AT&T Internet vs Mediacom: Side by Side Comparison

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AT&T Internet vs Mediacom

AT&T and Mediacom Cable present a variety of pros and cons for potential customers to consider, in areas where both providers compete for your business. AT&T’s predominantly DSL offerings are similar in price and speed to Mediacom’s coaxial cable plans, with details like promotional offers and TV service preferences often acting as the tie-breaker.

AT&T Internet AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (877) 722-3506
  • Support: (800) 288-2020

(877) 722-3506

$50 to $90 / mo.

5.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

64%64%

DSL

Current: 14th (0)

Mediacom Cable AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (844) 402-1224
  • Support: (855) 633-4226

(844) 402-1224

$49.99 to $79.99 / mo.

60 mbps to 1,000 mbps

Up to 50 mbps

57%57%

Cable

Current: 19th ↑ (+1)

AT&T Internet OVERVIEW

AT&T Internet is a nationwide broadband provider. AT&T offers DSL and fiber Internet, in addition to bundled TV and landline phone plans.

Mediacom OVERVIEW

Mediacom Cable is a cable TV, broadband Internet, and telephone company for business and residential subscribers. Mediacom currently offers gigabit download speeds in some locations.

AT&T Internet INTERNET DEALS †

  • $50 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 100 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $60.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $50 for 50 mbps Fiber
    • 50 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $60.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Internet Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $50 for 50 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 up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Installation Fee)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $60 for 10 mbps Fixed Wireless
    • Download speeds of at least 10 Mbps/1 Mbps upload w/ a 170 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $70.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $120 ETF
    • Wi-Fi Gateway router included.
    • Setup: Up to $99 installation fee applies.
    • Modem included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $70 for 300 mbps Fiber
    • 300 Mbps ↓ and 300 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $80.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: $99.00 (Professional Installation Fee.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
  • $90 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 1,000 Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $100.00.
    • Contract Term: 1 year with up to $180 ETF
    • $100 Reward Card with online orders.
    • Setup: Waived (Professional Installation fee.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi included.
    • Call (877) 722-3506 to setup service.
Last updated on 10/31/2018

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

Mediacom INTERNET DEALS †

  • $49.99 for 60 mbps Cable
    • 60 Mbps ↓ and 5.0 Mbps ↑ w/ a 400 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $69.99.
    • In-home WiFi included
    • Setup: $109.99 (Includes standard installation and activation. )
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 402-1224 to setup service.
  • $49.99 for 100 mbps Cable
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $79.99.
    • Monthly price increases by $20 each year until the third year, when service will begin to be billed at its standard rate.
    • Xtream WiFi 360 included at no additional charge for three months, $5/mo. thereafter.
    • Setup: $59.99 (Includes service installation and activation.)
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 402-1224 to setup service.
  • $59.99 for 200 mbps Cable
    • 200 Mbps ↓ and 20 Mbps ↑ w/ a 2000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $99.99.
    • Monthly price increases by $20 each year until the third year when service will begin to be billed at its standard rate.
    • Xtream WiFi 360 included at no additional charge for three months, $5/mo. thereafter.
    • Setup: $60.00 (Includes service installation and activation.)
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 402-1224 to setup service.
  • $69.99 for 500 mbps Cable
    • 500 Mbps ↓ and 30 Mbps ↑ w/ a 4000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $119.99.
    • Monthly price increases by $20 each year until the third year when service will begin to be billed at its standard rate.
    • Xtream WiFi 360 included at no additional charge for three months, $5/mo. thereafter.
    • Setup: $59.99 (Includes service installation and activation.)
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 402-1224 to setup service.
  • $79.99 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ a 6000 GB/mo data cap
    • 1-year promo rate. Regular rate is $139.99.
    • Monthly price increases by $20 each year until the third year when service will begin to be billed at its standard rate.
    • Xtream WiFi 360 included at no additional charge for three months, $5/mo. thereafter.
    • Setup: $59.99 (Includes service installation and activation.)
    • Modem: $10/mo
    • Call (844) 402-1224 to setup service.
Last updated on 11/12/2018

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

AT&T Internet: DATACAPS From 170 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.

Mediacom: DATACAPS From 400 to 6000 GB/mo.

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

AT&T Internet's TECHNOLOGY

AT&T offers both fiber-optic and DSL broadband connections to homes and business clients throughout much of the USA. They also sell a variety of bundled packages that include television and telephone options.

Their DSL service, historically branded as AT&T U-verse, utilizes Fiber-to-the-Node technology. This means that a fiber optic line ends at a point near consumers, switching over to telephone, ethernet, and in some rare instances coax cable. This hybrid fiber infrastructure has allowed AT&T to provide faster plans than usually possible from copper-based DSL.[3]

AT&T Fiber to the Home has limited coverage.

Mediacom's TECHNOLOGY

Home Internet, phone, and TV from Mediacom are available using their cable network, which uses existing cable TV coaxial wires to cover the final distance to subscribers. The provider usually generally lays fiber lines up to the customer neighborhood, at which point data is switched from optical signal to RF signal for transmission via coaxial cable.

Using this hybrid system results in performance offerings lower than a true fiber service, but is more affordable for Mediacom than installing new cable, allowing Mediacom to sell reasonably fast service for lower prices. [4]

AT&T Internet INSTALLATION

To get AT&T services installed, customers have a couple routes: professional installation and self-installation.

AT&T generally charges a fee for pro installation. If your house is already wired, self-installation might help you to save.

Mediacom INSTALLATION

Mediacom offers two installation choices to their customers:

  • Self installation
  • Professional installation

Self-install directions should be explained when you sign up.

Extra fees are added for a technician installation. Professional installation is a good choice for less technically-inclined subscribers and TV customers.

AT&T Internet RATINGS AND REVIEWS

41%41% Customer Rating

41.1% recommendation rating according to 99838 verified users.

Mediacom RATINGS AND REVIEWS

42%42% Customer Rating

42.4% recommendation rating according to 8534 verified Mediacom users.

AT&T Internet COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

AT&T Internet Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Mediacom COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Mediacom Cable Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Renting vs buying broadband hardware

Modem and router rental costs aren’t always necessary

Most broadband Internet plans will come with a modem/router combo unit that you pay a monthly fee for. The rental fee is usually less than ten dollars per month and includes upkeep and replacement, so it’s a good deal for customers who move regularly or simply don’t want to mess with setting up their network. However, buying your own modem/router is quite affordable, and can save hundreds when you keep a plan for multiple years. Just be sure to check with your provider about which specific modem brands and models are compatible with their network.[1]

Data caps and “double play”

How to avoid extra fees for TV binging

Binging on Netflix is so popular it’s become a social trope. Data caps some providers have been rolling out make it dangerous to binge often though, as you could trigger big fees or even lose service for going over the limit specified by your provider.[2]

Even a terabyte data cap can quickly look small for power users with multiple household members constantly watching TV, uploading and downloading files, and etc. If this sounds like your household, consider a dedicated TV subscription, which opens up hundreds of viewing options with no limit on how long it can stay on. These “double play” Internet/TV plans often offer great deals for the right customers.

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