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AT&T Internet vs. Spectrum

A Side-by-Side Comparison of AT&T Internet and Spectrum Internet Service in 2020

AT&T and Spectrum are both premium internet providers with widespread availability. AT&T offers fiber-optic coverage that provides lighting-fast internet speeds in select areas. Spectrum does not offer fiber-optic internet to residential customers, but their advancement towards an all-digital network allows them to deliver supATTerior cable services with wide availability.

AT&T Internet Info


(855) 910-0548

$35-60/mo.

Spectrum Info


(844) 901-2981

$49.99-109.99/mo.

AT&T Internet vs. Spectrum Comparison AT&T Internet Charter Spectrum
Provider AT&T Internet Spectrum
Speed 5-1,000 Mbps 100-940 Mbps
Pricing $35-60/mo. $49.99-109.99/mo.
Service Type DSL, Fiber, or Fixed Wireless Cable or Fiber
AT&T Internet vs. Spectrum Feature Comparison AT&T Internet Charter Spectrum
Provider AT&T Internet Spectrum
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Select Plans Yes
Contract-Free Plans Select Plans Yes
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

AT&T Internet Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/22/2020
  • $35 for 100 Mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $35 for 100 Mbps DSL
    • 10 to 100 mbps depending on location w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $55.00.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $45 for 300 Mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $49.99 for 25 Mbps Fixed Wireless
    • Typical download speeds of 25 Mbps w/ a 500 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Includes professional installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $60 for 1,000 Mbps Fiber
    • Download speeds up to 940Mbps w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Get a $100 reward card with qualifying online orders.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation cost.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with AT&T Internet.

Spectrum Internet Deals †

Last updated on 10/25/2020
  • $49.99 for 100 Mbps Cable
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • Spectrum prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
    • Setup: $9.99 (Includes self-installation activation.)
    • Modem included.
    • Call (855) 347-5741 to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 400 Mbps Cable
    • 400 Mbps ↓ and 20 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $94.99.
    • Spectrum prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
    • Setup: $9.99 (Includes self-installation activation.)
    • Modem included.
    • Call (855) 347-5741 to setup service.
  • $109.99 for 940 Mbps Cable
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $129.99.
    • Spectrum prices their plans regionally. We do our best to collect these regions and zip codes, but always verify pricing via phone or online in your specific zip code.
    • In-Home WiFi included.
    • Setup: $199.99 (Includes professional installation. WiFi activation is free.)
    • Modem included.
    • Call (855) 347-5741 to setup service.

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Spectrum.

AT&T Internet vs. Spectrum Performance Overview

With two types of internet options—fiber and DSL—AT&T offers a wide range of residential and business plans. In addition to their standard internet plan, they also have a variety of bundles with TV and/or phone service. If you are shopping for fiber-optic internet, keep in mind that AT&T fiber is limited to select large metropolitan areas, though they do have plans to expand. Most customers have a higher chance of having access to AT&T’s DSL.

Spectrum is the second largest cable internet provider in the United States, offering high-speed coverage in 44 states with no data caps and complimentary modems. Along with a selection of standard bundle plans, Spectrum offers a variety of Triple Play bundle options with TV, internet and phone service.

AT&T Internet Installation

When signing up for AT&T internet service, the installation process can be completed in one of two ways.

You can either order a self-install kit and install your own equipment for a $35 activation fee or have a professional handle the installation process from start to finish for $99. With select Triple Play packages, the installation fee may be waived.

Spectrum Installation

The installation process for Spectrum offers both self-installation and professional installation options.

When completing the self-installation with Spectrum, expect a one-time fee of $9.99 for Wi-Fi activation and another one-time fee of $9.99 to either pick up or have a cable modem shipped your way. Their professional installation is a one-time charge of $49.99 and is handled by a technician.

AT&T Internet
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

AT&T offers 12-month and 24-month contracts with download speeds up to 1,000 Mbps.

