- Spectrum is mostly available in urban and suburban areas, including widespread coverage in major metro areas on the East and West coasts such as New York and Los Angeles. Their coverage area increased dramatically after their merger with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network in 2016, making them one of the top three largest Internet providers in the U.S. While both older brands have been retired, many customers still refer to their service as “TWC” or “Bright House” in certain service areas.
2. AT&T offers wired broadband internet using two types of connections: IPBB, a DSL and fiber hybrid connection known as AT&T Internet, and fiber, which is simply branded as AT&T Fiber. Most people with access to AT&T have access to AT&T Internet since DSL is available practically wherever landlines are. AT&T Fiber is mainly available in major cities in Alabama, Arkansas, and California.
3. Verizon’s High Speed Internet DSL service is generally available outside major metro areas throughout the Northeast, including states such as Connecticut, Delaware, and Massachusetts. Verizon’s High Speed Internet is the company’s alternative to its Fios service in areas where it has phone line network coverage but hasn’t yet built fiber to subscriber addresses directly.
4. Viasat is one of the two major U.S. satellite internet providers offering service to nearly 100 percent of the country. Satellite internet’s core strength as a technology is its universal availability over a wide area. Viasat satellite internet service isn’t as uniform as their competitor HughesNet regarding speed and quality of service offered. However, Viasat is available in all 50 states and some international areas, including the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Most Viasat customers need to determine if they have sufficient space for a clear view of the sky that looks to the South. This requirement can cause issues for customers who may have trees, buildings, or other obstacles obstructing their view. In fact, Viasat is able to provide in-flight connections to airlines for this very reason.
5. As a satellite provider, HughesNet offers service virtually anywhere with a view of the Southern sky, where satellite transmitting service is located. Although primarily covering the United States mainland, the HughesNet service area for Gen 5 includes Alaska and Puerto Rico, Brazil, India, and some parts of Europe.
HughesNet’s availability depends less on the ability of the signal to reach customers and more on the availability of clear space around a reception dish. Trees, buildings, mountainsides, and other physical objects between customers and the satellite can cause problems. Luckily, since HughesNet is primarily used by rural customers, there isn’t much of a problem with tall buildings blocking signals, which satellite TV providers have to deal with in urban areas.
6. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet offers the best deal in certain parts of the country. Residents without access to traditional high-speed internet options like fiber or cable internet no longer have to worry about unacceptably slow internet options or expensive plans with barely enough speed. T-Mobile 5G Home Internet uses fixed wireless technology along with T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and 5G coverage to deliver speeds between 33-182 Mbps for $50 a month (with AutoPay). Speeds can vary depending on location, signal strength and availability, time of day, and other factors.
7. Frontier started offering Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) internet services in rural and suburban U.S. markets in 2008. In 2014, Frontier acquired additional network coverage from Verizon, including fiber network areas. Frontier now markets its fiber services as Frontier Fiber. Frontier offers the most fiber coverage in Alabama, Arizona, and California.
As a DSL provider, one of Frontier’s strengths is its widespread rural availability, since rural households usually have access to the twisted copper phone lines needed for DSL connections. Frontier DSL services are particularly widespread in Alabama, Arizona, and California.