with its free Security Suite protection, a free modem, and hotspot access with no data caps. Existing customers will want to reach out when it’s time to renew services as deals are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Spectrum has a myriad of perks that make its deals appealing at first glance, but they lack a diversity of options.

Best Bright House Internet Deals

As mentioned above, Bright House was acquired by Charter, and now offers the same deals through Spectrum internet service.

4

Bright House

★★★★ 4.4/5.0

Cheapest plan

$44.99/mo.

Bright House has maintained a positive image in the five states the brand services, and has done so in part by its dedication to smoothly serving the Latinx population, advertising its deals in Spanish on its main website, and even having a specific plan available for Latinx customers. Many Bright House customers affected by the acquisition can expect quicker internet speed, experiencing a jump from 50Mbps to 60Mbps when switching to Spectrum’s new standard package. Plus, Bright House now offers all the same stellar customer service features Spectrum provides.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#4 in Best Internet Deals4.4 out of 5www.BrightHouse.com

While the jump in speed may be worth it to many customers, the new price may not be, so take a look at deals from other ISPs that might be in your area.

Best AT&T Internet Deals

AT&T is probably best known for its cellular coverage, but AT&T Fiber is helping the brand expand its internet services to even more locations. With a wide variety of service plans available, AT&T offers more choices so you can find the best fit for your internet usage.

5

AT&T Fiber

★★★★ 4.2/5.0

Cheapest plan

$40/mo.

While data caps cripple AT&T, the brand makes it easy to reach customer service. I met with a very helpful representative via chat while browsing deals on the website. AT&T’s coverage is currently clustered, but is growing. Fiber presents a great opportunity for AT&T to spread its internet popularity and coverage, but at the moment, only the southern US, California, and areas of the Midwest have access to the service.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#5 in Best Internet Deals4.2 out of 5www.ATT.com

Customers new to AT&T’s Fiber internet service can expect to get 25 Mbps for $40/month with a one-year term agreement that comes with a data cap at one TB (but you can get unlimited data for an additional $30/month). However, many AT&T deals offer you double the speed for the same introductory price. Existing customers pay $50/month for speeds of 25 Mbps and 50 Mbps.Photo of a network modem and cablesAT&T offers packages ranging from 768 Kbps to 1 Gbps, but once again misses most of middle America and presents problems for some users, households, or businesses that may need more than a TB of data.

Best Cox Internet Deals

Cox is the first provider on our list that offers considerable coverage for the middle of the country, making it a go-to for many Americans. Cox also has begun to recently lower some of its rates, though it is still more expensive than other providers and rarely offers discounts or waivers for equipment and installations.

6

Cox

★★★★ 4.1/5.0

Cheapest plan

$39.99/mo.

New Cox customers can get 15 Mbps for $39.99/month for the first year with a 1024 GB data cap. This is marked down from the previous rate of $62.99/month. The other new customer offer we saw was 100 Mbps for $59.99/month for the first year, again with a 1024 GB data cap and marked down from $82.99/month. Cox doesn’t have a great reputation as far as customer service is concerned, the the site does offer a chat tool for quick help. 

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#6 in Best Internet Deals4.1 out of 5www.Cox.com

With its unique coverage locations, Cox has been able to hold a niche spot among internet providers, but with the expansion of other networks, it needs to compete. The company has lowered prices to attract new customers, but with little variety and less-than-stellar customer service, Cox still must battle to win over customers flocking to the growing branches of competitors, like AT&T Fiber.

Best Time Warner Internet Deals

Spectrum acquired Time Warner, and the communication conglomerate now provides internet service for many new areas. If you’re worried that your coverage has changed, please refer to the Time Warner-Spectrum coverage map.

7

Time Warner

★★★★ 4.4/5.0

Cheapest plan

$44.99/mo.

Piggybacking off Time Warner’s superior coverage and speed, Spectrum made 60 Mbps its standard speed package, the exact speed of Time Warner’s previously most advertised offer. Those affected by the merger should lose no speed on their connection. Customers new to Time Warner-Spectrum can get the 60 Mbps standard service — with no data caps — for $44.99/month for the first year, plus taxes, equipment charges, and “other fees.” However, you’ll also receive Spectrum’s Security Suite protection, hotspots, and a modem for free. Existing customers may find it useful to call in to discuss any changes to billing and negotiate their rates.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#7 in Best Internet Deals4.4 out of 5www.Spectrum.com

Since the acquisition of several key players in the space, Time Warner included, Spectrum has been able to grow and offer competitive rates to more customers throughout the country.

Best Charter Internet Deals

Charter Communications’ internet is provided under the brand name Spectrum, and its services will be available to former customers of Time Warner and Bright house due to the merger. Charter customers from before the merger may notice a drop in internet speeds, as the most popular package of 100 Mbps will now be harder to access and negotiate.

8

Charter

★★★★ 4.4/5.0

Cheapest plan

$44.99/mo.

Through its ISP arm, Spectrum, Charter offers the same popular customer features, including a one-hour guaranteed appointment window that nets you $20 if your representative is late, a 30-day money back guarantee, and a $500 buyout credit to terminate your contract and switch services. The new customer internet deal is the same as well: 60 Mbps for $44.99/month during the first year, with added taxes, equipment charges, and “other fees.” If you need more speed, the 100 Mbps rate is only available in select areas. A recent deal we saw on the faster speed was $89/month for the first year. All service deals come with Spectrum’s free Security Suite protection, modem, and hotspots with no data caps.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#8 in Best Internet Deals4.4 out of 5www.Spectrum.com

Of course, if you’re still outside the newly enlarged Spectrum coverage area, you may find these deals more relatable.