Equipment fees vary depending on the plan you purchase. If the agreement is terminated early, you will need to pay $15/month for the remaining months of your contract (up to $180). They also have some prepaid plan options, but these agreements do not extend the same promotional savings offered with a contract plan.

Spectrum
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Spectrum is a contract-free provider, which means there are no term commitments or cancellation fees.

Spectrum supplies a free modem and offers an option to rent a router for $5/month.

AT&T Internet Data Caps

The limits of AT&T data caps depend on the plan selected, but most come with a 1 TB data cap per month. For unlimited data, opt for their Internet 1000 plan. If you exceed your monthly limit, it’s $10 for every 50GB of additional data.

Spectrum Data Caps

Spectrum does not have any data caps, which allows users access to unlimited data.

Fantastic team and great coverage

5.00 Stars

on September 28, 2019

AT&T Internet

Absolutely fantastic! Tech came out to help install and, due to the wiring in our apt, it took a while to find the correct outlets. But he was so patient and helpful and kind, really going above and beyond to make sure things got set up so I could have the level of coverage needed to qualify for work from home. Truly amazing guy, I honestly can't speak highly enough of him. He kept trying long after I suspect most would have given up. Huge THANK YOU to AT&T for the coverage at the right price (literally half the price of the competitor in this area), and more importantly for having such an amazing guy on your team. Thank you.

Excellent service

5.00 Stars

on August 17, 2020

AT&T Internet

I received my letter of approval for internet service thru the Access AT&T program. I called to set up service and spoke with a rep. She was so friendly and helpful. She was pleasant to speak with and very knowledgeable about my questions. She made sure I understood everything she said. She kept me informed on what she was doing in the process of setting up my account. She transferred me to another agent to set up my service and have a tech come out to install a phone jack. He was very efficient and professional and very friendly. He made sure all of my questions and concerns were answered. He was extremely polite and personable. I've had this service in the past and am extremely delighted that my area is covered to use their service again. My appointment and equipment is scheduled for Friday, just 5 days from my initial call. I am grateful AT&T offer this service, the same service as for those paying full price receive. It's a blessing to those of us on a fixed income can have the reliable and easy to use internet in today's times so we may stay connected and help with the stay at home request during virus epidemic. I felt like I was given the same respect as anyone else, even with receiving the discount rates. Thank you AT&T for making the effort to keep things simple and quick in setting up my account.

Service Review

5.00 Stars

on October 29, 2019

Charter Spectrum

5 Stars all the way! Front desk scheduling any time of the day or night. Tech support calls no time limits, smart and always helpful, invested in your problem all the way. Thank you all so much for your kind attitude and willingness to help us.

Great service.

5.00 Stars

on October 09, 2020

Charter Spectrum

Spectrum is the best internet, awesome and support is top notch.

AT&T Internet vs. Spectrum Coverage Availability

AT&T Internet Coverage & Availability

AT&T Internet Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Spectrum Coverage & Availability

Charter Spectrum Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions about AT&T Internet & Spectrum Internet Services

  • Is AT&T cheaper than Spectrum?

    Spectrum’s standard internet plan is $49.99/month, which is around the same price as AT&T’s current lowest-priced plan at $50/month. However, AT&T offers a wider variety of internet plans, with the highest-priced plan currently standing at $70/month.

  • Who has faster speeds? AT&T or Spectrum?

    AT&T currently offers speeds up to 1000 Mbps while Spectrum offers a standalone speed of 100 Mbps. Depending on your location, you may have access to higher speeds with AT&T.

  • Do AT&T and Spectrum have unlimited data?

    Both internet providers offer unlimited data options. AT&T offers unlimited data with its Internet 1000 plan. With most of AT&T’s plans, they offer 1 terabyte (TB) limit per month, which is a huge amount of data most households rarely exceed. If you go over your monthly limit, you can pay $10 for every 50 GB of additional data. Spectrum offers unlimited data with all internet plans.

  • Do AT&T and Spectrum require a contract?

    Most of AT&T’s plans require a 1-year contract agreement. Spectrum is a contract-free provider.