AT&T Internet Plans and Pricing Overview

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  • Chioma Azeh
Apr 2, 2021

AT&T Internet provides a robust internet service with four connection options across the United States. Most customers will either have access to:

  • AT&T Fiber: AT&T’s fiber internet service, the most available fiber internet service in the U.S.
  • AT&T Internet: The IPBB internet service offering download speeds up to 100 Mbps.
  • AT&T Internet Basic: Formerly known as AT&T DSL, AT&T Internet Basic has offers the same price ($45 a month) for each of its three plans.
  • AT&T Fixed Wireless: Residents and businesses in rural areas lacking wired internet service may have access to AT&T’s fixed wireless internet which offers download speeds up to 10 Mbps.

AT&T Internet Plans and Pricing Summary

The AT&T Fiber plans offer the best value (i.e. cost per Mbps) compared to the rest of the AT&T Internet plans; however, they are some of the least available. Most people are likely to see AT&T Internet (IPBB) plans. Fortunately, the AT&T Internet 100 plan is one of the lowest-priced 100 Mbps plans on the market. AT&T’s simple pricing structure for its IPBB plans and inexpensive fiber plans are some of the lowest-priced plans compared to other nationwide fiber and DSL internet providers.

Plan name Download speed Monthly start price
AT&T Internet 300 300 Mbps $35/mo
AT&T Internet 500 500 Mbps $45/mo
AT&T Internet 100 100 Mbps $45/mo
AT&T Internet 1000 940 Mbps $60/mo
AT&T Internet Fixed Wireless Internet 25 Mbps $70/mo

The AT&T Fiber plans offer the best value (i.e. cost per Mbps) compared to the rest of the AT&T Internet plans; however, they are some of the least available. Most people are likely to see AT&T Internet (IPBB) plans. Fortunately, the AT&T Internet 100 plan is one of the lowest-priced 100 Mbps plans on the market. AT&T’s simple pricing structure for its IPBB plans and inexpensive fiber plans are some of the lowest-priced plans compared to other nationwide fiber and DSL internet providers.

AT&T Internet Hidden Fees

AT&T is known to include a variety of add-on fees with broadband bills. Many of these fees, such as “administrative fees” and “franchise fees,” come as a surprise to the new customer. See our guide to broadband bill fees for more information about common internet bill line items. Two you’ll potentially see with AT&T are data overage fees and installation fees.

AT&T Data Caps

While AT&T offers unlimited data for their fiber internet plans, AT&T Internet, Internet Basic, and Fixed Wireless plans have data caps. The data cap on AT&T Internet and Internet Basic plans is 1 TB per month, similar to what most providers with data caps offer. Expect to pay $10 per 50 GB if you go over your data cap. You can add unlimited data to your plan for an extra $30 a month.

AT&T Fixed Wireless customers do not have such a generous data cap, limited to only 350 GB per month. The unlimited data add-on is not available to fixed wireless customers. Overage fees are similar to AT&T Internet and Internet Basic, charging $10 per 50 GB. However, fixed wireless customers can go over up to $200 worth of data (i.e. 1,000 GB), while AT&T Internet and Internet Basic customers can only exceed up to $100 worth of data (500 GB).

AT&T Installation

Each AT&T internet plan comes with a $99 professional installation fee, but it’s possible to get the fee waived if you sign up during a promotion. Although it is not clearly advertised, AT&T offers self-installation guides on their support center. It’s difficult to tell how much self-installation costs with AT&T if it does at all. Most providers only charge $10-20 for a self-installation kit.

AT&T Internet Plan Contracts: What You Need To Know

AT&T internet-only service is available without a contract. You are free to cancel at any time without being required to pay early termination fees (ETFs). However, some AT&T internet and TV bundle packages require a two-year contract on the TV service. This means you’re still able to cancel your internet service, but you’ll have to keep the TV service or be forced to pay ETFs of $15 a month for each remaining month for AT&T TV, or $20 a month for DIRECTV.

Although AT&T’s internet-only plans are contract-free, expect your monthly price to increase about $20 after the first 12 months.

AT&T Internet Modem And Router: What Are Your Options?

To get online with AT&T, you’ll need a modem and router. Modems allow your devices to connect to the internet, while routers transmit the connection in your house over WiFi. Most modern “gateways” are a combination of the two technologies, and that’s what you’ll use with AT&T.

Unfortunately, AT&T internet plans no longer allow you to buy your own equipment unless you’re a “Legacy” customer. AT&T Internet plans are currently only compatible with AT&T branded gateways. This means that you’ll be paying a fee of somewhere between $7 – $10 per month on top of your quoted plan price — so keep that in mind when comparing plan pricing.

This lack of choice when buying internet from AT&T is unfortunate, as it removes the ability to buy your equipment outright and forces you to eat another monthly fee. The advice mentioned above of looking for the “final” plan price should be heeded here, as the equipment charge is largely unavoidable.

What AT&T Internet Plans Are Available In My Area?

Generally speaking, the fastest connections from AT&T (fiber and IPBB) are only available in select areas — usually highly populous locations like major cities and the surrounding suburbs.

Reviews from customers in (but not limited to) Texas and California enjoy some of the fastest AT&T Fiber speeds in the US, far outclassing the basic service offered in most areas of the country.

The infrastructure for AT&T’s Internet Basic technology (the details of which are discussed more comprehensively on our DSL page) has been in place for years, and as such AT&T can offer basic high-speed internet service to large areas of the country. Major areas that don’t have any

AT&T coverage includes New England and a large portion of the Midwest. When deciding which plan will suit your needs, you’ll first need to ascertain which plans are available in your area and compare alternative internet providers.

Which AT&T Internet Plan Is Right For Me?

For gamers, streamers, and cord cutters, fiber is by far the best choice. The regular consumer won’t notice the difference between browsing Facebook on a 100 Mbps vs 1,000 Mbps internet connection. Gamers and techies, on the other hand, can benefit from the dramatically higher upload speeds and uptime.

Fiber optic connections transmit data as light through specialized cables. Light travels quickly, resulting in much faster speeds. AT&T features some of the fastest residential internet commercially available in the areas where they have the infrastructure, but Fiber coverage is sparse. AT&T Fiber features speeds of up to 1000 Mbps — over 20x faster than their IPBB package.