While Cable One is not yet offering 100+ Mbps broadband, it is providing a better bang for your buck than most other providers, even the largest cable companies. Cable One is the nation’s 11th largest cable provider. In Boise, Idaho, most residents have a choice between CenturyLink and Cable One when it comes to broadband internet. While CenturyLink provides some of the most competitive DSL plans in the nation, it doesn’t quite match what Cable One is able to offer. Healthy competition is good for consumers and while Boise would prefer to have a fiber provider to foster growth in technology, for now they can enjoy competitive broadband speeds.
Cable One vs CenturyLink
Cable One’s base internet plan is 50Mbps download and is priced at $50/month (not including any promotions). The fastest CenturyLink internet plan is 40Mbps priced at $70/month (not including temporary promotional pricing) when not bundled with other services. According to the user reviews on dslreports.com, Cable One also has a higher rating from users.
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Since Cable One is also a TV provider the bundling aspect also comes into play for this comparison. CenturyLink does not provide its own TV service, instead they are able to offer competitive bundles through a partnership with DirecTV. Bundle discounts are great for consumer’s and you have to consider them when choosing a provider, but for our sake we’ll focus on comparing internet plans only. Also, the promotion bundle pricing is always changing, so be sure to check current pricing.
Both CenturyLink and Cable One have “data caps” without overage charges. These are meant to maintain service levels for all users. Cable One has a “data guideline” of 300GB per month for its 50Mbps plan, while CenturyLink has a “usage limit” of 250GB per month for it’s 40Mbps plan.
Both providers will lease a modem and wireless router combo and both allow customer-purchased or provided modems. The lease fee for Cable One is $8/mo and the lease fee for CenturyLink is $6.99/mo.
Cable One vs the Big Cable Companies
The 50Mbps plan by Cable One is about the best Megabit for dollar deal among all large broadband providers. Comcast’s Xfinity Blast 50Mbps plan costs $74.95/mo. Time Warner’s Ultimate 50Mbps plan costs $74.99/mo. That $25/month difference equates to $300/year for the same download speeds!
Most of the large cable companies clearly promote their promotional pricing, which usually lasts anywhere from 3 months to 12 months, but make it difficult to find the normal monthly rate. That is the rate you’ll be paying after the promotional period ends. Cable One clearly makes this rate known which is a plus for consumer transparency.
In addition to providing cable and broadband service to the Boise metro area, Cable One provides service to numerous locations across the northwest and central U.S. from Fargo, North Dakota to Odessa, TX. Currently it serves over 3.4 million customers in 19 states.