AT&T Internet vs Mediacom: Side by Side Comparison

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AT&T Internet vs Mediacom

AT&T and Mediacom Cable present a variety of pros and cons for potential customers to consider, in areas where both providers compete for your business. AT&T’s predominantly DSL offerings are similar in price and speed to Mediacom’s coaxial cable plans, with details like promotional offers and TV service preferences often acting as the tie-breaker.

AT&T Internet AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 602-3932
  • Support: (800) 288-2020

(844) 602-3932

$40 to $80 / mo.

18 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.5 mbps to 1,000 mbps

64%64%

DSL

Current: 22nd (0)

Mediacom Cable AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (855) 370-0309
  • Support: (800) 479-2082

(855) 370-0309

$34.95 to $34.95 / mo.

10 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 20 mbps

57%57%

Cable

Current: 16th (0)

AT&T Internet OVERVIEW

AT&T U-Verse is a bundled broadband Internet, phone, and digital TV provider. They provide connectivity via both DSL and fiber networks.

Mediacom OVERVIEW

Mediacom is a cable TV, broadband Internet, and phone service provider for business and residential subscribers, offering gigabit download speeds in some areas.

AT&T Internet INTERNET DEALS †

  • $40 for 45 mbps Fiber
    • 45 mbps ↓ and 6.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $70.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $40 for 45 mbps DSL
    • up to 45 Mbps w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $70.00.
    • 45mbps not guaranteed. Speeds vary by service area, but AT&T offers fixed pricing of $40/mo for the first year at the maximum speed that is available at your location.
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $70 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 100 mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $99.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: waived
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $80 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 mbps ↓ and 1,000 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $99.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: waived
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
Last updated on 2/1/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with AT&T Internet.

Mediacom INTERNET DEALS †

  • $34.95 for 15 mbps Cable
    • 15 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $49.95.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Setup: $49.99 (Includes installation.)
    • Modem: $7.5/mo
    • Call (855) 370-0309 to setup service.
Last updated on 5/11/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Mediacom.

AT&T Internet: DATACAPS From 1000 GB/mo.

We have found plans that include datacaps. AT&T Internet offer plans with data caps regionally or nationwide. Be sure to verify plan details before purchasing.

Mediacom: NO DATACAP FOUND

We have not found plans that include data caps. This doesn't mean Mediacom doesn't have data caps, just that we haven't found them when collecting their plans. Always verify plan details before purchasing.

AT&T Internet's TECHNOLOGY

AT&T offers fiber optic and hybrid DSL internet connections to many residential consumers and businesses across the US. They also offer a variety of “triple play” plans with bundled TV and home phone service.

Their DSL offering, historically known as AT&T U-verse, leverages a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) layout where fiber optic cable terminates at a point near consumers, with the final stretch to the subscriber residence reached via telephone, ethernet, and in some rare cases coaxial cable. This hybrid fiber network has allowed AT&T to offer higher bandwidth plans than traditionally expected from DSL.[3]

In addition to their DSL offering, AT&T also offers fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in some areas. FTTH is considered the “gold standard” for strong, fast, and reliable home internet connection.

Mediacom's TECHNOLOGY

Home Internet, phone, and TV services from Mediacom are made available via their cable infrastructure, which uses existing cable TV coaxial cable to bridge the final distance between the Internet “backbone” and local subscribers.

In most setups, optical fiber cable is laid as far as a subscriber’s neighborhood, at which point data is switched from optical signal to electrical signal for transmission via coaxial cable. This makes the final bandwidth, speed, and latency offerings less ideal than a true fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection, but offsets the high cost of installing FTTH cables, allowing the company to offer reasonably fast service at a lower up-front cost.[4]

AT&T Internet INSTALLATION

To get AT&T services installed, you have two main routes: professional installation or self-installation.

AT&T generally charges a fee for professional installation, so if your house is already wired and qualifies for self-installation, this may be an easy route for you to save money when setting up service.

Mediacom INSTALLATION

Mediacom offers two options to broadband subscribers: self-installation or professional installation by a technician. Self-installation is free, while a technician usually comes with a fee.

Self-installation guidelines vary based on plan and connection type, and should be provided when you sign up. Self-installation usually takes no more than an hour.

Professional installation comes with a fee, but can be well worth it for less technically-inclined customers as well as those who need further assistance in making sure the wiring in their building is sufficient for the plan in question.

AT&T Internet RATINGS AND REVIEWS

42%42% Customer Rating

41.8% recommendation rating according to 66,606 verified users.

Mediacom RATINGS AND REVIEWS

42%42% Customer Rating

42.0% recommendation rating according to 5,343 verified Mediacom users.

AT&T Internet COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

AT&T Internet Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Mediacom COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Mediacom Cable Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Renting vs buying broadband hardware

Modem and router rental costs aren’t always necessary

Most broadband Internet plans will come with a modem/router combo unit that you pay a monthly fee for. The rental fee is usually less than ten dollars per month and includes upkeep and replacement, so it’s a good deal for customers who move regularly or simply don’t want to mess with setting up their network. However, buying your own modem/router is quite affordable, and can save hundreds when you keep a plan for multiple years. Just be sure to check with your provider about which specific modem brands and models are compatible with their network.[1]

Data caps and “double play”

How to avoid extra fees for TV binging

Binging on Netflix is so popular it’s become a social trope. Data caps some providers have been rolling out make it dangerous to binge often though, as you could trigger big fees or even lose service for going over the limit specified by your provider.[2]

Even a terabyte data cap can quickly look small for power users with multiple household members constantly watching TV, uploading and downloading files, and etc. If this sounds like your household, consider a dedicated TV subscription, which opens up hundreds of viewing options with no limit on how long it can stay on. These “double play” Internet/TV plans often offer great deals for the right customers.

Last updated on 5/11/2017.

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