Review Of RCN Internet Service

As one of the major cable TV and high speed Internet providers on the east coast, RCN is able to offer broadband download speeds of up to 110 Mbps. Their high speed cable Internet services are available in several of America's largest cities, including Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

RCN is heavily invested in upgrading their network to fiber-optics.

The speeds of RCN Internet do vary from city to city, and in some areas they are increasing speeds even further with fiber-optic technology. For example, in New York City, RCN recently added a new speed tier with downloads up to 330 Mbps.

All RCN Internet plans include 3-Year price assurance with no contract required.

The most popular plans start with download speeds up to 10 Mbps. You can purchase these as stand-alone Internet plans or bundle them with RCN TV and/or voice services.

10 Mbps

Per Month
Up To 10 Mbps

50 Mbps

Per Month
Up To 50 Mbps

110 Mbps

Per Month
Up To 110 Mbps

*Prices shown are introductory rates for new customers. The price will go up in years two and three.

Equipment Costs - Better To Rent Or To Own?

It is important to know that equipment rental costs extra with RCN. It is $5/mo. for the cable modem rental and $7/mo. if you want a wireless network router. Also, if you select any McAfee security software suite through RCN, that has an additional $3.95 to $7.95 monthly cost.

It's cheaper in the long run to just purchase your own Internet security software.

Also, you can just purchase and use your own cable modem and wireless router. That is by far the more cost-effective solution. Just make sure you use the suggested equipment models listed on the RCN website or you may not be able to achieve optimal speeds.

Are RCN Internet Bundles The Better Deal?

In addition to broadband, RCN provides digital cable TV and digital voice services. These can all be ordered individually or bundled together.

Besides the discount pricing you get for combining services, the bundle plans from RCN also include the Cable Modem & TiVo Preview at no additional cost.

One-time installation fees may apply on bundles or stand-alone Internet service. If just depends on your specific area and what you order.

Although these bundles include 77 HD channels, you will need an HD compatible converter to be able to view those channels in HD on your TV. If you don't have one of your own, you can always rent an HD converter from RCN.

As far as connection speeds go, in most Internet speed tests, RCN continuously ranks right alongside other major ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon FiOS.

Finally, if you need TV service and unlimited calls, then you'll save more with a bundle then if you bought each service separately. As long as you make yourself aware of potential equipment costs, RCN will be a reasonably-priced choice as your Internet provider.

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