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Learn about the internet plans and speeds AT&T offers.
Whether you’re brand new to the cable-free scene or you’ve been here for a while, you know cord cutting and internet service go hand in hand. Cut the cord with substandard internet service, and your TV streaming will go nowhere fast. High-quality, high-speed internet is a must, and no service is better than AT&T Internet. Is your internet interest piqued? Do you need to know more? We’ll break down what cord-cutters can expect from AT&T internet, including plans, speeds, features, contracts — the whole kit and kaboodle.
AT&T Internet is available to over 122.5 million subscribers across 21 states, a good portion of which are the 40 million Americans cutting some serious cords. As AT&T’s footprint expands, it’s doubling down on fiber internet. The company has set a 2025 goal for reaching 30 million subscribers, and it has already upped its max fiber speeds from 1 Gbps to a whopping 5 Gbps.
If you’re interested in having AT&T chaperone your new streaming TV courtship, it’s best to know what service plan you’ll need to help your newfound love grow. Here’s a breakdown of AT&T’s connection types, speeds, and pricing to help you decide.
AT&T Fiber internet is the best option for cord cutting because most streaming services require at least 25 Mbps download speeds for standard-definition one-device streaming. If you’re streaming on multiple devices or futzing around online while watching a show, you’ll need speeds of at least 50 Mbps. If high-definition viewing is your preference, then you’ll need more speed to have several screens going at any given time.
One bummer about being a new customer is the high up-front cost of initiating new internet service. AT&T frequently offers deals on new plans, such as gift cards, free installation, and monthly discounts to offset much of this burden.
For obvious reasons, traditional cable or satellite TV internet bundles aren’t attractive to cord-cutters. Luckily, many internet providers offer streaming service bundles instead — or even as a freebie included in specific plans. AT&T offers HBO Max for free when you purchase its fiber gig service or higher. That means all the “Euphoria,” “Station 11,” “Righteous Gemstones,” and premium HBO comedy you can handle without any additional cost!
You can also bundle DIRECTV STREAM with AT&T Internet, which comes with three-month premium freebies that include HBO Max, Cinemax, Starz, SHOWTIME, and Epix. It’s the perfect time to check out these streaming services for free before you buy. Here are some AT&T and DIRECTV STREAM bundles we like:
Many of us cord-cutters don’t like commitment. Lucky for us, AT&T doesn’t require contracts for internet service. Just like with streaming TV, you have the option each month to stick around or move on. We’re pretty sure you’ll be more than happy to stick around for some time with AT&T.
What you will have to deal with on some AT&T plans are data caps. AT&T fiber service comes with unlimited data, so you can stream and download all you want worry-free. AT&T fixed wireless and DSL connections are different though. We think the data cap for each is pretty generous, allowing you to go binge crazy when the mood strikes.
AT&T is one of the biggest providers in the country, but it has some pretty impressive competition too. If you live in parts of the Southeast or California, you may have a choice between AT&T and Xfinity, which offers high-speed cable internet service — perfect for cord-cutters. If you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, Texas, or California, you may have Spectrum as an option, which is a great choice for ultra-HD streaming on multiple devices.