XFINITY vs FairPoint: Side by Side Comparison

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XFINITY vs FairPoint

Xfinity offers highly standardized, reliable cable broadband throughout much of the US. Fairpoint communications uses a variety of technologies including DSL and fiber to deliver service, with specific speeds and plans varying from place to place. The pricing may be similar, but as you’ll see the details differ somewhat.

XFINITY from Comcast AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 246-9494
  • Support: (800) 934-6489

(844) 246-9494

$39.99 to $87.95 / mo.

10 mbps to 400 mbps

Up to 25 mbps

59%59%

Cable

Current: 1st (0)

FairPoint Communications AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (866) 984-2001
  • Support: (866) 984-2001


$44.95 to $194.99 / mo.

10 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

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DSL

Current: 54th (0)

XFINITY OVERVIEW

Xfinity by Comcast provides broadband internet, cable TV, and phone service via their hybrid fiber coaxial network. Xfinity is one of the most widely available cable Internet providers in the US.

FairPoint OVERVIEW

Fairpoint Communications offers broadband Internet primarily via DSL subscriptions, alongside cable, fiber, and fixed wireless offerings. They also offer TV and phone service.

XFINITY INTERNET DEALS †

  • $39.99 for 25 mbps Cable
    • 25 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $74.95.
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
  • $84.95 for 100 mbps Cable
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
  • $87.95 for 50 mbps Cable
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps
    • some areas have a 1TB data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 246-9494 to setup service.
Last updated on 6/25/2017

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

FairPoint INTERNET DEALS †

  • $44.95 for 10 mbps Fiber
    • 10 mbps ↓ and 1.0 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $59.95 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $50.95 for 10 mbps DSL
    • 10 mbps ↓ and 1.0 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to 29.99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $59.95 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $65.95 for 20 mbps Cable
    • 20 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to 29.99.
    • Modem: $4.95/mo or one-time $59.95
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $70.95 for 25 mbps Cable
    • 25 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to 29.99.
    • Modem: $4.95/mo or one-time $59.95
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $70.95 for 30 mbps Fiber
    • 30 mbps ↓ and 15 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $59.95 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $70.95 for 25 mbps DSL
    • 25 mbps ↓ and 5.0 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to 29.99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $59.95 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $80.95 for 12 mbps Fixed Wireless
    • 12 mbps ↓ and 12 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
    • Modem: $4.95/mo or one-time $59.95
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $85.95 for 15 mbps Fixed Wireless
    • 15 mbps ↓ and 15 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
    • Modem: $4.95/mo or one-time $59.95
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $95.95 for 50 mbps Cable
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 20 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to 29.99.
    • Modem: $4.95/mo or one-time $59.95
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $95.95 for 50 mbps DSL
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 20 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to 29.99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $59.95 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
  • $194.99 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 mbps ↓ and 1,000 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Contract Term: 2 years with $99 ETF
    • Setup: Professional installation ranges from $49.95 to $129.00. Activation ranges from $19.99 to $29.99.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $59.95 one-time purchase
    • Call (866) 984-2001 to setup service.
Last updated on 6/20/2017

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

XFINITY: DATACAPS From 1024 GB/mo.

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

FairPoint: NO DATACAP FOUND

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

XFINITY's TECHNOLOGY

Xfinity by Comcast offers Internet, TV, and phone service to consumers primarily via their hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network. They are also rolling out fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) installations in some regions.

Hybrid Fiber Coaxial (HFC) networks are used globally by cable providers to deliver broadband internet access to consumers. In short, HFC networks deliver a fiber optic connection to a node within a neighborhood, which then branches off to service 25-2000 homes.[2] By using this network structure, Comcast and other cable providers are able to take advantage of their existing coaxial infrastructure to offer competitive broadband speeds at a lower up-front installation cost to the company.

In the case of FTTH installation, fiber optic cable is run directly to consumers residences or businesses. This network structure is preferred over hybrid networks. Unfortunately, they aren’t widely available due to the high costs associated with running fiber optic cable.

FairPoint's TECHNOLOGY

Fairpoint Communications offers broadband Internet, TV, and phone service via a variety of broadband transmission technologies including DSL, cable, fiber, and fixed wireless. DSL is by far their most prevalent option, which uses already-installed copper telephone wires to transmit an always-on broadband Internet connection far superior to the outdated “dial-up” service it replaced.

In some areas, Fairpoint Communications uses coaxial cable TV networks to cover the “last mile” between their fiber “backbone” network and consumer residences. Fixed wireless offerings use wireless technologies similar to the wireless towers that provide mobile phone coverage, allowing a concentrated broadband signal to reach subscribers in more rural areas where wired options aren’t available.[3]

Fiber offerings from Fairpoint Communications leverage advanced fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) connections that bring fiber optic data all the way to a subscriber residence, rather than “switching” to a slower electric signal for the “last mile.”

XFINITY RATINGS AND REVIEWS

40%40% Customer Rating

40.0% recommendation rating according to 97,336 verified XFINITY users.

FairPoint RATINGS AND REVIEWS

42%42% Customer Rating

41.5% recommendation rating according to 2,107 verified FairPoint users.

XFINITY COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

XFINITY from Comcast Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

FairPoint COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

FairPoint Communications Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Triple play bundles vs double play service

The right combination of services can result in savings

Broadband providers have good reason to offer “triple play” and “double play” promotional packages. More customers using more services generally results in more revenue. Unfortunately for providers, the popularity of “cord cutting” TV service in favor of free or cheap over-the-top services like Netflix and Hulu has driven down TV subscriptions dramatically in recent years.

It’s good news for anyone still interested in a dedicated TV subscription, however, as providers offer incredible discounts for customers who use the TV and phone enough to justify a separate plan. Just watch that you don’t sign anything if the promotional price is temporary. Needless to say, if you don’t need hundreds of channels and instant access to as much video content as possible, a single-serve Internet subscription might be enough for you.

Customer satisfaction is important

Providers who respond quickly to issues are worth the price

Broadband isn’t just fun and games — it’s the central communication medium of the modern world. Being cut off from access means being cut off from your community, so it’s essential to choose a provider who has a good reputation for solving customer issues quickly. ACSI ratings and IP-verified customer ratings are the most reliable data available to measure this quality.

ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) ratings like those above are based on data released every quarter via surveys. Surveys are conducted manually by trained professionals.[1] IP-verified customer ratings, as seen elsewhere on BroadbandNow, collect similar statistics via online polls to visitors. Using IP-verification protocols allow for identifying individual connections and networks, ensuring that only actual customers are given the chance to respond.

Last updated on 6/24/2017.

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