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Best internet providers in Irondequoit, New York

Frontier is our top recommendation for internet in Irondequoit, so long as you’re able to get fiber service. If not, we recommend foregoing Frontier’s DSL service and opting for a cable connection from Spectrum. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to snag a fiber plan from Greenlight.

Frontier Communications
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  • Plans starting at $49.99 - $164.99
  • Download speeds up to 5000 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 5000 Mbps

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  • Plans starting at $29.99 - $169.97
  • Download speeds up to 1 Gbps
  • Upload speeds up to 35 Mbps

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Greenlight Networks
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  • Plans starting at $50.00 - $200.00
  • Download speeds up to 5000 Mbps
  • Upload speeds up to 5000 Mbps

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How we rank internet providers
We have a robust rating system to score internet service providers overall, but the quality of service could vary city to city. When narrowing down the best providers specific to Irondequoit, we considered factors like availability, value, performance, and customer experience. We source information directly from the ISP's themselves, the FCC, and first-hand insights from residents of Irondequoit.
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Updated 5/8/23

Our top 3 ISP choices in Irondequoit, NY

Our top three picks for internet service in Irondequoit are Frontier, Spectrum, and Greenlight Networks.

#1: Frontier internet

We’ve ranked Frontier in the top spot because its fiber plans have top-notch speeds at competitive rates. Frontier offers a plan with 500 Mbps download speed for just $50 per month, or 1 gig for $80. It also offers 2 and 5 gig plans for internet super-users, but you’d be hard pressed to find ways to use that much speed. The downside to Frontier is that its fiber plans are available only in select areas—otherwise, you’re stuck with a DSL plan. Keep an eye on which service is available to you, and skip Frontier if you can’t snag a fiber plan.

Read our full Frontier internet review.

#2: Spectrum internet

Our second pick, Spectrum, is the biggest internet service provider (ISP) in Irondequoit, and its cable plans are good. It has a wide array of plan options with download speeds spanning from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps. We recommend average-to-high internet users to explore the 100, 300, or 500 Mbps plans to get the most bang for your buck. Keep an eye on your bill after year one, however, because Spectrum is known to up your monthly price around then.

Read our full Spectrum internet review.

#3: Greenlight internet

Greenlight has secured third place because, like Frontier, it offers excellent fiber service with straightforward plan options. Its availability, however, is limited—but the company is expanding its infrastructure all the time, so it’s worth a try! It offers speeds and prices that rival Frontier, but the installation fee is quite a bit higher.

All internet providers in Irondequoit

Aside from our top recommendations, you have several other options for internet service in Irondequoit. However, all other options are providers that offer either fixed wireless or satellite service. Neither of these services is as reliable as cable or fiber connections, but we’d opt for fixed wireless over satellite any day.

Both T-Mobile 5G Home Internet and Verizon 5G Home Internet offer plans with broadband speeds at discounted rates for existing customers with qualifying accounts. The speeds can’t rival fiber connections, and the reliability is a bit shakier than any wired service type.

Starlink, Viasat, and HughesNet offer satellite plans with slow speeds, high latency, and exorbitant prices. If satellite is your only option, we recommend looking into the wait time for Starlink—but be prepared to pay an upfront equipment cost of $600.

Fastest internet providers in Irondequoit

With download speeds of 2 to 5 Gbps, both Frontier and Greenlight have the fastest plans available in Irondequoit. This is typically more speed than most people need, so we recommend going for a 1 Gbps plan from Frontier, Spectrum, or Greenlight for a more affordable—but still fast—internet service.

How much speed do you need?

When choosing an internet plan, you want to keep all of your activities running smoothly without paying extra for speeds you don't need. At the bare minimum, you need 25 Mbps to do light browsing on one or two devices. Most households with multiple people and multiple devices will want to look for speeds in the 100–500 Mbps range. Learn how much speed your household needs in our guide to internet speed.
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Cheapest internet providers in Irondequoit

Spectrum offers a download speed of 100 Mbps for just $30 per month, which is sufficient for most average internet users. If you’re looking for download speeds closer to 500 Mbps, Spectrum’s prices are comparable to Frontier and Greenlight.

Learn how to get low-cost or free internet.

Internet options in nearby cities

Irondequoit luckily has some of the highest access to fiber throughout the Rochester area. Rochester proper has decent fiber coverage, as does Webster. Greece, unfortunately, has the least fiber access. Aside from the variability in fiber access from Frontier and Greenlight, the greater Rochester area has fairly consistent ISP options, with the largest amount of coverage from Spectrum. See what’s available in these cities:

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What Irondequoit residents are saying on Reddit

People who are able to get a fiber plan through Greenlight or Frontier seem generally happy with their service. We’ve seen some frustration with Frontier’s installation wait times, but it’s nearly half the cost of Greenlight’s installation.

