Ziply Fiber Review: Fastest ISP in the West

Ziply Fiber's 50Gbps plan is the fastest of any major ISP, but there's more to the provider than its speed.

Article updated on March 15, 2024 at 10:08 AM PDT

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Ziply Fiber home internet rating

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Customer Care
  • Straightforward, competitive pricing
  • No data caps, contracts or credit checks
  • Dedication to fiber expansion, even in rural areas
  • Lots of room to grow fiber service

Fiber internet stands out for its fast speeds and supreme reliability, but few providers make the most of fiber's potential like Ziply Fiber. Since acquiring networks in the Northwest from Frontier Communications in 2020, Ziply Fiber has made a name for itself with low introductory rates, transparent pricing and reasonable service terms along with its impressive speeds. The provider recently became the fastest ISP nationwide, unleashing a ridiculously fast 50-gigabit plan across its entire four-state fiber footprint.

Ziply Fiber logo on a tablet with a green background
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Not everyone needs multigig internet speeds, especially not 50Gbps. Ziply Fiber also offers speed tiers of 100Mbps, 300Mbps, 1Gbps, 2Gbps and 10Gbps, so there's a plan designed for any household need or budget.

Ziply Internet -- its DSL service -- is also worth checking out in rural areas. Speeds and reliability can vary widely by location, so the overall value of Ziply Internet will largely depend on your address. With either service, you're still getting unlimited data and inexpensive Wi-Fi service without being locked into a contract, making Ziply worthy of consideration for homes in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Ziply Fiber internet pricing and speed details

Ziply Fiber customers will have six different speed tier options with symmetrical download and upload speeds, a significant advantage of fiber internet service compared with other internet types, such as cable.

Ziply Internet (DSL) customers only have one plan option, which comes with the fastest max speeds available at your address, up to 115 megabits per second down and 7Mbps up. One plan option may seem limiting, but that's common among DSL providers

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Ziply Fiber internet plans

PlanPromo rateStandard rateMax speedsContractData cap
Fiber 100/100 $20 $45 100Mbps download, 100 uploadNoneNone
Ziply Internet (DSL) $50 $60 115Mbps download, 7 Mbps uploadNoneNone
Fiber 300/300 $40 $65 300Mbps download, 300Mbps uploadNoneNone
Fiber Gig $60 $851,000Mbps download, 1,000Mbps uploadNoneNone
Fiber 2 Gig $70 $90 2,000Mbps download, 2,000Mbps uploadNoneNone
Fiber 5 Gig $120 $120 5,000Mbps download, 5,000Mbps uploadNoneNone
Fiber 10 Gig $300 $300 10,000Mbps download, 10,000Mbps uploadNoneNone
Fiber 50 Gig $900 $900 50,000Mbps download, 50,000Mbps uploadNoneNone
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Pricing on most Ziply Fiber plans goes up a bit after 12 months of service. Even after the increase, Ziply Fiber plans are still competitively priced. 

Ziply Internet customers will see a $10 increase in their bill after 12 months of service, which brings the cost in line with other DSL providers such as AT&T, Frontier and CenturyLink

Which Ziply Fiber plan is best?

If you're a light internet user -- or just fed up with the single-digit upload speeds that often come with cable, DSL, satellite and other modes of internet -- then Ziply's entry-level fiber plan might be a good fit. Speeds of 100Mbps over a fiber connection could be enough speed for light streaming and browsing on two, maybe three devices, but I wouldn't rely on it for much more than that. 

The middle-speed tier (300/300) is also slower than I'd hope to see from a fiber provider, but the upgrade from 200Mbps to 300Mbps goes a long way to make this plan more practical. Speeds of 300Mbps can handle HD streaming, online gaming and working from home on multiple devices at once, so the plan may be more than suitable for your household. It is worth noting, however, that other fiber providers offer significantly faster speeds with their midtier plans. AT&T, Frontier Communications and Verizon Fios offer speeds in the 400-to-500Mbps range with their middle-speed tiers, though the pricing may be slightly higher.

To get the best bang for your buck, I recommend skipping the first two plans and going straight for the gig. Ziply Fiber's gigabit plan is lower priced than most fiber or cable providers at $60 a month ($85 after 12 months), and it offers significantly greater value than the 100/100 and 300/300 plans.


Ziply targets fiber for 80% of its service area 

At the time of acquisition, around 30% of the networks received from Frontier Communications consisted of fiber-optic lines. Since then, Ziply Fiber has aggressively expanded its fiber footprint to more than 50% of coverage areas. A Ziply Fiber spokesperson told CNET that the company plans to reach 80% fiber coverage in coming years.

If and when the company reaches 80% fiber coverage, it will have brought fiber connections to more than 1.5 million residents in the Northwest that did not otherwise have one under Frontier, including many residents of rural areas. Ziply Fiber expansions have thus far included small towns such as Tekoa, Washington, and Troy, Montana, both with populations of under 1,000, and more prominent cities throughout the Northwest.

