About EarthLink

  • EarthLink is an internet service provider headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • In 2000, Earthlink was the second largest internet service provider, though it has since fallen in the ranks, now serving roughly 800,000 customers.

  • By 2013, EarthLink had a total of eight data centers in major cities throughout the United States.

  • In January of 2019, EarthLink was acquired by Trive Capital for a sum of $330 million.

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EarthLink Availability

EarthLink offers internet service across 36 states with the greatest coverage in California, Texas, and New York. DSL internet from EarthLink is available to an estimated 174.4 million people, making it the largest residential DSL provider in the U.S. by coverage area.

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 2nd largest provider of fiber broadband in the U.S. by coverage area.

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EarthLink DSL vs. Fiber

DSL and fiber internet have some fundamental differences in their capacities, speeds, and wiring.

DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) uses twisted copper phone lines to deliver data as a radio signal while fiber lines are made of tiny strands of glass and deliver data via light. As you might imagine, light travels significantly faster than radio waves. For this reason, fiber internet can provide a connection that is more than ten times faster than DSL.

Another interesting (and useful) distinction between DSL and fiber internet is that DSL cannot offer the same upload and download speeds. Download speeds are always significantly faster than upload speeds with DSL. On the other hand, fiber offers mirrored, or identical, upload and download speeds of up to 1000 Mbps.

For EarthLink customers, DSL is more widely available as it was historically their main internet connection type. It can be expensive and 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.

What is EarthLink HyperLink?

First announced in 2016, “HyperLink” reflects all of EarthLink’s current fiber internet plans. Fiber internet is delivered to your home via fiber-optic cables, and data is transferred at the speed of light.

HyperLink plans start at $49.95/month with download speeds up to 50 Mbps and go all the way up to 1000 Mbps for $99.95/month.

Like their DSL plans, none of EarthLink’s HyperLink plans impose data caps.

EarthLink HyperLink: An Affordable Take on Fiber Internet

Most fiber internet providers begin their offers at 100 Mbps while EarthLink HyperLink offers a 50 Mbps plan to start, opening up fiber to customers who may not need the fastest download speeds but need better upload speeds.

HyperLink prices vary from $49.95-99.95/month for speeds ranging from 50-1,000 Mbps.

When compared to other fiber providers, HyperLink is neither the most expensive or the cheapest. However, when compared to other widely-available internet types, such as cable, DSL, or satellite, HyperLink can give customers a significant discount per Mbps.

For instance, the regular rate for EarthLink’s 15 Mbps DSL plan is $54.95/month, or $3.66 per Mbps. On the other hand, the regular rate for the HyperLink 50 Mbps plan is $69.95/month, or about $1.40 per Mbps.

EarthLink Hidden Fees

Most of EarthLink’s plans feature modem rental fees, installation fees, and promotional rates that last for as little as three months.

  • Installation fees can range from $19.95-69.95
  • Modem rentals cost $6.95/month
  • Promotional periods range anywhere from three months to 1-year before the monthly rate increases.

Before committing to a plan, you should thoroughly review your contract and make sure that the agent fully explains the fees, taxes, and promotional rates, including how long they will last. Keep in mind that EarthLink’s plans can widely vary from city to city.

You can avoid some EarthLink fees by following these tips:

  • Purchase your own modem and router that’s compatible with EarthLink services
  • Opt for self-installation

EarthLink Modem and Router: What are your options?

When purchasing an internet plan from EarthLink, you will have the option of renting a modem and router combo to provide Wi-Fi to your home. EarthLink charges $6.95/ month to rent their equipment. While $6.95 might seem like an easy pill to swallow, over time, that money will add up.

In the long run, purchasing your own equipment will end up saving you money. Even if you spend $100 on a modem and router, in 15 months, you will more than break even. If you plan on staying with EarthLink for more than 15 months, purchasing your own router is a more viable financial route in the long run.

Expert Overview of EarthLink’s Services

Founded in 1994, just four years after the first public website in history was launched, EarthLink was one of the early pioneers of the internet. They continue to offer a variety of internet plans equipped with a range of speeds and zero data cap restrictions across the United States; specifically, EarthLink offers DSL and fiber networks throughout the Eastern and Southern United States. However, they do not offer phone or TV services.

After EarthLink was acquired by Trive Capital, they began to offer high-speed fiber internet with speeds up to 1000 Mbps, and since then, they have been rapidly expanding their coverage area—now covering over 50 percent of homes in the nation.

EarthLink has been around almost since the beginning of public internet providers. Six years after its founding, EarthLink merged with MindSpring, another internet provider, which expanded its customer base to 2.8 million people. The merger was in 2000 and in that same year, EarthLink reached 5 million customers.

As announced in 2016, EarthLink began to offer fiber internet packages under the name of “HyperLink.” Since 2019, when EarthLink was acquired by Trive Capital, EarthLink has been rapidly expanding its internet service coverage area and now covers over 50 percent of homes in America and offers speeds up to 1000 Mbps.

