RCN's Most Popular Service Plans
RCN's plans vary by region, so be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with them before ordering service as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time.
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Summary of All Internet Plans for RCN
|50 Mbps Internet||-||$29.99||50 Mbps||-|
|250 Mbps Internet||-||$34.99||250 Mbps||-|
|500 Mbps Internet||-||$34.99||500 Mbps||-|
|Gig Internet||-||$49.99||1 Gbps||-|
|RCN's plans vary by region, so be sure to verify pricing and plan terms with them before ordering service as all plans or promotions may not be available in all areas or to all customers and can expire at any time.|
RCN offers high-speed broadband cable service to over four million people with a focus on major metropolitan areas like New York, Boston, and the Washington D.C.-Baltimore areas. Currently in seven states, RCN’s focus on cable over other technologies like fiber and DSL due to cable’s high bandwidths. RCN continues to grow its network and if available, is an outstanding choice for residential consumers to connect their homes to the internet. With multiple different plans, all at different speeds and prices, there’s sure to be an option for any household.
RCN was created by founders Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc and developer David McCourt. RCN first focused on telephone and cable television services while still offering internet connections. Through a series of acquisitions and splits, RCN increased its capability to deliver internet through their already existing cable lines and as demand for a reliable internet connection increased, RCN’s focus shifted more and more to providing internet. In 2017, RCN was able to merge with Grande Communications and Wave Broadband to increase its coverage area and the level of service and speeds than it was previously able to provide. This merger took RCN from a mid-sized company to one of the largest broadband providers in the nation.
RCN’s infrastructure is based on coaxial cables, much of which already existed before internet service became the focus and much more having been added in subsequent years. They have since also started using a hybrid fiber-coaxial network to better manage the high levels of bandwidth that the company deals in. RCN was able to do this by leveraging existing DOCSIS technology to transmit data over radio waves and copper. This is often compared to DSL with the similarity lying in both technologies using copper telephone cables. Where it differs from DSL however is in the amount of bandwidth that is able to be transmitted. Cable lines are able to handle a much higher level of bandwidth making speeds like 1000 Mbps possible. Matter of fact, RCN does not offer speeds lower than 250 Mbps making.it an ideal choice for even the largest families and the most modern of users.
RCN is currently available in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, a very limited area in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Where it’s available is dependent on where they have laid those coaxial cable lines. Because of this, they have placed a large focus on heavily-populated urban and suburban areas where they can be sure that they’ll receive a significant return on investment. Laying those lines can cost in the millions, if not billions, of dollars but even still, RCN is constantly looking to increase its coverage area. It has been investing in areas not only where they already offer service, to improve reliability and speeds, but also into new markets to compete with some of the larger internet service providers. RCN is a great choice for any residential consumer capable of handling the highest resolutions when streaming and with low enough lag to appease the most competitive of gamers.
Frequently Asked Questions about RCN
Will RCN be available in my area?
RCN is in select areas offering outstanding service.
Does RCN offer more than just internet service?
RCN offers digital TV, phone service, and smart home integration as well.
What sort of speeds does RCN offer?
RCN offers multiple speeds from 25 Mbps up to 1000 Mbps.
How does RCN transmit its internet signals?
RCN uses coaxial cables to transmit its signals.
Does RCN offer bundles to reduce my costs?
RCN does offer bundles that can include the internet, digital tv, and phone service.
What data caps does RCN have?
RCN offers unlimited internet with zero data caps or overage charges.
How does billing with RCN work?
RCN offers both autopay and paperless billing options.
Does RCN offer business plans?
RCN offers separate plans for both small and large businesses.
Does RCN have equipment costs?
Yes, RCN does have a separate equipment cost for both TV and internet equipment.
What if I want to cancel my contract with RCN? Is there an early termination cost?
RCN actually has no contract or early termination fees.
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Summary of Top Cities Served by RCN
|City||Coverage||Max Speed||Avg Speed||Type|
|Queens, NY||14.92%||1 Gbps||464 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Manhattan, NY||25.15%||1 Gbps||536 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Austin, TX||19.75%||1 Gbps||805 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Boston, MA||38.78%||1 Gbps||583 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Washington, DC||53.97%||1 Gbps||434 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Corpus Christi, TX||36.90%||1 Gbps||709 Mbps||Cable|
|Frisco, TX||25.99%||1 Gbps||716 Mbps||Cable, DSL and Fiber|
|Midland, TX||46.82%||1 Gbps||720 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Denton, TX||13.37%||1 Gbps||758 Mbps||Cable, DSL and Fiber|
|Waco, TX||64.55%||1 Gbps||731 Mbps||Cable and Fiber|
|Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.|