Cable Internet Providers By Zip Code
With the release of DOCSIS 3.0, broadband cable has become the preferred choice for high speed Internet service in America. Download speeds of cable Internet providers by zip code average from around 25 Mbps up to 50 Mbps, which is far faster than a DSL connection. With the fastest Internet plans, you now can get download speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
Broadband cable connects you to the Internet through the same system that you use for watching television. Also, cable Internet providers are able to offer a form of digital phone service through this same system. This means that you can easily bundle all three services - Internet, television, and phone - to save money on your monthly bills.
The ability to get a money-saving Double Play or Triple Play Bundle, combined with download speeds much faster than DSL, make cable Internet a superior choice for broadband in your home. For reviews of specific providers, please read on.
Reviews Of Cable Internet Providers By Zip Code
By the end of 2010, cable providers had 41.5 million broadband Internet customers and were signing up new subscribers at a rate of 2-to-1 versus DSL providers.
Listed below are the ten biggest broadband cable providers in the United States. These companies account for over 96% of cable Internet subscribers in the country.
XFINITY - In the past couple years, Comcast edged out AT&T to become the largest broadband Internet provider in the United States with 17 million subscribers. Their service was rebranded as XFINITY from Comcast which now has DOCSIS 3.0 plans with speeds up to 505 Mbps downstream in many places.
Charter - Consistently ranked as one of the fastest broadband Internet providers, Charter's plans range in speed from 1 Mbps downstream all the way up to 100 Mbps in some areas. The company serves well over 3.2 million Internet customers in 25 states and is the nation's second largest cable television / broadband Internet company.
Cox - As the third largest cable company in the country, Cox claims over 4.3 million Internet subscribers as of late 2010. Cox has Internet plans covering the entire spectrum of speeds that Internet customers are looking for, with economy plans that compete with basic DSL (up to 768 Kbps) and ultra-fast DOCSIS 3.0 plans with speeds up to 50 Mbps.
Optimum - Concentrated in the northeast, Cablevision provides it Optimum Internet service to over 2.6 million customers in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Like other providers, the majority of Optimum's plans reach speeds up to 15 Mbps, but they have new plans with speeds up to 101 Mbps in select areas.
Mediacom - With maximum downstream speeds of up to 12 Mbps, Mediacom currently has over 800,000 Internet customers across 22 states. Mediacom is mainly in areas with smaller television markets (mid-sized towns and rural areas), mostly in the Midwest and southern United States.
Suddenlink - Suddenlink provides broadband connections in 18 states and they have recently launched their fastest service with download speeds of up to 107 Mbps in a few limited areas. Of their nearly 1.5 million television customers, over 800,000 use SuddenLink for broadband Internet service.
Cable One - Serving cable customers in 19 states, Cable One Internet currently has over 400,000 subscribers for Internet service. The company caters to all levels of income with economy plans that range from up to 1.5 Mbps download speeds up to 15 Mbps (these plans can reach 20 Mbps with PowerBoost).
RCN Communications - This company provides service in just a few major metropolitan markets, including Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. RCN has close to 400,000 customers and their plans have download speeds ranging from up to 10 Mbps all the way up to 110 Mbps in areas with upgraded equipment.
For up-to-date information on broadband speeds, see our article which compares DOCSIS 3.0 speeds with the averages speeds of Cable vs DSL and fiber optics.