Best Internet Providers in New Jersey – CNET

What is the best internet provider in New Jersey?

Verizon Fios is the best internet service provider for most New Jersey homes. The service offers multiple high-speed plans with symmetrical or close download and upload speeds throughout the state, as well as lengthy price guarantees and unique signup bonuses.

Xfinity is the primary cable internet provider in New Jersey and a good option for cheap internet, bundle packages and prepaid internet service. 

Depending on where you live in the Garden State, your address may have access to Verizon Fios, Xfinity or other ISPs like Brightspeed, Optimum and Starry. Additionally, T-Mobile Home Internet has brought more internet options to suburban and rural parts of New Jersey. In contrast, Verizon’s 5G home internet service has increased broadband competition in cities like Newark and along the Jersey Shore.

Our methodology

CNET considers speeds, pricing, customer service and overall value to recommend the best internet service in New Jersey across several categories. Our evaluation includes referencing a proprietary database built over years of reviewing internet services. We validate that against provider information by spot-checking local addresses for service availability. We also do a close read of providers’ terms and conditions and, when needed, will call ISPs to verify the details.

Despite our efforts to find the most recent and accurate information, our process has some limitations you should know about. Pricing and speed data are variable: Certain addresses may qualify for different service tiers, and monthly costs may vary, even within a city. The best way to identify your particular options is to plug your address into a provider’s website. 

Also, the prices, speed and other information listed above and in the provider cards below may differ from what we found in our research. The cards display the full range of a provider’s pricing and speed across the US, according to our database of plan information provided directly by ISPs, while the text is specific to what’s available in New Jersey. The prices referenced within this article’s text come from our research and include applicable discounts for setting up automatic payments each month — a standard industry offering. Discounts and promotions might also be available for signing a term contract or bundling multiple services. 

To learn more about how we review internet providers, visit our full methodology page.

Best internet in New Jersey

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Connection

Fiber

Speed range

300 – 2,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $120 per month

Our take – There’s a lot to like about Verizon Fios, from speed variety and reliability to pricing and promotional offers. You don’t have to take my word for it, Verizon has led the charts in customer satisfaction for years.

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Connection

Fiber

Speed range

300 – 2,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $120 per month

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Connection

Fixed wireless

Speed range

85 – 1,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $70 per month

Our take – In most New Jersey locations, Verizon Fios and Xfinity or maybe Optimum will be your primary internet options with little else to choose from. Verizon’s 5G Home Internet service shakes up the competition a bit with speeds and pricing to rival any provider.

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Connection

Fixed wireless

Speed range

85 – 1,000 Mbps

Price range

$50 – $70 per month

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Fixed wireless

Speed range

72 – 245 Mbps

Price range

$60 per month

Our take – Internet service, speeds and overall options are often best in urban areas, and for the most part, New Jersey is no different. T-Mobile Home Internet helps to fill the gaps in between and is likely your best option for internet in rural areas of the Garden State.

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Connection

Fixed wireless

Speed range

72 – 245 Mbps

Price range

$60 per month

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Cable, fiber

Speed range

300 – 8,000 Mbps

Price range

$40 – $280 per month

Our take – Optimum is primarily a cable internet provider, but fiber service is available to approximately 2.7 million households in the greater NYC area. There’s no extra cost for fiber service, just faster, more reliable speeds.

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Connection

Cable, fiber

Speed range

300 – 8,000 Mbps

Price range

$40 – $280 per month

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Connection

Cable

Speed range

150 – 6,000 Mbps

Price range

$20 – $300 per month

Our take – Xfinity is the largest cable internet provider in New Jersey, bringing numerous high-speed plan options to much of the state. Introductory pricing is among the lowest in New Jersey, but watch out for a steep price increase after 24 months.

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Connection

Cable

Speed range

150 – 6,000 Mbps

Price range

$20 – $300 per month

Top internet providers in New Jersey

The providers listed above aren’t the only ISPs available in New Jersey, but they are the ones you’re most likely to come across and the ones I’d recommend most. The chart below will give you a better comparison of all your potential options. 