Availability by State

Alabama 1,433,334 1000mbps
Arkansas 269,044 1000mbps
California 27,364,106 1000mbps
Florida 8,610,885 1000mbps
Georgia 5,599,143 1000mbps
Illinois 9,436,510 1000mbps
Indiana 2,741,280 1000mbps
Iowa 6,444 1000mbps
Kansas 1,493,020 1000mbps
Kentucky 1,393,128 1000mbps
Louisiana 1,817,550 1000mbps
Michigan 5,928,959 1000mbps
Minnesota 25,905 1000mbps
Mississippi 1,343,443 1000mbps
Missouri 1,401,217 1000mbps
Nebraska 5,095 1000mbps
Nevada 532,407 1000mbps
New York 156,429 1000mbps
North Carolina 2,690,149 1000mbps
Ohio 4,346,845 1000mbps
Oklahoma 1,984,757 1000mbps
South Carolina 2,139,201 1000mbps
Tennessee 3,226,014 1000mbps
Texas 13,369,533 1000mbps
West Virginia 11,170 1000mbps
Wisconsin 1,866,373 1000mbps

Cities and Towns EarthLink Has Coverage

  • Bessemer, AL
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Decatur, AL
  • Florence, AL
  • Gadsden, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Madison, AL
  • Mobile, AL
  • Montgomery, AL
  • Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Fayetteville, AR
  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Alameda, CA
  • Alhambra, CA
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Antioch, CA
  • Apple Valley, CA
  • Arcadia, CA
  • Azusa, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Bell Gardens, CA
  • Bellflower, CA
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Buena Park, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Camarillo, CA
  • Canoga Park, CA
  • Canyon Country, CA
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • Carmichael, CA
  • Carson, CA
  • Castro Valley, CA
  • Chico, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Clovis, CA
  • Colton, CA
  • Compton, CA
  • Concord, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Covina, CA
  • Cupertino, CA
  • Daly City, CA
  • Davis, CA
  • Downey, CA
  • El Cajon, CA
  • El Monte, CA
  • Escondido, CA
  • Fairfield, CA
  • Folsom, CA
  • Fontana, CA
  • Fountain Valley, CA
  • Fremont, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Fullerton, CA
  • Garden Grove, CA
  • Gardena, CA
  • Glendale, CA
  • Hanford, CA
  • Hawthorne, CA
  • Hayward, CA
  • Hemet, CA
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Huntington Park, CA
  • Indio, CA
  • Inglewood, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • La Habra, CA
  • La Mesa, CA
  • La Puente, CA
  • Laguna Niguel, CA
  • Lake Elsinore, CA
  • Lake Forest, CA
  • Lakewood, CA
  • Livermore, CA
  • Lodi, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Lynwood, CA
  • Madera, CA
  • Merced, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • Modesto, CA
  • Montebello, CA
  • Monterey Park, CA
  • Moreno Valley, CA
  • Mountain View, CA
  • Murrieta, CA
  • Napa, CA
  • National City, CA
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • North Hills, CA
  • North Hollywood, CA
  • Northridge, CA
  • Norwalk, CA
  • Novato, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Oceanside, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Palmdale, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Panorama City, CA
  • Pasadena, CA
  • Petaluma, CA
  • Pico Rivera, CA
  • Pittsburg, CA
  • Pleasanton, CA
  • Pomona, CA
  • Porterville, CA
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • Redding, CA
  • Redondo Beach, CA
  • Redwood City, CA
  • Reseda, CA
  • Rialto, CA
  • Richmond, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Rocklin, CA
  • Rosemead, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • San Clemente, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Gabriel, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • San Leandro, CA
  • San Luis Obispo, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • San Mateo, CA
  • San Pablo, CA
  • San Pedro, CA
  • San Rafael, CA
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Santa Cruz, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Santa Rosa, CA
  • Simi Valley, CA
  • South Gate, CA
  • South San Francisco, CA
  • Spring Valley, CA
  • Stockton, CA
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • Temecula, CA
  • Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Torrance, CA
  • Tracy, CA
  • Tulare, CA
  • Turlock, CA
  • Tustin, CA
  • Union City, CA
  • Vacaville, CA
  • Valencia, CA
  • Vallejo, CA
  • Van Nuys, CA
  • Ventura, CA
  • Visalia, CA
  • Vista, CA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Watsonville, CA
  • West Covina, CA
  • Westminster, CA
  • Whittier, CA
  • Woodland, CA
  • Woodland Hills, CA
  • Yorba Linda, CA
  • Yuba City, CA
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Boynton Beach, FL
  • Brandon, FL
  • Clearwater, FL
  • Cocoa, FL
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Delray Beach, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Fort Pierce, FL
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Hialeah, FL
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Homestead, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Jupiter, FL
  • Lake City, FL
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Milton, FL
  • Opa Locka, FL
  • Orange Park, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Ormond Beach, FL
  • Oviedo, FL
  • Palm Bay, FL
  • Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Palm Coast, FL
  • Panama City, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • Port Orange, FL
  • Port Saint Lucie, FL
  • Saint Augustine, FL
  • Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Sanford, FL
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Stuart, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Valrico, FL
  • Vero Beach, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Acworth, GA
  • Albany, GA
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Athens, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Brunswick, GA
  • Buford, GA
  • Carrollton, GA
  • Cartersville, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Covington, GA
  • Cumming, GA
  • Dallas, GA
  • Decatur, GA
  • Douglasville, GA
  • Duluth, GA
