About AT&T Internet

AT&T got its start as a phone company more than 140 years ago. The company soon became known for its media innovations, including a 1920s partnership with Warner Bros. that resulted in the first “talkie” film, "The Jazz Singer." Today, AT&T is a global media company that owns numerous subsidiaries. AT&T internet packages offer the choice of DSL or fiber-optic services, meeting the needs of everyone from infrequent email users to gamers and streaming binge-watchers. You can bundle your service with AT&T U-Verse TV or DirecTV for extra savings, and order online to take advantage of free installation. AT&T internet subscribers also gain access to a free nationwide network of Wi-Fi hotspots. AT&T internet reviews on ACSI are second only to Fios. AT&T offers competitive internet pricing in a wide range of cities across the country.

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Should you use AT&T Internet?

AT&T fiber-optic internet, with speeds up to 300 Mbps or 1,000 Mbps, is a great choice for gamers, streamers and others who need fast speeds. DSL service, with speeds up to 100 Mbps, costs the same as the 300 Mbps fiber-optic service, so choose the fiber if you have the option. If only DSL is available in your area, though, 100 Mbps is a reasonable choice for most people without extreme-speed needs.

AT&T internet at a glance

  • Availability: 21 states
  • Speed: Up to 1,000 Mbps
  • Equipment: Additional $10/mo. equipment fee (modem/router)
  • Installation: Free professional installation (fiber only). DSL is self-installed unless you pay for a technician.
  • Bundling options: Yes, DirecTV or U-verse TV

AT&T internet benefits and features

  • Choice of speeds: 100 Mbps, 300 Mbps or 1,000 Mbps
  • No data caps: No data caps on 1,000 Mbps plan
  • 1 TB data cap: 100 Mbps and 300 Mbps plans offer 1 TB of data
  • AT&T Thanks: Rewards program with deals on entertainment, dining, sports and more
  • Wi-Fi Gateway: Seamless whole-home wireless connectivity
  • Smart Home Manager: Monitor and manage your Wi-Fi remotely through the app
  • AT&T Security Suite: Powered by McAfee

AT&T internet top plans

Internet 1000 (Fiber)

  • $70/mo.
  • 1,000 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi Gateway, free professional installation, no data caps, AT&T Thanks program
  • Good for large households, gamers, 4K online-TV watchers, smart homes, telecommuters

Internet 300 (Fiber)

  • $50/mo.
  • 300 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi Gateway, free professional installation, 1 TB data cap, AT&T Thanks program
  • Good for large-file sharing and streaming on multiple devices

Internet 100 (DSL)

  • $50/mo.
  • 100 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi Gateway, 1 TB data cap, AT&T Thanks program
  • Good for small families or households, light streaming and homes where fiber is not available

A variety of lower-speed DSL plans are also available, but they are all priced the same as the Internet 100 plan, so it would make little sense to choose one unless it’s all that’s available in your neighborhood.

AT&T internet contracts

A 12-month contract is required for the above rates and perks. A no-contract option may be available at a higher monthly rate. If you are under contract, an early termination fee of up to $180 (prorated by number of months of completed service) will apply.

AT&T internet fees

Free professional installation is provided with AT&T fiber plans (Internet 1000 and Internet 300) if you buy online. DSL plans (Internet 100) cost $49 for activation if you self-install, $99 for self-install assistance, or $149 for professional installation. All plans have a $10 per month equipment fee. Taxes and government fees are not included and may vary.

AT&T internet bundle options

AT&T offers a variety of bundles to help you save money. Bundles with DirecTV or U-verse TV start at $79.99 per month, while bundles that also include home phone service start at $99.98 per month. Both provide a $30 per month savings over paying a la carte. Enter your address to learn which options are available in your neighborhood.

ProviderType of internetSpeedsStarting package price
AT&T logoHigh-Speed Internet1 - 1,000 MBPS$49.99/mo for 12 monthsView deals

Recognition and awards

AT&T won the 2019 J.D. Power Award for Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction in both the South and the West (United States). It’s ranked second, just behind Verizon Fios, on ACSI customer satisfaction. The company has also won the Most Recommended Brand among women by WomenCertified®, Inc., for High-speed internet, TV and Phone Service every year since 2016. AT&T also received the Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year for Consumer Communication Services in 2015.

AT&T internet deals and value

  • Frequent promotions that include Visa reward cards
  • Unlimited data on 1,000 Mbps plan or when bundled with TV service, available as $30/mo. add-on for other plans
  • AT&T Thanks reward program: Blue Tier for 1 service, Gold Tier for 2-3 bundled services, Platinum Tier for 4 bundled services
  • Two-for-one movie tickets on Ticket Twosdays (Blue Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Ticket access to limited events and experiences (Blue Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Dining partner discounts (Blue Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • AT&T Ready to Go device delivery and setup service (Blue Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Spotify free for six months (Gold Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Special surprise offers (Gold Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Priority Service (Platinum Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Premiere Support (Platinum Tier AT&T Thanks)
  • Premium Event Access (Platinum Tier AT&T Thanks)

The bottom line

AT&T has been a telecommunications leader and innovator for more than 140 years. Today, the company remains at the top of the industry with internet plans and bundles designed for different customer needs. Fiber-optic internet offered at 300 Mbps and 1,000 Mbps, is the best option for those who need reliable high-speed service, including gamers and telecommuters, as well as for large households and smart homes.

The Internet 100 plan is a reasonable option for smaller households that don’t require incredibly fast internet service. Lower-speed plans, priced the same as the Internet 100 plan, may be acceptable for those who don’t have access to the three top plans and have more limited internet needs. AT&T internet reviews are consistently high, making the company worth considering if service is available in your area.

PROS

  • Your choice of DSL or fiber
  • 99% reliability (fiber)
  • Strong customer satisfaction

CONS

  • Not available everywhere
  • 12-month contract for best pricing and perks

In your area

AT&T Internet is available in 21 states, and only in select cities and neighborhoods within those states, so it may or may not be an option at your address. Likewise, if you live in a remote area, satellite internet may be your only choice even if AT&T is available elsewhere in your zip code.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Free professional installation is provided with AT&T fiber plans (Internet 1000 and Internet 300) if you buy online. DSL plans (Internet 100) cost $49 for activation if you self-install, $99 for self-install assistance, or $149 for professional installation. All plans have a $10 per month equipment fee. Taxes and government fees are not included and may vary.