Best internet providers in Delaware, Ohio
Unlike many of their Columbus area neighbors, Delaware residents don’t yet have access to any fiber internet providers. Not to worry, you can still access speeds up to 1 Gbps in Delaware with cable providers Spectrum and Breezeline, our top two picks for this area. If you can’t get one of these (or if you want a more affordable monthly bill), we recommend T-Mobile 5G Home Internet, which offers fixed wireless internet that should still be suitable for most households.
- 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 Delaware, OH
Our top three picks for internet in Delaware are Spectrum, Breezeline, and T-Mobile 5G Home Internet.
#1: Spectrum internet
Spectrum covers over 90% of Delaware, OH, meaning you can get reliable cable internet with speeds of at least 250 Mbps, which is a great speed for most families’ needs, but there is a lot of choice when it comes to Spectrum plans (and prices). Some addresses may be able to get speeds up to 1 Gbps, which is more speed than you need even for multiple users gaming, streaming, and browsing at once. Spectrum also offers 30 Mbps internet for around $20 per month for the budget shopper who lives alone or only uses the internet for light browsing. We like the options available with Spectrum and the fact that they have been serving the area for a long time.
Keep in mind that Spectrum has a reputation for below-average customer service, and because it is the most widely available provider, it is also the provider with the most complaints. But until Delaware is wired for fiber, it is the best option for residents with heavy internet usage.
Read our full Spectrum internet review.
#2: Breezeline internet
Breezeline is a newer cable provider that took over business for WOW! internet in 2022. Breezeline offers great 6-month introductory pricing deals, but you’ll end up paying more than Spectrum in the long run, and customers have reported a rocky transition when their service moved over from WOW! to Breezeline. Still, it offers reliable cable internet and speeds up to 1 Gbps at some addresses.
#3: T-Mobile 5G Home Internet
T-Mobile offers fixed wireless internet, which is basically a home internet version of the signal you get on your phone. Because the internet is transmitted via radio waves, the connection isn’t quite as stable as cable internet, and speeds may vary depending on your distance to the cell tower. However, customers generally report being pleased with the service, and you can get it for a fraction of the cost of cable internet, especially if you bundle with your cell phone plan.
Read our full T-Mobile internet review.
All internet providers in Delaware
Delaware residents don’t have quite as many options as many of the surrounding cities, but they still have access to fast cable internet from Spectrum and Breezeline. In addition to T-Mobile, Verizon also services about 30% of the city with fixed wireless internet. If you have a Verizon phone plan and qualify for its fixed wireless service, you could get a great deal.
Some addresses can also get Frontier DSL internet, but we wouldn’t recommend it for anyone who could get either cable or fixed wireless, as your connection will be way slower.
You might also see satellite internet providers HughesNet, Starlink, and Viasat. Satellite internet is both slower and more expensive than other types of internet available in Delaware, and only Starlink offers unlimited high-speed data, so we don’t recommend choosing any of these providers. Even if the advertised speeds seem to match other providers, the latency inherent to satellite internet means that you are more likely to experience lag and buffering.
Fastest internet providers in Delaware
Breezeline and Spectrum tie for fastest internet provider in Delaware, both offering internet plans with speeds up to 1 Gbps (1,000 Mbps). This is faster than most families need, but we like that the speeds are available.
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Cheapest internet providers in Delaware
Spectrum has a 30 Mbps deal for $20 per month, making it the cheapest provider in Delaware, at least for the first year. This is probably fast enough for a single internet user who only does some light browsing, but it would be hard pressed to support multiple users who are streaming and gaming at the same time.
T-Mobile and Verizon offer internet for less than $30 per month when you bundle with select mobile plans, so if you use one of these providers for your cell phone, you may be able to get a great deal on internet. Speeds will vary depending on your location, so check availability before you sign up.
Internet options in nearby cities
Columbus and other nearby cities have access to AT&T fiber internet, one of the best internet providers nationwide. Unfortunately, AT&T does not offer internet in Delaware.
Besides satellite internet providers, Spectrum and T-Mobile are the most widely available in the greater Columbus area. You can get one of these providers almost anywhere in the area surrounding Columbus.
Breezeline, Frontier, Verizon, altafiber, and Point Broadband are also available in some areas, but their availability differs depending on the individual city or suburb where you live.
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What Delaware residents are saying on Reddit
The internet has not been very impressed with the transition from WOW! to Breezeline, but it does seem that most of the major problems have calmed down now that it’s been a year since the takeover. Residents of Delaware also seem pretty happy with T-Mobile internet, and we expect fixed wireless to become a larger player in the internet landscape as technology continues to improve, especially for more rural areas where it’s too expensive to lay fiber-optic cable.
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.
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?
AT&T Fiber if you can get it
Apparently you can get T-Mobile internet in Columbus for $50 a month. Has anyone tried it out? If so- How does it compare?
My friends just got it. They love it. It is literally at big modem you put by a window. I guess its 5g. He's able to stream live on YouTube, and his partner watch a movie with no buffering. They couldn't do that with spectrum. They're paying 120$ for the internet and cell lines. During the big storms last week, he lost internet for like 15 minutes. You can also take it with you and plug in anywhereish for instant access. Customer service is top shelf.
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 Delaware, OH
Delaware, OH, already has multiple providers who offer high speed internet, but it does not yet have access to any fiber providers. In March 2022, AT&T announced that it would be expanding its fiber network and “hyper-gig” speeds to new areas, including Columbus. (1) However, as Delaware was not part of AT&T’s existing DSL network, residents may not see hyper-gig any time soon.
The biggest shake up for Delaware residents has been the transition from WOW! to Breezeline. After months of complaints from customers about service disruptions, account problems, and price hikes, even the CEO admitted that the transition was “rocky.” (2) Hopefully, things are starting to settle down, and Breezeline customers will see better service in the future.
Frequently asked internet questions in Delaware
Xfinity is available to a very small portion of Ohio residents near the border of Pennsylvania, but the greater Columbus area, including Delaware, does not have access to Xfinity internet. Instead, Spectrum offers widespread cable internet to residents and acts as a comparable provider.
Delaware, OH, does not currently have access to fiber internet. However, residents can still access high-speed internet from cable providers like Spectrum and Breezeline, or fixed wireless provider T-Mobile.
The fastest providers in Delaware are Spectrum and Breezeline, both of which offer gig-speed internet. Surrounding cities can get faster speeds, sometimes up to 5 Gbps with AT&T fiber internet. However, 1 Gbps is still plenty fast for most users, so residents of Delaware shouldn’t worry too much about their available internet speeds.