Fast and reliable internet access has become a necessity, and not only for streaming TV and movies. It is nearly impossible to keep up in school or at your job without it. This article explains how to get speedy home internet without a cable bundle for an affordable price.
Internet In Your Area
Before we get into all the deals offered by various providers, you may want to look and see which providers offer 25 Mbps or more in your area.
For more granular location information, you can now search Internet Providers in your zip code.
I’m a cord cutter and watch all my TV and Movies online. To make that affordable, I recommend trying to keep your internet cost per month below $65. As I explained in our article “How Much Internet Speed Do You Need,” 50 Mbps will be more than enough for the majority of cord-cutters.
Below are internet-only plans in the U.S. that deliver affordable home internet service. I’ll also cover the states where each of these providers operates.
I have 13 years of experience using Fios for home internet. They are above and beyond all other the services I’ve used. I can only recall one time in 13 years the service was down for a noticeable time, and support had me up and running right away. In my experience, Fios’ has the most stable network in the business.
They are a fantastic ISP, and I strongly recommend using them if they are available in your area. They offer an unbelievably priced 100 Mbps for $39.99. They also offer near gigabit speed in their service area. Furthermore, Fios is one of a few remaining internet providers with no monthly data caps. Read my review of Fios Internet-only plans for more information on their internet service.
Verizon Fios is currently available in and around the areas of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, and Washington D.C. You can check for the promo pricing availability here.
If you live in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, or Sacramento Verizon just unveiled their 5G Home Wireless Internet Service. Speeds and pricing are comparable to Fios and beat most internet service offerings from other ISPs. Check for availability in your area.
I recently moved out of Fios’ service area and have been using Xfinity from Comcast for internet service. I got an excellent deal, and so far, the service has been reliable in both speed and uptime.
I’ve seen broadband pricing for under $30 and 100 Mbps for around $50 in various parts of the country. This link will show you what is available in your area.
Comcast Availability: The Xfinity service area is within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
For more information, check out this article listing the Xfinity internet plans that you don’t have to bundle with TV.
AT&T is currently offering an internet-only deal that provides 100 Mbps for $40. You can sign up for the promotion here. The page looks like a bundle, but scroll to the bottom. The internet-only deal is in a box on the left. You can also call 833-589-0125 toll-free to get the offer.
AT&T internet service is available in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Check for availability in your area.
Currently, you can check if Cox’s internet is available in your area and get special pricing through this offer page. The prices typically run less than $1 per Mbps, so it is perfect for those looking to cut the cord and need an internet service provider. For more information on their service, see our article on Cox Intenet Plans.
Cox offers internet-only service in Arizona, California, Virginia, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Kansas, Rhode Island, Florida, Nebraska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, District of Columbia, Idaho, Massachusetts, and North Carolina.
CenturyLink offers speeds up to 1 gigabyte in parts of its service area.Check for availability in your area by calling (844) 981-0109. They also have bundled DSL lines to get up to 150 Mbps based on location. CenturyLink offers internet service in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Windstream Kinetic offers gigabit speeds for under $60 for one year ($75 per month after promotional pricing expires.) Windstream is available in Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas. Call (844) 981-0193 for information on availability in your area.
Charter offers plenty of speed to cut the cord with their Spectrum Internet-only plan. They offer up to over 100 Mbps for under $50 per month in parts of the country. Call (833) 589-0058 to take advantage of the offer.
Charter Availability: Charter’s service area is within the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Frontier internet delivers internet-only plans in Indiana, Oregan, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, California, and Washington. You can find some amazing deals on internet access, but they are based on your location. Frontier offers some areas of the country speeds as high as 500 Mbps for just $39.99! Call (833) 213-5284 for availability see which deals are available near you.
Starry offers 5G wireless home internet service in parts of Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York City, and Denver. You can check here for availability. They offer up to 200 Mbps for $50 a month, and there is a way to get two months free when you use this Starry promo code. For more information on this service, see our full explainer on Starry Internet.
Few cable companies offer affordable internet-only services. However, residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and a few in Pennsylvania can subscribe to Optimum Online Internet service. Not only can you get 100 Mbps for a great price, but also the service is solid.
Google Fiber is attempting to change the ISP game. Every city they begin offering high-speed broadband in immediately sparks price competition. While they offer gigabit internet at $70 per month, you can also get a 25 Mbps internet connection for only $15 per month. This easily makes them the best internet service provider for those looking to cut the cord.
If you need a bit more speed than that, they also offer 100 Mbps for only $50. As of this article, they currently offer internet in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; the Kansas City metro area in Missouri and Kansas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Provo, Utah, and they just started rolling out in Salt Lake City.
A reader of the blog informed me that WOW! now offers internet access in Knoxville, Tennessee. They offer speeds of 30 Mbps for just $25 and 60 Mbps for just $40 per Mbps. They appear to offer service in parts of South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio.
Other Internet-Only Providers in U.S.
Sparklight – Formerly Cable ONE, Sparklight has internet-only plans available in many parts of the country. However, they are sparsely distributed. The bulk of their service area is in Idaho, Mississippi, Texas, and Arizona.
Wave Broadband – Available in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Armstrong – Mainly available in Ohio and Pennsylvania with scattered availability in the surrounding states
Blue Ridge Communications – Available in Pennsylvania
Vyve Broadband – Mainly available in Oklahoma and Kansas with scattered available in parts of the South.
Service Electric Cablevision – Available in Pennsylvania
Shentel – Available in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania
Cablelynx Broadband – Available in parts of Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
Zito Media – Coverage in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Missouri with scattered coverage in other parts of the United States
MaxxSouth Broadband – Available in Mississippi
MTCO Communications – Available in Illinois
BendBroadband – Availability in Oregon
Ritter Communications – Available in Tennessee and Arkansas
LUS Fiber – Available in Louisiana
Inter Mountain Cable – Mainly available in Kentucky
CAS Cable – Available in West Virginia
ComSouth – Available in Georgia
Thames Valley Communications – Available in Connecticut
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