Internet Service Providers

Compare Local Plans (KY)

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ISPLowest Price (cheapest plan)Top Speeds (fastest plan)
ATT10 mbps for $60/mo100 mbps for $60/mo
ATT Fiber300 mbps for $60/mo1000 mbps for $80/mo
Mediacom100 mbps for $25/mo1000 mbps for $55/mo
MetroNet100 mbps to 200 mbs $50/mo500 mbps to 1 GB for $60/mo
Earthlink3 to 15 mbps for $50 / 60 per mo5 GB for $189 per mo
Spectrum300 mbps for $50/mo1 GB for $90/mo
Xfinity60 mbps for $40/mo2000 mbps for $300/mo


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ISPLowest PriceTop Speeds
Viasat12 Mbps for $5030 Mbps fo $100
HughesNet25 Mbps for $40/mo (promo)25 Mbps for $150/mo w/50GB

ATT 844-383-4450

Basic Internet Plans

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  • Basic plans are $50 per month
  • $99 install fee
  • 1TB data allowance

These plans are good for email, web surfing, social networking, and small file downloads.

Internet Only Plans

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  • Speeds depend on where you live and wiring in your location
  • Plans are $60 per month
  • $99 install fee
  • 1TB data allowance

These plans are better for multiple device usage, streaming video, online gaming, large files, etc

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AT&T Fiber 833-270-5669

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Max speed per plan is based on your location.

Earthlink 1-833-601-5693

Internet Packages

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3 to 15 Mbps1.0 Mbps$49.95 to 59.95
18 to 30 Mbps1.5 Mbps$59.95
40 to 80 Mbps40 Mbps$59.95 to $79.95
100 to 115 Mbps *100 Mbps$59.95 to $79.95
200 to 500 Mbps500 Mbps$69.95 to $89.95
1 Gb1Gb$89.95
2 Gb2 Gb$19.95
5 Gb5 Gb$189.95
  • * Most popular plan
  • All speeds are dependent on serviceability at physical address—speeds vary by distance.
  • 24/7 Customer support via phone or chat
  • 12 month commitment
  • Router Rental: $12.95/month
  • Professional Installation: $79.95 one-time fee

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Mediacom (877)-203-0630

Mediacom Internet

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  • Cable connection
  • No contract length
  • WiFi 360 extenders provide greater coverage throughout home

Corporate stores located in Benton, Edmonton, London, & Salyersville.

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Internet Packages

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  • Fiber
  • Unlimited data
  • No contract
  • Can use your own modem

Available in the following areas: Lexington, Midway, Nicholasville, Richmond, Versailles

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Spectrum 1-833-826-1164

Spectrum Internet

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300 (no data caps)$50
500(Internet Ultra upgrade)$70
1 GB(Internet Gig upgrade)$90

  • Advanced WiFi option lets you control what devices get wifi
  • Cable connection
  • Free modem
  • Contract free plan
  • No data caps

Corporate stores located in Ashland, Berea, Bowling Green, Corbin, Crestwood, Danville, Edgewood, Florence, Georgetown, Henderson, Hopkinsville, Lawrenceburg, Lexington, London, Louisville, Madisonville, Manchester, Middlesboro, Morganfield, Mount Sterling, Murray, Newport, Owensboro, Paris, Pineville, Radcliff, Richmond, Shelbyville, Shepherdsville, Somerset & Vanceburg.

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Suddenlink 1-833-920-3138

Gigabit Areas

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Non Gigabit Areas

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  • Altice Fiber provides 1 Gig speeds.
  • 24/7 customer support.
  • built in Wi-Fi

Stores located in Fort Scott, Prestonsburg, Pikeville.

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Xfinity 855-401-5362

Xfinity Internet

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602 (Performance)$40
2505 (Blast!)$60
40010 (Extreme Pro)$80
100035 (Gigabit)$90
20002K (Gigabit Pro)$300

  • Minimum 1 year agreement required
  • Equipment and installation fees

Service centers in Elizabethtown, Fort Campbell, Paducah (Hardin and McCracken counties).

