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Frontier internet

Frontier offers a wide range of internet speeds from 6 Mbps all the way up to gigabit speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

Gigabit speeds provide a ridiculous amount of bandwidth to support pretty much anything you (or your whole family) can think to do on the internet. But they’re available only in limited areas that have access to Frontier’s fiber services.

Everywhere else has to settle for digital subscriber line (DSL) internet speeds, which top out at 115 Mbps for Frontier.

Frontier’s DSL internet is more widely available than its fiber internet. And the DSL service has more customers, which pulls Frontier’s average internet speeds down from its gigabit heights. That’s normal. The average speed test result isn’t necessarily what you can expect from your Frontier internet package. The Frontier internet speed you should expect depends on your internet package.

Top advertised download speed:

Up to
1000 Mbps

Frontier average internet speed test results:

Average download speed: 66.72 Mbps

Average latency: 41.64 ms

Total speed tests: 364,772

Fastest cities for Frontier internet service

CityTop advertised download speedAverage download speed*
1. Holiday, FL940 Mbps216 Mbps
2. Covina, CA940 Mbps142 Mbps
3. Victorville, CA940 Mbps139 Mbps
4. Granada Hills, CA940 Mbps131 Mbps
5. Walnut, CA940 Mbps129 Mbps
*Average of speed test results for Frontier users in each city

Remember that these are average speeds and won’t necessarily reflect your experience with Frontier internet, even if you live in one of the cities listed. Your actual speeds will depend on your internet package.

Frontier has two types of internet: DSL and fiber. DSL internet usually taps out at 100 Mbps max, while fiber internet can reach ten times those speeds. With that in mind, it makes sense that Frontier’s fastest cities would have at least some fiber service, even if it’s not gigabit fiber internet.

Of course, cities with Frontier’s fastest download speeds are at an advantage because its gigabit service is just so much faster than the other available Frontier speeds. It’s twice as fast as the next fastest internet plan.

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Internet speed recommendations

So, which Frontier internet speed package should you choose? Every household has different bandwidth needs, depending on how many people are using the internet and what you do online. We’ve outlined what speeds you need for common internet activities in the chart below.

1-3 People:
5 Mbps

4 - 6 People:
10 Mbps

1-3 People:
5 Mbps


4 - 6 People:
25 Mbps

1-3 People:
25 Mbps

4 - 6 People:
100 Mbps

1-3 People:
SD Video: 10 Mbps
HD Video: 50 Mbps

4 - 6 People:
SD Video: 50 Mbps
HD Video: 100+ Mbps

We can give you a personalized internet speed recommendation to keep your gaming, browsing, and streaming running smoothly.

About our Frontier internet speed test

The Frontier speed test gauges your fiber or DSL internet speed by measuring three things:

  1. Download speed—how long it takes for data to get from the server to your computer
  2. Upload speed—how long it takes info to get from your computer to the server
  3. Latency—how long it takes a ping to go round trip from your computer to the server and back

To measure your download speed, the Frontier speed test sends a small dummy file to your computer and times how long it takes to download, converting that time into your speed.

The dummy file is completely harmless, but security software might flag it as an unrecognized file type. That messes with your results, so you’ll want to turn it off to get an accurate speed test. Just remember to turn it back on again when you’re done.

Our speed test also uses the dummy file to assess your upload speed by sending the file from your computer to the internet server and timing how long it takes to complete.

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Similarly, the speed test measures latency by sending a piece of information (called a ping) from your network to the internet server and back and timing how long it takes round trip.


Download speed

Upload speed, download speed, and latency are all important for an uninterrupted browsing sesh, but when you sign up for an internet plan, you usually choose one based on the download speed. That’s because people download a lot more information from the internet than they send to the internet. Streaming Big Little Lies, downloading a video game file, and scrolling through your Facebook feed all primarily use download speed.

Upload speed

If your upload speed is a lot slower than your download speed, don’t panic. Most internet plans give you much less upload bandwidth. It’s usually about 10% of the plan’s download bandwidth. For example, a 100 Mbps plan might have up to 10 Mbps for upload speed, or a 25 Mbps plan might give you 3 Mbps for uploading. Frontier doesn’t specify for its DSL plans, but unless you’re doing a lot of uploading (like constantly posting to your vlog on YouTube), you don’t need much upload bandwidth anyway.

If it’s not enough, fiber internet plans (including FiberOptic plans) often give you the same amount of bandwidth for uploading and downloading, which makes them great for heavy uploaders.


Latency (sometimes called ping or ping rate) is a little different. Firstly, it isn’t necessarily tied to the internet package you choose. Secondly, unlike with speed, low latency is actually better than high latency.

Basically, latency is the time it takes for your click to travel to the server and for the effects of that click to show on your computer. If you’ve ever experienced lag while playing an online game, you’re familiar with the effects of high latency. Two main culprits behind latency are network congestion and distance from a network hub.

Frontier internet speed FAQ

Is fiber better than DSL?

In short, yes, fiber is better than DSL. Fiber internet is faster, more reliable, and has lower latency than DSL. Fiber is also a newer type of internet that uses light signals to carry information at superfast speeds.

