Every Internet Provider We've Found Offering Plans With Data Caps

This table includes every broadband Internet provider currently using "data caps" to limit Internet usage. As of Jul 13, 2024, we have 108 providers with data caps in our database.

To help make sense of this data, we have also included the number of customers served by each provider so you can see how many people are affected by data limits.

If your Internet provider is on this list, we recommend that you monitor your data usage — particularly if you frequently stream video or download/upload large files.

This data is continously updated as our data team collects and updates plans from providers. When we have recorded multiple plans for a provider with differing data caps we show their data cap as a range. If a provider has a data cap listed that does not mean it applies to all of their plans or all of their regions, just that we've found them advertising at least one plan with a data cap.

Internet Providers with Data Caps as of Jul 13, 2024

Company Population Covered Technologies Datacap Amount
101 Netlink 180,000 Fixed Wireless 20 - 1000GB
5D Networks 11,000 Fixed Wireless 125 - 500GB
A Better Wireless 56,000 Fixed Wireless 40 - 300GB
Acorn Wireless 3,000 Fixed Wireless 1000 - 2000GB
Adak Eagle Enterprises 100 Fiber, DSL 15 - 150GB
AdamsWells 14,000 Fiber 1000GB
Alaska Power & Telephone 6,000 DSL, Fiber 600 - 3000GB
All Points Broadband 799,000 Fixed Wireless 100GB
AT&T Internet * 120.3 million DSL 1500GB
Ax-S-Anywhere 3,000 Fixed Wireless 2000GB
Ayera Technologies, Inc. 877,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 6480GB
Basin Broadband 310,000 Fixed Wireless 40GB
Beaver Valley Cable 5,000 Cable 50 - 3000GB
Big River Telephone 64,000 Fixed Wireless 20 - 50GB
Broadband Corp 47,000 Fixed Wireless 300GB
Bullitt Communications 60,000 Fixed Wireless 125 - 900GB
Bush-Tell 100 DSL 5 - 40GB
Cablelynx Broadband 356,000 Cable 500 - 3000GB
Cairo Net 16 Fixed Wireless 10GB
California Broadband Services 16,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1000GB
CalNeva Broadband 19,000 Cable 200 - 750GB
Canyon Wireless 41,000 Fixed Wireless 750 - 2000GB
CAS Cable 115,000 Cable 1500 - 4000GB
CGI-Communication 60,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 400GB
Citizens 29,000 Fiber 150 - 6000GB
City Wireless 2,000 Fixed Wireless 500GB
Coalfields Telephone Company 2,000 Fiber 2000 - 2500GB
Coast Communications 8,000 Cable 200 - 500GB
Country Road Networks 12,000 Fixed Wireless 250GB
Cox * 23.2 million Cable, Fiber 1280GB
Crazy Communications 2,000 Fixed Wireless 1536GB
DigitalPath 1.2 million Fixed Wireless 150 - 2000GB
DLS Internet Services 1.0 million Fixed Wireless 50 - 175GB
DM-Tech 37,000 Fixed Wireless 700 - 1800GB
Duncan Cable 2,000 Cable 250 - 700GB
ElbertonNET 12,000 Cable 250 - 2000GB
Emery Telcom 46,000 Fiber 50 - 3000GB
Farmers Mutual Telephone Company 6,000 Fiber 1000 - 2000GB
Fast-Air Internet 4,000 Fixed Wireless 650GB
Fastwyre Broadband 50,000 DSL 8 - 12GB
Federated Telephone Cooperative 17,000 Fiber 1000 - 2000GB
Florida Broadband 537,000 Fixed Wireless 125 - 1500GB
Fybercom 174,000 Fixed Wireless 300GB
GCI Communication 523,000 Cable, Fixed Wireless 7 - 1000GB
GoBrolly Communications 12,000 Fixed Wireless 250 - 750GB
Haefele Connect 21,000 Cable, Fiber 300 - 1000GB
Hudson Valley Wireless 455,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1800GB
