Charter Communications boasts that its Spectrum Internet service features no contracts, includes no termination fees and provides new customers with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Such a straightforward approach can be mighty appealing, especially when internet plans tend to be anything but simple.
If Spectrum Internet is available in your area and perhaps you're considering switching from another provider, then let's explore what you might find when you get under the hood of Spectrum's internet coverage or you can call us directly.
Spectrum currently offers three different plans at three separate prices. None of them include data caps, and none require you to commit to a contract. That said, after 12 months, your monthly bill will go up by $25 to $30, depending on which plan you've picked. Here are the specifics:
Spectrum plans and pricing Plan First-year promo rate Standard rate (after promo period) Max download speeds Max upload speeds Term Agreement Spectrum Internet $50 $75 200Mbps 10Mbps None required Spectrum Internet Ultra $65 $95 400Mbps 20Mbps None required Spectrum Internet Gig $105 $135 940Mbps 35Mbps None required
*Pricing per month plus taxes. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing and promotional deals vary by location and availability. All prices subject to change. May or may not be available based on service address. As of April 7, 2021.
Your internet speed will also depend on the plan you select. For most of its serviceable areas, your options are download speeds of 200 megabits per second, 400Mbps or 940Mbps, which Spectrum calls its Internet Gig plan. A Charter spokesperson tells CNET that approximately 85% of Spectrum's service area will see the 200Mbps plan as their starting option, with most other areas featuring a 100Mbps plan as the lowest tier.
What type of internet connection is Spectrum?
Spectrum Internet relies mainly on hybrid fiber-coaxial cable connections to provide service to subscribers' homes. As you can tell by the three fast tiers offered by Charter, cable is a trusty method that offers download speeds better than those you'll get with DSL, fixed wireless and satellite. That said, fiber internet can provide faster speeds and symmetrical download and upload speeds. With cable internet plans like the ones offered by companies like Spectrum, Xfinity and Mediacom, your upload speeds will typically stay in the double digits at best.
According to a December 2019 report from the Federal Communications Commission, just under 1% of Spectrum's potential customer base is eligible for fiber. But according to our source, that's not true. While Charter does not release its fiber/HFC percentage publicly, the spokesperson said the FCC's info is outdated: "A sizeable percentage of our network is fiber, from our facilities down to the neighborhood, and virtually all of the homes we pass can access gigabit speeds via our network."