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Best Internet Providers in Indiana

Written by  David Anders
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Best internet provider in Indiana

Our take AT&T Fiber already has an advantage over many Indiana ISPs thanks to its 100% fiber network. Other p... Read more

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Fiber
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300 - 5,000 Mbps
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$55 - $250 per month
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Best cable internet in Indiana

Our take Spectrum likes to keep things simple with unlimited data, no contracts and a low router rental fee (... Read more

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Cable
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300 - 1,000 Mbps
Price range
$50 - $80 per month
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Best cheap internet in Indiana

Our take Xfinity has the best wired coverage of any Indiana ISP and some of the lowest introductory pricing. ... Read more

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Cable
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150 - 6,000 Mbps
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$20 - $300 per month
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What's the best internet provider in Indiana?

AT&T is the largest fiber internet service provider in Indiana. It is also the best ISP in the Hoosier State due to its selection of fast speeds, free equipment, unlimited data and high customer satisfaction. If you need another choice, the Frontier Fiber is decent for fiber internet in Indiana and, along with AT&T Fiber, offers the fastest internet in the state, with download speeds up to 5,000 megabits per second.

Xfinity is the largest cable internet provider in Indiana and has the cheapest plan, starting at $20 per month for speeds up to 150Mbps, but be aware that renting a router will add $13 to your bill. Spectrum, although less widely available and priced slightly higher than Xfinity, is our top choice for cable internet in Indiana due to its simple plan selection and service terms.

In areas where fiber or cable internet service is unavailable (or if you’re interested in other potential choices), look to fixed wireless internet from providers such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Mercury Broadband and Watch Communications. Available speeds and pricing will vary by provider, but fixed wireless is becoming a popular home internet option in rural areas.

Best internet providers in Indiana

Indiana internet providers compared

ProviderInternet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed range (Mbps)Monthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
AT&T
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DSL, fiber$55-$22510-100 DSL, 300-5,000 fiberNone1.5TB for plans under 100MbpsNone7.4
Frontier
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DSL, fiber$65 DSL, $50-$155 fiberVaries DSL, 500-5,000 fiberNoneNoneNone6.3
Hughesnet
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Satellite$50-$8050-100$15 monthly or $300 purchase feeVaries, 100-200GB2 years6
Mediacom
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Cable$25-$60100-1,000$13 (optional)350-3,000GBNone6.4
Mercury Broadband Fixed wireless$50-$9950-150Mesh Wi-Fi $10 (optional)None1 year (optional)N/A
Metronet
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Fiber$30-$70100-1,000NoneNoneNone6.9
Spectrum
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Cable$30-$90100-1,000$7 (optional) NoneNone7.2
Starlink
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Low orbit satellite$90-$12020-220$599 purchase feeNoneNoneN/A
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$60 ($40 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
Viasat
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Satellite$70-$30012-100$13 monthly or $299 purchase feeVaries, 40-300GBNone6.1
Watch Communications Fiber, fixed wireless$60-$14010-400$8 NoneNoneN/A
Xfinity
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Cable$20-$85150-1,200$13 (optional)1.25TB or unlimited1-2 years or none7
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

Rural internet options in Indiana

Approximately 87% of Indiana residences have fiber-optic lines and/or coaxial cables for home internet access. That’s higher than neighboring states Kentucky and Michigan, but it still means thousands of Indiana households must rely on DSL or wireless services to connect. Here’s a look at the top options.

  • AT&T Internet: While not nearly as fast as AT&T Fiber, AT&T Internet, a copper-based (DSL) service, can still be a decent value. You'll get the fastest speeds available at your address, likely between 10 and 100Mbps, for the standard rate of $55 monthly. There are no equipment fees or contracts, but the service does come with a 1.5TB monthly data cap.
  • Frontier Internet: Similar story here. Frontier Internet isn't nearly as fast as the fiber side of the business, so the overall value depends on what speeds you can get. Unfortunately, Frontier doesn't advertise what those speeds may be, so who knows what you'll get until you sign up for the $65-per-month service.
  • Mediacom: With plans starting at $25 per month for speeds up to 100Mbps, Mediacom is one of the cheaper internet providers in Indiana. Serviceability is limited to the northern part of the state between Fort Wayne and South Bend, although those just south of Fort Wayne and parts of Bloomington may also be serviceable.
  • Metronet: Possibly your best shot at fiber internet in suburban or rural areas, Metronet is available in Lafayette and the Indianapolis suburbs of Fisher, Noblesville and Greenwood, as well as smaller cities in Indiana such as New Castle, Crawfordsville, Seymour, Kokomo and Wabash, among others. Pricing ranges from $30 to $70 per month for speeds of 100 to 1,000Mbps.   
  • T-Mobile Home Internet: Boasting the best non-satellite coverage of any Indiana ISP, T-Mobile Home Internet covers nearly 70% of Indiana households. The provider's single plan advertises max speeds ranging from 72 to 245Mbps starting at $60 per month, although qualifying Magenta Max customers can sign up for just $40 per month. There are no equipment fees, data caps or contracts.
  • Watch Communications: Regional fixed wireless provider Watch Communications offers the fastest speeds of any rural ISP in Indiana and serves much of the state's northeast corner. Service isn't cheap, starting at $60 to $140 per month plus an unavoidable $8 equipment rental fee, but it is still a step above satellite regarding speed and latency. 
  • Satellite internet: Satellite internet is always an option, provided you have a clear view of the southern sky on your property. Popular satellite providers include Hughesnet and Viasat, although Starlink is making a name for itself with faster speed potential, more data and lower latency than the longstanding satellite providers can offer. Regardless of the provider, it will be one of the most expensive connections, considering cost per Mbps. That is, what you pay for the speeds you get.
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Indiana internet options by city

It’s hard to cover the internet options of an entire state like Indiana while giving individual cities the in-depth attention they deserve. That’s why we’ve also compiled lists of the best internet providers in cities across the US, including those in Indiana. If you don’t find your hometown below, check back later. We’re working to add more every day.

