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Best Internet Providers in Augusta, Georgia

Written by  David Anders
David Anders Senior Writer
David Anders is a senior writer for CNET covering broadband providers, smart home devices and security products. Prior to joining CNET, David built his industry expertise writing for the broadband marketplace Allconnect. In his 5 plus years covering broadband, David's work has been referenced by a variety of sources including ArcGIS, DIRECTV and more. David is from and currently resides in the Charlotte area with his wife, son and two cats.
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What is the best internet provider in Augusta?

Augusta residents have access to some of the best internet providers available anywhere. Each ISP featured in our list below has a CNET review score of 7 or higher, but we selected AT&T Fiber as the best home internet choice for most in Augusta. AT&T Fiber isn’t the cheapest ISP in the area, but I’d argue the speeds, simple service terms and high customer satisfaction are worth paying a little more for.

If you’re looking for the cheapest internet in Augusta, Xfinity and WideOpenWest (WOW) offer plans starting at $20 per month for speeds up to 75 megabits per second and 100Mbps, respectively. However, WOW has the best selection of cheap plans and doesn’t require a contract to get the lowest price, like Xfinity.

Cheap internet often comes with relatively slow speeds. For those who put speed before cost, AT&T Fiber is the fastest internet provider in Augusta, offering symmetrical speeds of 2,000Mbps (2Gbps) starting at $180 per month and 5Gbps starting at $250. WOW and Xfinity offer a 1,200Mbps plan, though Xfinity’s is $10 cheaper at $85 per month. Verizon 5G Home Internet also has gig speed potential, starting at $70 monthly.

Best internet providers in Augusta

Augusta internet providers compared

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed range (Mbps)Monthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
AT&T Fiber
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Fiber$55-$250300-5,000NoneNoneNone7.4
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)72-245NoneNoneNone7.4
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50-$70 ($35-$45 for eligible Verizon Wireless customers)50-1,000NoneNoneNone7.2
WideOpenWest Cable$20-$95100-1,200$10 (optional)Varies, 1.5TB to unlimitedNone7.2
Xfinity
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Cable$20-$8575-1,200$15 (optional)1.2TB1-2 years for lowest pricing7
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Other potential internet options in Augusta

  • AT&T Internet: Less desirable but more widely available in the Augusta area, AT&T Internet -- the provider’s copper-based (DSL) service -- may be available in local areas where AT&T Fiber isn't. Service costs $55 monthly for the fastest speeds available, likely around 10 to 100Mbps. I’d recommend applying that $55 toward faster speeds from WOW, Xfinity or even a wireless provider.
  • Breezeline: As the only other fiber provider in the area, Breezeline is a tempting option, with plans starting at $20 per month and speeds ranging from 100 to 1,000Mbps. Serviceability in Augusta is almost nonexistent, however. Currently, the provider primarily operates across the state line in South Carolina.
  • T-Mobile Home Internet: If you’re interested in wireless internet but aren’t serviceable for Verizon 5G Home Internet, you may want to consider T-Mobile Home Internet. The provider’s single plan advertises a maximum speed range of 72 to 245Mbps, starting at $50 monthly. Qualifying T-Mobile Magenta Max members can get an additional $20 off the home internet rate.
  • Satellite internet: HughesNet, Viasat and even Starlink are available throughout the Augusta area, but with cheaper and faster cable, wireless and possibly fiber connections available, there’s no reason to resort to satellite internet service.

Cheap internet in Augusta

Excluding satellite internet and mobile discounts with wireless service, the average starting price of internet in Augusta is $39 per month. WOW and Xfinity have the cheapest monthly rate for internet at $20, but WOW offers more speed (100Mbps compared to 75Mbps) and doesn’t require a contract to get the lowest rate.

Cheapest internet plans in Augusta

Plan Starting monthly priceMax download speed (Mbps)Monthly equipment fee
WOW Internet 100
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$20 100$10 (optional)
Xfinity Connect
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$20 75$15 (optional)
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)72-245None
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$50 ($35 with eligible mobile plans)50-300None
AT&T Fiber 300
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$55 300None
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data

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How to find internet deals and promotions in Augusta

The best internet deals and the top promotions in Augusta depend on what discounts are available during that time period. Most deals are short-lived, but we look frequently for the latest offers. 

Augusta internet providers such as WOW may offer lower introductory pricing or other incentives for a limited time. Many, however, including AT&T Fiber and Xfinity, run the same standard pricing year-round. 