Fiber expansion lightens the load on DSL networks

The arrival of fiber-optic service is exciting news for those who can get it, but it can also be somewhat of a blessing in disguise for Ziply Internet (DSL) customers who can't. 

A Ziply Fiber spokesperson tells CNET that "every customer who moves off of the copper network improves the capacity, reliability and exhibited speed for those who remain, so our goal is to move as many people as possible to fiber as quickly as possible to improve service for everyone." 

In other words, fiber expansion is a win-win for Ziply customers, though perhaps some more than others. Either way, Ziply Fiber seems genuinely invested in improving service for everyone in its service area, and I like that. 

Ziply Fiber Wi-Fi, fees and service terms are as good as any

Ziply Fiber fees and service terms largely favor the customer. Wi-Fi equipment fees are lower than most providers and come with whole-home connectivity, while unlimited data and no contract requirements eliminate the risk of surprise hidden costs.

Ziply Fiber

Equipment lease includes whole-home Wi-Fi

At $12 per month, Ziply's equipment lease fee is already on par with or lower than most providers, but few providers include whole-home Wi-Fi service with the equipment fee. 

Ziply Fiber's equipment rental currently includes a free upgrade to whole-home Wi-Fi at no extra cost. In addition to the router, Ziply Fiber Whole Home Wi-Fi service comes with customized Wi-Fi installation and configuration and up to three Wi-Fi extenders. 

Ziply Fiber service terms and fees won't add to your bill

Most DSL and fiber-optic internet providers do not have data caps or contracts, and Ziply Fiber is no different. Customers can comfortably anticipate their initial costs and monthly pricing with no data caps, contracts, or credit checks. Installation is also included at no extra cost for new customers, as is the first month of service. 

All that said, most providers will offer unlimited data, contract-free service, free installation and some promotional offers like gift cards or streaming services. Still, there's a lot to like about an internet provider that offers relatively straightforward pricing without arbitrary contracts or data caps -- Ziply Fiber delivers that.

Ziply Fiber vs. cable internet competitors

I've compared Ziply Fiber to other DSL and fiber-optic providers thus far, but it's unlikely that you'll find those providers in the same service areas as Ziply Fiber. What's more likely is that you'll have the option of Ziply Fiber and cable internet from Spectrum, Xfinity or others.

A good rule of thumb is that cable is better than DSL and fiber is better than cable. So if Ziply Fiber service is available in your area, I'd consider it over cable. Still, if Ziply Internet (DSL) is my only option, I'd likely look at cable first, depending on what DSL speeds are available. 

Ziply Fiber can deliver gig download speeds, as can most major cable internet providers, but the fiber-optic connection comes with the advantage of symmetrical upload and download speeds. As a result, you'll get a better connection for working and learning from home with Ziply Fiber versus a cable connection. Fiber-optic service also has better reliability and connection quality than cable.

As for pricing, Ziply Fiber plans are priced lower than most cable providers. Xfinity does offer a 150Mbps plan for around $20 per month, but the equipment fee is higher than Ziply Fiber's, and customers may be required to sign a one-year contract to get the lowest price. On the other hand, Spectrum has a lower equipment fee than Ziply Fiber, along with unlimited data and contract-free service, but starting prices are much higher at $40 to $50 per month. 

In short, Ziply Fiber will likely present cheaper plan options, faster upload speeds and better reliability than cable internet.

Ziply Fiber customer satisfaction

Ziply Fiber isn't included in customer satisfaction reports from the ACSI or J.D. Power yet, so I turned to the Better Business Bureau for insight into what actual customers think of the service so far.

The BBB gives Ziply Fiber a "B" rating while customer reviews gave it a score of 3.9 out of 5. While an "A" rating would be ideal, the customer review score is impressive. For comparison, Frontier currently has a 1.05, Spectrum a 1.08 and Xfinity a 1.28 customer review score listed by the BBB.

Summing it all up

Ziply Fiber has low pricing but slower fiber speeds to match unless you go with gig service. If 100 or 300Mbps is enough for your home, I'd take advantage of that low pricing, but gig service will be the best option for everyone else. 

As for Ziply Internet, the DSL service, the value of your plan will depend on the actual speeds available at your location. Your DSL service could improve as Ziply's fiber footprint expands, but the best outcome of all would be for fiber to make its way to your address and eliminate the need for DSL altogether. Here's hoping Ziply keeps making progress.

Ziply Fiber FAQs

What speeds does Ziply Fiber offer?

Ziply Fiber offers a variety of plans with symmetrical upload and download speeds ranging from 100Mbps to 50Gbps, or 50,000Mbps, with speeds of 300Mbps, 1Gbps, 2Gbps and 10Gbps in between.

Does Ziply Fiber have data caps or contracts?

No. All Ziply Fiber plans are contract-free and include unlimited data.

What is the cheapest Ziply Fiber plan?

Ziply Fiber's cheapest plan, Fiber 100/100, starts at $20 a month. Pricing goes up a bit to $45 after one year of service, and a $12 equipment rental fee will add to your monthly bill if you choose to rent a router.

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