Best Providence Internet Service Providers
There are a total of 4 companies providing internet service to a significant portion of Providence, Rhode Island and meet the minimum accepted broadband definition of 25 Mbps download speed. Our proprietary ranking calculation takes into account different aspects of useable download speed, upload speed and coverage area. For example, an increase of 100 Mbps download speed from 200 Mbps to 300 Mbps is much more significant for users than an increase from 1000 Mbps to 1100Mpbs. Also, for nearly all users download speed is much more important than upload speed. Our ranked ordering of internet service providers in Providence:
|Rank||Provider||Tech||Max Download Speed||Max Upload Speed||Availability|
|1||Cox||Cable, Fiber||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps||98.7%|
|2||Verizon||Fiber||940 Mbps||880 Mbps||98.0%|
|3||ViaSat||Satellite||100 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
|4||HughesNet||Satellite||25 Mbps||3 Mbps||100%|
Providence RI Internet Access Options
When it comes to high speed internet availability, download speeds and overall customer satisfaction, cities with more than a single provider more often than not lead in all of these categories.
Does Providence have more than a single option at 25 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 250 Mbps and 1000 Mbps? The diagram below shows a summary:
Broadband Internet Speeds
Curious how fast the average internet speeds in Providence are compared to Providence County? Also, curious how the speeds compare to Rhode Island overall?
Average download speeds in Providence of 43.58 Mbps are faster than the Providence County average download speeds and faster than the statewide average for Rhode Island.
Providence Internet Access Facts
The average upload speed in Providence is 11 Mbps. This is 8.4% faster than the average in Rhode Island and 5.2% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
The average download speed in Providence is 31.6% faster than the Providence County average and 34.5% faster than the national average of 32.4 Mbps
The average upload speed in Providence is 11 Mbps. This is 9.2% faster than the Providence County average and 5.2% slower than the national average of 11.56 Mbps
Cable internet is available to 98.1% of Providence County residents
Fiber optic internet is available to 97.3% of Providence County residents
The average internet download speed in Providence County is 33.11 Mbps based upon 1774776 samples taken in the past year
Internet Access Technologies
DSL, Cable, Fiber and Fixed Wireless are four common types of technology used to provide internet access. The following chart shows the percentage of Providence residents who have access to each of these technology types.
Internet Service FAQs
Who has the best internet service near me?
Our proprietary algorithm that takes into consideration download speed, upload speed, availability and overall value ranks Cox as the top provider for Providence, Rhode Island.
Who has the fastest internet service in Providence?
Cox with a download speed of 1000 Mbps provides the fastest internet service in Providence.
What locations were used in calculating broadband internet coverage for Providence, Rhode Island?
The following zip codes were used: 02901, 02902, 02903, 02904, 02905, 02906, 02907, 02908, 02909, 02910, 02911, 02912, 02918, 02919 and 02940
How do the internet speeds in Providence compare to other cities in Rhode Island?
Click through to see how the Providence broadband speeds compare to these other cities throughout the state: Central Falls, East Providence, Narragansett Pier, Newport East, Valley Falls, Warwick, Westerly
Is there fiber internet service near me?
Yes, there are fiber internet providers in Providence - Cox and Verizon.
What is DSL internet service?
DSL provides internet service via phone lines but at speeds typically 100x or more than old fashioned dial-up service over those same phone lines. Download speeds are typically slower than cable, but DSL is more likely to be available in a remote location than cable.
Which internet service provider offers the most coverage in Providence, Rhode Island?
Cox provides broadband internet service to 98.7% of Providence.
What is cable internet service?
Cable internet service streams data through the same coaxial cables used for cable television. In nearly all instances cable internet will be faster than DSL. Cable internet is available to nearly 90% of Americans but does not have as much coverage in remote areas as DSL.
What download speed do I need to stream movies?
For HD movies and shows Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu all recommend a minimum of 5 Mbps. Streaming 4K/UHD content requires a minimum of 25 Mbps for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu.
Providence Cable TV, Satellite TV and Streaming Services
Our ranking of internet service plans can make choosing a new provider fairly easy. Selecting a TV provider is more difficult as additional variables are involved. If you are a heavy TV viewer and/or watch in multiple rooms at the same time, a traditional cable TV package or satellite TV provider may be the best option for you. However, if you live in a rental property or a heavily wooded area, satellite TV may not be a viable option. Streaming TV packages can be a good option for many, especially if your internet plan does not have a data limit. Read through the pros and cons of the various TV packages available to you and chose the best match to your viewing needs.
- 250+ channels
- Contour voice remote control
- Customizable add-ons
- Make your TV content portable with the Contour app app
- 290+ channels
- Satellite coverage virtually anywhere
- 4 video package tiers
- Access to apps, Google assistant and 2000 hour smart DVR
- 85+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network coverage
- Sports plus, Spanish plus and premium movie add-ons
- 140+ channels
- Unlimited cloud DVR
- Local network and sports coverage
- Unlimited streams in-home. TV to go with the DIRECTV app