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Speed is a top concern for businesses that frequently need to download files, run sales software, or stream video and audio. But you may be considering more factors—like price or reliability guarantees—to help you choose a business internet service provider.

We researched the top providers of high-speed business internet services to find out how they compare. From maximum download speeds to costs and more, find out which internet cheetah in your area can carry your business the furthest.

Best high-speed business internet providers

  • Verizon: Best overall high-speed business ISP
  • Frontier: Cheapest business internet
  • AT&T: Best business internet option for pure speed
  • Comcast: Most reliable high-speed business internet
  • Viasat: Best for rural businesses
  • Spectrum: Best no-contract high-speed ISP

Hint”Broadband” and “high-speed internet” are somewhat murky terms that not everyone defines equally. But here’s what we use: in 2015, the FCC defined broadband service as any connection that provides customers with download speeds of at least 25 Mbps.

Best high-speed internet providers for small businesses

ProviderDownload speedsMonthly price rangeLearn more
Verizon Fios
Business
200 to 940 Mbps$69 to $249*View Plans
AT&T Small Business25 to 1,000 Mbps$50 to $300**View Plans
Comcast Business Internet35 to 1,000 Mbps$69.95 to $499.95†View Plans
Frontier Business100 to 940 MbpsStarting at $55.99‡View Plans
Viasat Business12 to 100 Mbps$50 to $500§View Plans
Spectrum Business100 to 940 Mbps$49.99 to $94.99˚View Plans

Data as of 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*w/ 2yr. agent plus taxes, fees & equipment. charges.
** 12-mo.agmt for Internet read. Early termination fee may apply
† w/2-year agmt.
‡ Maximum speeds as fast as 100 Mbps download/upload per month for 12 months with minimum one-year agreement. Installation, Business High-Speed Internet Fee ($5.99/mo.), taxes, and other fees apply. Subject to availability.
§ On the Business Unlimited 35, 60, and 100 service plans, after 75, 150, or 200 GB of data usage, respectively, Viasat may prioritize your data behind other customers only during network congestion. Video streaming quality on the Business Unlimited 35 and 60 plans is typically at 480p, the Business Unlimited 100 plan is typically at 720p.
For metered service plans, extra charges apply for data used more than the monthly data allotment. Minimum 24-month service term. The one-time standard installation fee is $300.00. Priority connection means your data receive preference on Viasat’s network. All fees are subject to taxes. Speeds and streaming video qualities are “up to,” will vary, and are not guaranteed. Service is not available in all areas. All offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Viasat and the Viasat logo are trademarks of Viasat, Inc.
˚ For the first 12 months.

Here’s how we arrived at the list above. We included only plans with download speeds of 25 Mbps or more to match FCC guidelines for broadband internet. We also left out any plans that were extraordinarily expensive for the download speeds they provide—they’re just not worth the money.

In the end, our list of best broadband service providers includes several major companies with cable, digital subscriber line (DSL), and fiber-optic plans.

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Overall best for high-speed business internet: Verizon

Verizon serves up the best combination of business internet speeds, reliability, and support.

Although Verizon sells a few business DSL plans, none have speeds at 25 Mbps or more. For truly fast speeds, fiber is hard to beat. Verizon’s fiber plans, branded Fios, offer you a chance at near-gigabit connections.

What do we mean by “near gigabit”? Verizon’s fastest plan—Fios Gigabit Connection—gives you maximum download speeds of 940 Mbps with upload speeds up to 880 Mbps. That’s lightning-fast by today’s standards, but it doesn’t quite reach 1,000 Mbps, the true definition of gigabit speed. Yet with fiber plans that consistently meet the speeds, Verizon advertises, and then some,2 we’ll let that bit of fudging slide.

