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    A fast internet plan is one that consistently provides enough speed for all your online activities, such as streaming TV and browsing social media, on all your connected devices. Those demands, along with other factors such as Wi-Fi use and the , can vary from household to household, so it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the speed threshold for „fast” internet begins. One speed that is undisputedly fast, however, is gigabit internet.<br>Gigabit internet plans, or those with max download speeds around 1,000 megabits per second, are now available from nearly every major cable and fiber-optic internet provider. The competition has helped keep the fastest internet prices relatively low — most offer gigabit service for less than $100 a month — while plan features such data caps and contracts are often favorable to the consumer. <br>

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    <br>Among the competition, a few high-speed internet providers rise to the top thanks to their speeds, pricing, service terms and customer satisfaction. Here’s our pick of the best ISPs for gigabit speeds.<br><br>Read more: <br>

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    <br> recently introduced a , „2 Gig,” starting at just $100 per month — a third of the price you’d pay with Xfinity and much more widely available. The appropriately named plan comes with download speeds up to 2Gbps and upload speeds up to 1Gbps. While symmetrical download/upload speeds would be nice from the FTTH service, 1Gbps is more than fast enough for an average household of remote workers and learners, online gamers and aspiring social media influencers.<br><br>If 2 gigabits is , or $100 per month is more than you’d like to pay, consider Google Fiber’s 1 Gig plan. Starting at $70 per month, the plan offers max upload and download speeds of 1Gbps. You really can’t go wrong with either, but if you don’t mind the higher monthly price, 2 Gig is the better deal with a cost per Mbps of just 5 cents — the lowest you’ll find from any major high-speed internet provider.<br><br>Both Google Fiber gig plans are contract-free and come with unlimited data and Wi-Fi equipment at no additional cost. Considering the fast speeds, competitive pricing and favorable service terms, Google Fiber is understandably in high demand. Thankfully, , including West Des Moines, Iowa.<br>

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    at no extra cost to consumers and now offers 300Mbps starting at $35 a month and 500Mbps for $45 per month. All plans come with unlimited data and require no contract.<br><br>Along with low pricing, AT&T Fiber also boasts exceptional availability. AT&T Fiber is available to roughly 40 million people across 21 states, . Customers across the US appear to be pleased with their service, as AT&T earned top spot for ISP customer satisfaction in the North/Central, South and West regions in 2020.<br>

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    <br>The equipment fee is a tad higher than other high-speed internet providers at $15 per month, w88 but those who sign up for the Fios Gigabit Connection will get their equipment included at no extra cost. Pricing for the Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection is around $80 per month (download speeds up to 940Mbps, upload up to 880Mbps), but with no additional equipment fees, data caps or contract requirements, Verizon’s all-in gigabit pricing is lower than most. <br><br>Equipment isn’t the only freebie that comes with the Fios Gigabit Connection. Verizon is known to throw in extra , such as rewards cards or free service subscriptions for new customers. As of this writing, Verizon is offering a $100 rewards card, free Samsung Chromebook 4 and AMC Plus for 12 months along with the free router when you sign up for gigabit service.<br><br>Fast speeds and free stuff has helped Verizon rank as a top-tier choice for customer satisfaction. The scored Verizon at the top (tied with AT&T) for customer satisfaction in 2021 with a 71/100 while J.D. Power named Verizon the  in 2020.<br>

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     and a good  will help compensate for the speed loss, but gigabit speeds are your best bet for ensuring the fastest speeds over Wi-Fi.<br><br>Another advantage to gigabit service is value. Though gigabit plans are going to be a provider’s highest priced plan more often than not, they usually offer the lowest cost per Mbps. For example, AT&T Fiber 1000 starts at $60 per month, which is $25 more than the provider’s  plan, AT&T Fiber 300, but when you consider cost per Mbps — that is, essentially what you get in regards to what you’re paying for — AT&T Fiber 1000 is the better deal. AT&T Fiber 1000 has an estimated cost per Mbps of around $0.06 while AT&T Fiber 300 has a cost per Mbps of around $0.12.<br>

    Who has the fastest home internet?

    <br>Google Fiber and Xfinity both offer 2,000Mbps plans, which are the fastest of any major residential internet provider. Xfinity has the fastest upload speeds with up to 2,000Mbps available in select areas while Google Fiber’s 2 Gig plan comes with upload speeds up to 1,000Mbps. <br><br>As for actual, tested speeds, Verizon Fios had the fastest average speeds in Q1 of 2021, coming in at just over 160Mbps, according to . <br>

    Is home internet service getting faster?

    <br>In many locations, yes. Most cable and fiber-optic internet providers already have a gigabit plan, but recent speed increases from Google Fiber and Xfinity may be an indicator of faster speeds to come. Additionally, Wi-Fi connections are getting faster as providers are adopting and implementing . Some providers, including Google Fiber, offer a Wi-Fi 6 router with select plans, but if you don’t want to wait on one from your provider, check out these that are available now.<br>

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