Residents also don’t have many complaints about Spectrum’s internet service, but there is quite a bit of chatter regarding the year-two price hikes and overall customer service. However, these complaints seem to be dissipating as Spectrum is working hard to keep its consumers from jumping over to a fiber provider.

Post by u/oldBarnacle-1
What internet provider should I get?

I am looking for decent internet for a decent price. I see Rochester gets spectrum but I am curious if there is a lesser known internet provider that is either cheaper or better etc.

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In order of best speed / pricing:


-Frontier Fiber


In order of availability:



-Frontier Fiber

If you go with Spectrum, buy your own modem and router***.*** I cannot stress that enough. The stuff they loan out is horrendously unreliable and the cause of the overwhelming majority of service complaints.

Post by u/tahrq78
How fast is home internet?

We are interested in moving to Rochester. We still have some research to do, but our biggest concern is home internet, because we both work remotely. What’s the fastest that is offered and who is it through? Thanks so much!

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Your biggest concern moving to Rochester is internet speed? You must need some serious bandwidth for that WFH.

I have greenlight but I am pretty sure spectrum goes to 1 Gbps.

Post by u/syntheticcontrol
Has anyone had success with Spectrum's internet?

I moved to a part of Rochester that, unfortunately, does not have Greenlight. That's who I've had for 5 years and now I have Spectrum. It is so unbelievably unreliable. It's fast... when you have it. Which is, at most, half the time. I know Spectrum sucks, but has anyone had success with talking to them? Is it the equipment? Is there anything that can be done?

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I have used my own modem since the beginning and have had largely trouble-free service from them for the past five years. I routinely get more speed than I am actually paying for and I can count the number of non power-related outages on one hand. Additionally, the one time I was having issues they dispatched a tech the same day and he promptly fixed it. Haven’t had trouble since. (Still kind of in awe about that one.)

I do have an appointment to have Frontier Fiber installed in about a week, though - for the same price as Spectrum, the symmetrical upload will be really nice for working from home.

Post by u/Street_Cobbler1849
Honest opinions of Frontier Fiber Internet?

Moving to Henrietta, they say they offer fiber. If that’s true I think it’s worth it. If it is just their basic DSL I think i’ll stick with spectrum.

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If you can get fiber and it is under 70 a month take it. Spectrum is sticking it to me right now and I have no other option. It keeps going up and they won't talk to me, I have no other option it is horrible.

Post by u/TheYellowMamba5
StarLink in Rochester

I live near downtown and am limited to satellite internet service, which means I’m stuck with Frontier giving me a whopping 20mbps. StarLink seems to be the only alternative, but I’ve come across mixed reviews (daily outages, slow speeds) as it’s intended for more remote areas.

Do you or anyone you know use StarLink in Rochester? Is it a viable alternative at this point in time? I’m willing to splurge on the router and pay $99 for good wifi but don’t want to spend more for less.

Edit: It would cost ~$60,000 to install Spectrum and Greenlight is far off from reaching my area.

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Hot damn, where are you at that only allows for satellite? That makes no sense. My fiancée's mom lives out in the boonies in Cattaraugus county and she's got Spectrum.

Internet news and infrastructure in Irondequoit, NY

Irondequoit is still largely limited to cable connections, but fiber infrastructure has been expanding rapidly in the last few years. In 2019, Greenlight doubled its staff to support the expansion of fiber in Rochester, including the suburbs of Irondequoit and Webster. (1)

In 2022, Monroe County reminded residents of their participation in the Affordable Connectivity Program, which qualifies low-income residents for internet plans for $30 per month. (2) Additionally, the Irondequoit Public Library worked quickly to offer students and residents access to mobile hotspots in 2020 to help with the sudden shift to digital learning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (3)

In Irondequoit, NY, 100% of households can get 100 Mbps, 100% can get 250 Mbps, and 34% can get 1 Gbps.

Frequently asked internet questions in Irondequoit

The key difference between Frontier and Spectrum internet is the technology behind their service connections. Frontier offers fiber and DSL connections, while Spectrum offers a cable connection. Cable cannot support speeds as fast as fiber, but is much faster than DSL. See more about how they compare.

Yes, fiber internet is available in Irondequoit through Frontier Communications and Greenlight Networks. Fiber availability from either provider is spotty, so you’ll need to verify that your address is outfitted for fiber from Frontier or Greenlight.

Families of three or more will typically want an internet connection with a download speed of at least 300 Mbps—up to 1 gig if your budget allows. In Irondequoit, you can get these speeds through Spectrum, Frontier, or Greenlight.

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