Spectrum's Most Popular Service Plans
Spectrum'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.
Pros & Cons of Spectrum
Summary of All Internet Plans for Spectrum
|Spectrum Internet||-||$49.99||300 Mbps||-|
|Spectrum Internet Ultra||-||$69.99||500 Mbps||-|
|Spectrum Internet GIG||-||$89.99||1 Gbps||-|
|Spectrum'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.|
Spectrum was first introduced to the world after its parent company, Charter, merged with Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to bring all three companies under the same roof and to increase the level of service more than any one of the individual companies could have provided on their own. Since then, Spectrum has expanded into forty-four states offering coverage to over 100 million Americans. Spectrum continues to expand their coverage areas, attracting more and customers with its easy to understand tiered pricing and historically fast, reliable internet connections.
Charter, Spectrum’s parent company, was founded in 1980 primarily offering home telephone service and television. They eventually entered into the internet market through a strategic partnership with EarthLink, since acquiring and merging with multiple companies over its life cycle. The company we now know as Charter Spectrum came to fruition in 2016 when it merged with Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable, making it the third-largest cable television provider in the nation just behind AT&T and Comcast. It was after this merger that Charter brought all services covered by the three formerly-independent companies under the brand name “Spectrum.” As a condition of this merger, Charter Spectrum agreed to expand its lines to generally underserved areas of New York State with 145,000 new residences to receive service by 2021. Since the merger, Charter has entered into further strategic partnerships with companies like Comcast and Verizon to expand the suite of services it offers as well as expanding its general service area.
Spectrum uses a hybrid fiber-coaxial network to supply its customers with the internet. This was an easy transition for the company to make once they started offering internet, leveraging the massive network they inherited from Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, allowing them to hit the ground running once they entered the market as an internet service provider. Hybrid fiber-coaxial lines are the most common way for most companies to offer internet service due to their relative low cost, especially when compared to fiber. Reaching higher speeds than DSL, a hybrid fiber-coaxial line is able to provide more than fast enough internet for most consumers though still being slower than fiber. With that being said, hybrid fiber-coaxial lines do have their drawbacks. The biggest is shared bandwidth. Total bandwidth is shared among all users on those lines so when there is heavy usage, the end-user is going to receive reduced speeds. However, this usually only happens a portion of the day and even when congested, most receive fast enough speeds to be able to handle anything they’d be looking to do.
Spectrum offers multiple services beyond the internet including cable television and home phone service. They offer multiple different plans, bundles, and prices, allowing for easy navigation and customization for their customers. This is especially important as every household has different needs based on their number of active devices, active users, and budget. Now, this is all based on availability, but generally, there are multiple different options in every market Spectrum serves. Spectrum has created a service that can meet the demands of any budget and any digital lifestyle.
Frequently Asked Questions about Spectrum
Where exactly is Spectrum available?
Spectrum has service in 42 states so chances are it'll be available in your area.
How does Spectrum transmit its signals to its customers' homes?
Spectrum takes advantage of its massive coaxial cable infrastructure.
What services are available besides internet access?
Spectrum also offers cable television and home phone service to its residential customers.
What are the fastest speeds that Spectrum internet offers?
Spectrum has speeds reaching up to 1000Mbps.
How much does equipment cost for Spectrum's internet services?
Spectrum has zero equipment costs in relation to its internet.
Will I be able to stream using Spectrum's internet services?
Even Spectrum's slowest internet packages will be more than fast enough to run services like Netflix or Hulu.
What if I'm under contract with another provider but want to switch to Spectrum?
Spectrum actually has a program where they'll buy you out of a current contract.
Does Spectrum carry an annual contract for its services?
Spectrum has zero contracts and zero early termination fees.
What should I do if I have an issue with my services?
Luckily, if there are any issues, Spectrum offers 24/7 customer service.
Is there a discount for bundling multiple services together?
For customers who need phone, television, and internet services, bundling those services together will be cheaper than them individually.
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Summary of Top Cities Served by Spectrum
|City||Coverage||Max Speed||Avg Speed||Type|
|New York City, NY||99.90%||1 Gbps||908 Mbps||Cable|
|Los Angeles, CA||100.00%||1 Gbps||306 Mbps||Cable|
|Brooklyn, NY||28.02%||1 Gbps||940 Mbps||Cable|
|Queens, NY||95.92%||1 Gbps||940 Mbps||Cable|
|Manhattan, NY||90.45%||1 Gbps||940 Mbps||Cable|
|San Antonio, TX||98.60%||1 Gbps||940 Mbps||Cable|
|San Diego, CA||47.15%||1 Gbps||400 Mbps||Cable|
|Dallas, TX||100.00%||1 Gbps||400 Mbps||Cable|
|Austin, TX||99.90%||1 Gbps||940 Mbps||Cable|
|Columbus, OH||100.00%||1 Gbps||114 Mbps||Cable|
|Data provided by various data sources including the FCC. For more information please view our sources page.|