Starry Internet vs AT&T

Starry Internet has consistent 200 Mbps speeds but a small service area. They are preferable to AT&T in most cases — unless you are in AT&T's fiber service area, which has the highest reliability.

Brand Service type Speed range Price range Contact
AT&T DSL, Fiber 5–1,000 Mbps $49.99–59.99/mo. (844) 886-4258
Starry Fixed Wireless 200 Mbps $50 flat rate (888) 231-9403

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Starry Internet is a relatively new option for internet service, offering fixed-wireless service as an alternative to AT&T’s DSL and Fiber internet in urban areas like Los Angeles.

AT&T vs Starry Internet Basic Features

FeatureAT&T InternetStarry Internet
Starting price$49.99/mo. sign-up price$50/mo. flat rate
Download speed range5–1,000 Mbps200 Mbps
Upload speed range1–1,000 Mbps200 Mbps
Network typeDSL, FiberFixed Wireless
Contract termsContract-freeContract-free

AT&T vs Starry Data Usage Policies

Many internet providers in California use data caps to manage their network, meaning that if you use more than a certain amount of data, you will be charged extra on top of your monthly bill.

AT&T has data caps on some plans. 1TB is a common cap on AT&T internet plans. Starry offers unlimited plans with no data caps.

AT&T Internet Data Caps

AT&T places data caps on some plans.

Starry Internet Data Caps

Starry offers internet plans with unlimited data

AT&T vs Starry Net Neutrality Policies

AT&T Internet Net Neutrality Stance

AT&T has a statement of support for Net Neutrality on their policy website, but has remained quiet on the topic of future paid prioritization for certain services.

AT&T Net Neutrality statement
Starry Internet Net Neutrality Stance

Starry Internet maintains a detailed page on their website describing their traffic treatment in regards to Net Neutrality.

Starry Net Neutrality statement

AT&T vs Starry Pricing and Fees

Here is a breakdown of how common add-on fees compare for AT&T and Starry plans. These types of fees are common with internet providers, and can result in larger bill each month.

FeeAT&TStarry
WiFi equipment fee~$10/mo.Free
Price increasesBill increases after promo periodFlat rate
Early Termination FeeFree cancellationFree cancellation

Note that fee amounts described above may vary by plan. See the plan comparison tables for AT&T and Starry below for more information.

AT&T vs Starry Internet-Only Plan Comparison

Most Common Plan Internet speed Sign-up price Final price Avg price over 2 yrs
Internet 100 (AT&T) 100 Mbps $49.99/mo. $59.99/mo. $55/mo.
Starry Internet (Starry Internet) 200 Mbps $50/mo. $50/mo. $50/mo.

The price of the AT&T Internet 100 internet plan is $49.99/month for the first Contract-Free. However, the price then rises 20% to a final price of $59.99.

So, that means the price you actually pay for internet, averaged over two years, is $55/month.

Remember that Internet 100 includes the following fees when you compare pricing:

  • $10/month fee for WiFi equipment
  • Fees for using more than 1 TB

Starry Internet uses flat pricing for their entry-level Starry Internet plan. The $50 monthly cost does not rise over time.

AT&T DSL Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet Basic 55 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 2525 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 5050 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99
Internet 100100 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99

AT&T Fiber Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedPromo PriceFinal Price
Internet 10001000 Mbps$49.99/mo$59.99

Starry Internet Plans

Plan NameDownload SpeedFinal Price
Starry Internet200 Mbps$50
Page Summary
  • Renters should choose Starry Internet, because the pricing for no-contract plans is low and straightforward. The 200 Mbps bandwidth provided is more than enough for most apartments.
  • Homeowners should choose AT&T if they are able to access their 1,000 Mbps fiber internet service.
  • Starry Internet is the best option for most homes, but has low availability compared to AT&T.

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Last Update: July 01, 2020
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