How does AT&T compare to Frontier internet?

Dependable internet is a necessity for every household, but choosing the right plan for you isn’t always easy. But for both fiber and digital subscriber line (DSL) packages, AT&T or Frontier should rank high among your options.

AT&T offers excellent internet speeds, with plans reaching download speeds as high as 5000Mbps, at prices that won’t break the bank. Frontier delivers a 1000Mbps top-end download speed, but the price is a bit higher. However, the lower-tier plans from Frontier beat AT&T on price.

Which is a good fit for your needs? We’ve done the research and compiled key facts about each internet service provider (ISP).

Who AT&T and Frontier internet are for

Both of these internet services providers (ISPs) have two types of internet services: DSL and fiber. Across the board, fiber internet offers much higher speeds, but DSL is adequate for homes with light internet needs.

If AT&T fiber is available in your area, it’s worth considering for all your home internet needs, especially if several devices will be streaming video or gaming online simultaneously. These situations require a lot of bandwidth, so a 1000Mbps internet plan is ideal. The affordability of AT&T’s $80/month gigabit plan makes it an attractive option.

For households with very light internet usage and little to no high definition (HD) video streaming or gaming, a DSL package is a reasonable choice. Both ISPs offer DSL service, but on the lowest-tiered plan, Frontier is the more affordable option.

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Comparison of internet services

AT&T’s fiber internet offerings have speeds ranging from 300Mbps to 5000Mbps. The cost of these plans, for the first year of service, ranges from $55 to $180/month*. This makes AT&T an extremely cost-effective service for superb internet speed.

AT&T’s DSL speeds range from 10 to 100Mbps and costs $55/month. While it may seem counterintuitive for the price to remain the same regardless of speed, this is because different speeds are available only in particular regions. AT&T’s DSL service does have a 1TB data cap, so this is something to consider if you’re a heavy data user.

The speeds of Frontier’s fiber internet plans range from 50Mbps to 1000Mbps, at the first-year price of $49.99 to 79.99. If you need high-speed fiber internet and have the option of either of these ISPs, AT&T is a better value, as Frontier’s base level 50Mbps plan is only a $30 savings compared to AT&T’s gigabit plan.

When it comes to DSL, Frontier has the most cost-effective option at the low end of the spectrum. Speeds range from 9 to 115Mbps with a price range of $37.99-54.99. These speeds are very limited, as is the case with DSL connections in general, but the price for the lowest level plan is affordable compared to the competition. Unlike AT&T, Frontier’s DSL plans come with unlimited data, making it the better choice for households that use more than 1TB of data each month.

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What others say about AT&T and Frontier internet

AT&T

AT&T fiber received a positive review from CNET who named it one of the top internet options for its combination of speed and value.

AT&T tied with Verizon for first place in recent rankings from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ASCI) with a score of 71 out of 100 for customer service.

Frontier

Frontier earned praise from CNET for its clear, transparent pricing and emphasis on cutting hidden fees.

Frontier achieved #1 rankings from U.S. News & World Report in two categories — Best Internet for Gaming and Best DSL Internet Provider — and ranked #2 on the Best Rural Internet Provider list.

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*Pricing varies by location and availability. Speeds may vary. All prices subject to change; for current pricing and availability visit our internet service page. Prices as of 1/12/22.

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