Best internet providers in Columbus, Ohio
- Plans starting at $19.99 - $29.99
- Download speeds up to 1000 Mbps
- Upload speeds up to 1 Gbps
Disclaimer: Availability and pricing are subject to location. Conditions apply.
Our top 3 ISP choices in Columbus, OH
Our top recommendations for internet in Columbus are AT&T fiber, Spectrum, and Breezeline.
#1: AT&T internet
Our expert reviewers gave AT&T fiber high scores for both value and performance. If you’re looking for a fast fiber plan, AT&T is our top recommendation in Columbus, and it has fairly wide availability. It’s worth noting that AT&T has some legacy DSL coverage across Columbus as well, but it no longer offers DSL to new customers. (We’d strongly recommend fiber anyway.)
#2: Spectrum internet
We’ve ranked Spectrum second for providers in Columbus because it has strong cable coverage throughout the city, with some small pockets of cable-fiber hybrid service downtown. You’ll want to keep an eye out for price hikes and fees, but Spectrum’s speeds and reliability should work well for most households.
#3: Breezeline internet
After WOW! sold its coverage in Columbus to Breezeline in 2022, Breezeline became the largest wired internet provider in the area. Breezeline advertises some extremely cheap promotions for gig internet in Columbus, but it isn’t in our top two recommendations because of widespread issues since the WOW! transition. (1)
All internet providers in Columbus
Aside from our top recommendations, you have several other options for internet service in Columbus. Local provider TOAST.net is a reseller for AT&T fiber, with prices higher than what you pay directly with AT&T. T-Mobile and Verizon also have strong fixed wireless coverage in the area, and you can get discounts on home internet from both providers if you already use some of their mobile plans.
We recommend against purchasing satellite internet (HughesNet, Viasat, Starlink) in Columbus because you’re almost guaranteed to have better options available to you, and you’ll pay much less for better speeds elsewhere.
Fastest internet providers in Columbus
AT&T has the fastest internet plans in Columbus by far, with speeds up to 5 Gbps. That’s way more than most households would need for day-to-day internet usage, even for gamers or streamers. It has the widest fiber coverage in the area and offers several other “slower” plans that should more than cover most speed needs. Cable providers Spectrum and Breezeline tie in second for speed, with download speeds up to 1 Gbps, though upload speeds will be slower with cable than what you’d get with a fiber connection.
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Cheapest internet providers in Columbus
As of early 2023, Breezeline advertised the cheapest promo rate on gig-speed internet in Columbus, but pricing and promos vary by address and go up after the first 6–12 months. Outside of promo pricing, fixed wireless providers T-Mobile and Verizon have some of the cheapest options available for home internet if you choose to bundle with certain cell phone plans. Low-income households may also qualify for federal and provider-specific programs to get free or low-cost internet access.
Internet options in nearby cities
Spectrum has the most widespread coverage of any wired internet provider in the greater Columbus area, and you can get Spectrum access in almost any suburb. Other internet options will vary as soon as you get outside the Columbus city limits. See what’s available in these cities.
What Columbus residents are saying on Reddit
Over the last year, social media threads about internet service in Columbus have been dominated with complaints about the transition from WOW! to Breezeline, including reports of outages and price hikes. On the flip side, AT&T fiber seems to have the most consistently positive feedback of all providers in the area.
We’ve compiled some of the most representative Reddit threads so you can read for yourself what residents are saying.
I’m moving to the area and would like hear your thoughts on your internet provider? I play console and PC games.
I also work from home. Spectrum appears to be running a good deal as well. Are they reliable?
ATT Fiber > Spectrum > Breezeline > T-Mobile 5G > ATT DSL > Starry
I’ve had DSL AT&T (they don’t offer fiber) and I’m at my last straw with them, their customer service on top of the mediocre speeds are just trash really. I’ve heard mixed things about Spectrum and I’ve seen problems since WOW was changed to Breezeline, so what’s my best route here? I work from home so this is pretty urgent thing for me.
It seems to be dependent on the neighborhood you live in as to which provider sucks the least.
We are going to be moving soon which means dealing with all that fun stuff. Looking at internet right now and was wondering if any had any experience dealing with internet providers beside att and spectrum. Not interested in tv or phone lines, just preferably fast internet that doesn't break the bank. Also we're moving to the blacklick area.
