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Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Optimum by Altice and Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Service in 2021

Verizon High Speed Internet and Optimum by Altice are among the leading internet providers in the U.S. Each offers a variety of packages that range in price and speeds. Verizon High Speed Internet offers DSL whereas Optimum offers cable and fiber. Read on for additional differences between the two providers to determine which is best for you.

Optimum by Altice Info


(844) 910-2593

$40-80/mo.

Verizon High Speed Internet Info



$69.99/mo.

Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Comparison Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
Provider Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
Speed 300-1,000 Mbps 0.5-15 Mbps
Pricing $40-80/mo. $69.99/mo.
Service Type Cable or Fiber DSL
Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Feature Comparison Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
Provider Optimum by Altice Verizon High Speed Internet
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Select Plans Select Plans
Contract-Free Plans No Yes
TV Service Yes No
Phone Service Yes Yes

Optimum by Altice Internet Deals †

Last updated on 11/6/2020
  • $40 for 300 Mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps
    • 1-year promo rate.
    • Advertised price reflects $5 discount for enrolling in Auto Pay & Paperless Billing, must maintain both to keep discount.
    • Setup: $0 (Free standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $45 for 300 Mbps Cable
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $109.99.
    • A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50 will be added to the monthly bill. AutoPay and Paperless Billing reduces price by $5.00.
    • Setup: $59.00 (Includes standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $60 for 500 Mbps Fiber
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 500 Mbps
    • 2-year promo rate.
    • Advertised price reflects $5 discount for enrolling in Auto Pay & Paperless Billing, must maintain both to keep discount.
    • Setup: $0 (Free standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $65 for 940 Mbps Fiber
    • 940 Mbps ↓ and 940 Mbps
    • Advertised price reflects $5 discount for enrolling in Auto Pay & Paperless Billing, must maintain both to keep discount.
    • Setup: $0 (Free standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $70 for 500 Mbps Cable
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 35 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 2-year promo rate. Regular rate is $129.99.
    • A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50 will be added to the monthly bill. AutoPay and Paperless Billing reduces price by $5.00.
    • Setup: $59.00 (Includes standard installation.)
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.
  • $80 for 1,000 Mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • A Network Enhancement Fee of $3.50 will be added to the monthly bill. AutoPay and Paperless Billing reduces price by $5.00.
    • Setup: $59.00 (Includes standard installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 486-3566 to setup service.

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Optimum by Altice.

Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Deals †

Last updated on 9/17/2020
  • $69.99 for 15 Mbps DSL
    • 1 to 15 Mbps
    • For 1 year plus taxes, equipment charges & other fees. A refurbished Router is offered at no monthly charge.
    • Setup: Activation waived online.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $29.99 one-time purchase
    • Call (0 ) - to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 15 Mbps DSL
    • 1 to 15 Mbps
    • A refurbished Router is offered at no monthly charge. For 1 year plus taxes, equipment charges & other fees. Verizon home phone service required.
    • Setup: Activation waived online.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $29.99 one-time purchase
    • Call (0 ) - to setup service.

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Verizon High Speed Internet.

Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Performance Overview

Verizon High Speed Internet offers DSL internet as well as fiber internet through Verizon Fios. Both are offered to residents in the U.S., with the greatest availability in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Verizon High Speed Internet is available to about 49 million people outside of major metro areas and offers contract-free plans as well as unlimited data.

As the fourth largest residential cable provider, Optimum by Altice is available to about 12.9 million people in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Optimum also provides fiber internet to roughly 1.6 million people. Customers can bundle packages with TV service.

Optimum by Altice Installation

Optimum by Altice offers several installation options: free self-installation, standard installation, and premium installation.

Standard installation requires a $99 charge and includes a coaxial cable and one wireless device and a maximum of two outlets set up. Premium installation is $149 and includes local hard-wiring for either a smart TV, gaming systems, computers, or alarm systems. All available devices will be set up wirelessly, and three outlets will be set up as well. Additional outlets require an additional fee of $25. Currently, Optimum is offering free installation when you order online.

Verizon High Speed Internet Installation

Verizon High Speed Internet uses existing phone lines for its DSL service. The installation process is simple with Verizon’s DSL service—you can avoid the installation fee by opting to buy and install your own equipment. You’ll receive an instruction manual, a router, and filters for your phone lines. In four steps, you’ll be able to complete your installation.

Optimum by Altice
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Optimum does not require annual contracts but offers a 1-year agreement with a promotional rate.

If you do decide to sign up for Optimum’s 1-year agreement, be prepared to face early termination fees if you decide to opt-out early. Equipment fees are not included in the monthly rate and cost $10/month for the Altice Gateway which is both a router and a modem. Optimum may help pay some of your early termination fees from your previous provider.

Verizon High Speed Internet
Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Verizon High Speed Internet requires a contract of 1-2 years if you choose their standalone internet plan.

However, if you decide to bundle your internet with phone service, which is still $69.99/month, you won’t have to sign a contract and can pay month to month. There is a one-time $60 fee for new customers and a $29.99 activation fee, which can be waived if you order online. You can also opt for a free refurbished router, and you won’t have to pay rental fees. Otherwise, you can buy a modem that is also a router for a nominal fee.

Optimum by Altice Data Caps

Optimum’s internet plans do not have any data caps.

Verizon High Speed Internet Data Caps

Verizon High Speed Internet offers unlimited data with select plans.

Optimum is awesome.

5.00 Stars

on December 29, 2019

Optimum by Altice

Great speed, great reliability and great customer service. No problems. And many people are using it in this house at the same time. It's great.

Love it!

4.00 Stars

on May 06, 2020

Optimum by Altice

I came here on this website to get a speed test and I wasn't surprised by the results! I have Optimum and I love it.

Great speeds

5.00 Stars

on May 13, 2019

Verizon High Speed Internet

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.

Gonna be sad to see it go

4.00 Stars

on November 25, 2020

Verizon High Speed Internet

We have had a great experience with Verizon even with many devices on at once, we have not had any issues. Great customer service, but moving soon to Martinsburg WV and it is not available so I guess we are stuck with a sub-par provider. Kinda sad, we're spoiled.

Optimum by Altice vs. Verizon High Speed Internet Coverage Availability

Optimum by Altice Coverage & Availability

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Verizon High Speed Internet Coverage & Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions about Optimum by Altice & Verizon High Speed Internet Internet Services

  • Is Verizon High Speed Internet cheaper than Optimum?

    Verizon High Speed Internet’s plan is more expensive than most of Optimum by Altice’s plans, but it is cheaper than Optimum’s most expensive plan. Verizon High Speed Internet’s plan is $69.99/month, whereas Optimum offers a range of prices from $25-75/month.

  • Who has faster speeds? Verizon High Speed Internet or Optimum?

    Optimum by Altice offers much faster speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, whereas Verizon High Speed Internet offers up to 15 Mbps.

  • Do Verizon and Optimum have unlimited data?

    Both Verizon and Optimum by Altice offer unlimited data for their internet plans.

  • Do Verizon and Optimum require a contract?

    If you choose Verizon High Speed Internet’s internet and phone bundle, you will not be required to sign a contract. However, if you choose their standalone internet plan, you will have to sign a 1-2 year contract. Optimum, however, does not require contracts for any of its plans.