Optimum Availability Map

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Optimum offers cable and fiber internet to more than 20.6 million people across 5 states, with the most coverage in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. Optimum offers cable TV, home phone, and mobile services along with home internet service. Optimum’s mobile services are powered by T-Mobile’s wireless network.

Optimum Internet Services

Best features Things to consider
  • Super-fast fiber speeds
  • Free installation when you order online
  • Unlimited data and contract-free plans
  • Limited availability
  • Prices vary by service area

Optimum doesn’t require contracts, and if you’re not satisfied, Optimum offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. With internet plans starting at $40  per month, Optimum offers download speeds up to 8 Gbps. If fiber is available in your area, you can get symmetrical internet speeds.

Plan name Download speeds Starting price Data cap
Optimum Fiber Up to 8 Gbps $40 per month (with Auto Pay & Paperless Billing) Unlimited data
Optimum Cable Up to 940 Mbps $40 per month (with Auto Pay & Paperless Billing) Unlimited data

If you need extended Wi-Fi coverage in your home, not to worry, one Optimum Wi-Fi Extender in addition to the Smart Wi-Fi 6 gateway modem comes included with most Optimum internet packages. Another thing you won’t have to worry about are data caps, as Optimum internet plans offer unlimited data.

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Optimum Internet Speeds

Optimum’s primary service is cable internet, which means data travels over coaxial cable lines either buried underground or on utility poles. Although originally installed exclusively for cable TV, a technology called DOCSIS uses these lines to send high-bandwidth digital data. That enables cable companies like Optimum to provide internet service to a broad subscriber base without installing expensive fiber lines to every individual subscriber.

Optimum instead sends fiber into subscribers’ general area and uses coaxial lines for the last part of the data journey. It can bottleneck download and upload speeds compared to pure fiber-optic connections, enabling the company to offer cheaper service at scale. People with access to Optimum Fiber will have fiber routed directly to their homes.

Optimum Internet vs. Optimum Mobile

Optimum offers both internet and mobile services. In fact, bundling the two services together through Optimum Complete can mean big savings, whole home Wi-Fi coverage, and unlimited mobile data.

Frequently Asked Questions About Optimum Internet

  • Is Optimum fiber or cable internet available in my area?

    If Optimum is available in your area, you’ll have your choice of cable or fiber internet service. One way to figure out which connection type is available is by looking at the upload speeds on the advertised plans. Fiber speeds are symmetrical, whereas cable tends to have a much lower upload speed than download speed. Check to see your plan options by entering your ZIP code at the top of this page.

  • Do I have to sign a contract to get Optimum internet?

    All Optimum internet plans are free of contracts and come with unlimited data.

  • How much can I save if I bundle internet service with phone service?

    You can add home phone service for $20 to any internet plan. If you’re interested in bundling a mobile phone plan with your internet service, you can save significantly on your mobile service — even get a year’s free service, depending on the internet plan and mobile plan you choose.

  • Does Optimum impose data caps on its internet plans?

    Optimum does not impose data caps on fiber or cable internet plans. All plans include unlimited data.

  • Does Optimum charge for installation?

    While Optimum does have an installation fee, Optimum tends to waive this installation fee for all customers who order online.