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

EarthLink Pricing

The pricing for EarthLink’s internet service varies. 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 7 Mbps.

Plan name Download Speed Upload Speed Monthly Start Price
EarthLink DSL Up to 15 Mbps Up to 3 Mbps $54.95 per month
EarthLink HyperLink (fiber) Up to 50-940 Mbps Up to 50-940 Mbps $49.95 per month

Most fiber internet providers begin their offers at least up to 100 Mbps, but EarthLink HyperLink offers a 50 Mbps plan to start; this 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, HyperLink can give customers a significant discount per Mbps.

EarthLink Hidden Fees

Before committing to a plan, you should thoroughly review your contract, additional fees, taxes, and promotional rates (including how long the latter will last). Keep in mind that EarthLink’s plans can widely vary from city to city. All EarthLink’s plans include the following:

  • Installation fees: EarthLink requires professional installation for $69.95 with the HyperLink plans. DSL customers can opt for self-installation, which costs $19.95.
  • Modem rental fee: EarthLink’s modem rental fee costs $6.95 per month. You can avoid this fee by purchasing your own modem. Be sure it is compatible with your plan before you buy.
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EarthLink Connection Speed

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.

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 1,000 Mbps, while EarthLink’s DSL plans reach up to 100 Mbps in download speeds and up to 10 Mbps in upload speeds.

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

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