T-Mobile has unlimited 5g home internet at $50 monthly. There's an availability map on their site and it's becoming much more widespread. $100 rebate too, via a MasterCard gift card.
I was 10 months into a $24.99 special for 100Mbps internet through Wow. I just got my new bill due late May for Breezeline and they upped it to $39.99.
I have not received a breeezline bill and they look like they are no longer posting the bills on wowway.
Really wary of this because as far as I know there is no competitor that offers what wow offers.
It would be great if these companies would actually compete instead of just buying each other.
A big question I'm wondering is if this will all go away with time? Like will it all just end eventually if I stick it out during these WoW transition stages?
I only see negative stories. I've been with them for a little over 1 week and have already had random disconnects, lying from reps about my area undergoing maintenance, among a few other issues.
Hell my verizon Mobile Hotspot on my phone was more stable last week (seems their internet is a little better this week).
Spectrum is so tempting but more expensive/low upload speeds.
There just seems like no winning when it comes to ISPs in Cbus.
EDIT: Consensus is that lots of people have also had some good experiences with Breezeline, however most people who have had good experiences are using their own purchased modem/router hardware.
Further research from other threads has brought me to believe there's something up with their hardware, specifically the white square plume devices they are installing with the included "WiFi Your Way" application. I'm going to try and disable lots of security settings in the plume device to see if it helps. But honestly I should probably just buy my own modem and router.
I haven't had any service issues with Breezeline since it took over my Wow! service.
Internet news and infrastructure in Columbus, OH
There have been a few big shake-ups with internet providers in Columbus since late 2022.
Breezeline officially took over WOW! cable service in Columbus in fall 2022. (2) As both customers and Breezeline leadership have noted, the transition in service has been rougher than everyone hoped so far, though issues will hopefully decrease over time.
In January 2023, fixed wireless provider Starry announced that it would be discontinuing service in the Columbus area. (3) Starry provided fast speeds at competitive prices, but the company has had financial struggles that likely impacted this decision. (4) Current customers will need to find other providers by June 2023 at the latest.
Between AT&T, Spectrum, and Breezeline, most of Columbus already has access to high-speed internet, with over 96% of the city having access to speeds of at least 100 Mbps. (5) However, in March 2022, AT&T announced that it would be expanding to “hyper-gig” (5 Gbps) speeds in various metro areas, including Columbus. (6) These speeds are far more than you’d need for most households, but 1 gig fiber access is also likely to expand as AT&T replaces legacy DSL infrastructure with fiber.
Frequently asked internet questions in Columbus
No, Xfinity (the branded services under parent company Comcast) is not available in Columbus. Xfinity has very little coverage in Ohio overall. Spectrum is the closest comparable company, since, like Xfinity, it uses cable infrastructure for its internet and TV service. Spectrum has very widespread coverage in the Columbus area.
Yes, AT&T offers fiber internet across most of Columbus, and it advertises download speeds up to 5 Gbps (5,000 Mbps) in the area. In the areas of the city without AT&T fiber coverage, cable providers Spectrum and Breezeline provide download speeds up to 1 Gbps.
If you’re working from home, fiber internet is the best option, making AT&T fiber the best choice in the Columbus area. It has the highest upload speeds, which is ideal for sending large files or multiple people doing video calls at once. Unlike cable infrastructure, fiber also won’t slow down if everyone else in your neighborhood is also working from home and using the internet heavily when you are.
- “Breezeline CEO says integration of WOW!’s old Ohio assets has been rocky,” Fierce Telecom. Accessed 10 February 2023.
- “Cable, internet changes: What Breezeline’s takeover means for WOW! Customers,” The Columbus Dispatch. Accessed 10 February 2023.
- “Starry announces intention to depart Columbus market,” Business Wire. Accessed 10 February 2023.
- “Wireless ISP Starry lays off half its workers in a bid to save cash,” The Verge. Accessed 10 February 2023.
- “FCC Broadband Map,” Federal Communications Commission. Accessed 14 February 2023.
- “AT&T expands hyper-gig fiber offering; now delivering up to 5-gigs of speed across parts of entire footprint,” AT&T. Accessed 13 February 2023.