Best Broadband Deals for the Holidays 2022

Are you on the hunt for holiday gifts? CNET has the rundown on how to treat yourself to some significant savings on your home internet connection.

Updated Dec. 13, 2022 5:00 a.m. PT

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It's the fa-la-la-la-la season for gift-giving.  You're circling for the latest iPhone deals. You're digging deep to find the best new TV for your family room. Or perhaps you just want to treat yourself to some booze. No judgment. Whatever you want, there's likely a sale out there for you. 

But during this holiday season, don't miss out on a chance to score some excellent deals from internet service providers across the country. Those ISPs likely won't be at the top of your list for Santa, but perhaps they should be. After all, how will you be able to binge-watch all your favorite holiday movies if your internet connection is spotty?

Do yourself and your household a favor and take a look at these ISP deals. You may be able to ditch a data cap or hop up to a faster download speed. Maybe you simply want to change providers after years of dissatisfaction with your current ISP. Whatever the case might be, it's worth investigating what else may be out there.

Here's our list of current holiday broadband deals. 

Best holiday broadband deals for 2022

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Holiday broadband deals 2022 FAQs

Is the holiday season really the best time to get broadband?

It could be. May to October -- moving season -- is typically the prime window to find great sales and incentives on internet service. However, due to increased competition, some providers are hopping on the holidays to lure new customers. 

What should I look for to find a good internet deal?

A good way to determine decent value is to look at the cost per megabit per second. For example, you might jump at a 100Mbps plan for $20 per month and skip a 500Mbps plan for $40 per month. After all, you're playing $20 less per month with the 100Mbps option.

However, when you look at the cost per Mbps, it's 20 cents per Mbps for the 100 plan and just 8 cents per Mbps for the 500 plan. If you have several users in your household and multiple smart devices throughout the home, you'll notice the performance difference in having the 500Mbps plan versus settling for the 100Mbps option.

Finally, don't forget the value of promotional perks. If a plan offers you free HBO Max, that's a savings of $15 a month or $180 a year if you were already subscribed. As more of us lean on our streaming services, that's an excellent value.

Are there any deals or promotions I should avoid during the holidays?

Stay away from plans and services that require you to enter into a term agreement. When you do, it often means you will pay a stiff penalty if you decide to end service before the end of the contract. Thankfully, these long-term contracts are no longer the norm. But if a holiday deal requires signing a long-term agreement, ensure you've explored all available options before signing up.

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