High Speed Internet Providers in Rhode Island

Rhode Island High Speed Internet Providers

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While the largest number of providers serve the larger urban centers like the Providence-Warwick area, a number of Internet service providers specialize in serving smaller communities and rural areas. Use our comparison form to check availability of high speed internet for a specific address or narrow your search by selecting a location from the options below.

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Providence-Warwick, RI-MA

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Bristol
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Kent
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Newport
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Providence
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Washington

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Internet Availability in Rhode Island


Overall, wired high speed internet is available to 98% of households in Rhode Island, but the coverage drops to 97% if you only include plans with speeds of at least 100 Mbps. Internet plans with download speeds of 1000 Mbps (1.0 Gbps) or more are available to only 27% of households.

Wireless high speed internet is available to 65% of households in Rhode Island, with 5G coverage available to 74% of households. Satellite internet is generally available everywhere.

Cox and i3 Broadband offer the highest coverage in the state in terms of availability per household, while HughesNet, Starlink, Viasat, Verizon and T-Mobile US offer the highest wireless (including satellite) coverage in the state in terms of availability per household.

Cox, Verizon and i3 Broadband are the fastest Internet providers in Rhode Island, but their highest downloads speeds are not available in all communities in the state. A summary of the fastest providers and their top speeds is shown below.

Rhode Island Internet Availability Summary

Statewide high speed internet coverage by technology and speed.

% 98% 97% 97% 97% 27% 65% 65% 74% 74%

Fastest Internet Providers in Rhode Island

Company
Max Download Speed
Max Upload Speed
State Coverage
Check Plans & Availability
Cox
2.0 Gbps
2.0 Gbps
99%
1.0 Gbps
50 Mbps
90%
1.0 Gbps
40 Mbps
4%
220 Mbps
25 Mbps
100%
100 Mbps
20 Mbps
65%

The listed download speeds are the highest offered by each of the fastest Internet providers in Rhode Island. The state coverage is their overall availability percentage for households in the state at any speed and the Fastest Internet Provider list is limited to companies with more than 2% overall coverage on a statewide basis. Most Internet providers do not offer their fastest speeds in all parts of their coverage area in the state. Try using our Internet Availability Comparison Form for a more accurate picture of what's availabile in your area.

Wired Internet Options in Rhode Island


Traditional telephone companies and TV service providers are the main internet service providers in Rhode Island and most other areas with wired broadband internet. While internet providers larger metro areas may have gigbit speeds and fiber optic infrastructure, copper-line infrastructure is primarily used in smaller centers and rural areas. Still, maximum speeds on older networks in can be as high as 1.0 Gbps for cable and less than 10 Mbps for DSL. In select areas with fiber, internet speeds can be as high as 2.0 Gbps. The top ISP's in Rhode Island include Cox and i3 Broadband.

Among cable, DSL and fiber internet providers, these ISP's offer the best coverage in Rhode Island on a state-wide basis and in the cities they serve.

Company
Top Cities Covered
State Coverage
Cox
The Providence-Warwick metro area
99%
The Providence-Warwick metro area
4%

Top Wireless and Satellite Internet Providers in Rhode Island


Satellite internet service should be available anywhere as long as the user has a clear view of the sky, but in some areas, where satellite internet connection rates are already at capacity, service may be unavailable. Other wireless service provider coverage depends on density and location of ground-based infrastructure.

Company
Max Download Speed
Max Upload Speed
State Coverage
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1.0 Gbps
50 Mbps
90%
220 Mbps
25 Mbps
100%
100 Mbps
20 Mbps
65%
50 Mbps
3 Mbps
100%

Top Internet Providers by Technology

Satellite Internet and Satellite TV Providers

HughesNet Starlink ViaSat DirecTV DISH