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Internet Providers with Data Caps

Enter your zip code to see all of the internet providers in your area including which have data caps and which don't.

Several providers featured on this list are currently suspending data caps temporarily to provide relief to consumers reliant on home broadband connections for work and critical communications during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Here are some of the providers who have suspended data caps:

  • AT&T Internet
  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Cox Communications
  • Mediacom
  • Sparklight

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 10, 2020, we have 180 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 10, 2020

Company Population Covered Technologies Datacap Amount
101 Netlink 181,000 Fixed Wireless 10 - 220GB
325 Internet 100 Fixed Wireless 50 - 700GB
5D Networks 300 Fixed Wireless 125 - 500GB
A Better Wireless 44,000 Fixed Wireless 40 - 300GB
Adak Eagle Enterprises 80 Fiber, DSL 3 - 15GB
AdamsWells 10,000 Fiber 1,000GB
Agri-Valley Services 23,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 250GB
AiroComm 86,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 300GB
Alaska Power & Telephone 12,000 DSL 30 - 1,000GB
All Points Broadband 1.5 million Fixed Wireless 100GB
AP&T Wireless 9,000 Fixed Wireless 30 - 400GB
Armstrong 987,000 Cable, Fiber 200 - 2,000GB
AT&T 2.7 million Fixed Wireless 250GB
Ax-S-Anywhere 2,000 Fixed Wireless 1,000 - 4,000GB
Ayera Technologies, Inc. 950,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 3,240GB
Bascom Communications 12,000 Fiber 300GB
Basin Broadband 310,000 Fixed Wireless 40 - 80GB
BBWI 87,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 500GB
Beaver Valley Cable 3,000 Cable 50 - 2,000GB
BendBroadband 167,000 Cable 500 - 1,000GB
Big River Telephone 59,000 Fixed Wireless 20 - 50GB
Blue Devil Cable 13,000 Cable 1,000GB
Blue Ridge Communications 623,000 Cable 200 - 6,000GB
Borealis Broadband 275,000 Fixed Wireless 90 - 1,000GB
Bouncelinx LLC 60,000 Fixed Wireless 16 - 300GB
Bristol Bay Telephone Cooperative 1,000 DSL 5 - 100GB
Buckeye Broadband 544,000 Cable 250 - 500GB
Bullitt Communications 47,000 Fixed Wireless 75 - 500GB
Bush-Tell 1,000 DSL 5 - 40GB
Cablelynx Broadband 365,000 Cable 500 - 2,000GB
California Broadband Services 13,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 2,000GB
CAS Cable 85,000 Cable 1,000 - 3,500GB
Central Scott Telephone Company 12,000 DSL, Cable, Fiber 1,000 - 5,000GB
CenturyLink 49.3 million DSL, Fiber 1,024GB
CGI-Communication 60,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 400GB
Citizens 17,000 Fiber 150 - 6,000GB
Citizens Cablevision 13,000 Cable, DSL 100 - 500GB
Coalfields Telephone Company 14,000 DSL 1,000GB
Coast Communications 7,000 Cable 100 - 500GB
ComSouth 73,000 Cable 200 - 1,000GB
Concept Communications Corp 300 Fiber, Cable 100 - 300GB
Cordova Telephone Cooperative 2,000 DSL 100 - 500GB
Country Road Networks 12,000 Fixed Wireless 250GB
Cox Communications * 21.1 million Cable 1,280GB
CresComm Broadband 700 Fixed Wireless 150 - 2,000GB
Desert iNET 118,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1,000GB
DigitalPath 282,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 2,000GB
DM-Tech 800 Fixed Wireless 350 - 700GB
Duncan Cable 2,000 Cable 250 - 350GB
