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Optimum by Altice vs. Frontier

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Optimum by Altice and Frontier Internet Service in 2023

Optimum by Altice has 18 plans:

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Optimum by Altice has 18 plans:

Learn more about Frontier and Optimum by Altice

Suddenlink Communications is now part of Optimum by Altice
On August 1, 2022, Suddenlink rebranded and is now a part of Optimum by Altice.

Frontier Communications and Optimum by Altice are two major internet providers offering premium internet services throughout the U.S. Both providers supply high-speed fiber internet in select areas. Optimum also offers cable while Frontier offers DSL, fiber, and fixed wireless. Explore the data compiled below to figure out which provider may best suit the needs of your household.

Frontier vs Optimum by Altice Overall Comparison

Frontier vs Optimum by Altice Overall Comparison

  • Speed

    Call For Details

  • Pricing

    $49.99 - $154.99/mo.

  • Service Type

    DSL, Fiber, Fixed Wireless, Copper

  • Equipment Fee

    $0 a month

  • Data Cap

    Unlimited Data

  • Speed

    300 Mbps - 5 Gbps

  • Pricing

    $40 - $180/mo.

  • Service Type

    Cable, Fiber

  • Equipment Fee

    $10 a month

  • Data Cap

    0 GB

Frontier provides the greatest DSL coverage in West Virginia, Connecticut, and Indiana with internet service available in 25 states. As one of the largest DSL provider in the U.S., Frontier offers DSL internet to roughly 32.1 million million people as well as fiber and fixed wireless internet services. Frontier customers have the option to bundle their internet with phone and/or TV services to make monthly costs more affordable.

By coverage area, Optimum by Altice is one of the largest residential cable provider in the U.S., supplying reliable cable services to approximately 20.6 million people. Along with cable, Optimum also offers fiber-optic network to select regions. Similarly to Frontier, Optimum customers have the option to bundle their internet with phone and/or TV services.

Frontier vs Optimum by Altice: Best Deals

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Optimum by Altice vs. Frontier: Extra Fees and Contracts


Frontier has a one-time expert installation fee of $85. If you choose a qualified internet plan, the fee is waived.

Optimum offers a trifecta of installation options that include self-installation, standard installation, and premium installation. A standard installation includes a coaxial cable and one wireless device with a maximum of two outlets. Their premium installation is offered at $149, which includes a setup of three outlets, a wireless setup for all available devices, and local hard-wiring for smart TV, gaming or alarm systems, and computers.

Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Frontier offers both long-term contracts and contract-free options. If you opt to sign an agreement, be prepared for early termination fees up to $400 if you decide to terminate your contract early. Upon canceling, a broadband processing fee of $10 will apply when your service ends. Regarding equipment fees, Frontier customers have the option to rent a modem and router.

Like Frontier, Optimum by Altice does not require contracts but offers 1-year agreements for a lower monthly rate. If a contract is terminated early, early termination fees will apply and vary depending on your plan. Optimum has a Price for Life option, which offers high-speed internet with all-inclusive entertainment services for a locked-in price. Taxes, fees, and other charges may also apply to the monthly charge of Price for Life. With or without a contract in place, equipment fees are not included in Optimum’s monthly fee and cost $10 per month to rent a modem with Wi-Fi.

Data Caps

All of Frontier’s and Optimum by Altice’s plans come with no data caps so customers have access to unlimited streaming and internet usage.

Frontier vs. Optimum by Altice Internet Review

We asked BroadbandNow users to review Frontier based on four core attributes: Customer Service, Reliability, Speed, and Value.

BroadbandNow readers submitted 3226 for Frontier. Frontier earned an average score of 3.36 out of 5.

As of June 2023, BroadBandNow’s editorial team has not been able to survey enough Optimum by Altice customers to provide a comprehensive understanding of how this service is meeting customers’ needs or expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions About Optimum by Altice & Frontier Internet Services

  • Is Optimum by Altice cheaper than Frontier?

    Frontier’s lowest-priced internet-only DSL plan starts at $49.99 per month while Optimum’s is $40 per month. Pricing and availability varies depending on your location.

  • Who has faster speeds? Optimum by Altice or Frontier?

    Both Frontier and Optimum by Altice offer internet plans with varying speeds depending on location. Optimum offers download speeds up to 940 Mbps.

  • Do Optimum by Altice and Frontier have unlimited data?

    Both providers offer a variety of internet plans with unlimited data.

  • Do Optimum by Altice and Frontier require a contract?

    Neither Frontier nor Optimum require a contract, however their contract options come with monthly promotional rates.