At a glance
The average cost for internet service in the US is around $60 per month. Now, you may not be overpaying if your bill is higher than that—and it might not be a deal if your bill is lower—that’s just the average.
When looking for a spiffy new internet plan, the best thing to do is shop around. Find all the internet providers that offer service to your new address, and compare speeds and prices to find the best deal that matches your bandwidth needs and is easy on the wallet.
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Things like your location, the number of internet providers in your area, internet types, and the internet speed you choose affect how much you’ll pay. Things like fees, taxes, and how long you’ve been with your provider can also impact your monthly payments.
How much does internet service cost?
Internet prices in the US can range between $20 per month to more than $100 per month. That’s across all regions, types, and speeds. To break it down a little further, here are some more averages to give you a clearer picture of prices you can expect for a few internet speeds and internet connection types.
Average monthly cost of common internet speeds
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*$35 when you exclude plans from satellite internet providers
Average monthly cost of common internet connection types
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*$67 when you exclude Xfinity Gigabit Pro
We calculated these averages by gathering price information from 18 of the biggest internet providers in the US and, well, averaging the prices.
From this info, you can see that prices usually increase with faster internet speeds—and different types of internet plans can affect your bill, regardless of speeds. For example, satellite internet is the most expensive type of internet on average, but it’s slower than DSL, cable, and fiber.
What else can affect your internet bill?
The advertised price of your internet plan isn’t the whole story. Your bill can also include any local taxes, equipment rental fees, installation fees (on your first bill), and penalty charges for stuff like paying late or going over your data cap.
Introductory rates and discounts
On top of that, you should know that most internet providers give new customers introductory rates—or discounted service for a set period of time (usually 12 months). That’s great, but after that time is up, your bill could go up without notice. Internet companies also tend to roll discounts for paperless billing or automatic payments into their advertised prices too—so if you don’t set those discounts up, you could end up paying $5–$10 more every month.
Taxes and fees
The amount of taxes and fees on your internet bill depends on where you live, and there’s really no way to wriggle out of paying these. You see taxes and fees on your bill because the government uses the money to fund things like the Federal Communication Commission’s Universal Service Fund, which helps promote phone and broadband access across the country.1
Hot tip: buy your own modem and router. If you rent a gateway from your provider, it can cost you up to $180 every year. Most providers let you use your own equipment and will even set it up for you during a professional install.
The benefits of having your own equipment include (beyond saving money) having more control over your home network, better security features, and taking your equipment with you if you change providers.
The downsides are few but noteworthy. Firstly, not all modems work with all internet connections. So if you’ve just signed a six-month lease and plan to move on after that, renting equipment might be the smarter option.
Secondly, your provider’s tech support probably won’t be as helpful if you run into issues with your own tech. If you rent a gateway and it dies, the company has to replace it. If your own equipment dies, it’s on you.
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- CenturyLink, “Federal Universal Service Fund (USF).” Accessed September 14, 2020.