When shopping for the right Internet service for your home needs and lifestyle, there are six factors to consider when shopping:
What is my monthly budget?
How much speed do I need?
Which Internet service providers are available in my area?
Technology used to deliver Internet service: fiber, cable, DSL, satellite.
Do I want an unlimited data plan or a data plan with a cap that will meet my needs?
Contract or no contract?
Pricing for Internet plans vary based multiple factors: speed requirements, contract term/no contract, technology used to deliver Internet service (e.g. fiber, DSL, cable, satellite) and unlimited data vs data cap. Finding the cheapest Internet provider in your area, at your specific home address, is easy by using our free tool that allows you to search and compare offers.
According to a U.S. News 360 Reviews report, published April 2020, here is the list of top 5 fastest Internet plans from their best Internet service provider list:
|Company||Download Speed||Upload Speed||Cost|
|15 Mbps – 2,000 Mbps||1 Mbps – 1,000 Mbps||Starting at $29.99|
|10 Mbps – 1,000 Mbps||1 Mbps – 1,000 Mbps||Starting at $29.99|
|0.200 Mbps – 940 Mbps||.128 Mbps – 940 Mbps||Starting at $50.00|
|6 Mbps – 940 Mbps||6 Mbps – 880 Mbps||Starting at $20.00|
|Verizon Internet||100 Mbps – 940 Mbps||100 Mbps – 880 Mbps||Starting at $39.99|
According to the FCC’s Broadband Speed Guide: “Compare typical online activities with the minimum download speed (Megabits per second, or Mbps) needed for adequate performance for each application. Additional speed may enhance performance. Speeds are based on running one activity at a time.”
|Activity||Minimum Download Speed (Mbps)|
|General Browsing and Email||1|
|Streaming Online Radio||Less than 0.5|
|VoIP Calls||Less than 0.5|
|Student||5 – 25|
|Telecommuting||5 – 25|
|Streaming Standard Definition Video||3 – 4|
|Streaming High Definition (HD) Video||5 – 8|
|Streaming Ultra HD 4K Video||25|
|Standard Personal Video Call (e.g. Skype)||1|
|HD Personal Video Call (e.g. Skype)||1.5|
|HD Video Telecommuting||6|
|Game Console Connecting to the Internet||3|
Source: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/broadband-speed-guide. FCC note: These numbers are rough guidelines and are not based on surveys or experiments conducted by the FCC. You should use your best judgment when choosing your broadband service.
According to the FCC’s Household Broadband Guide: “For household broadband needs…compare minimum Mbps needs for light, moderate and high household use with one, two, three or four devices at a time (such as a laptop, tablet or game console).”
(Basic functions: email, browsing, basic video, VoIP, Internet radio)
(Basic functions plus one high-demand application: streaming HD video, multiparty video conferencing, online gaming, telecommuting)
(Basic functions plus more than one high-demand application running at the same time)
|1 user on 1 device||Basic||Basic||Medium|
|2 users or devices at a time||Basic||Medium||Medium/Advanced|
|3 users or devices at a time||Medium||Medium||Advanced|
|4 users or devices at a time||Medium||Advanced||Advanced|
*Mbps (Megabits per second) is the standard measure of broadband speed. It refers to the speed with which information packets are downloaded from, or uploaded to, the Internet.
Source: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/household-broadband-guide. FCC note: These numbers are rough guidelines and are not based on surveys or experiments conducted by the FCC. You should use your best judgment when choosing your broadband service.