Consumers in the United States have the option to choose from a number of internet service providers, sometimes called ISPs. Most ISPs offer dial-up, cable, and DSL internet access to clients.
The following list of internet service providers includes some of the largest and most well-known in the United States.
Comcast is the largest provider of cable in the United States. They provide services to over 17 million customers, with a maximum speed of 105 Mbps. Customers also have the option of paying for additional features, such as parental controls, email accounts, security, and storage. Their basic access plan starts at $29.99 per month and requires a commitment of at least six months.
AT&T is one of the most well-known ISPs in the country. They offer DSL and dial-up connections, and have recently expanded their service offerings to include fiber optic internet access. Speeds vary according to the access method, ranging from 6 Mbps (DSL) to 24 Mbps (fiber optic). Users are allowed to create a maximum of 10 email addresses. Monthly plans through AT&T start at only $14.95 per month.
Time Warner Cable
Another one of America’s largest telecommunications companies, Time Warner Cable provides internet access to 14 million customers across the country. Cable speeds can reach 50 Mbps. Plans with Time Warner Cable start at $19.99 per month.
CenturyLink is a growing telecommunications company with 6.4 million current customers. They offer DSL and fiber optic internet access, with speeds reaching a maximum of 40 Mbps. Their range of internet plans start at $14.95 per month.
Over half a decade ago, Charter declared bankruptcy, selling off their assets to clear more than $8 billion dollars in debt. Now, with over 5 million customers across the country, this company seems to be back on its feet. They offer a relatively fast cable service, ranging up to 60 Mbps. Special features include email accounts with up to 1GB of storage, parental controls, and safety features. Their plans are comparable in price to other companies’, and start at $19.99 per month.
Verizon offers a wide range of internet services: dial-up, DSL, and fiber optic. Though their fiber optic service, which is called FiOS, is currently only available in a limited number of states, plans for expansion are in the works. Speeds range from 0.5 to 50 Mbps according to the type of access, with fiber optic being the fastest. Verizon’s plans begin at $14.99 per month.
Cox has a customer base of approximately 4 million. It’s one of the smaller, but still relatively well-known internet service providers. They provide cable internet access with speeds ranging from 3-50 Mbps. Accounts come with security software and 10 email addresses. Cox is known for its excellent customer service, with plans starting at $15.99 per month for a commitment of three months.
Optimum is a cable service provider that operates under Cablevision. They serve both the New York metropolitan area and some western states, such as Utah and Colorado. Optimum offers a maximum connection speed of 50 Mpbs. Subscriptions start at $29.99 and come with additional features such as email and security.