Internet Service Providers that Support Net Neutrality in the United States

"Internet Service Providers That Support Net Neutrality" over Circuit Board background

"Internet Service Providers That Support Net Neutrality" over Circuit Board background

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)

5Nines

Serves high speed Internet to Wisconsin, especially Madison.

A Better Wireless, NISP, LLC

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 Wifi

Brazos, previously known as Kurten WiFi, is an ISP that’s coverage area is College Station, which is in Texas between Austin and Houston.

Burlington Telecom

A locally owned fibre network in Vermont.

Cablevision (Optimum Cable)

They offer cable Internet in New York, New Jersey and in some of the surrounding states like Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

CityLink Telecommunications

Citylink provides Internet to over a million people in the state of New Mexico. They also have fiber Internet in limited areas.

Coastside.Net

CoastSide.net is a small ISP in Half Moon Bay, California.Their phone and Internet package is called Surflink.

Cruzio

Cruzio is a fiber broadband network in Santa Cruz, California.

Data Foundry

This Internet Service Provider serves business companies only. They have data centers in Austin and Houston, Texas.

DC Access, LLC

DC Access is available in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill, as well as in Adams Morgan and select buildings in Arlington, Virginia.

Digital Service Consultants

This company only provides Internet for businesses, no residential service. They cover the metro Atlanta, including Buford and Gwinnett (DSL, T1, T3).

Full Channel Labs

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

Gorge Net is an ISP that is located in NE Oregon and SW Washington state.

GWI.net

GWI is a privately held telecommunications company providing Internet and phone services for residential and business customers throughout many cities in Maine.

Hubris Communications Inc.

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.

Islesboro Broadband Committee

The Islesboro Municipal Broadband (IMB) is an Internet access utility for the benefit of the residents and businesses on Islesboro, Maine.

LMI.net

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.

Monkey Brains

Monkeybrains.net is an Internet service provider for the San Francisco Bay residents in California.

Mother Lode Internet

Much of Tuolumne County and Calaveras County, California can receive wireless coverage through Mother Lode Internet.

NetBlazr Inc.

This ISP offers broadband for the Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area.

Northwest Ohio Broadband

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

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

Pacific Internet provides broadband, as well as traditional home phone service in the Ukiah area of California.

Public Access Networks Corp. (PANIX)

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

RCN provides high-speed Internet to Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois, Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.

Router12 Networks LLC

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, Inc.

Smarter Broadband provides wireless broadband Internet to Western Nevada inclduing North Auburn, Nevada City, Colfax to Smartsville, and parts of North San Juan.

Sonic.net

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

Spiral Internet is a local community Internet service provider in the Nevada County, California region.

Stephouse Networks

Stephouse.net offers local high-speed Internet for home, business, and events in Portland, Oregon.

Tekify Fiber & Wireless

Tekify offers fixed-wireless services available to most businesses within Fremont, Hayward, Newark, and Union City, California.

Telnexus

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 Internet

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 Ltd.

Unwired provides Internet and broadband voice and data services to customers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visionary Communications

This ISP offers residential and business broadband services throughout Wyoming.

Wave Broadband

Open peering and no throttling broadband services available in Washington, Oregon, and California.

Wicked Broadband

Wicked provides broadband wireless to rural and urban communities across Kansas.

Wilson Creek Communications

Wilson Creek Communications provides fixed wireless broadband Internet and has coverage in 12 cities and towns across Southern California, primarily  Creston County.

InSpeed Networks Remains Committed to Net Neutrality

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.

Business Innovation Needs Net Neutrality

Fight for Net Neutrality image from BattlefortheNet.comNet Neutrality Might Go Away, but Business-Class Internet Performance Shouldn’t

Net neutrality—the idea that ISPs should charge a fair price for allowing consumers and businesses to access and share whatever content they want from any device and from any location—is being voted on today, and odds don’t look good for it to continue.

On Thursday, the FCC, led by its new chairman and former industry lobbyist Ajit Pai, will likely vote to reject the classification of ISPs as carriers. In effect, the FCC will surrender its ability to enforce previous FCC guidelines mandating that all consumers and businesses have equal access to all Internet content for a fair price. If an ISP prices its services extravagantly and limits access to Internet content, customers would still be able to complain to the FTC, though it’s not clear that the FTC has legal authority to do much about ISP infractions. Otherwise, consumers and businesses will be stuck with whatever service—however arbitrary and limited—and whatever pricing—however complex and exorbitant—ISPs care to provide.

At InSpeed, We’re Dedicated to IT Innovation, and Useful IT Innovation Depends on net neutrality

"Fight for net neutrality" flavor text via Battle for the Internet
Forever loading—don’t let ISPs selectively slow down sites.
(Thanks to kasuminews.com for the image)

Today start-ups and large businesses alike are working hard to create solutions that genuinely help consumers and businesses. Without net neutrality, much of that labor and brainpower will likely be diverted to redesigning applications and IT architectures to avoid ISP surcharges. IT vendors and internal IT departments will be forced to spend long hours redesigning solutions once plentiful network bandwidth becomes a scarce and potentially heavily-priced resource. Markets will likely become inhospitable to start-ups lacking big war chests and powerful friends. ISPs might win, but businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers will lose.

Freedom, According to the FCC

Don’t take our word for it. Take the FCC’s. In 2004, FCC Chairman (and Republican) Michael K. Powell articulated four freedoms that must be preserved for the Internet. The four freedoms are:

Freedom to Access Content

Consumers should have access to their choice of legal content.

Freedom to Use Applications

Consumers should be able to run the applications of their choice.

Freedom to Attach Personal Devices

Consumers should be permitted to attach any devices they choose to the connection in their homes.

Freedom to Obtain Service Plan Information

Fourth, consumers should receive meaningful information regarding their service plans.

As a start-up serving SMBs across the U.S., we at InSpeed would like to propose a fifth freedom:

Freedom to Deliver Content

Consumers and businesses should be able to deliver content at any speed to any consumer using any device at any location.

Start-ups and small businesses should be able to deliver whatever content and services they like without worrying that their network traffic will be deprioritized or throttled in any way. Start-ups should be able to bring innovative solutions to market, even if they haven’t paid duties to Fortune 500 ISPs or struck alliances with the incumbents they’re trying to displace.

We believe in a neutral, equitable Internet where:

  • Physical connectivity is priced as a broadly available commodity.
  • Access is regulated just as access to other public utilities is regulated.
  • Financially disadvantaged consumers are not shut out from Internet access.
  • Consumers and businesses alike can choose whatever ISP they like, knowing that they’ll always have access to all services and all legal Internet content.
  • Businesses can pick the level of service they want and can adopt whatever networking solution they like for optimizing performance.

No matter what happens in Thursday’s vote, we’ll remain committed to delivering business class service that works over any ISP—InSpeed is Over-The-Top (OTT) whatever underlying infrastructure ISPs provide. But we would prefer to do so on a neutral Internet that is being managed in accordance with the guidelines the FCC has been espousing for over a decade.

If you’re interested in switching to an ISP that is dedicated to preserving the principles of net neutrality, see our forthcoming list of ISPs supporting net neutrality.

If you’d like to voice your support for net neutrality, you can call the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai at (202) 418-1000.