Another feather in Verizon’s cap is its customer service. We understand that most internet providers have poor reputations. But the fact that industry-rating juggernaut J.D. Power gave Verizon second place for customer satisfaction among small to medium-sized businesses should give you warmer feelings.³

Verizon high-speed internet plans

PlanStarting monthly price*Download speedUpload speedLearn more
Fios Gig Connection$249940 Mbps880 MbpsView Plans
Fios 300M$129300 Mbps300 MbpsView Plans
Fios 100M$69200 Mbps200 MbpsView Plans

Data as of 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*w/ 2yr. garment plus taxes, fees & equipment. charges.

Verizon’s fastest plan is priced at about $215 per month. That may be a bit expensive for some very small businesses, but it’s far better than the nearly $500 that Comcast charges for gigabit speeds.

Many Verizon plans offer symmetric speeds, which means you get the same speed for downloads and uploads. Fast upload speeds can significantly improve activities that require sending data from your device, including videoconferencing in real-time and uploading large files to cloud storage.

One gripe: contracts. While some ISPs—like Spectrum and AT&T—offer contract-free plans, Verizon uses a 24-month agreement that renews automatically. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but it’s something you should know in advance.

The bottom line: Verizon Fios offers an impressive array of high-speed internet plans to fit businesses of just about any size.

Most budget-friendly option: Frontier

If you saw the plan prices for our picks above, you may be worried that an affordable high-speed internet connection is beyond reach. With plans priced at hundreds of dollars per month, budget-conscious businesses need an alternative.

Enter Frontier Communications. Frontier offers a suite of business internet plans that are fast but won’t break the bank. And thanks to its recent purchase of certain Verizon Fios networks, Frontier now offers high-speed, symmetric-speed fiber plans throughout the country. Plus, there’s one DSL plan that cuts too.

What’s more, the Frontier AnyWhere VoIP service offers a comprehensive, integrated voice system solution for businesses that want to avoid telephone landline connections.

Frontier high-speed internet plans

PlanStarting monthly priceDownload speedUpload speedLearn more
FiOS Gig Service$239.99*940 Mbps880 MbpsView Plans
FiOS 500/500M$95.99**500 Mbps500 MbpsView Plans
FiOS 100/100M$55.99†100 Mbps100 MbpsView Plans

Data were effective as of 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
*$239.99 OFFER: Internet will be provisioned with maximum speeds as fast as 940 Mbps download/880 Mbps upload based on line requirements.
**$95.99 OFFER: Internet will be provisioned with maximum speeds as fast as 500 Mbps download/500 Mbps upload based on line requirements.
†$55.99 OFFER: Internet will be provisioned with maximum speeds as fast as 100 Mbps download/100 Mbps upload based on line requirements.

All of Frontier’s high-speed internet plans come in under $250 per month. And each fiber plan includes free installation, which can save you a bit of up-front cash. We also love that most Frontier business plans are price guaranteed for 36 months, so you don’t have to worry about surprise cost spikes in your bill.

Now for Frontier’s major shortcomings. Frontier’s customers lodge a lot of complaints against the internet service provider. One common grievance is high latency. Latency, which refers to data transfer delay time, can cause serious headaches for businesses that require fast and reliable connections. Activities like video streaming are at risk of disruption from high latency.

Despite customer service and reliability concerns, you should consider Frontier if getting a low price for high-speed plans is your number one priority.

Best for pure speed: AT&T

If you’re focused on finding the fastest business internet plans possible, we recommend AT&T. Business plans from AT&T soar all the way up to 1,000 Mbps download and upload speeds, offering you true gigabit connection potential.

Several of AT&T’s fiber plans give you the option of symmetric speeds—but at a lofty price. If your business is a frequent user of upload-heavy applications and real-time communication software, you should consider one of these plans with symmetric speeds.