New Jersey internet providers compared

Provider Internet Technology Monthly price range Speed range Monthly equipment cost Data cap Contract CNET review score
Brightspeed Fiber/copper $50-$70 200-940Mbps $15 (optional) None None N/A
Hughesnet
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Satellite $50-$80 ($75-$110 after 12 months) 50-100Mbps $15-$20 a month or $300-$450 one-time purchase 100-200GB 2 years 6
Optimum
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Cable/fiber $40-$280 300-8,000Mbps (varies by location) None None None 6.2
Spectrum
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Cable $40-$60 300-1,000Mbps Free modem; $7 router (optional) None None 7.2
Starry
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Fixed wireless $15-$55 ($15-$70 after 12 months) 30-500Mbps None None None 7
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless $60($40 for eligible Go5G Plus and Magenta Max mobile customers) 72-245Mbps None None None 7.4
Verizon Fios
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Fiber $50-$110 ($25-$85 with select 5G mobile plans) 300-2,300Mbps None None None 7.6
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless $50-$70 ($35-$45 with qualifying mobile plans) 80-1,000Mbps None None None 7.2
Viasat
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Satellite Up to 150Mbps $100 $15 or $250 one-time purchase None None 6.1
Xfinity
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Cable $25-$80 150-1,200Mbps $15-$25 included in some plans None None required 7

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

Rural internet options in New Jersey

New Jersey is the country’s most densely populated state, but many areas still can be considered rural. After all, it’s not called the Garden State for nothing. In such locations where a cable or fiber internet provider may not yet reach, you’ll have a few choices for broadband service. T-Mobile would be my top pick, but satellite service is also available throughout the state.

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  • Brightspeed: Best wired connection for rural areas in New Jersey. Brightspeed recently took over DSL operations for CenturyLink in New Jersey. Speeds and pricing remained largely unchanged — $50-$70 per month for the fastest speeds available — as did the coverage areas, which span most of the western side of New Jersey. 
  • Hughesnet: Best for consistent speeds in New Jersey. Hughesnet hits the threshold for broadband speeds, 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, throughout New Jersey. You’ll find that rival satellite provider Viasat has unlimited data, but Hughesnet’s plans are cheaper despite its data allowances.
  • T-Mobile Home Internet: Best rural internet provider in New Jersey. As mentioned above, T-Mobile 5G Home Internet will be your best bet for internet in rural areas. Pricing and fees are lower than you’ll find with satellite service, and download speeds of 100Mbps are available throughout much of the state, according to the FCC
  • Starlink: Fastest satellite internet provider in New Jersey. Satellite internet is known for slow speeds and high latency, but Starlink wants to change that with an arsenal of low-orbiting satellites. Standard service is expensive: $120 per month and up to $600 just to get started.
  • Viasat: A potentially faster alternative to Hughesnet and maybe a cheaper option next to Starlink. Viasat’s newest all-in-one plan is available now and can deliver faster speeds (up to 150Mbps in select areas) and unlimited data. Just be ready for higher prices than Hughesnet, with service starting at $100 monthly. 

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New Jersey broadband at a glance

Unfortunately, living in New Jersey doesn’t come with a great selection of internet providers, but the available ISPs are still pretty good. Thanks to providers like Verizon Fios, Xfinity and Optimum, download speeds of 250Mbps or higher are available to more than 98% of households in New Jersey, according to the FCC.

Internet breakdown by city in New Jersey

It’s hard to cover the broadband options of an entire state and give individual cities the attention they deserve. That’s why we also compile lists of the best internet providers in cities across the US, including those in New Jersey. We tackle details such as internet connection types, maximum speeds, cheapest providers and more. If you don’t find the city you’re looking for below, check back later. We’re working to add more locations every week. 

Cheap internet options in New Jersey

If you’re looking for cheap internet in New Jersey, start with Starry. The provider’s Connect plan comes with download speeds up to 30Mbps starting at just $15 per month with no added fees for equipment. Xfinity’s Connect plan at $25 per month for speeds of 150Mbps is a decent option, too. T-Mobile and Verizon 5G Home Internet are solid picks for cheap internet, particularly if you qualify for the mobile customer discount.

What’s the cheapest plan in New Jersey?

Plan Starting price Max download speeds Equipment fee
Starry Connect
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$15 30Mbps None
Xfinity Connect
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$25 150Mbps $15 gateway rental (optional)
Verizon 5G Home
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$35 (with qualifying discount) 300Mbps None
Optimum 300
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$40 300Mbps None
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$40 (with qualifying discount) 245Mbps None
Verizon Fios 300
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$50 ($25 with select 5G mobile plans) 300Mbps None
Spectrum Internet
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$40 300Mbps Free modem; $7 router (optional)
Brightspeed 200 $50 200Mbps $15 (optional)

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How fast is broadband in New Jersey?

