Internet Providers in New York City (NYC), New York

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Residential Internet Statistics for New York, NY
Internet Providers: 10
Internet Plans: 17
Fastest Speed Available: 1,000 Mbps
Average Plan Price: $54.22

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Most New Yorkers will have the option of deciding between Spectrum and Verizon when shopping for an internet provider. Verizon actually offers two home internet services in the city: Verizon Fios, which offers fiber internet, and Verizon High Speed Internet, which offers DSL internet. Even though Verizon High Speed Internet is more available, Verizon Fios offers up to 10 times more speed and better prices.

Fastest Internet Providers in New York City

If it’s available to you, Verizon Fios fiber internet is the fastest in the city, with download and upload speed up to 1,000 Mbps. Its counterpart, Verizon High Speed Internet, is not as impressive, offering speeds only up to 15 Mbps.

Cable internet is the second fastest option in New York City. Spectrum, the most available cable provider, offers download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 35 Mbps. RCN also offers similar speeds but is only available to 36 percent of New Yorkers who are mostly located in Astoria, Elmhurst, and Steinway.

If you’re looking for a wireless home internet option, Starry Internet is a fixed wireless provider that offers up to 200 Mbps. That’s more than enough speed for a household with 6-plus people/devices connected. There are a few other providers, like Consolidated Communications, who are available to less than 10 percent of New York and offer gigabit speeds.

Cheapest Internet in New York City

If you’re looking for a low-priced internet-only plan, Verizon Fios is your best option. Prices start at $39.99 per month for download and upload speeds up to 200 Mbps, and can go as high as $80 per month for gigabit speed.

Spectrum is only a few dollars more, with prices ranging from $49.99-$109.99 per month for speeds ranging between 200-1,000 Mbps.

Frankly, RCN has the lowest-priced internet deals in NYC, offering between 100-1,000 Mbps for only $29.99-$50 per month. Click on “View Plans & Pricing” next to RCN above to see which deals they’re currently offering.

Comparing Verizon Fios and Spectrum

Whether you’re looking to bundle or cut the cord, most New Yorkers choose either Verizon Fios or Spectrum. Verizon Fios is the faster option, but bundle-seekers looking for a deal turn to Spectrum since they have lower-priced double and triple play plans, starting at $89.98 per month.

Verizon Fios bundles start at $104.99 per month but are more customizable thanks to the Fios TV Test Drive plan. With this option, Verizon will give you access to 425-plus channels, then recommend a plan for you based on your viewing history after 60 days.

Digital Equity Programs in New York City

New York City is the first in the nation to pass a law requiring internet providers to provide affordable low-income internet to families. The passing of this legislation is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2021 Connectivity Agenda, which aims to connect all New Yorkers with affordable high-speed internet. Since June 2021, ISPs in New York offer up to 25 Mbps for as little as $15 a month. If you’re eligible for public assistance or other low-income internet programs, it’s likely you may qualify. Contact your chosen provider to find out more.

If you’re looking for free internet, visit any branch of the New York City Public Library, or a LinkNYC kiosk (which have been designed to replace pay phones with Wi-Fi access); you can also check out scattered areas around Lower Manhattan where Downtown Alliance offers free Wi-Fi.

Internet Access in New York, New York

The average download speed in New York is 534.43 Mbps. This is 117.6% faster than the average in New York and 80.8% faster than the national average.

  • There are 61 internet providers in New York with 10 of those offering residential service
  • New York is the 1st most connected city in New York ahead of Jersey City, Weehawken, Hoboken, Long Island City, and Union City.
  • There are 55 companies offering business internet services in New York.
  • Almost 99% of consumers in New York have access to a wired connection with true broadband speeds faster than 25mbps.
  • Fiber optic internet is available to 83% of New York County residents.
  • Approximately 99% of New York residents are serviced by multiple wired providers.
  • The average internet download speed in New York is 245.61 mbps.
  • In New York County, approximately 2,000 people do not have access to 25mbps wired broadband.
  • Explore internet access for communities within New York: Roosevelt Island
  • The fastest zip code in New York for July 2021 is 10003. (see all below).