AT&T high-speed internet plans

PlanStarting monthly priceMax. download speedLearn more
AT&T Internet for Business 100$60.00100 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Internet for Business 200$200.00200 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Internet for Business 300$110.00300 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Internet for Business 500$200.00500 MbpsView Plans
AT&T Internet for Business 1000$300.001 GbpsView Plans

Data as of effective 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
12-mo.agmt for Internet read. Early termination fee may apply

AT&T partially makes up for its high pricing in great customer service rankings. AT&T is currently our top pick for great internet service, and J.D. Power agrees: in 2020, AT&T ranked first for customer satisfaction in the small to medium-sized business category—though only third for very small businesses.3

Best free tech support: Comcast

There’s a lot to like about Comcast, including fiber plans with symmetric speeds up to 1 Gbps. And its pricing, while not the cheapest, is competitively matched against other providers like Verizon and AT&T.

Plus, Comcast plans come with zero-cost installation, a 30-day trial period, and access to tons of extra apps, software, and tools for Wi-Fi, security, and more. We especially like that Comcast offers free 24/7 tech support. Some providers charge extra for top-notch customer care, but Comcast, as far as we can tell, offers solid help any hour of the day or night.

Comcast high-speed internet plans

PlanStarting price/mo.Max. download speedContract lengthLearn more
Starter Internet$69.95*25 Mbps2 yrs.View Plans
Business Internet 100$109.90**100 Mbps2 yrs.View Plans
Business Internet 200$134.90**200 Mbps2 yrs.View Plans
Business Internet 300$169.90**300 Mbps2 yrs.View Plans
Business Internet 1G$499.95†1 Gbps35 MbpsView Plans

Data effective 5/10/21. At publishing time, pricing and speeds are current but are subject to change. Offers may not be available in all areas.
*with 2-year agreement
**For 12 months with 2-year agreement
†with 2-year agreement

We couldn’t talk about Comcast without mentioning its dreadful reputation with residential customers. However, Comcast business customers don’t rate their ISP nearly as harshly as their home-based counterparts.

We breathed a bit easier when we realized that Comcast truly does offer a solid internet option that’s super reliable and super fast.

Best for rural businesses: Viasat

As the only satellite internet provider on this list, Viasat’s widespread availability makes it the best for rural businesses. Even if you operate out of locations that other ISPs don’t touch, you can almost certainly get Viasat’s satellite internet service.

Unlike the satellite internet providers of the past, Viasat offers both availability and speed. Its business internet plans, with download speeds ranging from 35 Mbps to 100 Mbps, can compete with most other broadband providers.

Plus, Viasat’s state-of-the-art satellite technology minimizes other rural internet issues, such as latency, so you can keep your business up and running—no matter where you operate.

Viasat high-speed internet plans

PlanStarting monthly price*Download speedUpload speedLearn more
Viasat Business Unlimited 100$500.00*100 Mbps1 to 4 MbpsView Plans
Viasat Business Unlimited 60$300.00*60 Mbps1 to 4 MbpsView Plans
Viasat Business 35 GB$175.00*35 Mbps1 to 4 MbpsView Plans

Data as of effective 5/10/21. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
On the Business Unlimited 35, 60, and 100 service plans, after 75, 150, or 200 GB of data usage, respectively, Viasat may prioritize your data behind other customers only during network congestion. Video streaming quality on the Business Unlimited 35 and 60 plans is typically at 480p, the Business Unlimited 100 plan is typically at 720p.
For metered service plans, extra charges apply for data used more than the monthly data allotment. Minimum 24-month service term. The one-time standard installation fee is $300.00. Priority connection means your data receive preference on Viasat’s network. All fees are subject to taxes. Speeds and streaming video qualities are “up to,” will vary, and are not guaranteed. Service is not available in all areas. All offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time. Viasat and the Viasat logo are trademarks of Viasat, Inc.

Even with its improved technology, Viasat does still has data limits. It doesn’t use hard data caps—that is, Viasat won’t simply switch off your internet after you use all your data—but it will throttle (slow) your internet if you use more than your allotted daily data. If this poses a problem, you can always upgrade to a plan with more data.

Now, we still don’t recommend satellite internet for everyone. If you have other ISPs in your area, you can probably get the same speeds for a lower cost from a different provider. But if you’ve got a business high in the mountains or out on the plains, then Viasat provides a solid option (even if it’s the only one).