For a more extensive list of deals, check out our guide on the best internet deals

How fast is Augusta broadband?

Recent Ookla speed test data reports median speeds of 202Mbps down and 26Mbps up in Augusta. That’s somewhat below the national average (210Mbps) but a good 25Mbps better than the state average (177Mbps).

AT&T Fiber has the fastest plans in Augusta. Along with a 1Gbps plan starting at $80 per month, AT&T Fiber offers a 2Gbps and 5Gbps plan starting at $180 and $250 per month, respectively. WOW and Xfinity both offer a 1.2Gbps plan for under $100 per month, and Verizon’s 5G service is capable of delivering gig speeds for $70 per month.

Fastest internet plans in Augusta

Plan Starting priceMax download speed (Mbps)Max upload speed (Mbps)Data capConnection type
AT&T Fiber 5000
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$250 5,0005,000NoneFiber
AT&T Fiber 2000
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$180 2,0002,000NoneFiber
Xfinity Gigabit Extra
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$85 1,200351.2TBCable
WOW Internet 1.2 Gig
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$95 1,20050NoneCable
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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$70 ($45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans)85-1,00075NoneFixed wireless
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)72-24515-31NoneFixed wireless
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What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet plans can now handle basic productivity and communication tasks. If you're looking for an internet plan that can accommodate videoconferencing, streaming video or gaming, you'll have a better experience with a more robust connection. Here's an overview of the recommended minimum download speeds for various applications, according to the FCC. Note that these are only guidelines -- and that internet speed, service and performance vary by connection type, provider and address.

For more information, refer to our guide on how much internet speed you really need

  • 0 to 5Mbps allows you to tackle the basics -- browsing the internet, sending and receiving email, streaming low-quality video.
  • 5 to 40Mbps gives you higher-quality video streaming and videoconferencing.
  • 40 to 100Mbps should give one user sufficient bandwidth to satisfy the demands of modern telecommuting, video streaming and online gaming. 
  • 100 to 500Mbps allows one to two users to engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming. simultaneously. 
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more users to engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming simultaneously.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Augusta

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. So 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.

But it doesn’t end there. We go to the FCC’s website to check our data and ensure we consider every ISP that provides service in an area. We also input local addresses on provider websites to find specific options for residents. We look at sources, including the American Customer Satisfaction Index and J.D. Power, to evaluate how happy customers are with an ISP’s service. 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:

  1. Does the provider offer access to reasonably fast internet speeds?
  2. Do customers get decent value for what they’re paying?
  3. 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 it comes to selecting the cheapest internet service, we look for the plans with the lowest monthly fee, though 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 also take into account real-world speed data from sources like Ookla and FCC reports.

What’s the final word on internet providers in Augusta?

AT&T Fiber would be my first choice for home internet in Augusta, but availability is limited. You'll likely find the speeds, reliability and overall value tough to beat if it's available at your address.

WOW and Xfinity are also solid choices for home internet, though WOW is generally cheaper, has a higher data cap and doesn’t require a contract to get the lowest price.

T-Mobile and Verizon offer a low-cost, virtually no-risk alternative to traditional wired home internet service, but Verizon’s 5G Home Internet presents a faster speed potential for around the same monthly price.

Internet providers in Augusta FAQs

What is the best internet service provider in Augusta?

AT&T Fiber is the area’s best internet service provider thanks to its selection of competitively priced plans that feature symmetrical uploand and download speeds delivered over a 100% fiber-optic network.

Is fiber internet available in Augusta?

Fiber internet is available to approximately 30% of houesholds in the greater Augusta area, according to the FCC. AT&T Fiber is the primary fiber internet provider in Augusta, but South Carolina residents on the other side of the Savannah may be eligible for fiber service from Breezeline.

Who is the cheapest internet provider in Augusta?

WOW and Xfinity are the cheapest internet providers in Augusta with a starting price of $20 per month. You’ll get a little more speed with WOW (100Mbps compared with 75Mbps) than Xfinity, and WOW doesn’t require a contract in order to get the lowest price. Additionally, WOW’s cheapest plan comes with 1.5TB of data per month whereas Xfinity has a monthly cap of 1.2TB.

Which internet provider in Augusta offers the fastest plan?

AT&T Fiber is by far the fastest provider in Augusta with a 5,000Mbps plan starting at $250 per month. It also has the second-fastest plan: 2,000Mbps starting at $180 per month. WOW and Xfinity offer a 1,200Mbps starting at $95 and $85 per month, respectively.

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