Eastern Indiana Wifi 6,000 Fixed Wireless 30GB
ElbertonNET 13,000 Cable 100 - 2,000GB
Emery Telcom 28,000 Fiber, Cable 5 - 3,000GB
Etheric Networks 5.8 million Fixed Wireless 300 - 4,000GB
Farmers Mutual Telephone Company 3,000 Fiber 500GB
Fast-Air Internet 7,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 260GB
Federated Telephone Cooperative 14,000 Fiber 500GB
Fibre Alaska 400 Fiber, Fixed Wireless 20GB
FireServe 64,000 Fixed Wireless 10 - 16GB
Florida Broadband 537,000 Fixed Wireless 20 - 700GB
GCI Communication 556,000 Cable, DSL, Fixed Wireless 5 - 600GB
Gigabit Minnesota 10,000 Fiber 1,000GB
GoBrolly Communications 10,000 Fixed Wireless 75 - 420GB
Haefele Connect 25,000 Cable 100 - 750GB
Harris Broadband 300 Fiber 150 - 450GB
Home Town Network 97,000 Fixed Wireless 15 - 150GB
Horizon Cable TV 2,000 Cable 300 - 500GB
Horizon Wireless 112,000 Fixed Wireless 300 - 800GB
Hudson Valley Wireless 815,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 2,400GB
HughesNet 308.7 million Satellite 10 - 50GB
Infostructure 8,000 Fiber 200 - 300GB
InfoWest 207,000 Fixed Wireless 400 - 500GB
Inter Mountain Cable 91,000 Cable 1,000 - 3,000GB
InterBel Telephone Cooperative 3,000 Fiber, DSL 400 - 2,000GB
Jefferson County Cable 14,000 Cable 1,000GB
Kellin Communications 653,000 Fixed Wireless 300GB
Ketchikan Public Utilities 12,000 Fiber, DSL 150 - 1,000GB
Kingdom Connection 39,000 Fixed Wireless 25 - 150GB
Kloud Konect 7,000 Fixed Wireless 20GB
Kraus Cable 16,000 Cable 1,000GB
Lake Country Internet 500 Fixed Wireless 1,000GB
Lake Region Technology & Communications 17,000 Fiber 1,000 - 5,000GB
Lennon Telephone Company 17,000 Cable 250GB
Liberty Communications 7,000 Fiber 1,000GB
Limestone Cablevision 18,000 Cable 300 - 550GB
Lincoln County Telephone System 2,000 Fiber, DSL 300GB
Lincoln Telephone Company 57 Fiber 100GB
LISCO 17,000 Fiber 500GB
LocalTel Communications 53,000 Fixed Wireless 300GB
Lone Pine Communications 1,000 Cable 40GB
LR Communications 1,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1,000GB
LUS Fiber 117,000 Fiber 1,024 - 7,168GB
LVWifi.com 2,000 Fixed Wireless 500 - 1,000GB
Maxwire 100 Fixed Wireless 50 - 400GB
MaxxSouth Broadband 259,000 Cable 2,000GB
Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative 64,000 DSL 300 - 400GB
Midwest Telecom of America 522,000 Fixed Wireless 350GB
MLGC 5,000 Fiber 500 - 900GB
Mojave Development 2,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 300GB
Mosaic Telecom 25,000 DSL 1,000GB
Moundville Telephone Company 5,000 DSL 1,000GB
Mountain Mesh 5,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 500GB
MTCO Communications 153,000 Fiber 1,000GB
Myakka Communications 11,000 Fiber 50 - 1,500GB
NATCO 7,000 Fiber, DSL 250GB
NeboNet 13,000 Fixed Wireless 250 - 1,000GB
Nedernet 2,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 350GB
Netlinx Internet 140,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 1,000GB
New Era Broadband 20,000 Fixed Wireless 75 - 100GB
Newwave Communications 1.0 million Cable 600 - 1,200GB
Nikola Broadband 30,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 750GB
NISHNANET 1,000 Fixed Wireless 200GB
Northern Telephone Cooperative 2,000 DSL 80GB
Nushagak Electric & Telephone Cooperative 2,000 Cable 5 - 100GB
OACYS Technology 241,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 500GB