Hughesnet * 330.4 million Satellite 15 - 200GB
Inter Mountain Cable 82,000 Cable, Fiber 2000 - 2500GB
Ketchikan Public Utilities 13,000 Fiber 250 - 1500GB
Kittitas Broadband 30,000 Fixed Wireless 100GB
Lake Country Internet 16,000 Fixed Wireless 1000GB
LISCO 19,000 Fiber 500GB
LocalTel Communications 67,000 Fixed Wireless 1000GB
LR Communications 75,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1000GB
LVWifi.com 17,000 Fixed Wireless 750 - 1500GB
Margaretville Telephone Company 3,000 Cable 500GB
Maxwire 35,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 800GB
Mediacom 7.4 million Cable, Fixed Wireless 400 - 2000GB
Mercury Telecom 33,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 1500GB
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative 5,000 DSL 300GB
Midwest Telecom of America 7,000 Fixed Wireless 350GB
Mojave Development 2,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 300GB
Mosaic Technologies 14,000 DSL 1000GB
Mountain Mesh 5,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 700GB
MTCO Communications 29,000 Fiber 1500GB
Nedernet 7,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 350GB
NISHNANET 1,000 Fixed Wireless 500GB
Northern Telephone Cooperative 400 DSL 80GB
Nushagak Electric & Telephone Cooperative 2,000 DSL, Cable 20 - 400GB
Oasis Broadband 18,000 Fixed Wireless 1000 - 3000GB
Open Air Wireless 167,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 3000GB
OTZ Telephone Cooperative 5,000 DSL 200GB
Pine Telephone Company 67,000 Fixed Wireless 25 - 100GB
Ptera 452,000 Fixed Wireless 750GB
Ranch Wireless 3.2 million Fixed Wireless 30 - 375GB
Route 66 Broadband 7,000 Cable, Fiber, Fixed Wireless 250 - 1000GB
Salsgiver 132,000 Fiber 500 - 2000GB
Schat.net 2,000 Fixed Wireless 250GB
SDC Internet 0 Fixed Wireless 500 - 2500GB
SELCO 40,000 Cable, Fiber 400 - 1500GB
Shentel 411,000 Cable 1750 - 3250GB
Sierra Nevada Communications 3,000 Cable 125 - 2500GB
SkyHi Broadband 24,000 Fixed Wireless 200GB
SkyNet Communications 75,000 Fixed Wireless 1224GB
Smart City 22,000 Fiber 2000GB
SmarterBroadband 132,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1000GB
SpeedConnect 395,000 Fixed Wireless 100GB
Supervision 600 Fixed Wireless 10 - 60GB
Tel-Star Cablevision 14,000 Cable 1200 - 2400GB
Texoma Broadband 15,000 Fixed Wireless 250GB
The Snowcloud * 27,000 Fixed Wireless 600 - 2000GB
Triangle Communications 29,000 Fiber 200GB
Tsunami-Wireless 4,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 2000GB
Upward Access 12,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 700GB
UUI Internet 9,000 DSL, Fixed Wireless, Fiber 10 - 100GB
Vermont Telephone Company 300 DSL 2500GB
Viasat Internet 326.9 million Satellite 100 - 660GB
Viser 112,000 Fiber 500 - 3000GB
VTel Wireless 827,000 Fixed Wireless 15 - 500GB
Warm Springs Telecom 3,000 Fiber 1000GB
Wavelinc Communications 44,000 Fixed Wireless 500GB
West Michigan Wireless ISP 80,000 Fixed Wireless 60GB
Westel Systems 11,000 Fiber 660 - 3072GB
Windbreak Cable 5,000 Cable 80 - 250GB
XAirNet 1.5 million Fixed Wireless 150GB
Xfinity * 122.3 million Cable 1 - 1200GB
Zito Media 742,000 Cable, Fiber 500GB

What Is A Data Cap?

A data cap is the limit on the amount of data you are allowed to use each month. Essentially it’s how much you can use the internet. The consequences of exceeding this limit would depend on the type of cap you have. There are two types of caps, a ‘hard’ data cap and a ‘soft’ data cap.

