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Best Internet Providers in Columbia, SC

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Internet Providers Overview for Columbia, SC
Total Internet Providers 11
Download Speeds Up To 5 Gbps
Cheapest Monthly Plan $39.95
Fiber Coverage 40%
Fastest Provider AT&T

Top 9 Internet Service Providers in Columbia, SC

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1. AT&T

91.2% Available
Download speeds up to:
5 Gbps IPBB, Fiber, 5G Internet
Prices Starting At 55.00/mo
91.2% Available
Click here to see AT&T's coverage map for Columbia, SC

AT&T Internet Availability By Type

Fiber Download speeds up to 5000 Mbps
IPBB Download speeds up to 100 Mbps
5G Internet Download speeds up to 225 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

AT&T Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Fixed Wireless Internet Internet 10 Mbps $55.00
Internet 300 Internet 300 Mbps $55.00
Internet 100 Internet 100 Mbps $60.00
Internet Air Internet 225 Mbps $60.00
Internet 500 Internet 500 Mbps $65.00
Internet 1000 Internet 1000 Mbps $80.00
Internet 2000 Internet 2000 Mbps $145.00
Internet 5000 Internet 5000 Mbps $245.00
Call To Order AT&T Service 855-957-4313

2. Spectrum

93.8% Available
Download speeds up to:
1 Gbps Cable, Fiber
Prices Starting At 49.99/mo *
93.8% Available
Click here to see Spectrum's coverage map for Columbia, SC

Spectrum Internet Availability By Type

Cable Download speeds up to 1000 Mbps
Fiber
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Spectrum Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Spectrum Internet® Internet 300 Mbps $49.99
Spectrum Internet® Ultra Internet 500 Mbps $69.99
Spectrum Internet® Gig Internet 1000 Mbps $79.99
Spectrum Internet® + TV Select Signature Internet 300 Mbps $114.98
Spectrum Internet® + TV Select Signature + Voice Internet 300 Mbps $129.97
Call To Order Spectrum Service 855-959-3083

3. Viasat

100% Available
Download speeds up to:
150 Mbps Satellite
Prices Starting At 149.99/mo
100% Available

Viasat Internet Availability By Type

Satellite Download speeds up to 150 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Viasat Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Viasat Unleashed Internet 150 Mbps $149.99
Call To Order Viasat Service 844-983-3105

4. EarthLink

72% Available
Download speeds up to:
100 Mbps 5G Internet
Prices Starting At 39.95/mo
72% Available
Click here to see EarthLink's coverage map for Columbia, SC

EarthLink Internet Availability By Type

5G Internet Download speeds up to 100 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

EarthLink Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
N/A $39.95
Call To Order EarthLink Service 855-537-1089

5. HughesNet

100% Available
Download speeds up to:
100 Mbps Satellite
Prices Starting At 49.99/mo
100% Available

HughesNet Internet Availability By Type

Satellite Download speeds up to 100 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

HughesNet Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Select Internet 50 Mbps $49.99
Elite Internet 100 Mbps $64.99
Fusion Internet 100 Mbps $94.99
Call To Order HughesNet Service 855-958-4319

6. Starlink

100% Available
Download speeds from:
50 - 220 Mbps Satellite
Prices Starting At 120.00/mo
100% Available
Click here to see Starlink's coverage map for Columbia, SC

Starlink Internet Availability By Type

Satellite Download speeds up to 220 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Starlink Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
STANDARD Internet 150 Mbps $120.00
MOBILE - REGIONAL Internet 50 Mbps $150.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Data Inland | Best for RVs, nomads, and campers.
MOBILE - GLOBAL Internet 50 Mbps $200.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Data Inland | Best for RVs, nomads, and campers
MOBILE PRIORITY - 50GB Internet 220 Mbps $250.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Global Data Inland | Best for maritime, emergency response, and mobile businesses
MOBILE PRIORITY - 5TB Internet 220 Mbps $5,000.00 *
*Unlimited Mobile Global Data Inland | Best for maritime, emergency response, and mobile businesses

7. T-Mobile Home Internet

58.9% Available
Download speeds from:
33 - 245 Mbps 5G Internet
Prices Starting At 60.00/mo *
*With AutoPay. Customers see typical download speeds between 72 – 245 Mbps and upload speeds between 15 – 31 Mbps.
58.9% Available
Click here to see T-Mobile Home Internet's coverage map for Columbia, SC

T-Mobile Home Internet Availability By Type

5G Internet Download speeds up to 245 Mbps
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

T-Mobile Home Internet Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
Home Internet w/ Autopay Internet 245 Mbps $60.00 *
*With AutoPay. Customers see typical download speeds between 72 – 245 Mbps and upload speeds between 15 – 31 Mbps.