Average internet speeds in New Jersey are better than most states thanks to high-speed providers like Verizon Fios, Xfinity and Optimum. According to the most recent Ookla speed test data, New Jersey ranked sixth in fastest download speeds with a median speed of 234Mbps. 

Speed tests rely on many factors, including Ethernet versus Wi-Fi connections, distance from the router, number of connected devices and an internet plan’s max advertised speeds. Still, New Jersey residents are fortunate to have access to fast download speeds in general.

Fastest internet plans in New Jersey

Plan Starting price Max download speeds Max upload speeds Data cap Connection type
Optimum 8 Gig
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$280 8,000Mbps 8,000Mbps None Fiber
Optimum 5 Gig
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$180 5,000Mbps 5,000Mbps None Fiber
Verizon Fios 2 Gig
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$110 (85 with select 5G mobile plans) 2,300Mbps 2,300Mbps None Fiber
Optimum 2 Gig
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$120 2,000Mbps 2,000Mbps None Fiber
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$80 1,200Mbps 35Mbps None Cable
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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$70 ($45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans) 1,000Mbps (varies by location) 75Mbps None Fixed wireless
Xfinity Gigabit
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$70 1,000Mbps 20Mbps None Cable
Brightspeed $70 940Mbps 940Mbps None Fiber
Optimum 1 Gig;
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$80 940Mbps 35Mbps None Fiber
Spectrum Gig
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$90 940Mbps 35Mbps None Cable

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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in New Jersey

Internet service providers are numerous and regional. Unlike the latest smartphone, laptop, router or kitchen tool, it’s impractical to personally test every ISP in a given city. What’s our approach? We start by researching the pricing, availability and speed information drawing on our own historical ISP data, the provider sites and mapping information from the Federal Communications Commission at FCC.gov.

It doesn’t end there: We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we’re considering every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. To evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP’s service, we look at sources including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power. ISP plans and prices are subject to frequent changes; all information provided is accurate as of the time of publication. 

Once we have this localized information, we ask three main questions: 

  • Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds? 
  • Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying? 
  • Are customers happy with their service? 

While the answer to those questions is often layered and complex, the providers who come closest to “yes” on all three are the ones we recommend. When selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, although we also factor in things like price increases, equipment fees and contracts. Choosing the fastest internet service is relatively straightforward. We look at advertised upload and download speeds and consider real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

To explore our process in more depth, visit our how we test ISPs page.

The final word on internet in New Jersey

New Jersey isn’t home to many internet providers. Still, the ones available throughout much of the state — Verizon Fios, Xfinity, Optimum, T-Mobile and Verizon 5G — are pretty good. No matter where you are or are moving to within the Garden State, there’s likely to be a high-speed internet provider with competitive pricing, unlimited data and no contract requirements.

Internet in New Jersey FAQ

What is the best internet service provider in New Jersey?

Verizon Fios stands out as the best internet provider in New Jersey for a variety of reasons. As the state’s largest fiber internet provider, Verizon Fios is capable of delivering some of the fastest download and upload internet speeds in New Jersey. All plans are competitively priced and come with a price guarantee of two to four years, unlimited data and no equipment fees.

Is Xfinity or Verizon Fios better?

Xfinity has lower pricing and greater plan selection in most areas than Verizon Fios, but Verizon Fios is often the better value. Xfinity’s cheapest plan in New Jersey, for example, starts at $25 per month for download speeds up to 150Mbps whereas the cheapest Fios plan is double the starting price at $50 monthly for speeds up to 300Mbps. Renting equipment from Xfinity may add $15 to your bill while Verizon Fios includes your equipment rental at no extra cost. Additionally, Xfinity may enforce a 1.2TB monthly data cap in certain states and charge fees for going over (this is not valid for New Jersey residents). All Verizon Fios plans come with unlimited data.

What is the cheapest internet provider in New Jersey?

Internet pricing in New Jersey will vary by provider and location, but Starry offers the cheapest plan in the state with service starting at $15 per month for download speeds up to 30Mbps. Xfinity offers the cheapest plan of any major ISP in the state with its Connect plan starting at $25 per month with maximum speeds of 150Mbps.

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