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Best Internet Providers in Syracuse, New York

Written by  Joe Supan
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What is the best internet provider in Syracuse?

Shopping for internet in Syracuse starts with a simple question: Can you get Verizon Fios at your address? If you can, your search is over -- CNET’s pick for the best internet provider overall is Verizon Fios. If you can’t get it, you’ll have to pick between a number of solid (but flawed) options. Spectrum gets you fast, reliable speeds, but prices increase significantly after a couple years. T-Mobile locks in its price for as long as you keep service, but its wireless connection is more vulnerable to network congestion than Spectrum or Verizon.

Best internet in Syracuse, New York

If Verizon Fios is available, there’s a good chance it will be our top pick for internet in that city, and Syracuse is no different. Even if you can’t get Verizon at your address, you’ll likely have at least one good option. According to FCC data, 100% of households in the city have access to download speeds of 100 megabits per seond and 10Mbps upload.

Syracuse internet providers compared

Provider Internet technologyMonthly price rangeSpeed rangeMonthly equipment costsData capContractCNET review score
Spectrum
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Cable$30-$70100-1,000Mbps$5 (optional)NoneNone7.2
T-Mobile Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)72-245MbpsNoneNoneNone7.4
Verizon Fios
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Fiber$50-$90300-940MbpsNoneNoneNone7.6
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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Fixed wireless$50-$70 ($35-$45 with eligible phone plan)50-1,000MbpsNoneNoneNone7.2

Source: CNET analysis of provider data

Other available internet providers in Syracuse

Many cities have a few local internet providers to consider in addition to the nationwide ISPs. Unfortunately, there aren’t many other options available in Syracuse. Here is everything else you can get in the city:

  • Satellite internet: We typically only recommend satellite internet when you can’t get anything else, and this rule holds true for Syracuse. HughesNet and Viasat both offer service to 100% of the city, but like all satellite providers, they come with high prices, low data caps and slow speeds. Starlink is a faster satellite option, but equipment costs $599 upfront and plans start at $120 a month.
  • Verizon 5G Home Internet: Like T-Mobile Home Internet, Verizon uses its 5G network for home internet in Syracuse. You can get speeds of 300/10Mbps for $50 per month or 1,000/50 for $70 in some areas. There are no equipment fees or data caps on either plan. 

Cheap internet options in Syracuse

Starting prices for internet in Syracuse average $45 per month, which is slightly higher than nearby Albany ($43). Low-income households in Syracuse also have the option of using Spectrum’s Internet Assist plan, which gets you 30/4Mbps for $20 a month. This can also be combined with the FCC’s $30-per-month Affordable Connectivity Program subsidy -- effectively covering your entire internet bill each month.

What’s the cheapest internet plan in Syracuse?

Provider Starting priceMax download speedMonthly equipment feeContract
Spectrum
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$30 ($60 after two years)100Mbps$5 (optional)None
Spectrum
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$50 ($100 after one or two years)500Mbps$5 (optional)None
T-Mobile Home Internet
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$50 ($30 with eligible mobile plans)245MbpsNoneNone
Verizon 5G Home Internet
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$50 ($35 with eligible phone plan)300MbpsNoneNone
Verizon Fios
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$50300MbpsNoneNone
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Source: CNET analysis of provider data

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How to find internet deals and promotions in Syracuse

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

Syracuse internet providers such as Spectrum may offer lower introductory pricing or streaming add-ons for a limited time. Many, however, including Verizon Fios and T-Mobile, 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 Syracuse broadband?

There are three internet plans offering gig speeds in Syracuse -- right around average for a city of its size. While there aren’t any ultra-fast plans above 1,000Mbps, most households will be fine with the speeds available. That said, Verizon Fios is the only provider that offers symmetrical speeds in Syracuse.

Fastest internet plans in Syracuse

Provider Max download speedMax upload speedStarting priceData capContract
Spectrum Internet Gig
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1,000Mbps35Mbps$70 ($120 after one or two years)NoneNone
Verizon 5G Home Plus Internet
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1,000Mbps50Mbps$70 ($35 with qualifying Verizon 5G mobile plans)NoneNone
Verizon Fios 1 Gig
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940Mbps880Mbps$90NoneNone

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, 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 Syracuse

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 Syracuse?

There’s a clear winner when it comes to internet in Syracuse. Verizon Fios offers the fastest speeds, the best value and it has the happiest customers. No matter where you live in the country, if Verizon Fios is available, it’s almost always the best choice. If you can’t get Fios, Spectrum and T-Mobile are both worthy backup options, but they each come with noteworthy drawbacks -- hefty price increases for Spectrum and lower speeds for T-Mobile. 

Internet providers in Syracuse FAQs

Who is the cheapest internet provider in Syracuse?

Spectrum is the cheapest internet provider in Syracuse, with starting prices of $30 per month for 100/10Mbps speeds. That said, the price for that plan doubles in the third year. Verizon Fios and T-Mobile both offer starting monthly prices of $50.

What is the best internet service provider in Syracuse?

Verizon Fios is the best internet provider for most people in Syracuse. It has symmetrical speeds up to 940Mbps, no contracts and unlimited data on all plans. T-Mobile Home Internet is another good option, with download speeds up to 245Mbps and no data caps. Spectrum’s cable internet plans are available almost everywhere in the city, but you’ll end up paying a lot once the promotional discounts expire after one or two years.

Is fiber internet available in Syracuse?

Yes, fiber internet is available in Syracuse. Verizon Fios offers fiber internet in the city with no contracts or data caps and speeds up to 940/880Mbps. 

Which internet provider in Syracuse offers the fastest plan?

The fastest internet plan available in Syracuse is offered by Verizon Fios, with download speeds of 940Mbps and upload speeds of 880Mbps. Spectrum also offers a gigabit internet plan in Syracuse with 1,000/35Mbps speeds. 

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