AT&T Internet vs Mediacom: Side by Side Comparison

A Side-by-Side Comparison of AT&T Internet and Mediacom Cable in 2021

AT&T Internet and Mediacom Cable are among the top internet providers in the U.S. AT&T offers IPBB, fixed wireless, and fiber internet while Mediacom only offers cable internet. For customers who are looking for affordable cable internet, or reside in areas with no fiber internet coverage, they may look to Mediacom or IPBB and fixed wireless internet from AT&T.

Both providers offer a variety of standalone internet plans and bundles. Below, we note several key differences between AT&T Internet and Medicom Cable.

AT&T Internet Info

Price Range

$35-60/mo.

Mediacom Info

Price Range

$19.99-79.99/mo.

AT&T Internet vs. Mediacom Comparison
Provider AT&T Internet Mediacom
Speed 25-1,000 Mbps 60-1,000 Mbps
Pricing $35-60/mo. $19.99-79.99/mo.
Service Type IPBB, Fiber or Fixed Wireless Cable
AT&T Internet vs. Mediacom FEATURE COMPARISON
Provider AT&T Internet Mediacom
High-Speed Plans Yes Yes
Unlimited Data Select Plans No
Contract-Free Plans Select Plans No
TV Service Yes Yes
Phone Service Yes Yes

AT&T Internet Internet Deals †

Last updated on 1/7/2021

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

Mediacom Internet Deals †

Last updated on 1/13/2021

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

AT&T Internet vs. Mediacom Performance Overview

AT&T Internet is the second largest DSL provider in the U.S. but they also offer fixed wireless and fiber internet. Fiber internet availability depends on where you live and is only available in select major cities. Aside from their internet-only plans, AT&T also offers bundles that include TV services from U-verse or DIRECTV.

Mediacom Cable is the fifth largest cable internet provider in the U.S. with TV, phone, and home security services available to 22 states. They provide cable service via coaxial lines to approximately 7.6 million people. Similar to AT&T, Mediacom Cable offers bundles that pair internet service with TV and/or phone services.

AT&T Internet Installation

AT&T Internet offers professional installation and self-installation. Professional installation costs $99 while self-installation costs $35 for the activation fee. When customers prepare for their appointment with the AT&T technician, they should have someone at least 18 years or older at home and avoid canceling their current service until the technician installs AT&T internet. For self-installation, customers can look for a guide on AT&T’s support page on their website.

Mediacom Cable Installation

Mediacom Cable offers professional installation and self-installation. There’s a one-time $99 fee for professional installation. Self-installation requires a one-time $10 activation fee. Before a Mediacom technician arrives to professionally install the new service, customers can schedule an appointment through a 30-minute window. When customers choose to self-install their service, they can refer to an online guide on Mediacom Cable’s website.

AT&T Internet Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Most AT&T internet plans require a minimum 1-year contract.

AT&T Internet does offer contract-free options but these plans don’t have the benefit of promotional rates. If a customer decides to cancel their contract before the end of the agreement, they might have to pay early termination fees up to $180 or $15/month for each remaining month on the contract. Customers only need to pay $10/month in equipment rental fees for the modem-and-router combo. AT&T’s internet plans have download and upload speeds up to 1000 Mbps.

Mediacom Cable Contracts, Equipment Fees & Fine Print

Mediacom Cable internet plans require a monthly contract.

There are no contract-free plans for Mediacom Cable internet, but because it’s on a monthly basis, customers can cancel at any time. Similarly, there are no early termination fees, but Mediacom asks that customers give them a seven day-notice before canceling their internet service. The equipment rental fee for the modem costs $12/month. Mediacom Cable’s internet plans have download speeds up to 1000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 50 Mbps.

AT&T Internet Data Caps

Depending on the plan selected, most AT&T internet plans have a data cap ranging between 150 GB and 1 TB. While some of their higher-tiered plans have no data caps, their fixed wireless internet plan has a 500 GB data cap per month. If you feel that you need more data after hitting your monthly limit, you can add 50 GB of additional data for $10.

