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Cord-cutting doesn't mean saying goodbye to all of your favorite TV shows, live sports, and other entertainment. But if you cut the cord while keeping a shoddy Internet service, the only thing you’re going to be watching is a buffering wheel. Spectrum Internet® is one of the best services out there — and we’ll show you why by breaking down what cord-cutters can expect from this provider.

A Brief Look at Spectrum Internet

  • States served:  Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming
  • Connection type: Cable
  • Maximum download speeds: 1 Gbps (wireless speeds may vary)
  • Starting price: $49.99 per month

Spectrum Availability

As the second-largest cable Internet provider in America, SpectrumⓇ's reach is pretty impressive. The service is available in 44 states (though it should be noted that coverage will vary within states, too), covering an estimated 102.7 million people. It’s primarily available in urban and suburban areas, including widespread coverage in Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, St. Louis, and Orlando.

Spectrum Internet Plans, Speeds, and Features

So, just how fast is Spectrum Internet? That depends on which plan you get. As we know, when it comes to cord cutting, speed is everything. Spectrum's website lists three Internet plans that will suit different peoples’ needs. Here’s how they break down:

Internet plan Starting price Download speeds (up to) Upload speeds (up to) Connection type
Spectrum Internet $49.99 per month for 12 months Up to 200 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Up to 10 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Cable
Spectrum Internet Ultra $69.99 per month for 12 months Up to 400 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Up to 20 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Cable
Spectrum Internet Gig $89.99 per month for 12 months Up to 1 Gbps (wireless speeds may vary) Up to 35 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Cable

If you’re looking to cut the cord, the best plan will still vary depending on your needs. Most streaming services require at least 25 Mbps download speeds for standard-definition streaming on a single device. If you’re looking to stream HD video at all, you’re likely going to need at least the Spectrum Internet plan.

If you download large files, play online multiplayer video games, or have many devices in your house that stream in 4K resolution, the speed you need will increase. Keep your habits in mind when picking a plan — 200 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) is likely more than enough to stream TV and movies while you scroll social media on your phone. However, the more you stream and the more devices you have, the greater the speed you’ll need.

Spectrum plan speeds can vary from place to place, so you'll have to see what speeds are available in your area. Remember, things could be slower than that peak speed. This circumstance is just the reality of using a cable Internet provider — fiber Internet connections, such as those offered by AT&T and Google, provide faster, more reliable connections that don’t tend to vary at peak hours. No matter which Spectrum Internet plan you choose, always be on the lookout for new Spectrum Internet deals each month.

Spectrum Bundles and Streaming

If you’re a cord-cutter, you’re probably not actively looking for a new cable service. That said, Spectrum has some bundles that can be very attractive — all of their Spectrum TV Select plans include premium streaming channels like HBO Max and SHOWTIME. Plus, you’ll get a free year of Peacock Premium, NBC’s new streaming service, just for signing up. Here are a few of the Internet/TV bundles that Spectrum provides:

Internet plan Starting price Bundled with Number of channels
Spectrum Internet $99.98 per month for 12 months Spectrum TV Select 125+ channels
Spectrum Internet Ultra $119.98 per month for 12 months Spectrum TV Select 125+ channels
Spectrum Internet Gig $139.98 per month for 12 months Spectrum TV Select 125+ channels

Spectrum Contracts

Spectrum is a contract-free Internet provider — that means none of their Internet plans or bundles require you to sign on a dotted line to lock in a promotion. Plus, you can cancel anytime without worrying about an early termination fee.

As of June 2019, Spectrum stopped offering prorated bills for accounts that cancel service before the end of the billing month.

English, please.

Okay, okay. Say you move out on the 15th of the month, but your billing ends on the 31st, and you want to keep your current Spectrum plan. You’ll have to pay for the entirety of the month’s plan at each residence, as opposed to you receiving credit for those first 15 days at your new place.

Sure, it’s a bit of a bummer. But it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than an ETF for breaking a contract!

Spectrum Data Caps

Spectrum has no data caps on any Internet plan — period. Binge-watch until your heart’s content!

Spectrum vs. Competitors

Spectrum is one of the largest and most well-known providers in the country — and for good reason. With high speeds, fair prices, and no data caps or contracts, their plans are great for cord-cutters. Of course, if you’re dead-set on fiber Internet, you will have to go with a different provider, like AT&T or Xfinity. But if you don’t mind the connection type, one of Spectrum’s high-speed cable Internet options could be the right choice for you. Still on the fence? Check out our hands-on Spectrum Internet Review for all the in-depth details of our experience with the service.