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What is Cable Internet and How to Find Internet Providers in Your Area?

If you are thinking to change your cable and internet providers, or you are looking to shift to another place and to find internet provider in your area. Then, you don’t need to worry now. Today we will help you to understand the services, and also make it easier to choose the best cable and internet providers in your area.

Before you select any service, let’s first understand Cable Internet:

When it comes to residential customers Cable internet is one of the most popular broadband connection. And, as per the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in the year 2017, 79% of fixed residential internet connections in the U.S. were accounted by cable internet.

In some of the cases, the speed is more than the advertised cable internet speed. And, the broadband speed lies up to 25 megabits per second (Mbps) of downloading speed and 3Mbps of uploading speed. Mbps is the measurement on which one decides how fast data travels across the cable connection.

As per the Internet & Television Association (NCTA), the cable modem was launched in the year 1996 and that was the time residential cable broadband came into existence. And, in the year 2012, nearly 93% of the American households had access to cable broadband, as per the organisation.

Now, you must understand coaxial cable: 

Coaxial cable is used by cable internet, to connect you to the internet and it is a similar cable which delivers the sound and picture to your television. Most of the cable TV providers sell cable internet services. 

Coaxial cable is also used to transmit data by electromagnetic signals. And it is made of various layers of steel, plastic, aluminium and copper. There are some cable internet service providers (ISPs) which uses fiber optic cable to transmit data for long distances and after then use coaxial cable to connect to your door. 

On the other side, you can watch TV while using the internet because the data which is uploaded and downloaded is done on frequencies from what cable television uses. 

Here are the top 5 best cable and internet providers:

  • RCN
  • Xfinity
  • Spectrum
  • Cox
  • Suddenlink

1. RCN: 

  • RCN provides monthly plan starting from $19.99 and the connection types are Cable and Fiber.  
  • RCN’s provides six plans based on the location with a download speed of 10Mbps to 940 Mbps.
  • RCN’s Services are available in these six major metropolitan cities, like New York, Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
  • RCN’s provide customer support for 24/7 and they may also offer you with free installation.

2. Xfinity:

  • Xfinity provides plans starting from $29.99 with a connection type of cable and fiber, along with a download speeds lies between 15 Mbps to 2 Mbps of upload speeds. 
  • Xfinity provides six cable and internet plans which are by Comcast. 
  • Xfinity also provides some of the plans as one of the top range plans, starting from $69.99 per month for 600 Mbps download speeds and 20 Mbps upload speeds. 
  • Xfinity also provides discounts for autopay, one-year service agreements, self-installation and autopay. And, Xfinity plans are limited to 1 TB of data along with access to a nationwide network of Wi-Fi hotspots and free security software. 

3. Spectrum:

  • Spectrum provides plans starting from $49.99 (for new subscribers for one year) with a connection type of cable.
  • Spectrum provides a download speed lies between 100 Mbps to 940 Mbps.
  • Spectrum provides its services in 42 states. 

4. Cox:

  • Cox provides five internet services plans starting from $29.99 to 99.99 per month and the type of connection is cable and fiber optic technology. 
  • Cox provides a download speed of 10 Mbps – 1,000 Mbps and an upload speed of 1 to 35 Mbps. 
  • Cox also provides free malware and antivirus software with plans cap of 1 TB of data. 

5. Suddenlink:

  • Suddenlink provides plans for six plans range starting from $34.99 to $139.99 per month. 
  • Suddenlink provides a download speed of 1 gigabit. And the type of connection Suddenlink provides is fiber optic and cable. 
  • Suddenlink provides a download speed lies between 100 Mbps to 940 Mbps. Suddenlink is owned by Altice and it provides services in the 20 states. 

You can also visit and enter your zip code to get the best cable and internet providers in your area. 


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