Cord cutting doesn't mean saying goodbye to all of your favorite TV shows, live sports, and other entertainment. It just means saying goodbye to overpriced cable and satellite packages. As a cord cutter, you can still watch whatever you want — and you can usually watch it whenever you want and on whatever device you want. That's possible thanks in a large part to streaming services, though, which means there's one cord you shouldn't cut: the one that connects you to high-speed internet. That's why we review and report on internet service providers (ISPs) here on Cordcutting.com, and it's why we're taking the time today to break down everything you need to know about Spectrum internet.

Spectrum is the new brand name for former Time Warner Cable services following Time Warner Cable's acquisition by fellow telecom Charter. Its offerings include phone service, pay TV, and — happily for our purposes here — internet service. Below, we'll tell you where Spectrum is available, how fast Spectrum internet is, what Spectrum internet costs, and how to cancel Spectrum internet.

Spectrum Internet Speeds and Features

So how fast is Spectrum internet? Well, that depends on which plan you get. But Spectrum's website lists just one plan for internet service that does not include pay TV or phone service, so we'll focus on that one here.

Spectrum internet offers download speeds of up to nearly 1,000 Mbps. How fast is that? Pretty darn fast, and more than even serious streamers will probably need. But Spectrum's single base plan can look very different from place to place, so you'll have to see what speeds are available in your area. Things could be much slower than that peak speed, though the writer of our Spectrum review found a low of 60 Mbps, which is still solid. For more details on internet speeds and cord cutting internet requirements, check out our guide to internet speeds for streaming.

Spectrum Availability: Can I Get Spectrum?

100 Mbps internet is pretty quick, but can you get it? That all depends on where you live. Like most internet service providers, Spectrum offers service only in select areas.

The good news is that Spectrum's reach is pretty impressive. The service is available in 41 states (though it should be noted that coverage will vary within states, too). Here's the list:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Whew! Did you get all of that? For more detailed information on what Spectrum plans are available in your area, check out Spectrum's website.

Spectrum Plans and Pricing: How Much Does Spectrum Cost?

Spectrum's internet-only plan is listed, by most sources, at $44.99 per month. But there are some important caveats to mention here. The first is that this is a promotional price: like most other internet service providers, Spectrum will raise the price of your internet service after an initial period, which in this case is usually 12 months. You can expect to pay something like $64.99 per month for Spectrum internet once the initial period is up.

Why “something like” that price? Well, that's the second major caveat. Spectrum internet is priced differently in different areas. It may be more expensive in your region, so head to Spectrum's website for an exact quote and check the fine print carefully.

Deals on Spectrum

Like most internet service providers, Spectrum is willing to offer you significant discounts in order to get you to sign a contract. You can save big on your first 12 months of Spectrum internet. In many regions, you can lock down a price of just $44.99 per month for your first year. To get that deal, click here.

Spectrum Contracts

Spectrum's contracts and customer agreements lay out the dirty details. You can expect installation feels, equipment rental fees, and the rest of the usual fine print. One of the most important things to be aware of, of course, are cancellation fees. When you ink a deal with Spectrum in order to lock in a promotional rate, you make a commitment. If you leave before the end of the period governed by that initial contract, you'll have to pay an early termination fee — which brings us to our next section.

Spectrum Cancellation Policy

To cancel Spectrum, your best bet is to hop on the phone and chat with a customer service representative. Be insistent and have a reason to canceling — even if that reason is a lie. To avoid as many fees as possible, be sure to return all rented equipment as promptly as possible. Even if you do everything right, though, you may have to deal with cancellation fees.

Spectrum will charge you an early termination fee if you cancel your internet service before the end of the period governed by your initial contract. You probably committed to having Spectrum for a certain period of time in order to get a promotion rate; if you're canceling early, expect fees. Some of Spectrum's plans are contract-free (or become that way after a time), which means no cancellation fees, but other plans will charge you a prorated fee base don how many months you have left on your contract. Your rates will vary, so you'll have to check your contract or with a Spectrum customer service representative to get the dirty details.

About Spectrum

Spectrum is one of your options for high-speed internet, which makes it worth a look here at Cordcutting.com, where we're interested in all things streaming. For more on Spectrum (including our Spectrum review) and other internet service providers, check out our reviews, guides, how-tos, and more. We cover ISPs, streaming, hardware, and even free over-the-air TV here on Cordcutting.com, so be sure to take a journey through our archives!