8. Verizon

38.8% Available
Download speeds up to:
300 Mbps 5G Internet
Prices Starting At 50.00/mo
38.8% Available
Click here to see Verizon's coverage map for Columbia, SC

Verizon Internet Availability By Type

5G Internet Download speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • 90%
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Verizon Deals for July 2024

Deal Includes Download speeds up to Monthly Price
5G Home Internet 100 Mbps $50.00
5G Home Plus Internet 300 Mbps $70.00
Call To Order Verizon Service 866-498-5878

9. Always ON

72% Available
Download speeds from:
25 - 150 Mbps Fixed Wireless
72% Available

Always ON Internet Availability By Type

Fixed Wireless
Estimated coverage percentage by connection type based on total population served

Columbia Internet Resources for Low-Income Families

When it comes to internet services, low-income families in the Columbia area are at a disadvantage. Brand-new internet devices and service plans are expensive, and programs designed to help those in need don’t always reach them. Thankfully, we did some research and found the following programs in Columbia offering affordable devices, convenient child assistance and free Wi-Fi internet:

Discounted Distance Learning Devices in Columbia

  • The Salvation Army of Columbia: The Salvation Army of Columbia offers low-income families back-to-school supplies for free, including tablets and laptops.
  • PCs for the People: PCs for the People is a non-profit organization delivering refurbished desktop and laptop computers to low-income recipients. You can shop their devices online, starting at just $45 for a recycled desktop, and enjoy free standard shipping.

Sometimes organizations may require a waitlist, or they may have a limited selection of devices. However, Columbia is home to several small businesses offering refurbished laptops and desktops for very affordable rates, including the following:

Remote Learning Programs and Virtual Child Care Centers in Columbia

  • Richland Library: Richland Library has an ever-growing collection of e-books and downloadable audiobooks available for free. Homebound patrons can also enjoy physical books delivered to their homes by dedicated volunteers and staff. 
  • South Carolina State Museum: In addition to virtual exhibits and at-home experiments, the South Carolina State Museum hosts weekly educational events for free, though registration is required ahead of time. Examples include Trivia Night on Thursdays and a Telescope Livestream on Saturday nights. 
  • Office of the Mayor: Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin holds virtual events promoting literacy among Columbia’s youth. Make sure to check out his storytime videos on his YouTube page
  • Columbia Fireflies: Kids between 3 and 14 years old can participate in a free, four-week reading program organized by the Columbia Fireflies. You can even win a free ticket to a Fireflies game. 
  • Historic Columbia: Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization committed to preserving Columbia’s history and cultural heritage. You can go online and tour Civil War sites, Main Street and other popular attractions for free. 

Free Wireless Internet Access in Columbia

Public libraries all across Columbia and Richland County are staying open to provide much-needed services to residents, including free Wi-Fi. Patrons can connect to these services without a password and from the comfort of their car in the parking lot, just make sure to check for updated hours and services. Below are some of the available locations:

The South Carolina Department of Education previously rolled out an initiative distributing internet hotspots so that students can complete their assignments and continue learning at home across the state, including in Columbia. Make sure to contact your child’s school and ask for more information. In the meantime, feel free to browse our site for more resources, including this map with additional free Wi-Fi locations:

Free Wireless Internet Access in Columbia, SC

Hotspot
1530 Harden St
Columbia, SC 29204
Hotspot
1600 Harden St
Columbia, SC 29204
Hotspot
1751 Calhoun St Mills Jarrett Bldg
Columbia, SC 29201
Hotspot
301 Gervais St
Columbia, SC 29201
Hotspot
800 Richland St Governor's Mansion
Columbia, SC 29201
Hotspot
1777 Saint Julian Pl
Columbia, SC 29204
Hotspot
300 Outlet Pointe Blvd
Columbia, SC 29210
Hotspot
2600 Bull St
Columbia, SC 29201
Hotspot
1333 Main St
Columbia, SC 29201
Hotspot
1231 Gervais St
Columbia, SC 29201

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Internet Provider Store Locations in Columbia

Fastest Columbia Internet Providers

Connection Type

Internet Providers

Download Speeds Up To

Upload Speeds Up To

Availability

Fiber
(Covering 40% of Columbia)

AT&T Fiber

5 Gbps

5 Gbps

36.8%

Spectrum

1 Gbps

500 Mbps

0.4%

Cable
(Covering 94.2% of Columbia)

