Update: Several ISPs have paused their data caps due to the pandemic. We have updated the article to reflect those changes.
Video files can be quite large. Cord-cutters rely on streaming, and unreasonable monthly data-caps can be a hinderance. We’ve covered ISPs offering internet without a cable bundle in the past. Today, I wanted to provide a list of ISPs that don’t force monthly data caps on their customers.
ISPs with No Monthly Data Limit
Verizon Fios – Not only did I cut the cord with Verizon Fios Internet service, but they now offer up to a gigabit with no monthly data limit. Check out this special offer page for details. They offer assistance in areas of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, and Washington, D.C.
Spectrum – Charter’s Spectrum doesn’t saddle customers with a monthly data limit. 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.
Spectrum is available 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.
Xfinity From Comcast – Comcast has a monthly data cap of 1,024 GB in most states it services. However, as we note later in the article, they may be manageable. That said, Xfinity offers service in the following states data-cap free: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
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. (Pausing All Data Caps for 60 days. Start date was March 13th.)
Windstream – 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.
Frontier – Frontier internet delivers internet-only plans in Indiana, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina, Florida, California, and Washington. Based on your location, you can find some fantastic deals on internet access. Frontier offers some areas of the country speeds as high as 500 Mbps for just $39.99! Call (833) 213-5284 for availability to see which deals are available near you.
Optimum – Offers no data caps to residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and a few in Pennsylvania can subscribe to Cablevision’s Optimum Online Internet service, or call them at (844) 687-4513. Not only can you get Speeds up to 100 Mbps for less than $40, but the service is solid.
Google Fiber – Google offers gigabit service in several areas in the country. You can check out their service offerings here.
Streaming and ISP Data Limits
Data limits matter for cord-cutters. In our article, how much bandwidth do cord-cutters need, we note the following speeds:
- 1Mbps – Web Surfing, Podcast Listening, Social Media, or most music streaming.
- 2-3Mbps – Watching a standard definition video listing to lossless music
- 5Mbps – Watching an HD video
- 16 Mbps – Watching a 4K Video*
According to Netflix, 1 hour of HD is 3GB. So if you lay off the 4K video and watch 5 hours of HD movies and TV shows daily, you would use 450 GB per month. Since you need the internet for other things other than watching TV, 1000 GB should be a manageable data cap.
Providers that Offer High Data Caps
The following internet service providers offer data caps that are 1000 GB per month or more. This should be enough data for most to cut the cord without worrying about going over their monthly allowance.
Comcast Xfinity – (Pausing Data Caps for 60 days. Start date was March 13th.) Monthly data cap of 1,024 GB per month in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas ,Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Western Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Southwest Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin.
Cox Internet – (Pausing Data Caps for 60 days. Start date was March 16th.) Cox has a monthly data cap of 1,024 GB per month 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. Check for availability in your area.
CenturyLink – Monthly data cap of 1,024 GB in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Check for availability in your area by calling (844) 981-0109
Othere providers that may offer manageable monthly data caps are listed below in order of coverage area.
- AT&T Internet – 1000 GB in Some Areas (Pausing Data Caps for 60 days.)
- Sparklight – 1000+ GB in Some Areas (Pausing Data Caps for 60 days. Start date was March 13th.)
- Wave Broadband – 1000 GB in Some Areas
- Armstrong – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Blue Ridge Communications – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Vyve Broadband – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Service Electric Cablevision – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Shentel – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Cablelynx Broadband – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Zito Media – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- MaxxSouth Broadband – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- MTCO Communications – 1000 GB in Some Areas
- BendBroadband – 1000 GB in Some Areas
- Ritter Communications – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- LUS Fiber – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- Inter Mountain Cable – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- CAS Cable – 1000+ GB in Some Areas
- ComSouth – 1000 GB in Some Areas
- Thames Valley Communications – 1000 GB in Some Areas
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