AT&T’s wired broadband internet services largely rely on one of two major connection types. The first is fiber, which is AT&T’s fastest home internet option. AT&T markets this service as “AT&T Fiber.” The second is a connection type called Internet Protocol Broadband, or IPBB, which is a hybrid connection type that uses both fiber and DSL infrastructure. AT&T markets its IPBB connections as “AT&T Internet.”
AT&T Internet is available across 21 states, while AT&T Fiber can be found in many major cities, including those in Georgia, Texas, and Tennessee. In addition to IPBB and fiber internet service, AT&T also offers digital landline phone, wireless, and smart home services. AT&T also has a wireless home internet service called “AT&T Air.”
AT&T Internet Services
|Things to consider
AT&T internet plans share one thing in common: They are all contract-free. AT&T Fiber plans offer the best value in terms of cost per Mbps compared to the rest of AT&T’s internet plans. AT&T’s best deals and promotions come with AT&T Fiber plans, which offer some of the cheapest gigabit internet plan options among our highest-rated providers.
However, AT&T Fiber plans have availability limitations in some areas. So, most people will likely see AT&T Internet (IPBB) plans instead.
|Up to 5 Gbps
|AT&T Internet Air
|Between 40-140 Mbps
|Up to 100 Mbps
|AT&T Fixed Wireless Internet
|Up to 140 Mbps
One thing to remember if AT&T Internet is available near you: AT&T provides the fastest speed available to your residence. So, you will only see one AT&T Internet plan (although there are three in total). In other words, some AT&T subscribers may see download speeds up to 25 Mbps while others could see up to 100 Mbps.
Although AT&T has some of the lowest pricing across the board, there are additional fees to consider when deciding which provider fits your budget. You will need to consider the current AT&T deals, plans, and pricing before making a choice on which plan is right for you.
AT&T Internet Speeds
IPBB and Fiber, the core technologies used to deliver AT&T Internet, have some core differences. The big one is that IPBB uses twisted copper phone lines to deliver data as EF (Electromagnetic Frequency) radio signals. You can think of this as “analog.”
Fiber, on the other hand, uses distinct pulses of light over ultra-thin fiber-optical strands to communicate the on-and-off nature of binary data. You can think of this as “digital.” As you might expect, light travels much faster than radio waves, and delivers an internet connection that is 10-plus times faster than IPBB as a result.
IPBB service is often compared to cable, although the two have some key differences as well. The main one is that IPBB is slightly slower in terms of download speed, but delivers an overall more consistent connection since it doesn’t utilize bandwidth sharing as a network management strategy. That said, see how AT&T compares to cable providers like Spectrum.
AT&T Wireless vs. AT&T Internet Air
AT&T Wireless is the mobile portion of AT&T’s offerings, providing cell phones and 5G access for people on the go. You can bundle this product with any of AT&T’s internet services.
On the other hand, AT&T Internet Air is a brand-new wireless home internet option that allows users to subscribe to one simple plan, for one simple price. With no overage fees, price hikes, or contracts, AT&T Internet Air is quickly becoming a major competitor in the wireless home internet market, especially as existing users can upgrade to AT&T Internet Air at no additional cost. All you have to do is connect the AT&T All-Fi Hub to get strong and secure Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home with speeds between 40 and 140 Mbps.