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Best Multi-Gig Internet Plans of 2023 – CNET

According to OpenVault’s most recent report on US broadband usage, taken at the end of 2022, gigabit internet adoption is up to 26%, which makes it the second most popular internet tier. Our craving for high-speed internet will only increase: The Fiber Broadband Association says that by the end of this decade, a four-person household will require over 2,100 megabits per second (or just over 2 gigabits) in download speed.

You may be thinking, “It’s not 2030 yet!” True, making that big of an upgrade is probably overkill for many of us. But internet service providers aren’t waiting to offer multi-gigabit packages to their customers. In 2022, we were introduced to new multi-gig internet plans from AT&T, Frontier, Optimum, Verizon and Ziply Fiber, to name a few. Other ISPs, including Comcast Xfinity and Google Fiber, already had multi-gig offerings of their own, too. Things aren’t slowing down in 2023, either.

For this list, we’ll focus on the best multi-gig internet offerings from major ISPs. However, I want to note that smaller, regional providers also have competitive plans. For instance, Midco offers 2Gbps and 5Gbps plans to its customers in South Dakota. Minnesota’s USI boasts a 10-gig fiber plan. The citizens of Chattanooga, Tennessee, have access to the country’s fastest residential plan, a 25Gbps tier from the city-owned fiber broadband of EPB. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the best 2-gigabit and multi-gig internet plans available from national providers.

Other 2-gigabit internet and multi-gig plans to consider

While the three options we listed above rose to the top of our list, they aren’t available in all markets. Additional speedy plans, offered by other ISPs, might get your attention, but they have one or two caveats that kept them from our winner’s circle.

  • AT&T Fiber 5 Gig: AT&T once had the top spot in this list with its top-tier fiber internet offering. It was introduced at $180 a month for symmetrical 5Gbps speeds. Now, it lists for $250 monthly. That’s still a staggeringly low cost of 5 cents per Mbps. But currently, that can be beaten by Frontier Fiber and Ziply Fiber.
  • Frontier Fiber 2 Gig and 5 Gig: Impressively, Frontier has rolled these plans out to all fiber households within its footprint, which means 4 million customers across 15 states. While AT&T’s multi-gigabit plans are available to more people (5 million), it’s not yet available in all AT&T markets. Frontier’s offerings also feature free Wi-Fi 6E equipment rental, unlimited data, no contracts, no activation fee and free multi-device security. Even better? Frontier recently lowered the introductory rates to $100 per month for 2 Gig and $155 monthly for the 5 Gig plan.
  • Optimum 2 Gig Fiber and 5 Gig Fiber: Optimum, whose footprint includes both cable and fiber connections, has been working to vastly expand its fiber offerings. In select fiber markets, two multi-gig internet plans are available in Connecticut, Long Island, New Jersey and New York. The 2Gbps plan is $120 per month, and the 5Gbps tier is $180 monthly. New customers for either multi-gigabit plan get free installation and all equipment included. New 2 Gig customers also receive a $500 Visa gift card.
  • Verizon Fios 2 Gig: Verizon Fios is often near the top of the heap regarding customer satisfaction numbers. Its 2Gbps tier is competitively priced at $120 per month and includes a Whole-Home Wi-Fi system for free, a four-year price guarantee, a season subscription to NFL Sunday Ticket and six months of Disney Plus for free. However, it didn’t make the top of our list for the best multi-gig internet because it’s currently only available in New York City and surrounding areas.
  • Xfinity Gigabit Pro: To its credit, Xfinity has been offering its multi-gigabit tier longer than other national providers. At $300 a month, it’s also the most expensive. While the 6Gbps plan is technically available in all cities within Xfinity’s footprint, a site survey must first confirm availability for your address. Once you add the two-year contract requirement (with early termination fees looming if you bail early), $25-a-month equipment rental charge and stiff activation and installation fees (potentially totaling $1,000), those top speeds are very cost-prohibitive.
  • Ziply Fiber 2 Gig and 10 Gig: Ziply Fiber caught our attention with its 5Gbps plan, but it boasts a couple of multi-gig internet plans. The 2Gbps plan has an excellent promo rate of $80 a month. The 10Gbps plan is a pricey $300 per month, but that’s a notable value of 3 cents per Mbps. All three multi-gigabit plans include unlimited data, require no contracts and are available to all households within Ziply Fiber’s footprint in the Northwest (Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington).

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