CenturyLink, the internet providing arm of DirecTV, offers a wide variety of speeds and term-agreement options ranging from one to three years. They also provide multiple slower-speed packages for those of us who aren’t avid internet users.

9

CenturyLink

★★★★ 3.9/5.0

Cheapest plan

$29.95/mo.

While CenturyLink has more limited coverage, it does a fantastic job of covering western states (excluding California). New customers can expect offers such as 20 Mbps for just $29.95/month during the first year. While we wouldn’t normally suggest signing a contract, you might consider locking in the $34.95/month rate for a two-year term agreement, otherwise the “standard monthly rate” will apply after the intro offer expires. CenturyLink describes its standard monthly rates as negotiable, but they are typically set by past promotions and contracts. It’s also important to note that CenturyLink doesn’t offer cable internet, only the more expensive DSL and Fiber options, which can be a problem if you’re not wired for those options.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#9 in Best Internet Deals3.9 out of 5www.CenturyLink.com

Unfortunately, CenturyLink’s relatively high prices and smaller footprint (available in 42 markets as of now) can make the service inaccessible for many, though it does have farther reach than other options on this list.

Best Mediacom Internet Deals

Mediacom covers many internet users across the Midwest, but especially in Iowa, where its coverage percentage is nearly seven-fold that of its next best covered state. In 2016, Mediacom was named the “Nation’s Top Communication Provider” by well-respected industry publication CableFax, helping bolster its brand as it expands its reach into states like Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, and even Alabama.

10

Mediacom

★★★★ 3.8/5.0

Cheapest plan

$49.99/mo.

Despite high praise from CableFax, Mediacom is also rumored to have the worst customer satisfaction in the industry. While mixed reviews aren’t ideal for the brand, Mediacom is known to deliver on its advertised speeds. For example, you can get 60 Mbps for $49.99/month for one year with no term agreement, which supports two to four devices (note: data is capped at 400 GB). We’ve also recently seen an offer for 100 Mbps at the same introductory rate — just $49.99!

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#10 in Best Internet Deals3.8 out of 5www.MediacomCable.com

Poor customer service and limited coverage plagues most providers, but especially Mediacom.

Photo of a girl using a computer

If you live in Iowa, or other select areas in the Midwest, Mediacom may be perfect for you and your neighbors. But for the rest of us, it may be best to look elsewhere.

Suddenlink, now part of the Altice brand family which also owns Optimum, boasts several unlimited data plans for its broadband service, although the company had previously imposed limiting data caps. Suddenlink serves the Western, Midwestern and Southern states with a majority of customers in Arizona, California, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

11

Suddenlink

★★★★ 3.7/5.0

Cheapest plan

$39.95/mo.

The best rate we found from Suddenlink was $39.95/month for 50 Mbps, and if you place an order for service through the Suddenlink website, we’ve seen offers for free installation (normally $60). While Suddenlink also offers 100 Mbps, 200 Mbps, and 1 Gb plans, those speeds are limited to specific areas and not widely available.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#11 in Best Internet Deals3.7 out of 5www.Suddenlink.com

You may have better luck combining your services to save a few bucks, or see if you have coverage from another provider if Suddenlink doesn’t suit your needs.

Best Frontier Internet Deals

As we near the end of our list, you’ve probably noticed a number of ISPs dealing with poor reputations. Frontier is no different. Lack of clarity, billing issues, and limited coverage seem to dog Frontier, but it does provide full coverage for many of America’s cities that are smaller than NY and LA, but still large.

12

Frontier

★★★★ 3.7/5.0

Cheapest plan

$30/mo.

Frontier provides coverage for midsize cities like Charlotte, Baltimore, Oakland, and Arlington, but its largest presence is in Connecticut and West Virginia. The more popular deal we saw for new customers was 50 Mbps for $30/month over two years, though there is no term agreement. There is also a small package, best for single devices, that delivers 6 Mbps at $19.99/month for the first year before shifting to $34.99/month for the second year, and it includes a free wi-fi router when you sign up.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#12 in Best Internet Deals3.7 out of 5www.Frontier.com

As with other offers on this list, Frontier is riddled with many of the same problems, including customer service and coverage complaints, but it does offer some competitive deals for those looking for two-year contracts. Before deciding which provider best fits your needs, we have one more company to discuss.

Best WOW Internet Deals

Smaller cities and towns still need internet access, and WOW helps bring coverage to the places the bigger guys tend to forget.

13

WOW

★★★★ 3.9/5.0

Cheapest plan

$29.99/mo.

WOW mostly services the Midwest, but despite its smaller footprint, WOW has maintained a better reputation with its customer base than many of the providers listed above. For an affordable $29.99/month, users can get 10 Mbps without a contract or term agreement. The better deal is to upgrade to 10x faster internet service for just $49/month without a service contract. However, if you don’t mind locking yourself into an agreement for two years, you can get the blazing fast 100 Mbps rate for $39.99/month.

Offer CategoryDealCrunch RatingOfficial Website
#13 in Best Internet Deals3.9 out of 5www.WowWay.com

Although WOW doesn’t provide the best variety of packages, the service plans do include larger packages and higher speeds for more advanced internet users. WOW delivers on internet speed and seems to have a decent record with customer service, which is expected with smaller companies that can give more attention to customers.

Get Cheap High-Speed Internet Service for Your Home

Picking an internet provider can be a daunting task, so it might be useful to make a checklist of your connectivity needs so you can compare internet deals fairly.

Photo of cables in a wall

Based on your location, the number of devices connecting to your network, and your willingness to sign a term agreement, you can narrow down your ISP choices pretty quickly.

Use the above list of internet service deals we’ve researched to compare and select the package and provider that best meets your needs.