How does Spectrum compare to Verizon Fios internet?

The internet service providers (ISPs) you have to choose from typically depend on your location. Not all ISPs provide the same kind of pricing, speeds, and overall customer experience. If you fall under the service area of both Spectrum and Verizon Fios, we’ll help you make a decision by checking all of your internet-related boxes.

Who Spectrum and Verizon Fios internet are for

Verizon Fios and Spectrum both offer plans for most types of home internet needs.

Overall, gamers and people who work from home may be attracted to the fiber optic internet offered by Verizon Fios with its consistent and nearly identical upload and download speeds. On the flip side, most gamers could also find interest in Spectrum’s Internet Ultra with 500 Mbps download speeds and 20 Mbps upload speeds. Although, slower upload speeds could cause some lagging for more competitive gamers.

If you’re a business or someone who needs higher speeds, Verizon Fios has a Gigabit Connection plan that costs $89.99/month for up to 940 Mbps download and 880 Mbps upload speeds. However, you might also find interest in Spectrum’s Internet Gig plan starting at $89.99/month for up to 1000 Mbps download speeds and 35 Mbps upload speeds.

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Comparison of internet services

Speeds

Despite Verizon’s fiber-optic internet (with higher upload speeds), both ISPs deliver above-average download speeds with their basic packages.

Availability

Spectrum is more widely available than Verizon Fios and accounts for 40% of broadband internet users throughout the U.S. Since Verizon Fios is much newer, its infrastructure is not as developed as Spectrum’s, leaving it only available to nine states in predominantly metro areas in the Northeast. Spectrum, on the other hand, services 44 states and 102.7 million customers.

Price increases

Keep in mind that Spectrum’s rates increase after your first 12 months.

Equipment costs

Spectrum doesn’t charge a monthly fee for its modem, whereas with Fios, you would need to pay $299.99 outright for their gateway modem or use a third-party modem if you’re tech-savvy. If you opt for the Verizon Fios Gig plan Whole-Home WiFi is included and customers that choose the 300 Mbps or 500 Mbps plans can lease equipment for $20/month.

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What others say about Spectrum and Verizon Fios internet

Verizon Fios reviews

  • According to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study, Verizon ranks the highest for satisfaction in the Eastern US.
  • U.S. News recognized Verizon for its fast speeds and overall service but did mention that Verizon Fios has limited availability.

Spectrum reviews

  • J.D. Power’s 2021 ISP Satisfaction Study ranked Spectrum number five behind Verizon, Xfinity, Cox Communications, and Spectrum in customer satisfaction.
  • Per the reviewer for U.S. News, Spectrum is the second-largest cable operator and has a much more expansive reach across the U.S., as opposed to Verizon Fios.

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How do Spectrum and Verizon Fios internet packages compare?

Below is a side-by-side comparison of Spectrum Cable vs Verizon Fios and their best plans.

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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 1/26/22.

Disclosure | Updater articles are based on our own data and research, independent from partner relationships. We are not compensated by partners for information and opinions presented here. Our Editorial Terms of Service can be found here.

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Disclosure | Updater articles are based on our own data and research, independent from partner relationships. We are not compensated by partners for information and opinions presented here. Our Editorial Terms of Service can be found here.

*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 3/16/22.

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