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Gig Service From Cox: Is Going Super Fast or Beyond Worth the Cost?

Interested in gigabit speeds from Cox? Here’s all you need to know to decide if Cox’s gig plans are right for your home.

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When shopping for home internet, you’ll find that most internet providers market their plans by speed alone, with little context as to what those speeds mean in practice. What separates, for example, a 300Mbps plan from a 500Mbps plan, other than the price?

Cox attempts to give some insight as to what customers can expect from each speed tier by labeling its plans with varying degrees of “fast.” There’s the simple, appropriately named Go Fast plan, which comes with download speeds up to 100Mbps, matching the FCC’s newly defined definition of broadband, or high-speed internet. 

Next is Go Faster, 250Mbps, followed by Go Even Faster, 500Mbps, and Go Super Fast -- gig service with download speeds up to 1,000Mbps, or 1 gigabit per second. Finally, select locations may also have the multi-gig option to Go Beyond Fast with speeds up to 2,000Mbps.

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What's “fast,” “super fast” or even “beyond fast” is relative to your speed needs. 100Mbps may seem fast to one person with a limited number of connected devices, but that likely won’t cut it in a larger household with lots of devices. For such households, particularly those that rely heavily on streaming for entertainment, faster speeds will deliver a better experience. Still, the need for more speed seldom justifies the jump to a provider’s fastest plan.

Cox’s gigabit plans, Go Super Fast and Go Beyond Fast, offer plenty of speed, but are they worth the cost? The answer depends on how much you want to spend each month on your internet connection, the internet speeds you need and the available internet providers in your area. Let's take a deeper look at Cox’s Go Super Fast and Go Beyond Fast plans to help you decide if either are right for your home.

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Going super fast and beyond

Cox’s Go Super Fast is the fastest internet plan Cox has to offer in most service areas with speeds up to 1,000Mbps down and 100Mbps up over a cable or cable/fiber hybrid connection. Select areas may have access to an additional gig tier, Go Beyond Fast, which offers max speeds of 2,000Mbps down and 100Mbps up. 

What’s with the significantly slower upload speeds? Cox primarily uses a cable internet network that, while capable of delivering gig download speeds, won’t support symmetrical upload and download speeds like a fiber connection can.

Upload speeds play less of a role in our daily internet use, however -- video conferencing, online gaming and uploading files such as videos and images to social media are the biggest uses of upload speeds, all of which can get by on 10Mbps or less -- so upload speeds of 100Mbps are more than enough for the average household.

Gigablast plan details

Plan Starting priceStandard priceMax download speedsMax upload speedsData cap
Go Super Fast $110 $120 1,000Mbps100Mbps1.28TB
Go Beyond Fast $150 $150 2,000Mbps100Mbps1.28TB

Cox Go Super Fast starts at the promotional price of $110 for the first two years, after which the price increases just a bit to the standard monthly rate of $120. There is no introductory rate with the Go Beyond Fast plan, so the $150 rate comes with no set price increases after a certain period.

If $110 to $120 sounds a bit high for single gig service, that's because it is. Many providers, including AT&T, Quantum Fiber, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon Fios and Xfinity, charge less ($70 to $90 per month) for a gigabit connection. The same goes for the 2Gbps plan from Cox -- AT&T, Verizon Fios, Xfinity, Kinetic and many others offer slightly lower pricing for speeds up to 2Gbps.

Another thing to be aware of: Cox cable internet plans come with a 1.28TB monthly data cap. That's a generous amount of data (the average household uses less than half that amount in a month's time), but it’s a threshold that is more easily crossed when you have faster speeds that can support more devices and data-demanding activities such as streaming in 4K picture quality. Exceeding the data cap in a single billing period could add $10 per 50GB block you go over.

Faster speeds often make for better value

While not priced as low as much of the competition, Cox’s Go Super Fast and Go Beyond Fast plans offer the best bang for your buck compared to other Cox internet plans. 

Like with most internet providers, higher-tiered Cox plans have a lower cost per Mbps, which is a good indicator of a plan's overall value. You’ll get the lowest cost per Mbps from Cox with gig service.

Cox cost per Mbps by plan

Plan Starting priceMax download speedsCost per Mbps
Go Beyond Fast $150 2,000Mbps$0.08
Go Super Fast $110 1,000Mbps$0.11
Go Even Faster $90 500Mbps$0.18
Go Faster $70 250Mbps$0.28
Go Fast $50 100Mbps$0.50
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But the added value stops there

You'll get more speed for the money with gig service from Cox, but that's it. There are no extra motivators, such as free equipment rental, unlimited data or even a special signup bonus like a gift card or streaming service subscription, to get you to sign up for gig speeds.

While a little something extra with gig service shouldn't necessarily be expected, it's not out of the ordinary. In fact, a number of other providers save their best promotional offers for the gig speed tiers. Frontier, Verizon Fios and Xfinity, for example, often reward gig customers with their highest gift card offers.

So is the Cox Go Super Fast plan worth the cost?

My verdict is: not really. Gigabit speeds are the best bargain when it comes to Cox internet plans, but it's not the best we've seen in comparison to other gig providers.

If you're interested in gigabit speeds, shop around before committing to Cox’s Go Super Fast or Go Beyond Fast. AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon Fios, among others, offer gig service in many of the same areas serviceable for Cox and are likely to come with faster upload speeds and better signup bonuses, not to mention the lower pricing. 

For some, Cox may be the only high-speed provider in the area. In that case, I'd recommend the Go Even Faster plan (500Mbps) over gig service. Speeds of 500Mbps will support streaming, gaming and more on multiple devices at once, and the plan will save you $20 a month, $240 in the first year, compared to 1Gbps pricing.

Cox gig service FAQs

Where does Cox offer gig speeds?

Speeds up to 1,000Mbps are available throughout all Cox markets, including Las Vegas, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Omaha, Phoenix and the majority of Rhode Island. Most locations will have access to Cox's cable or cable-fiber hybrid network, which caps upload speeds at 100Mbps, but a select few areas may be eligible for 100% fiber service and symmetrical download/upload speeds. 

What equipment is needed for gig service from Cox?

Those served by Cox's cable network will need a DOCSIS 3.1 modem for the best experience. You'll also need a router capable of supporting gigabit speeds, which most Wi-Fi 5 and all Wi-Fi 6 routers are equipped to do. If you'd rather rent, Cox will supply the needed equipment for your speed tier for an additional $15 a month. 

Why aren't my Cox speeds faster?

There are a number of factors that can affect actual speeds. First and foremost, using a Wi-Fi connection will almost always result in slower speeds as you move further from the router and connect multiple devices. A cable connection is also more vulnerable than fiber to speed fluctuations, especially during peak usage times, so if your gig service comes in via coaxial cables, that could affect speed and performance. For ways to improve your Cox Wi-Fi speeds, look to CNET's guide to boosting your home Wi-Fi.