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Cheap internet providers in Indiana

The cost of internet in Indiana will vary depending on the available providers in your area and the plan you choose. More than half of Indiana households are serviceable for Xfinity and thus can sign up for Xfinity Connect -- the cheapest plan in the state at $20 per month for speeds up to 150Mbps (assuming the plan is available in all service areas). 

Other Indiana ISPs, such as Spectrum, AT&T Fiber and Frontier Fiber, have higher pricing on their cheapest plans but deliver significantly faster speeds and have lower equipment costs.

Cheapest internet plans in Indiana

Plan/providerStarting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment fee
Xfinity Connect
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$20 150$13 (optional)
Mediacom Internet 100
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$25 100$13 (optional)
Metronet 100
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$30 100None, $12 tech service fee
Spectrum Internet
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$30 100$7 (optional)
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$35 (with mobile discount)300None
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$40 (with mobile discount)245None
Frontier Fiber 500
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$50 500None
AT&T Fiber 300
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$55 300None
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

How to find internet deals and promotions in Indiana

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

Indiana internet providers, such as Xfinity, may offer lower introductory pricing for a limited time. Many providers, including AT&T Fiber, Frontier Fiber and Spectrum, run the same standard pricing year-round. 

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

How fast is Indiana broadband?

Recent Ookla speed test data placed Indiana 28th fastest among US states with average median download speeds of 188Mbps. That’s a bit lower than the national average (213Mbps) and neighboring states Ohio (208Mbps) and Kentucky (201Mbps). 

The speed tests show Spectrum has the fastest average median download speeds at around 249Mbps. That’s plenty of speed for most households and internet activity, but if you prefer faster-than-average speeds, check out the fastest internet plans in Indiana listed below.

Fastest internet plans in Indiana

PlanStarting priceMax download speed (Mbps)Max upload speed (Mbps)Data capConnection type
Frontier Fiber 5 Gig
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$155 5,0005,000NoneFiber
AT&T Fiber 5000
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$250 5,0005,000NoneFiber
Xfinity Gigabit Pro
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$85 1,200351.25TB, unlimited availableCable
Metronet 1Gbps
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$60 1,0001,000NoneFiber
Mediacom 1 Gig
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$60 1,000503,000GBCable
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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$70 ($45 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans)1,00075NoneFixed wireless
Spectrum Internet Gig
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$90 1,00035NoneCable
Watch 400 $140 40040NoneFixed wireless
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data.

What’s a good internet speed?

Most internet connection 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 and 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 simultaneously engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming.  
  • 500 to 1,000Mbps allows three or more users to engage in high-bandwidth activities like videoconferencing, streaming and online gaming all at the same time.

How CNET chose the best internet providers in Indiana

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 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 answers to those questions are often layered and complex, the providers that 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.

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

Fiber internet service from Indiana internet providers such as Metronet, Frontier Fiber or AT&T Fiber -- our pick for best Indiana ISP overall -- will often be your best bet for speed and value in the Hoosier State. It’s also the fastest internet service type, as AT&T and Frontier offer internet plans with maximum speeds of 5,000Mbps.

Fiber availability is limited, which is where cable internet providers like Mediacom, Spectrum and Xfinity come in. Spectrum is our pick for the best cable ISP in Indiana, but Xfinity is the largest cable provider in Indiana, serving over half the state’s households. It’s also the cheapest provider, with plans starting at $20 per month for speeds up to 75Mbps.

In Indiana’s rural areas where fiber or cable connections are unavailable, DSL service from AT&T or Frontier may be a suitable option. Fixed wireless internet from T-Mobile is likely to be the better choice.

Internet providers in Indiana FAQs

What is the best internet service provider in Indiana?

AT&T Fiber is CNET's pick for Indiana's best internet service provider. The provider's wide fiber coverage across the state, along with the varied, high-speed plan selection, favorable service terms and high customer satisfaction, among other attributes, make AT&T Fiber the best in Indiana.

Is fiber internet available in Indiana?

Yes. Nearly 42% of Indiana households are serviceable for fiber internet. AT&T Fiber is the largest fiber provider in the state and covers much of the Indianapolis area. Frontier Fiber, Metronet and others contribute to the state’s total fiber coverage.

What is the cheapest internet provider in Indiana?

Xfinity’s Connect plan is the cheapest in Indiana, starting at $20 monthly for download speeds up to 150Mbps. Mediacom is the next cheapest provider, with a monthly plan starting at $25 for speeds up to 100Mbps. Where available, Metronet and Spectrum offer a plan starting at $30 per month for speeds up to 100Mbps.

T-Mobile Home Internet and Verizon’s 5G Home plan are available for those with a qualifying mobile discount for $40 and $35 per month, respectively.

What internet provider in Indiana offers the fastest plan?

AT&T Fiber and Frontier Fiber offer the fastest internet plans in Indiana with maximum download and upload speeds of 5,000Mbps or 5Gbps. AT&T Fiber’s 5Gbps plan is available to more households in Indiana, but Frontier Fiber’s plan is significantly cheaper, starting at $155 per month compared to $250 with AT&T.

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