Now that the FCC has abandoned net neutrality protections, many consumers want to switch to Internet service providers that support net neutrality. However, though there is a lot of agreement over which companies don’t support net neutrality, there are few resources on those ISPs that do. Often because of the near-monopoly of broadband in many areas, consumers assume they don’t have any choice. That’s why we created this list.
To be clear, the posts below are not a general endorsement; an ISP may have terrible customer support, slow speeds or other issues (if slow speeds are a concern for your business, we humbly suggest you consider InSpeed). We don’t want this to be a space for us to advocate for companies we like (though there are certainly some of those on this list), rather it is limited in scope to companies that don’t throttle or censor. We are still collecting data so please share your experiences with ISPs and net neutrality.
Below is our best effort to compile a list of companies that really do want an open and free Internet, beyond the empty gesture of a press release.
If you know someone who could benefit from switching to one of these providers, please share this list!
Pro Net Neutrality ISPs (and the Cities they Service)
Serves high speed Internet to Wisconsin, especially Madison.
Provides high-speed Internet in rural Minnesota: Henning, Deer Creek, Leaf Lakes Areas, New York Mills, Rush Lake, Vining, Ottertail, Almora, Battle Lake, Clitherall, Eagle Lake, Amor, Underwood and surrounding areas.
Brazos, previously known as Kurten WiFi, is an ISP that’s coverage area is College Station, which is in Texas between Austin and Houston.
A locally owned fibre network in Vermont.
They offer cable Internet in New York, New Jersey and in some of the surrounding states like Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Citylink provides Internet to over a million people in the state of New Mexico. They also have fiber Internet in limited areas.
CoastSide.net is a small ISP in Half Moon Bay, California.Their phone and Internet package is called Surflink.
Cruzio is a fiber broadband network in Santa Cruz, California.
This Internet Service Provider serves business companies only. They have data centers in Austin and Houston, Texas.
DC Access is available in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill, as well as in Adams Morgan and select buildings in Arlington, Virginia.
This company only provides Internet for businesses, no residential service. They cover the metro Atlanta, including Buford and Gwinnett (DSL, T1, T3).
Full Channel offers Internet, and digital TV and phone. They cover Bristol, Warren, and Barrington, Rhode Island. However, CountryWide Broadband has agreed to acquire Full Channel and we don’t know Countrywide’s position on throttling or net neutrality. Please let us know if you have net neutrality information on Countrywide.
Gorge Net is an ISP that is located in NE Oregon and SW Washington state.
GWI is a privately held telecommunications company providing Internet and phone services for residential and business customers throughout many cities in Maine.
Hubris.net is a provider of business and residential Internet and digital phone services to customers across Kansas. They offer Ethernet and ADSL in Garden City, Liberal, Newton, and Wichita.
The Islesboro Municipal Broadband (IMB) is an Internet access utility for the benefit of the residents and businesses on Islesboro, Maine.
LMI.net offers fiber connection in San Francisco, Kensington, and, Emeryville, and is rolling out fiber Internet service in Albany, Berkeley, and Oakland in 2018. They offer DSL and point-to-point wireless Internet in most areas of the San Francisco Bay area of California.
Monkeybrains.net is an Internet service provider for the San Francisco Bay residents in California.
Much of Tuolumne County and Calaveras County, California can receive wireless coverage through Mother Lode Internet.
This ISP offers broadband for the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area.
Northwest Ohio Broadband is a family-owned wireless Internet service provider. Based in Coldwater, Ohio; they serve Mercer, Darke, Van Wert, Auglaize, Shelby, and Miami Counties in Ohio.
Om Networks offer bundled landline voice and broadband Internet in Davis, Woodland and Sacramento, and throughout areas of northern California. They also provide point-to-point fiber connections for network services an WiFi Internet access in some of these areas.
Pacific Internet provides broadband, as well as traditional home phone service in the Ukiah area of California.
Panix offers Internet access through T3s, T1s in the metropolitan New York areas. They offer DSL Internet Service available in “most of the United States” In practice, this means most urban areas where DSL is available in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. They can service farther distances, for example areas like Pennsylvania and Massachusettes, but note that the farther you are from their headquarters, the greater the latency is (this is true for many DSL providers).
RCN provides high-speed Internet to Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
This ISP is currently offering Internet Service in and around the following Iowa communities: Mason City, Sheffield, Manly, Plymouth, Hampton, Cartersville, Rockwell, Chapin, Thornton, Latimer, and Beed’s Lake.
Smarter Broadband provides wireless broadband Internet to Western Nevada inclduing North Auburn, Nevada City, Colfax to Smartsville, and parts of North San Juan.
Sonic primarily provides DSL in northern California and Los Angeles, cities such as Oakland, San Francisco, Mountainview and Berkeley. They have recently launched fiber, but it is still only available in parts of San Francisco.
Spiral Internet is a local community Internet service provider in the Nevada County, California region.
Stephouse.net offers local high-speed Internet for home, business, and events in Portland, Oregon.
Tekify offers fixed-wireless services available to most businesses within Fremont, Hayward, Newark, and Union City, California.
Telnexus telecommunications is an Internet service provider in the East Bay of California offering wi-fi and fiber in Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. Their ISP services are provided by Unwired ltd. (they are also on this list).
Ting Fiber Internet is in Holly Springs, North Carolina; in Westminster, Maryland; and Charlottesville, Virginia. In 2018 Ting Fiber Internet will also become available in Sandpoint, Idaho and in Centennial, Colorado.
Unwired provides Internet and broadband voice and data services to customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
This ISP offers residential and business broadband services throughout Wyoming.
Open peering and no throttling broadband services available in Washington, Oregon, and California.
Wicked provides broadband wireless to rural and urban communities across Kansas.
Wilson Creek Communications provides fixed wireless broadband Internet and has coverage in 12 cities and towns across Southern California, primarily Creston County.
The service that InSpeed provides is business class Internet, irrespective of your ISP. But the ISPs would like you to believe that they, too, are a service, rather than a utility. The Internet needs to be a public infrastructure. We can’t have private entities owning utilities. That requires regulation, fair and equitable access for all.
Help Us Improve Our List of Pro Net Neutrality ISPs
This is a complicated issue. Net neutrality is so popular among the public that even companies actively fighting it claim to be for it. Thus it can be hard to determine where ISPs really stand. This page is only the beginning; we hope to find more Internet service providers to include, or exclude. If you cab suggest improvements to our list of pro-net neutrality ISPs, please get in touch with us via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or email.