CenturyLink vs Mediacom: Side by Side Comparison

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CenturyLink vs Mediacom

There’s plenty to think about when comparing Centurylink and Mediacom. They have a lot in common on the surface, but differ significantly in the details. Centurylink’s predominantly DSL offerings and Mediacom’s cable network use different technology to deliver data to your doorstep, but the pricing and speeds offered are frequently interchangeable.

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)

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)

CenturyLink OVERVIEW

CenturyLink is a telecommunications company that offers DSL and fiber Internet, telephone, and TV. Their TV channels are marketed under the name “PRISMTV.”

Mediacom OVERVIEW

Mediacom Cable is a cable TV, Internet, and telephone company for both business and residential subscribers, and recently began offering gigabit download speeds in some areas.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CenturyLink's TECHNOLOGY

Centurylink provides broadband Internet, TV, and telephone service to subscribers using two main technologies: DSL and fiber-to-the-home.

DSL "piggybacks" on Centurylink’s existing telephone lines to deliver Internet. DSL networks are generally more cost-effective compared to alternatives since they can use the same lines carrying telephone data[3].

If considering DSL plans, verify speed tiers advertised as available locally, as they can change quite a bit depending on the distance between your house and the provider.

Fiber, on the contrary, is described as the next generation of consumer internet service. Using a FTTH setup, Centurylink connects a fiber-optic cable directly to customer residences. However, fiber is expensive — with the result that fiber isn't expanding quickly and usually comes with a higher monthly cost than DSL, cable, or fixed wireless.

Mediacom's TECHNOLOGY

Internet, phone, and TV from Mediacom are available over their coaxial cable infrastructure, which uses TV cables on utility poles to bridge the "last mile" to local users. Mediacom usually installs fiber cables as far as the customer local area, at which point data switches from optical signal to radio frequency signal suitable for transmission via copper cables.

Using this hybrid system makes the performance offerings less ideal than a true fiber connection, but is corrospondingly cheaper. Mediacom's Cable Internet is generally significantly more robust than DSL.

CenturyLink INSTALLATION

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

Installing the equipment yourself involves connecting and configuring your WiFi gateway. the company sends an install kit including clear instructions. Everything you need is included with the welcome package. The process generally takes no more than 30–40 minutes.

Professional installation is necessary for homes that have not been connected to CenturyLink before. An appointment can be made directly via CenturyLink.

There is a fee for bringing in a professional, so customers who are comfortable following simple instructions can easily save money installing it on their own.

Mediacom INSTALLATION

Mediacom Cable has two installation options: self-installation or professional installation by a technician. Self-installation is free, while a technician usually comes with a fee.

Self-install directions will be included when signing up for service.

Extra fees are added for technician installation. Professional installation of Mediacom is well worth it for less techie subscribers,.

CenturyLink RATINGS AND REVIEWS

35%35% Customer Rating

35.2% recommendation rating according to 59426 verified users.

Mediacom RATINGS AND REVIEWS

42%42% Customer Rating

42.4% recommendation rating according to 8534 verified Mediacom users.

CenturyLink COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

CenturyLink Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Mediacom COVERAGE & AVAILABILITY

Mediacom Cable Interactive SVG Map showing broadband coverage.

Bundling is often a money saver

Consider TV and phone service, if you’ll actually use them

A marketing tactic many providers use is “bundling” together different services and offering a discount — usually Internet/TV/phone, which is often called “triple play,” or just two services, which as you might expect is marketed as “double play.” While many consumers are cutting the cord from traditional cable in recent years to use streaming services like Netflix, a dedicated TV subscription can still offer a lot of value to customers who will consume a lot of content.

Data caps can also cause problems for families or heavy TV watchers, who can quickly download enough data to go over their allowance and trigger high fees.[1] The good news is, since so many people are cutting out cable TV and home phones, companies will often offer incredible deals for those interested.

Keep an eye on extra fees

Early termination fees and other hidden costs

It’s common for providers to offer compelling discounts for new customers. These sign-up deals can be a great incentive to pick one provider over another for cost-conscious shoppers, but there are a few “gotchas” to keep in mind.

First, always factor in the final monthly cost you’ll be paying when the promotional period ends. If you average out the price, will it still be lower than the competition? Second, ETFs (early termination fees) can cost a lot out-of-pocket if you have to leave and cut off service before your contract states. Be wary of signing multi-year contracts, even with an amazing promotion on the table, if you anticipate the possibility of relocating, or if the provider in question has poor customer reviews.[2]

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