Cable Internet Providers
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.
Cable Internet Providers In The U.S.
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 seven 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.
Spectrum - Consistently ranked as one of the fastest broadband Internet providers, Spectrum's plans start at up to 100 Mbps downstream. 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.