Are you looking to cut the cord? The first step is cutting ties with your cable provider. Unfortunately, for many of us, that means also cutting ties with our internet provider. And unless you don’t want to watch anything at all, you’ll definitely still want to have an internet connection to stream your favorites. Is it possible to get internet without cable? If so, how?
It certainly is possible, and there are many ways to do it. The simplest is often to stay with your current provider, and just cancel the cable portion of your services. However, this often barely lowers the monthly fee, while leaving you with significantly less value. There are better ways to go about it – keep reading to learn how to get internet without cable TV.
How to Get Internet Without Cable TV
The first thing to understand when it comes to finding wireless internet without cable, is that the best method varies depending on where you live. Different areas have different providers, pricing levels, and service availability. Thus, you’ll always have to do some research specific to your area in order to find the best internet for cord cutters.
With that said, we’ve put together a list of some of the most common sources of WiFi without cable. These providers operate in most or all of the US, so they are likely to be in your area. Here are the best options for internet without cable:
Most cable TV and internet providers offer internet-only plans. These provide internet only, stripping out the TV channels, phone services, etc. that are often included in bundles.
Pricing varies, but for the most part you can expect to pay between $40 and $75 per month for an internet-only plan. Here are some of the most popular providers.
Xfinity (owned by Comcast) is a massive internet service provider offering high speed internet in over 35 states. They offer high speed broadband internet, as well as fiber optic internet (but only in a handful of cities). Plan pricing varies significantly, but some areas have starter packages for as low as $19.99 per month.
Because of their widespread availability, it’s quite likely that Xfinity is available in your area. Xfinity covers the majority of the East Coast, West Cost, Midwest, most of the South, and parts of Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and more.
Spectrum internet by Charter offers high speed internet packages starting at $49.99 per month for 12 months. They even offer a contract buyout service that will take care of any existing contracts you have if you switch to Spectrum.
Charter is available in 42 states, so its coverage is nearly nationwide. They are the nation’s second largest cable TV provider, and one of its top internet providers – so it’s likely they offer coverage in your area.
Verizon Fios (East Coast)
Verizon Fios is great option for internet for cord cutters. It utilizes a 100% fiber-optic network for fast speeds and great reliability. They also offer very competitive pricing, with plans as low as $39.99 a month for 100mbps speeds.
At this time, Verizon Fios is only available on the East Coast (New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. See full details on availability here.
CenturyLink offers great deals on internet without cable, for those in its service area. They have prices starting at $49 per month for their 100 mbps plan. Better yet, they are running a unique promotion called Price for Life that lets you lock in to a low price for life – your rate will never be hiked as long as you keep your plan active.
CenturyLink is available in the South, Southwest, Midwest, and the West Coast. You can check service availability at your address here.
AT&T Home Internet
AT&T also offers an internet-only plan, although you may have to call in to get more information about it. On our last check, AT&T offered internet-only plans starting at $50 a month for 100 mbps speeds. They also have high-speed plans available, and even a fiber optic network available in select locations.
AT&T is available in most of the South, Midwest, and West Coast. They offer an online availability checker which you can use to see if this product is available in your area.
Cox is an ISP with low prices on entry-level home internet plans. At last check, they had plans as low as $40 a month in our area.
Cox services are available in most of the South, Southwest, and parts of the East Coast.
Other Options for Wifi Without Cable
The list above covers some of the largest providers with the most widespread availability, but there are certainly others. Here is a brief list of more ISPs that may operate in your area:
Frontier – mostly operates on the West Coast and parts of the South. They have plans from just $30 per month. Learn more here.
Optimum – available in parts of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. They offer packages from $44.99 per month. Learn more here.
Google Fiber – available in select cities including Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Kansas City, Nashville and more. They offer basic plans from as little as $15 per month. Learn more here.
Wave Broadband – available on the West Coast. They have plans from $50 per month. Learn more here.
There are certainly other providers not listed here. If you can’t find what you are looking for on this list, we recommend searching the internet for providers in your area. Be sure to look for “internet only” plans to avoid bundles and cable packages.
With some providers, you may have to call in to find out details about internet only plans. Most ISPs do offer internet-only packages, but they don’t necessarily advertise them. Sometimes it takes a bit of digging to find the information you are looking for!