How to Find the Best Internet Providers in Your Area

Stephen LaytonJan 12, 2017

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The faster the speed, the fewer the options for internet service. The Federal Communications Commission reported in 2014 that for wired broadband service — which includes various types of “always-on,” high-speed internet, as opposed to dial-up.

To start finding what’s available near you, we'd recommend typing in your ZIP code at these sites:

These sites — which have no affiliation with NerdWallet — may make money when you click through to their recommendations. However, they seem to have the most accurate information out of the many internet provider search sites available.

There’s also a government-maintained broadband search site at , but the data are several years old.

After you figure out which providers serve your area, make sure you understand the .

In many places, you’ll receive the fastest and most reliable internet speeds from either a cable company or a phone company’s DSL service. Fiber optic internet, one of the fastest internet delivery technologies, may be available but is less common. If you’re far from a metro hub, satellite internet may be your best option.

Choosing the best internet service for you depends on what’s available near you, and how much you want to spend.

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