AT&T Internet vs Cable ONE: Side by Side Comparison

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AT&T Internet vs Cable ONE

AT&T has a background as a phone provider while Cable ONE specialized in cable TV, but the the current broadband Internet offerings available from either provider are surprisingly similar so far as speed and price. Deciding which makes sense for your household will come down to details like TV/phone choices, installation convenience, and the latest promotional offers.

AT&T Internet AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 602-3932
  • Support: (800) 288-2020

(844) 602-3932

$30 to $80 / mo.

6.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

64%64%

DSL

Current: 17th ↑ (+3)

Cable ONE AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (877) 692-2253
  • Support: (877) 692-2253


$25 to $175 / mo.

15 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 50 mbps

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Cable

Current: 36th (0)

AT&T Internet OVERVIEW

AT&T U-Verse is a bundled broadband Internet, phone, and digital TV provider. They provide connectivity via both DSL and fiber networks.

Cable ONE OVERVIEW

Cable ONE provides cable broadband Internet, as well as TV and phone offerings. They use the latest DOCSIS specifications to provide gigabit download speeds in select areas.

AT&T Internet INTERNET DEALS †

  • $30 for 6.0 mbps DSL
    • 0.768 to 6mbps depending on location w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $40.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $40 for 50 mbps Fiber
    • 50 mbps ↓ and 50 mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $70.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $40 for 75 mbps DSL
    • 10 to 75 mbps depending on location w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $60.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $60 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 100 mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $80.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
  • $80 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 mbps ↓ and 1,000 mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $90.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with $180 ETF
    • Setup: waived
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (844) 602-3932 to setup service.
Last updated on 9/5/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with AT&T Internet.

Cable ONE INTERNET DEALS †

  • $25 for 15 mbps Cable
    • 15 mbps ↓ and 1.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 50 GB/mo data cap
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $40.00.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $8/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
  • $55 for 100 mbps Cable
    • 100 mbps ↓ and 3.0 mbps ↑ w/ a 300 GB/mo data cap
    • Setup: $0 (Free installation.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $8/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
  • $175 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 mbps ↓ and 50 mbps ↑ w/ a 1100 GB/mo data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $8/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
Last updated on 9/22/2017

†All plans not available in all areas or to all customers. Verify details with Cable ONE.

AT&T Internet: DATACAPS From 1000 GB/mo.

We have found plans that include datacaps. AT&T Internet offer plans with data caps regionally or nationwide. Be sure to verify plan details before purchasing.

Cable ONE: DATACAPS From 50 to 1100 GB/mo.

We have found plans that include datacaps. Cable ONE offer plans with data caps regionally or nationwide. Be sure to verify plan details before purchasing.

AT&T Internet's TECHNOLOGY

AT&T offers fiber optic and hybrid DSL internet connections to many residential consumers and businesses across the US. They also offer a variety of “triple play” plans with bundled TV and home phone service.

Their DSL offering, historically known as AT&T U-verse, leverages a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) layout where fiber optic cable terminates at a point near consumers, with the final stretch to the subscriber residence reached via telephone, ethernet, and in some rare cases coaxial cable. This hybrid fiber network has allowed AT&T to offer higher bandwidth plans than traditionally expected from DSL.[3]

In addition to their DSL offering, AT&T also offers fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) in some areas. FTTH is considered the “gold standard” for strong, fast, and reliable home internet connection.

Cable ONE's TECHNOLOGY

Cable ONE makes broadband Internet available to residences and businesses via their extensive coaxial cable network, originally installed to provide “cable” TV. Phone and television offerings are transmitted over the same network, which utilizes a hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) setup to deliver relatively high speeds without the necessity of installing expensive fiber cable within neighborhoods.[4]

Hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) networks work by stretching fiber cable from the network “backbone” or provider office to a local node, which switches the signal from optical to electrical. The electrical signal is then transmitted via the existing coaxial network to subscriber's homes, where a DOCSIS modem translates the signal to digital data.

AT&T Internet INSTALLATION

To get AT&T services installed, you have two main routes: professional installation or self-installation.

AT&T generally charges a fee for professional installation, so if your house is already wired and qualifies for self-installation, this may be an easy route for you to save money when setting up service.

Cable ONE INSTALLATION

Cable ONE does not usually allow self-installation of necessary hardware and cabling within your residence. However, installation by a professional technician usually comes free as part of their broadband offerings. Depending on your perspective, free professional installation is either a pro or a con. Either way, appointments with installers are made directly through Cable ONE when purchasing your broadband plan.

AT&T Internet RATINGS AND REVIEWS

41%41% Customer Rating

41.4% recommendation rating according to 78,200 verified users.

Cable ONE RATINGS AND REVIEWS

49%49% Customer Rating

49.3% recommendation rating according to 3,301 verified users.

AT&T Internet COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

AT&T Internet Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Cable ONE COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Cable ONE Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

ACSI ratings and why they matter

Decent quality of service is worth paying extra for

If, like most Americans, you rely on your broadband connection for communication and work, dealing with network issues is a huge headache. It’s important to choose a provider with a decent reputation when possible, so you can be confident that they’ll fix any issues you encounter very quickly. The best sources for reviews are ACSI ratings and IP-verified ratings, both of which are referenced on BroadbandNow. ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) ratings are collected by polling and surveying existing customers quarterly.[1] IP-verified ratings poll customers on a rolling basis online, using IP-verification to double check that only customers who subscribe to the provider being reviewed are counted.

Looking into the fine print

Fees to be aware of when shopping for broadband

It’s common practice for marketers at broadband companies to create “sign-up offers” that will give you a reduced rate for a limited time as a new customer. These can be great deals and break the tie if providers in your area are very similar so far as price and speed. However, be aware of the fees you’ll get on your bill as well as the details you’re agreeing to when you sign.

ETFs (early termination fees) are particularly important to be aware of, especially for students, renters, and anyone who anticipates moving regularly with short notice. It’s also important to factor in the final monthly rate of plans, not just the limited-time discount.[2]

Last updated on 9/22/2017.

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