DSL, on the other hand, struggles with reliable performance when you’re too far away from a central hub. But because the tech is a little older, it’s had more time to gain ground—literally. It’s much more widely available than fiber internet, especially in rural areas. Slower DSL internet packages are also frequently more budget friendly than superfast fiber plans. Still, if you have the option between both, you probably want fiber.

What’s the difference between Frontier, Vantage, and Frontier FiberOptic?

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Frontier high-speed internet, Vantage by Frontier, and Frontier FiberOptic are all Frontier internet services. They have different names and branding because they’re slightly different networks. For example, Frontier FiberOptic used to be Verizon Fios, but Frontier acquired parts of Verizon’s fiber network in 2016.

FiberOptic is all fiber internet. Frontier high-speed internet (packages named stuff like “Frontier Internet” or “Frontier Premium Internet”) is DSL. And Vantage has a little bit of both.

You probably won’t have multiple Frontier network options at your home, but if you do, the Vantage and FiberOptic networks offer pretty much identical plans. But Vantage DSL is cheaper than Frontier DSL.

Where can I get Frontier internet?

You can get Frontier internet in 29 states, but it’s not available everywhere in each state. The best way to check if you can get Frontier is by checking plan availability with your ZIP.

Understanding Internet Speed and Latency

Internet connection speed is defined by how much data is transmitted through an Internet connection each second. A connection of 5 Mbps for example means the connection is passing 5000 kilobits (or 5 megabits) of data each second. If you think about an Internet data connection in terms of a water hose, the more you turn up the spigot the more quickly water fills a bucket. Internet data is similar. If you are loading a web page (the bucket), then the faster your connection (the pressure in the hose) the faster the page will load the required data to display the page (water filling the bucket).

The size of the average email is about 100 kilobits while the average webpage without video is about 200 kilobits. These are very small buckets and your Rise Broadband connection fills them in fractions of a second. Once you start streaming video your need for speed increases. A typical video on a webpage may use about 1000 kilobits per second (or 1 Mbps). An HD streaming video typically ranges between 2.5 Mbps to 4 Mbps. As you stream video your need for a continuous amount of high speed data connectivity goes up exponentially. Streaming video players typically will load a buffer of data, or in other words, preload data so that the video will play more smoothly regardless of variation in connection speed.

Latency is another variable than can impact the responsiveness of your Internet connection. Latency is defined as how much time it takes for data packets to get from one location to another. Latency is measured in milliseconds (thousandths of a second). The higher the latency the longer the delay between request and response. In a network, every piece of equipment data passes through creates some amount of latency. For example, a data request may go from your computer through a WIFI device, to a router, to the radio transmitter, to a tower, to a fiber connection, to an Internet route, and to the receiving server. The request is then processed and returns through the same route in reverse. Each step in the process adds some level of latency in milliseconds. The combined latency is then the total latency you see included on the test above. With all of these variables, latency can vary dramatically from site to site you may visit. To best understand the speed of the connection you are getting from Rise Broadband, it is recommended you use the above speed test as it is testing your connection to the Internet and eliminates the many variable we do not have control over. Therefore, it is the most accurate representation of the connection quality Rise Broadband is providing.

Many other variable can impact the speed of your connection:

1. High network utilization either by multiple users on your own connection or heavy usage by subscribers in your local area can have an impact on your connection. For example, if multiple users are accessing the Internet at your location (home or business) all at once, then everyone is attempting to fill their data needs with the same hose. One way to resolve this issue is to upgrade to a faster connection to satisfy the needs of multiple users. Going from a 5 Mbps connection to a 10 Mbps connection will double the size of your hose. From a larger network view, Rise Broadband continuously monitors the network data demands and upgrades network resources (larger data pipes) to provide for the ever growing demand of Internet resources. In some instances, a large number of simultaneous users can stress network resources and cause some slowing of speeds. Rise Broadband engineers are constantly at work to minimize any such issues.


2. Issues with your connection such as misalignment of your signal or heavy interference may also cause slow speeds. If you suspect you have such an issue please contact Rise Broadband technical support for help.

3. Most locations now have routers and wireless WIFI routers. Often routers have issues with passing traffic between your devices and the Internet. If you are experiencing slow speeds, one of the first steps is to reboot your router to see if it will resolve the issue. This is the most common cause of slow speeds.

4. Frequently malware on a computer can cause slow computer response to loading data. Protect your computer devices from viruses, spyware or other malware using the latest anti-virus and spyware software. Malware programs hide in the background using up computer resources and Internet connectivity resources without you even knowing. If you suspect you have a malware issue, you can contact a local IT company for assistance.

5. As you run programs, an operating system, and browser all of these require computer RAM (Random Access Memory) and processing power to function. Too little RAM or processing power can significantly slow down your computer’s speed. If you are experience slow Internet speeds you may want to check the amount of RAM you have in your computer or the number of programs you have open at any given time. Talk to a qualified computer technician about recommendations to understand ways to improve your computer’s performance.

6. The speed of the site you are visiting can also impact how fast you receive information. The Internet is a vast network of computers and servers exchanging information around the world. The length of the route, the complexity of the route the data travels, the speed of the servers and devices processing information, the complexity of the request, the number of simultaneous requests and the amount of data being delivered all have an impact on how quickly you receive back your requested information.