Mediacom Cable Data Caps

Mediacom Cable internet plans do not have unlimited data but they do offer generous data caps between 400 GB – 6 TB. If you exceed the monthly limit, you will be charged $10 for every additional 50 GB that you use.

Fantastic team and great coverage

on September 28, 2019

AT&T Internet

Absolutely fantastic! Tech came out to help install and, due to the wiring in our apt, it took a while to find the correct outlets. But he was so patient and helpful and kind, really going above and beyond to make sure things got set up so I could have the level of coverage needed to qualify for work from home. Truly amazing guy, I honestly can't speak highly enough of him. He kept trying long after I suspect most would have given up. Huge THANK YOU to AT&T for the coverage at the right price (literally half the price of the competitor in this area), and more importantly for having such an amazing guy on your team. Thank you.

Excellent service

on August 17, 2020

AT&T Internet

I received my letter of approval for internet service thru the Access AT&T program. I called to set up service and spoke with a rep. She was so friendly and helpful. She was pleasant to speak with and very knowledgeable about my questions. She made sure I understood everything she said. She kept me informed on what she was doing in the process of setting up my account. She transferred me to another agent to set up my service and have a tech come out to install a phone jack. He was very efficient and professional and very friendly. He made sure all of my questions and concerns were answered. He was extremely polite and personable. I've had this service in the past and am extremely delighted that my area is covered to use their service again. My appointment and equipment is scheduled for Friday, just 5 days from my initial call. I am grateful AT&T offer this service, the same service as for those paying full price receive. It's a blessing to those of us on a fixed income can have the reliable and easy to use internet in today's times so we may stay connected and help with the stay at home request during virus epidemic. I felt like I was given the same respect as anyone else, even with receiving the discount rates. Thank you AT&T for making the effort to keep things simple and quick in setting up my account.

Great Speeds

on December 14, 2015

Mediacom

Signed up for Mediacom after having a very slow and nonfunctioning DSL connection. Had to wait for them to run a line to my area but all in all well worth getting cable connection. Right from start have had a 58 Mbps download and 6 Mbps upload consistently. What I signed for is 50 Mbps/5 Mbps so am receiving a little higher rate. Have only had 2 calls to support and the connection was fixed quickly. Both times it was in their plant so no one needed to come to house.

Could be better

on January 09, 2020

Mediacom

I use Mediacom at my office in Forsyth, MO. It was the only service I had access to when I signed up. It sometimes runs really slow and I don't know why. They did do an update a year or so ago and that did help some, but there are times when it's still slow. It's expensive too. I haven't looked to see if I can do better, so I need to do that.

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Frequently Asked Questions about AT&T Internet & Mediacom Cable

  • Is AT&T Internet cheaper than Mediacom Cable?

    Prices for AT&T Internet and Mediacom Cable standalone internet plans vary. Mediacom Cable’s lowest-priced internet plan is cheaper than AT&T’s, but their highest-priced internet plan is more expensive than AT&T’s. AT&T internet plans cost $49.99/month while Mediacom Cable’s internet plans range from $39.99-$79.99/month.

  • Who has faster speeds? AT&T Internet or Mediacom Cable?

    Speeds will vary by location for both AT&T Internet and Mediacom Cable. Both AT&T and Mediacom Cable offer speeds up to 1000 Mbps. Depending on where you live, you might have higher speeds with AT&T than Mediacom Cable.

  • Do AT&T Internet and Mediacom Cable have unlimited data?

    Most AT&T internet plans have unlimited data. Otherwise, their data caps range from 500 GB – 1 TB. Mediacom Cable internet plans do not offer unlimited data, but their data caps range between 400 GB – 6 TB. If you exceed the monthly data limit, you can pay $10 for every additional 50 GB of data for both AT&T and Mediacom Cable.