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Internet Service Providers With No Data Caps

Video files can be quite large. Cord cutters that rely on streaming can be hindered with unreasonable monthly data-caps. While I’ve covered ISPs that offer affordable home internet, 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 do I have a Verizon Internet plan, but they now offer up to a gigabit for under $70 with no monthly data limit. Check out this special offer page for details. They offer service in areas of New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C.

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 1-877-638-4504. Not only can you get Speeds up to 100 Mbps for less than $40, but also the service is solid.

Google Fiber – Offers gigabit service in a number of areas in the country. You can check out their service offerings here.

Other ISPs offering internet access with no monthly data caps are Charter, Frontier, Windstream, FairPoint, and Cincinnati Bell.

Streaming and ISP Data Limits

Data limits matter for cord cutters. Netflix states:

“Watching TV shows or movies on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. “

So if you have 250 Gb monthly data cap from your ISP, then you can only stream about 250 hours of movies and TV in standard definition a month. If you watch 4 hours of TV a day that amounts to 120 Gb in a month. That only uses half of your monthly allotment.

As long as you aren’t gaming or downloading large files when you aren’t streaming movies and TV you should be fine. However, that all changes if you turn the quality up to HD.

At the rate HD video streams, you can only watch 2.75 hours a night before you use up your data allotment for the month. Furthermore, that doesn’t include any other internet usage.

It’s always best to find an ISP with no data cap if possible. Otherwise, you are going to have to keep an eye on what you stream every month.

To double check to see if you are cap free, check this resource of ISPs with Data Caps.

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    • Thanks, I'll have to get their service coverage and I'll add the info. Thanks!

  • In Orange County, California, Spectrum has no cap. I Netfix, download movies from other sources, game...all daily. No Cap, No Slowdown. (I have a 100Mbps pipe for $50 a month.)

  • I had Verizon fios in my NYC apartment. It was beautiful (and still is according to my tenant). Now back in the Bay Area (right in the middle of Silicon Valley), I'm bent over via Concast (no flowers either). There is nothing worse. Nothing.

  • Hugesnet is positively the worst ISP on the planet.... even with the tiny data cap allowance of 10 Gb....20 Mbps @ $63 per month...their service is hands down the slowest and worst conceivable, anywhere. Stay far, far away from Hugesnet.... they will not tell you or even indicate to you that they have a tiny little allowance per month....and then argue with you that you must have known... It's how they roll...and precisely how they make their money....once people find out how poor this service is...and want out of it...they charge you over $500 for early termination.