While CenturyLink still functions as the brand name for the company’s residential services, CenturyLink rebranded as Lumen Technologies in 2020.
CenturyLink offers internet services in 37 states across the country.
In addition to its phone services, CenturyLink offers a variety of internet plans, with download speeds ranging from 15 Mbps to 940 Mbps.
CenturyLink acquired Embarq, a large landline phone business, for $6 billion in 2008.
CenturyLink is a major Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) and fiber internet provider serving residential and business customers nationwide in the United States. Their services mostly leverage “fiber to the loop” landline networks to deliver digital data, which allows for high-speed-yet-affordable internet. CenturyLink offers fiber internet only in select cities, but their total network coverage includes 37 states.
CenturyLink’s core strength is its rural availability, which is made possible by leveraging existing telephone infrastructure to provide internet access. This is what makes DSL one of the most widely available broadband technologies — nearly any house wired for phone service can get DSL service, even if it’s not particularly fast in some areas. CenturyLink has strong speed averages for a DSL-based provider and is known for consistent pricing compared to the cable alternatives chosen by many suburban residents. CenturyLink offers a strong alternative to satellite for rural customers and provides comparably stable service with higher data caps.
CenturyLink Plans and Pricing Overview
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CenturyLink is one of the cheapest internet providers nationwide for fiber internet. AT&T offers a lower-priced fiber gigabit plan, but it’s only cheaper by $5. CenturyLink’s DSL plans are on par with other nationwide DSL providers. What sets CenturyLink apart from competitors like AT&T is its flexible fees. CenturyLink customers are able to waive the monthly equipment lease fee and installation fees. Visit our CenturyLink Plans and Pricing page to see if you can get a free modem and free professional installation.
|Plan||Connection Type||Download Speed||Monthly Start Price|
|Simply Unlimited Internet||DSL||Up to 140 Mbps||$49 per month|
|CenturyLink Fiber||Fiber||Up to 940 Mbps||$65 per month|
For most everyone, CenturyLink’s up to 100 Mbps fiber package should be more than enough. For hard-core streamers and gamers, the gigabit tier may be more suitable. In some areas, however, neither of those plans are available. CenturyLink’s DSL plans offer more availability, but even those speeds vary by location. Some may have access to up to 100 Mbps, while others could be stuck with up to only 1.5 Mbps. The best way to tell which CenturyLink plan is being offered is to compare the plans available near you.
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CenturyLink Internet Speeds
Most CenturyLink DSL connections are what’s known as “Fiber to the loop” connections, which means that subscriber data is transmitted over copper phone lines from the residence to a DSLAM device nearby, which switches over the connection for all subscribers in that area into a fiber line.
In simpler terms, DSL from Centurylink can be thought of as a “phone line” connection. DSL is a major improvement over dial-up internet (which also used phone lines) because it can share the line with phone service while delivering much higher bandwidth and speeds. DSL is typically in the 3 to 35 Mbps range, depending on the network quality in an area. It is usually presented as an alternative to cable in suburban areas, or an alternative to satellite in more rural areas. While the overall speeds are lower than cable, DSL connections are known for being more stable when it comes to speed since they are “direct” connections to the provider, versus the “shared” connection you have with cable internet.
To date, we’ve collected tens of thousands of customer ratings for CenturyLink. Their total average approval rating is 3.6 out of 5 stars.
CenturyLink gets strong marks for maintaining consistent pricing compared to other providers. While they use the “promotional pricing” strategy that’s near-universal among internet providers, they don’t raise the rate nearly as high as some others once those promotional rates run out.
Availability by State
|District of Columbia||19,016||940mbps|