A ‘hard’ data cap used to mean that once you reached your limit your internet service provider would shut you off until the following month. Today, they keep your service on, but charge an overage fee based on the amount of data you use. It is usually charged in blocks, but it can get quite expensive.

A ‘soft’ data cap is when a provider reduces your internet speed, called throttling, when you hit your data limit during the specified period. You are not charged any overage fees and you only experience this lowering of speed until your next billing cycle.

Many providers today are placing a higher limit on hard data caps, or have no data cap plans. For example, cable and fiber internet plans have 1 TB data caps or none at all, while DSL and wireless internet types usually have data caps ranging from 10-500 GB or more depending on the provider.

Why Data Caps Exist

Data caps have emerged in recent years as a way for Internet providers to police bandwidth usage on their networks. Rather than letting everyone use the “pipe” as much as they want, the broadband industry in the US seems to be moving towards a “pay as you go” model where customers who use more data than other will have to pay extra for it.

Statements from Internet providers suggest that data caps are a necessary step to combat network congestion. Opponents of data caps believe that the motivation for data caps has more to do with recovering declining cable revenue or creating a roadblock for streaming services like Netflix. Whichever side you believe, the outcome is the same — data caps are becoming commonplace.

When you shop for an Internet plan, keep in mind that Internet providers often advertise their data caps as “data plans” or “data limits.”

Internet Providers Without Data Caps

Some of the internet providers listed below offer plans without data caps. Often, these plans have higher, sometimes near gigabit speeds. Still read the fine print when signing up for a new plan. “Unlimited data” plans can come with soft data caps that aren’t advertised. It’s possible to get unlimited data — providers offer unlimited data plans as an add-on to your internet plan, which can cost an extra $50/month.

What Happens if you Go Over a Data Cap

Customers who go over the limit set by their provider usually have to pay a fee or purchase additional data on top of their base rate. Additional data purchases are usually handled “a la carte” style, in add-on bundles of 10GB or so.

Some Internet providers provide digital meters for checking how much data you’ve used in a given month. Others do not and only show data use information if their records show you’ve gone over the limit.

In some rare cases, a customer’s service may be terminated if the provider determines that they are breaking their service agreement.

How We Collect this Data

Our data cap information is collected regularly by our full-time research team. This page is automatically updated when we notice changes on Internet provider websites during the routine collection of specific broadband Internet, TV, and phone plans.

All the data shown on this page is based directly on Internet provider websites, information from company call centers, and other official marketing materials. We are unable to display data cap information for plans that are not publicly listed, or that we have not been able to pull into our database for some other reason.

Note: If you are an internet service provider on this list and you believe your company shouldn’t be included here please send us a note via our contact form. Once we verify that the plans listed on your website no longer include data caps, we’ll remove you from this list. This is particularly useful if you have just updated your plans, otherwise our data team will probably update it once they revisit your site to check plans.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Internet Providers With Data Caps

  • Do All Internet Providers Have Data Caps?

    Most internet providers have data caps. These caps can be ‘hard,’ where a fee is assessed when exceeded, or ‘soft,’ where speed is slowed when exceeded. Some providers have plans, for a fee that offer ‘unlimited data’, and some providers offer customers no caps at all.

  • How Much is a TB of Data?

    A TB, or Terabyte, of data, is 1000 GB. That is 165 two-hour HD movies, 200,000 five-minute songs, or 310,000 pictures.

  • Which Internet Providers Have Unlimited Data Plans?

    Spectrum and Verizon are two providers that do not impose data caps on their customers; they offer true ‘unlimited data’ plans. Other internet providers like AT&T, Cox, and Xfinity all offer unlimited data as an add-on option for fees between $30-$50. AT&T also allows unlimited data as part of a bundle package.

  • Are Data Caps Legal?

    While there are no laws governing data caps, there are guidelines that are designed to help internet service providers keep up with the demands of users across the world. To ensure internet usage is fair and balanced, companies engage in data caps. Each company knows the limit their network can bear and implements caps based on those threshold

Last Updated on 07/13/2024