Mediacom offers plans in Iowa, Illinois, Georgia, and 19 other states and has a total population of 7.5 million people in their network footprint.
Mediacom Internet Plans and Pricing Summary
|Plan name||Download speed||Monthly start price|
|Mediacom Access Internet 60||60 Mbps||$20/mo|
|Mediacom Internet 100||100 Mbps||$50/mo|
|Mediacom Internet 300||300 Mbps||$60/mo|
|Mediacom Internet 1 GIG||1000 Mbps||$80/mo|
Mediacom: How Much Speed Do I Need?
What are your internet habits? Do you stream HD content frequently? Are you a hard-core gamer? These are all questions you want to be asking yourself when determining what plan you should get from Mediacom. Netflix generally recommends a plan of at least 5 Mbps for a single stream, but heavy internet users may need a plan with higher speeds to keep up with their usage.
The Mediacom Access Internet 60 has the right amount of speed for a two-person household of average internet users. A small household with a remote worker and serious online gamer may need more speed, however, if you’re also taking video meetings or live streaming while working. In such cases, the Mediacom Internet 100 plan is ideal. Plans with up to 100 Mbps are often able to support 2-3 heavy internet users and their devices.
Mediacom’s Internet 300 plan is the next step up for households with more than three people. As a cable internet provider, Mediacom plans offer reliability and fast speeds; however, your speed is susceptible to network slowdowns when your neighbors hop online. This is why the Mediacom Internet 300 plan is a good upgrade if you’ve already experienced slow speeds with Mediacom.
While the Mediacom Internet GIG plan has more than enough speed to ensure you have a fast connection, a gigabit internet plan (1,000 Mbps) isn’t necessary for most households. If you constantly have guests and family coming over, or a large family with smart home devices or multiple gaming consoles, the Internet GIG plan is your best option. However, we recommend starting off with the Internet 300 plan and upgrading to the Internet GIG later down the line if you realize you need more speed.
Mediacom Pricing and Internet fees
Mediacom’s internet pricing is average when compared to similar providers like Spectrum. Some cable providers offer lower prices for up to 100 Mbps, but Mediacom is not off by much. On average, up to 100 Mbps plans are priced at $40-45 per month while Mediacom charges $50 per month. The price for the Internet 300 and Internet GIG plans are on par with providers like Optimum, who, like Mediacom, offer speeds around 300-400 and 1,000 Mbps for less than Spectrum or Xfinity.
Mediacom has similar internet fees to most internet providers, with setup costs like activation and installation and ongoing monthly fees for equipment.
|Activation fee||$10 one-time charge|
|Professional Installation||$99.99 one-time charge|
|Equipment fee||$12 per month|
|Data overage fee||$10 per 50 GB|
Mediacom Setup and Installation Fees
While more common with mobile providers, Mediacom charges a $10 activation when you signup for service. You may also need to pay Mediacom’s professional installation fee, which is $99.99 if your residence has never been wired for Mediacom. Mediacom’s current promotion waives the professional installation fee. If you’re a DIYer, Mediacom also offers self-installation, including a kit with the necessary equipment and instructions.
Mediacom Equipment and Data Overage fees
Mediacom doesn’t advertise whether you can purchase their equipment, i.e. modem/router. Most providers allow customers to use their own devices meaning you would avoid the monthly equipment fee. However, it is becoming increasingly common to see providers switch to lease-only equipment options, removing the chance to buy your provider’s modem/router. The biggest benefit to leasing equipment is that there is no extra cost to troubleshoot or upgrade your equipment. Expect to pay $12 per month for Mediacom’s equipment, which is slightly higher than most cable providers.
Mediacom’s data caps are quite generous based on what plan you choose. However, the Access 60 plan has the lowest data cap (200 GB per month) and is easy to go over if you’re an avid streamer. If you exceed your Mediacom data cap, expect to pay $10 per 50 GB.