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Gainesville, GA
  • Griffin, GA
  • Jonesboro, GA
  • Kennesaw, GA
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Lilburn, GA
  • Lithonia, GA
  • Loganville, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Marietta, GA
  • Mcdonough, GA
  • Newnan, GA
  • Norcross, GA
  • Powder Springs, GA
  • Riverdale, GA
  • Rome, GA
  • Roswell, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Smyrna, GA
  • Snellville, GA
  • Stockbridge, GA
  • Stone Mountain, GA
  • Suwanee, GA
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Warner Robins, GA
  • Woodstock, GA
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • Aurora, IL
  • Belleville, IL
  • Berwyn, IL
  • Bloomington, IL
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Champaign, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cicero, IL
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • Decatur, IL
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • East Saint Louis, IL
  • Elgin, IL
  • Evanston, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Mchenry, IL
  • Naperville, IL
  • Oak Lawn, IL
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Palatine, IL
  • Peoria, IL
  • Plainfield, IL
  • Rockford, IL
  • Round Lake, IL
  • Saint Charles, IL
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Skokie, IL
  • Springfield, IL
  • Tinley Park, IL
  • Waukegan, IL
  • Wheaton, IL
  • Anderson, IN
  • Bloomington, IN
  • Carmel, IN
  • Crown Point, IN
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fishers, IN
  • Gary, IN
  • Hammond, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Mishawaka, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Noblesville, IN
  • South Bend, IN
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Lawrence, KS
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Shawnee, KS
  • Topeka, KS
  • Wichita, KS
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Paducah, KY
  • Alexandria, LA
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Bossier City, LA
  • Houma, LA
  • Kenner, LA
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Marrero, LA
  • Metairie, LA
  • Monroe, LA
  • New Iberia, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Slidell, LA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Bay City, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Clinton Township, MI
  • Dearborn, MI
  • Dearborn Heights, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • East Lansing, MI
  • Farmington, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Howell, MI
  • Jackson, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Livonia, MI
  • Macomb, MI
  • Monroe, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Pontiac, MI
  • Rochester, MI
  • Royal Oak, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Saint Clair Shores, MI
  • Southfield, MI
  • Sterling Heights, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Troy, MI
  • Utica, MI
  • Warren, MI
  • Waterford, MI
  • West Bloomfield, MI
  • Westland, MI
  • Ypsilanti, MI
  • Blue Springs, MO
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Florissant, MO
  • Independence, MO
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Lees Summit, MO
  • Saint Joseph, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Springfield, MO
  • Biloxi, MS
  • Brandon, MS
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Jackson, MS
  • Apex, NC
  • Asheville, NC
  • Cary, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Durham, NC
  • Gastonia, NC
  • Goldsboro, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salisbury, NC
  • Statesville, NC
  • Wilmington, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Carson City, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Sparks, NV
  • Rochester, NY
  • Akron, OH
  • Canton, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Dublin, OH
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Massillon, OH
  • Mentor, OH
  • Painesville, OH
  • Springfield, OH
  • Toledo, OH
  • Westerville, OH
  • Youngstown, OH
  • Edmond, OK
  • Lawton, OK
  • Norman, OK
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tulsa, OK
  • Yukon, OK
  • Aiken, SC
  • Anderson, SC
  • Charleston, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Easley, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Greer, SC
  • Mount Pleasant, SC
  • North Charleston, SC
  • Spartanburg, SC
  • Summerville, SC
  • Antioch, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Clarksville, TN
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Cordova, TN
  • Franklin, TN
  • Jackson, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Maryville, TN
  • Memphis, TN
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Abilene, TX
  • Allen, TX
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Arlington, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • Beaumont, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Burleson, TX
  • Cedar Park, TX
  • Conroe, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Cypress, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Edinburg, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Euless, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Frisco, TX
  • Grand Prairie, TX
  • Harlingen, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • Katy, TX
  • Keller, TX
  • Laredo, TX
  • Longview, TX
  • Lubbock, TX
  • Mansfield, TX
  • Mcallen, TX
  • Mckinney, TX
  • Mesquite, TX
  • Midland, TX
  • North Richland Hills, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Pasadena, TX
  • Pearland, TX
  • Plano, TX
  • Richardson, TX
  • Richmond, TX
  • Rockwall, TX
  • Round Rock, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Spring, TX
  • Tomball, TX
  • Tyler, TX
  • Victoria, TX
  • Waco, TX
  • Weatherford, TX
  • Wichita Falls, TX
  • Appleton, WI
  • Fond Du Lac, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Oshkosh, WI
  • Racine, WI
  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Huntington, WV

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