OnlineNW 474,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 300GB
Open Air Wireless 167,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 1,000GB
Orchard Wirelessnet 400 Fixed Wireless 40 - 500GB
OTZ Telephone Cooperative 3,000 DSL 40 - 200GB
PC Telcom 3,000 Fixed Wireless, Fiber, Cable 25 - 400GB
Phoenix Broadband 1.5 million Fixed Wireless 50GB
Pine Telephone Company 13,000 Fixed Wireless 25 - 100GB
Plateau 82,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 300GB
Preferred Networks 490,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 700GB
Premium Choice Broadband 40,000 Fixed Wireless 20 - 60GB
Ptera 527,000 Fixed Wireless 600GB
Ranch Wireless 3.2 million Fixed Wireless 30 - 375GB
RazzoLink 1.3 million Fixed Wireless 250 - 1,000GB
Rise Broadband 25.7 million Fixed Wireless 250GB
Ritter Communications 124,000 Cable 500 - 1,500GB
Salsgiver 12,000 Fiber 500 - 5,000GB
Sandhills Wireless 3,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 400GB
Schat.net 2,000 Fixed Wireless 250GB
SDWISP 325,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 2,400GB
SELCO 35,000 Cable 400 - 600GB
Service Electric Cablevision 438,000 Cable 200 - 6,000GB
Shentel 437,000 Cable, Fiber 500 - 3,000GB
Sister Lakes Cable 2,000 Cable 500 - 1,000GB
Sjoberg's 22,000 Cable 500 - 1,000GB
SkyHi Broadband 9,000 Fixed Wireless 200GB
Skyrunner 144,000 Fixed Wireless 150GB
Smart City 31,000 Fiber 1,000 - 2,000GB
SmarterBroadband 141,000 Fixed Wireless 40 - 400GB
Sparklight (formerly Cable One) 3.2 million Cable 600 - 1,200GB
SpeedConnect 462,000 Fixed Wireless 10 - 100GB
SpringNet 13,000 Fiber 500 - 2,000GB
Succeed.Net 705,000 Fixed Wireless 200 - 1,000GB
Suddenlink Communications 6.8 million Cable 250 - 350GB
Supervision 200 Cable 30 - 325GB
Surf Broadband Solutions 789,000 Fixed Wireless 150 - 200GB
Surfnet Communications 7,000 Fixed Wireless 1,500GB
TekWav 85,000 Fixed Wireless 150GB
TelAlaska 4,000 Cable 8 - 25GB
Tel-Star Cablevision 10,000 Cable 200GB
Texoma Broadband 15,000 Fixed Wireless 250GB
Thames Valley Communications 63,000 Cable 150 - 2,000GB
The Snowcloud * 300 Fixed Wireless 1,000GB
TierOne Networks 2.8 million Fixed Wireless 100GB
Tsunami-Wireless 85,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 250GB
Upward Access 12,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 400GB
UUI Internet 13,000 DSL, Fixed Wireless 5 - 100GB
Velociter Wireless 35,000 Fixed Wireless 10 - 100GB
Veracity Networks 436,000 Fiber 350GB
Vermont Telephone Company 33,000 Fiber, DSL 2,500GB
Viasat Internet (formerly Exede) * 308.5 million Satellite 12 - 50GB
Viser 381,000 Fixed Wireless 100 - 1,000GB
Vyve Broadband 606,000 Cable, Fiber 1,000 - 2,000GB
WATCH Communications 2.9 million Fixed Wireless 20 - 700GB
Wave Broadband * 1.9 million Cable 300 - 1,000GB
Wave Wireless 1,000 Fiber 50GB
West Michigan Wireless ISP 80,000 Fixed Wireless 60GB
Westel Systems 9,000 Fiber, Cable, DSL 400 - 3,072GB
Whiz To Coho 156,000 Fixed Wireless 200GB
Wi-Fiber 9,000 Fixed Wireless 30 - 50GB
Wireless Data Net 32,000 Fixed Wireless 70GB
Wyandotte Municipal Services 27,000 Cable 1,500 - 2,000GB
XAirNet 0 Fixed Wireless 150GB
xBar7 Communications 1,000 Fixed Wireless, Fiber 1,000GB
XFINITY from Comcast * 111.5 million Cable 1,200GB
Yellowknife Wireless Company 204,000 Fixed Wireless 50 - 100GB
Zito Media 287,000 Cable 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 07/10/2020