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Viasat Satellite (855) 242-8953

Metered broadband

download speed (Mbps)high speed data (GB)cost
1240 GB$50 / $70
2560 GB$70 / $100
50300 GB$200 / $300
50150 GB$150 / $200
50100 GB$100 / $150

  • 2 yr contract
  • First price shown is for first 3 months (promo)
  • After high speed data limit is used, you still get access to standard data (slower)

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HughesNet 833-270-5638

Internet Only Plans

download speed (Mbps)high speed data (GB)cost
2515 GB$65
2530 GB$75
2545 GB$110
2575 GB$160

  • 2 year commitment
  • lease or purchase equipment
  • includes wi-fi.

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How Much Internet Speed Do I Need?

Have you ever tried to complete online tasks, only to be interrupted by frustratingly slow speeds? For a reliable connection, you need Internet speed that supports your needs. Let’s take a closer look at what fast Internet involves and how to calculate your speed needs.

The first factor to consider is how many people are in your household, as you’ll need enough Mbps to support everyone’s devices.

Next, consider how you use the Internet. Here’s a quick analysis of how many Mbps common online activities require:

  • Emailing: 1 Mbps
  • Web browsing: 3-5 Mbps
  • Social media use: 3-10 Mbps
  • One-on-one video calling: 1-25 Mbps
  • Conference calling: 2-50 Mbps
  • Video streaming: 3-10 Mbps
  • HD video streaming: 5-25 Mbps
  • 4K video streaming: 25-100 Mbps
  • Online gaming: 5-100 Mbps

The more functions you use, the more Internet you’ll need. For your standard Internet activities (such as web browsing, conference calling and regular downloading/uploading), you should have at least 25 Mbps per person. So, a family of four would want a minimum of 100 Mbps.

Of course, this number can vary depending on your Internet usage. A household that uses the Internet to check emails now and then will need less speed and bandwidth than a house of streamers or gamers. It all comes down to your needs!

What Is Internet Speed?

Before we unpack how to determine the right Internet speed, it’s important to understand how speed works. This includes what speed is, how it’s measured and the types of speed available.

Speed vs. Bandwidth

A key thing every Internet user should know is the difference between speed and bandwidth. Speed refers to the rate at which you’re transmitting data, while bandwidth refers to the amount of data your connection can support.

To better understand the difference, let’s compare speed and bandwidth to a highway. Speed is how fast the cars are moving, while bandwidth is the number of lanes. If there are more lanes available, cars will be able to move faster. Similarly, if you have more bandwidth, you can enjoy faster speeds. Although bandwidth and speed are two separate things, they’re generally measured together.

Measuring Internet Speed

Internet speed is measured in megabits per second, or Mbps. Bits are small units of data, while megabits (Mb’s) are clusters of bits — there are 1,000,000 bits in a single megabit.

When an Internet provider advertises a certain Mbps amount, it’s actually referring to the bandwidth. You can get an idea of the speed by dividing the number of Mb’s needed for an online task by the bandwidth. For example, say you’re trying to download a 5 Mb image, and you have two devices with different speeds: 1 Mbps and 5 Mbps. With just 1 Mbps, it would take five seconds to download the image; with 5 Mbps, it would take just one second.

Ultimately, a high amount of Mbps provides faster Internet speed and lets you perform more functions across several devices. In general, anything above 100 Mbps qualifies as “fast Internet.”

Download vs. Upload Speed

Internet speed can be divided into two types: download and upload speed. Download speed is the rate at which online data is transferred from the Internet to your device; upload speed, on the other hand, is the rate at which online data is transferred from your device to the Internet. Nearly all online activity — including visiting websites, streaming videos and sharing media — requires download speed. Here are a few of the functions that use upload speed instead:

  • Uploading files or videos
  • Making Zoom or conference calls
  • Hosting a livestream

When Internet providers advertise their Mbps, they’re generally referring to download speeds, as this is what you’ll use the majority of the time. Most offer around 1 Mbps of upload bandwidth for every 100 Mbps of download bandwidth.

Broadband in Kentucky

Kentucky will be the first state to create an open access fiber optic network. In June 2019, the governor of Kentucky announced completion of a fiber optic network connecting Louisville, Lexington and rural parts of Kentucky. This was the initial phase of the Kentucky Wired initiative, designed to bring a high speed, fiber optic capabilities to every county in Kentucky. Over 3000 miles of cable will be constructed to connect businesses, residents, schools and more.