About Spectrum

  • Charter Spectrum was adopted as the name of Charter Communication’s residential services in 2014.

  • While it is often just referred to as “Spectrum®,” Charter Spectrum is the official trade name of Charter Communications.

  • Charter Communications acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks in 2016, which now fall under the Spectrum brand.

  • Spectrum saw annual revenue of $48.1 billion in 2020, a 5.1 percent increase over 2019.

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Spectrum Availability

Spectrum is mostly available in urban and suburban areas, including widespread coverage in major metro areas on the East and West coasts such as New York and Los Angeles. Their coverage area increased dramatically after their merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network in 2016, making them one of the top three largest Internet providers in the U.S. While both older brands have been retired, many customers still refer to their service as “TWC” or “Bright House” in certain service areas.

Spectrum Plans and Prices

Best Features: Things to Consider:
  • Contract-free plans
  • Unlimited data on all plans
  • No equipment rental fee
  • Contract buyout option
  • Nationwide hotspot access
  • Monthly WiFi fee
  • Speed varies throughout the day
  • Plans vary by location

One of the defining features of Spectrum, when compared to other cable providers, is their easy-to-understand tiered pricing system, which offers the same price for similar plan speeds nationally. Spectrum Internet plans are favored by cord-cutters, thanks to their unlimited data and affordable contract-free options. In fact, we rank Spectrum third for best Internet providers for streaming.

Plan Name Features Monthly Start Price
Spectrum Internet® Up to 200-1000 Mbps in download speeds $49.99 per month
Spectrum TV 200+ channels $44.99 per month
Spectrum Mobile Nationwide 5G access $14.99 per line per GB
$45 per line (for unlimited data)

Spectrum offers three internet plans with prices starting at $49.99 per month. The speed for their lowest-tier plan varies by location, as Spectrum has upgraded it from 100 to 200 Mbps in most areas. TV, home phone, mobile phone bundles are also available from Spectrum. The upgraded speed comes at no extra cost at this time, and may include Spectrum’s 2-year price lock deal.

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Spectrum Internet Speeds

Spectrum uses what’s known as an HFC (Hybrid Fiber-Coaxial) network for the delivery of wired broadband services. In essence, this means data on their network travels over fiber lines for most of the journey to subscribers, but switches over to older, coaxial cable lines for the short distances within neighborhoods. The distance of this coaxial “hop” varies, but the overall effect is that download speeds come in the range of 100 to 1,000 Mbps, with upload speeds up to 10 to 35 Mbps.

The main caveat with HFC or “cable” networks is bandwidth sharing, which is the byproduct of multiple residences being connected to a single fiber “node” in the area. Think of it as branches in a tree getting smaller as they spread out – if one branch needs more water, the tree might send more to that branch at the expense of other branches. You can see this in action during “peak use” hours of the late afternoon and evening, when most customers see a reduction in speeds due to the high volume of streaming on Over the Top (OTT) services like Netflix.

Spectrum Customer Satisfaction

Spectrum ranks fourth in our top 10 providers, with a 3.4 star rating. Participants in our survey rated each provider’s customer service and support, Internet speed and reliability, and overall cost value.

Spectrum ranks close to the top of the charts for Netflix users, with a ranking of No. 5 as of 2018. They’re also well-regarded by OTT video customers since they don’t currently use usage-based billing. This means subscribers can stream as much video content as they like without running into steep fees for extra data use or throttling – even if they don’t subscribe to any Spectrum TV® services.

Spectrum Customer Service

Spectrum’s residential customers have a few ways to contact customer service: via phone at (855) 707-7328, the online chat feature on spectrum.com/contact-spectrum/contact-us, or via the My Spectrum Support app available for iOS and Android devices. Spectrum’s business customers can contact (844) 684-0658 for support or use the resources provided on spectrumbusiness.net/support.

Availability by State

Alabama 2,226,927 1000mbps
Arizona 178,532 1000mbps
Arkansas 141 1000mbps
California 19,498,945 1000mbps
Colorado 369,207 1000mbps
Connecticut 355,355 1000mbps
Florida 6,960,459 1000mbps
Georgia 1,882,006 1000mbps
Hawaii 1,305,596 1000mbps
Idaho 145,945 1000mbps
Illinois 669,638 1000mbps
Indiana 1,282,070 1000mbps
Kansas 613,990 1000mbps
Kentucky 2,757,831 1000mbps
Louisiana 589,966 1000mbps
Maine 1,046,562 1000mbps
Maryland 6,428 1000mbps
Massachusetts 859,561 1000mbps
Michigan 2,623,360 1000mbps
Minnesota 1,048,983 1000mbps
Mississippi 38,987 1000mbps
Missouri 3,121,461 1000mbps
Montana 593,298 1000mbps
Nebraska 643,463 1000mbps
Nevada 573,239 1000mbps
New Hampshire 157,102 1000mbps
New Jersey 209,800 1000mbps
New Mexico 34,206 1000mbps
New York 11,259,005 1000mbps
North Carolina 7,851,495 1000mbps
Ohio 9,334,259 1000mbps
Oregon 751,129 1000mbps
Pennsylvania 377,444 1000mbps
Rhode Island 214 1000mbps
South Carolina 2,717,794 1000mbps
Tennessee 1,795,486 1000mbps
Texas 13,067,254 1000mbps
Utah 0 1000mbps
Vermont 51,192 1000mbps
Virginia 207,668 1000mbps
Washington 655,180 1000mbps
West Virginia 75,451 1000mbps
Wisconsin 4,467,872 1000mbps
Wyoming 321,667 1000mbps

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Frequently Asked Questions about Spectrum

  • How much is Spectrum Internet a month?

    Spectrum offers internet services ranging from $49.99 for 200 Mbps to $109.99 for 1000 Mbps.

  • How much does Spectrum charge for Internet only?

    Spectrum charges anywhere from $49.99 for 200 Mbps to $109.99 for 1000 Mbps.

  • Are Brighthouse and Spectrum the same company?

    Charter Communications recently merged with Time Werner Cable and Bright House Networks. All three offer Spectrum services while the merger is being fully transitioned.

  • Are Charter and Spectrum the same company?

    Yes, Spectrum is the brand name of the Internet service offered by Charter Communications.