Internet Statistics 2021

13,000 People Only have access to 1 or fewer wired internet providers available at their address.

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Summary Of Fastest Internet Providers In New York, New York

Provider Speed Type Time To Download 1 GB Availability
RCN 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 25.7%
Consolidated Communications (Formerly Fairpoint Communications) 1,000 Mbps DSL and Fiber 8s 2.3%
Spectrum 1,000 Mbps Cable 8s 100.0%
Viasat Internet 50 Mbps Satellite 2m 43s 100.0%
HughesNet 25 Mbps Satellite 5m 27s 100.0%

Internet Provider Competition Map For New York

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Customer Reviews of Internet Providers in New York

CenturyLink Internet with Price for Life

I am a user of CenturyLink Internet and their Internet is the best in the industry. Also, with a cheap bundle, I got a free modem/router. They offer speeds that suit your home needs from 20 Mbps to 940 Mbps.

Best Fiber internet

The best fiber internet out there. Great customer service and speeds, most reliable internet.

verizon fios 200/200 is false

you never get 200/200 even on speed testing website. you get 50-120 max. Furthermore, many regular websites have very slow download speeds to a crawl (compared to other networks, it's not the website fault) the major websites like netflix have decent speeds. i don't know if they are applying the fast lane/ slow lane they have campaigned so much for with their intrument ajit pai. this isn't meant to be political. it's just the truth

Best business fiber

More reliable, faster and quicker install/maintenance than major providers.

Great speeds

Speeds are great ever since we switched to Verizon FiOS, we pay for 200 Mbps up and down and get 330Mbps up and down, speeds are consistent and never slow down, customer service is also good. I would recommend Verizon.

Tried 3 ISPs - Stealth is the best Commercial ISP in NYC: 10/10 in reliability, infrastructure, speed & responsiveness.

We are a customer of four years. I had another provider prior in two locations. Stealth is leaps and bounds superior to the alternative ISPs in every way. From transparency to contractual agreements to pricing to the actual service (we ping 1 ms and top out at our dedicated 1 GB circuit as promised. Have had 1-2 downtime in four years (all with advance notice.) The infrastructure is top notch, and the pricing/terms were the best we saw. Hands down the best IT decision and vendor selection we have made when deciding which vendor to go with. We had a year-long quoting process with another ISP that came in with insane contract terms and wouldn't budge, yet another didn't bother to reply with a formal quote after a month of outreach. It's a real mess in New York City - a lot of traps with insane contract terms (3-5 year) and cancellation fees if you do not submit your decision to not renew within a certain period all buried in fine print. This is not the case with Stealth. Try going through the quote process with other vendors - that alone will highlight how poor the competitors are. Stealth is light-years ahead in customer service and the robustness of their network infrastructure. Highly recommend Stealth.

Reliable

Everything I thought it would be. I've had it for 3 years. Never had an issue with reliability or customer service. Highly recommend it.

Frequently Asked Questions About Internet in New York, New York

  • What is the cheapest Internet service in New York, NY?

    Consolidated Communications offers the cheapest internet plans in New York, New York, starting at $24.95 per month. However, Verizon and Spectrum are far more available and offer plans starting at $39.99 and $49.99 per month, respectively.

  • What is the fastest Internet in New York, NY?

    Verizon Fios is the fastest internet provider in New York City, with download and upload speeds reaching up to 1,000 Mbps.

  • How much is Internet in New York, NY?

    Internet plans in New York, New York, range between $24.95-$109.99 a month for internet-only plans. Bundle prices vary significantly but start at around $89.99 per month for the internet and TV.

  • What is the average internet speed in New York City?

    The average internet speed in New York varies by provider, with Verizon easily exceeding 500 Mbps and Spectrum reaching almost 300 Mbps.

  • How can I get free internet service in New York City?

    Each branch of the New York City Public Library offers free internet, as well as public areas in Lower Manhattan, thanks to the Downtown Alliance.