EarthLink offers internet service across 36 states with the greatest coverage in California, Texas, and New York. In January 2019, EarthLink was acquired by Trive Capital for a sum of $330 million.
EarthLink is the second largest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) internet service provider, available to an estimated 174.4 million people. In addition to DSL broadband, EarthLink also offers fiber internet service – known as HyperLink. Its fiber service is available to approximately 26.5 million people, making it the second-largest provider of fiber broadband in the U.S. by coverage area.
EarthLink Plans and Pricing
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The pricing for EarthLink’s internet service varies. EarthLink DSL internet is usually costlier than cable or even fiber when you look at the price per Mbps. The same is true for EarthLink DSL versus EarthLink HyperLink pricing. EarthLink DSL pricing starts at $49.95 per month, like their HyperLink plans, for download speeds up to 15 Mbps.
|Plan Name||Download Speed||Starting Price||Data Caps|
|EarthLink DSL||Up to 15 Mbps||$49.95 per month||Unlimited data|
|EarthLink HyperLink (fiber)||Up to 1 Gbps||$49.95 per month||Unlimited data|
|EarthLink Wireless Home Internet||Up to 100 Mbps||$64.95 per month||Up to 150 GB|
Most fiber internet providers begin their offers at least up to 100 Mbps, but EarthLink HyperLink offers a 50 Mbps plan to start. This offering opens up fiber to customers who may not need the fastest download speeds but want better upload speeds.
When compared to other fiber providers, HyperLink is neither the most expensive nor the cheapest. However, when compared to other widely available internet types, such as cable, DSL, or satellite internet, HyperLink can give customers a significant discount per Mbps.
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EarthLink Internet Speeds
For EarthLink customers, DSL is widely available as it was historically their main internet connection type. It can be expensive and can take a while to roll out fiber networks to individual homes. If EarthLink doesn’t yet offer fiber in your area, it should be just a matter of time. In fact, EarthLink piggybacks AT&T’s DSL and fiber network, meaning they offer the same speeds as AT&T.
EarthLink also offers a 5G fixed wireless internet solution called EarthLink Wireless Home Internet. As another option for customers with limited options, this technology operates via signals from cell towers located closest to your home. Whether your network will use 5G or 4G depends on what’s available in your area. Plans work on a data limit basis instead of by speed. Subscribers can choose data plans varying from 50 to 150 GB per month starting at $64.95 per month.
First announced in 2016, “HyperLink” is the branded name of EarthLink’s current fiber internet plans. EarthLink HyperLink offers download and upload speeds up to 1 Gbps, while EarthLink’s DSL plans reach up to 15 Mbps download speeds.