Cable ONE vs CenturyLink: Side by Side Comparison

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Cable ONE vs CenturyLink

Cable ONE, as the name suggests, provides broadband via cable. Centurylink, meanwhile, usually utilizes their DSL phone network. While cable is theoretically more advanced than DSL, real-world performance puts them in the same range so far as speed and reliability. Picking a winner for your home comes down to the details.

Cable ONE AT A GLANCE

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

(877) 692-2253

$45 to $175 / mo.

15 mbps to 1,000 mbps

1.0 mbps to 50 mbps

--

Cable

Current: 36th (0)

CenturyLink AT A GLANCE

  • Sales: (855) 272-5033
  • Support: (877) 862-9343

(855) 272-5033

$45 to $75 / mo.

3.0 mbps to 1,000 mbps

Up to 1,000 mbps

63%63%

DSL

Current: 42nd (0)

Cable ONE OVERVIEW

Cable ONE offers cable broadband Internet, as well as TV and landline phone packages. They use the newest DOCSIS specification to provide gigabit download rates in select areas.

CenturyLink OVERVIEW

CenturyLink is a telecommunications company that markets DSL, as well as fiber Internet, telephone, and TV. CenturyLink TV is sold under the name PRISMTV.

Cable ONE INTERNET DEALS †

  • $45 for 15 mbps Cable
    • 15 Mbps ↓ and 1.0 Mbps ↑ w/ a 50 GB/mo data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10.5/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
  • $50 for 150 mbps Cable
    • 150 Mbps ↓ and 5.0 Mbps ↑ w/ a 600 GB/mo data cap
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $80.00.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10.5/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
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10.5/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
  • $75 for 200 mbps Cable
    • 200 Mbps ↓ and 10 Mbps ↑ w/ a 900 GB/mo data cap
    • 3-month promo rate. Regular rate is $105.00.
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10.5/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
  • $175 for 1,000 mbps Cable
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and 50 Mbps ↑ w/ a 1500 GB/mo data cap
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10.5/mo
    • Call (877) 692-2253 to setup service.
Last updated on 10/19/2018

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

CenturyLink INTERNET DEALS †

  • $45 for 10 mbps DSL
    • 10 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • Prepay required.
    • Setup: $0 (Free self-installation and internet activation. Standard tech install is $60.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $100
    • Call (855) 272-5033 to setup service.
  • $45 for 3.0 mbps DSL
    • 3.0 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • Prepay required.
    • Setup: $0 (Free self-installation and internet activation. Standard tech install is $60.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $100
    • Call (855) 272-5033 to setup service.
  • $45 for 40 mbps Fiber
    • 40 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • Prepay required.
    • Setup: $60.00 (Includes standard tech installation. Internet activation is free.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $150
    • Call (855) 272-5033 to setup service.
  • $55 for 100 mbps Fiber
    • 100 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ a 1024 GB/mo data cap
    • Prepay required.
    • Setup: $60.00 (Includes standard tech installation. Internet activation is free.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $150
    • Call (855) 272-5033 to setup service.
  • $75 for 1,000 mbps Fiber
    • 1,000 Mbps ↓ and -- Mbps ↑ w/ no data cap.
    • Prepay required.
    • Setup: $60.00 (Includes standard tech installation. Internet activation is free.)
    • Modem w/ WiFi: $10/mo or one-time $150
    • Call (855) 272-5033 to setup service.
Last updated on 11/9/2018

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

Cable ONE: DATACAPS From 50 to 1500 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.

CenturyLink: DATACAPS From 1024 GB/mo.

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

Cable ONE's TECHNOLOGY

Cable ONE delivers cable broadband to residences and businesses using their extensive coaxial cable network. Cable ONE networks were originally developed to broadcast “cable” TV. Phone and television services are sent over the same network, which utilizes hybrid fiber-coaxial lines to deliver high download speeds.

Hybrid fiber-coaxial networks like Cable ONE are called "hybrid" because they use fiber from the provider office to local nodes. That analog transmission goes through the existing coaxial network to customer addresses, where their DOCSIS modem switches the signal to binary data.

CenturyLink's TECHNOLOGY

Centurylink services Internet, TV, and telephone service to customers using two main network types: DSL and fiber.

DSL leverages Centurylink’s already-installed telephone infrastructure to deliver Internet services. DSL networks are widely available and usually more cost-effective than alternatives since they can use the same wires that carry calls.

When you are evaluating DSL plans, verify speed tiers available locally, as they can change depending on the distance to the provider’s local office.

Fiber-to-the-home, on the contrary, is described as the best internet service. In a FTTH setup, CenturyLink connects a fiber connection the full distance to customer residences, leading to better overall performance. However, fiber is expensive — such that this type of service is not widely available.

Cable ONE INSTALLATION

Cable ONE doesn't usually support the self-installation of hardware and cabling in customer homes. That said, an installation by a professional technician is free as part of their broadband plans. Professional installation is a helpful service for families with dozens of devices.

CenturyLink INSTALLATION

CenturyLink subscribers have two installation choices: self-installation or professional installation.

Self-installation involves plugging in and configuring your modem. they sends an install kit including clear instructions. All equipment is included with the self-install box.

Installation by a technician is needed for homes that have not been wired for CenturyLink before, or in cases where the subscriber simply doesn’t to configure the router settings. An appointment can be made when confirming your order.

CenturyLink customers with wired homes who are okay with plugging in a few cables and following instructions can easily save money installing the equipment on their own.

Cable ONE RATINGS AND REVIEWS

50%50% Customer Rating

49.7% recommendation rating according to 4095 verified users.

CenturyLink RATINGS AND REVIEWS

35%35% Customer Rating

35.2% recommendation rating according to 59426 verified users.

Cable ONE COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Cable ONE Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

CenturyLink COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

CenturyLink Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Group services to save

Bundling together subscriptions can save money

You might have seen the terms “triple play” and “double play” in marketing materials from your provider. These terms refer to combination Internet/TV/phone subscriptions, which will usually give a great deal if you’re interested in getting multiple services from the same company. The only problem with these deals is that if you have trouble with a provider and wish to switch, you have to switch everything at once. It usually makes sense to use one company, though, since most Internet service providers were original phone and TV companies. When signing up for double play or triple play promotions, just make sure you’ll actually use the service enough to justify it — and check that the price won’t be changing dramatically once your sign-up bonus period ends.

Customer service actually matters

Service outages are a drag if you can’t reach help

Broadband is important for basic communication, for work and otherwise. With that in mind, it’s important to have a provider that will react quickly to customer calls, requests, and any issues or outages. There are two review systems you can trust online: the ACSI ratings referenced above, and any truly IP-verified reviews. (Like those used elsewhere on BroadbandNow.) The American Customer Satisfaction Index manually polls existing customers each year to get a snapshot of how content customers are.[1] IP-verified reviews follow the same logic, checking the unique ID on a reviewer’s computer and network to give you the most accurate data.

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