Spectrum

1 Gbps

35 Mbps

93.8%

DSL
(Covering 67% of Columbia)

AT&T Internet

100 Mbps

20 Mbps

91.2%

Fixed Wireless
(Covering 75.2% of Columbia)

Verizon 5G Home Internet

300 Mbps

10 Mbps

38.8%

AT&T Internet Air

25 Mbps

3 Mbps

4.0%

Satellite
(Covering 100% of Columbia)

Viasat Internet

150 Mbps

3 Mbps

100%

Hughesnet

100 Mbps

3 Mbps

100%

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Average download speed in Columbia:

146 Mbps

Based on 42,953 speed tests

Internet Values of Columbia Providers

Providers Connection Type Plan Price Download Speeds Up To Internet Value Contact
AT&T Fiber Fiber $245 per month 5 Gbps $0.05 per Mbps 855-957-4313
TruVista Fiber $139 per month 2 Gbps $0.07 per Mbps 855-763-1519
Spectrum Cable $79.99 per month 1 Gbps $0.08 per Mbps 855-959-3083
Verizon 5G Home Internet Fixed $70 per month 300 Mbps $0.23 per Mbps 866-498-5878
T-Mobile 5G Home Internet Fixed $60 per month 245 Mbps $0.24 per Mbps
AT&T Internet DSL $60 per month 100 Mbps $0.60 per Mbps 855-957-4313
Hughesnet Satellite $64.99 per month 100 Mbps $0.65 per Mbps 855-958-4319
Viasat Internet Satellite $99.99 per month 150 Mbps $0.67 per Mbps 844-983-3105

Best Internet Provider in Columbia

  1. AT&T - Fast download speeds in Columbia, most Fiber availability and most DSL availability
  2. Spectrum - No data caps and most Cable availability
  3. Viasat - Most internet coverage in Columbia
  4. EarthLink - 5g internet up to 100 Mbps
  5. HughesNet - Another great satellite internet alternative for those who can't get Cable, Fiber, or DSL
  6. Starlink - Widely available
  7. T-Mobile Home Internet - 5g internet up to 245 Mbps
  8. Verizon - 5g internet up to 300 Mbps
  9. Always ON - Fixed wireless up to 150 Mbps

Fastest Internet Providers in Columbia

Internet Fees in Columbia

Common Providers in Columbia Early Termination Fees Setup and Installation Fees Late Payment Fees Equipment Replacement Fees
AT&T Fiber N/A $99 Up to $9.25 $10 per month
AT&T Internet N/A $149 Up to $6.50 N/A

How Much Speed Do I Need?

25+ Mbps

  • Web Surfing & Email
  • HD Streaming
  • Supports 1-2 Devices
  • Ideal for 1-2 people

100+ Mbps

  • Ultra HD (4K) Streaming
  • Low Lag Online Gaming
  • Supports 3-5 Devices
  • Ideal for 2-6 people

1 Gig

  • Multi 4K HD Streaming
  • No Lag Online Gaming
  • Supports more than 5 Devices
  • Ideal for 6+ people

An Overview of Internet Providers in Columbia By Connection

Provider Connection Download speeds up to Availability
AT&T Fiber 5 Gbps 37%
AT&T IPBB 100 Mbps 91%
Spectrum Cable 1 Gbps 94%
HughesNet Satellite 100 Mbps 100%
Viasat Satellite 150 Mbps 100%
AT&T 5G Internet 225 Mbps 4%
CarolinaConnect Fiber 1 Gbps 2%
Starlink Satellite 220 Mbps 100%
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Internet 245 Mbps 59%
Verizon 5G Internet 300 Mbps 39%
EarthLink 5G Internet 100 Mbps 72%
Always ON Fixed Wireless 25 Mbps 72%
Provider Connection Download speeds up to Availability
HughesNet Satellite 100 Mbps 100%
Viasat Satellite 150 Mbps 100%
Starlink Satellite 220 Mbps 100%
AT&T IPBB 100 Mbps 91%
T-Mobile Home Internet 5G Internet 25 Mbps 59%
AT&T Fiber 5 Gbps 37%
Spectrum Cable 1 Gbps 94%
AT&T 5G Internet 25 Mbps 4%
Verizon 5G Internet 300 Mbps 39%
CarolinaConnect Fiber 1 Gbps 2%
TruVista Fiber 1 Gbps 1%

Internet Availability by Connection Type in Columbia

Internet service providers in Columbia use different methods for connecting their customers to the web. Connection types matter, so choose wisely. Fiber is generally the fastest and most reliable option, followed by cable, DSL and 5G home internet.

Fiber - 95%

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