CenturyLink internet plans
By Ari Howard Last updated: November 21, 2022
CenturyLink internet comes with simple pricing and added features such as unlimited data and free self installation with select plans. Learn more about CenturyLink internet and shop plans below.
Best CenturyLink plans for your home
Best for most households – 200 Mbps
Best for 2-4 people simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple Wi-Fi devices
Best for large households – 500 Mbps
Best for households with more than four people learning and working from home
Best for smart homes with heavy internet users – 940 Mbps
This plan is best for homes with 10+ devices used for streaming and gaming, as well as connecting multiple smart home devices.
Why choose CenturyLink internet?
CenturyLink internet comes with relatively fast speeds and unlimited data, but the service may not be for everyone. For instance, CenturyLink tends to only have one plan available in each of its serviceable areas, giving you fewer choices than most providers. We break down everything you need to know about CenturyLink below to determine if the service is right for you.
CenturyLink Fiber internet rating
3.95 / out of 5 stars
This score is based off of the 2 plans CenturyLink Fiber has available
3.86 / 5
4.14 / 5
4.04 / 5
3.63 / 5
CenturyLink DSL internet rating
2.95 / out of 5 stars
This score is based off of the 6 plans CenturyLink DSL has available
3.78 / 5
2.52 / 5
1.76 / 5
3.63 / 5
We scored CenturyLink internet services on a scale of 1 to 5 across four major categories. To learn more, read our review methodology.
What we like
Fast speeds – CenturyLink’s fiber speeds are as fast as any, and their DSL speeds are faster than most.
Broad service areas – CenturyLink internet is available to many areas where cable or other fiber providers may not offer high-speed internet.
No contracts – There are no contracts with CenturyLink service, so you can change or move service at any time without early termination fees.
Things to consider
Limited plan options – DSL and fiber service is one cost, so you won’t have the option of choosing a cheaper or faster/more expensive plan.
CenturyLink internet plans
|CenturyLink internet plans||Price||Max download speeds|
|Simply Unlimited||$50/mo.*||Up to 100 Mbps|
|200 Mbps||$30/mo.*||Up to 200 Mbps|
|500 Mbps||$50/mo.*||Up to 500 Mbps|
|Fiber Gigabit||$70/mo.**||Up to 940 Mbps|
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing and plans vary by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Last updated 08/22/22.
How we scored internet providers
We evaluate broadband providers in four categories: affordability, performance, value and customer satisfaction. Each category contains multiple sub-factors, all of which are weighted differently to impact the provider’s overall score.
For each sub-factor, we score all providers on a continuous scale of 1 to 5, relative to the industry as a whole. Because the average download speed in America is currently 180 Mbps, for example, we assigned all plans with download speeds between 100 and 299 Mbps a score between 3 and 4. Xfinity’s 200 Mbps plan received a 3.50 score for download speed, while Spectrum’s 400 Mbps plan got a 4.16.
We only considered standardized data points in our scoring system. More abstract data like consistency of service and brand reputation is still part of our analysis, but we opted to let our writers address them in the context of each review.How Allconnect reviews internet service providers
Expert tip: CenturyLink offers some great plans but they may not be available to you
Depending on where you live, you will likely only have one CenturyLink speed plan available to you. If you aren’t working from home, streaming from multiple devices at a time or live-gaming, paying $70/mo. for internet service likely isn’t worth it. However, for the average household, the fiber gigabit plan is the best CenturyLink plan available. If only CenturyLink’s DSL service is available to you and there aren’t fiber optic providers serviceable in your area, then CenturyLink is likely a more affordable long-term option than other DSL, satellite or even cable providers in your area.
What to expect with CenturyLink internet
Real speeds close to advertised speeds
- According to an FCC report, over 45% of CenturyLink subscribers experienced speeds greater than 95% of what was initially advertised
- About 30% received speeds within 80-95% of what was advertised
- 25% received less than 80% of what was initially advertised
CenturyLink DSL price is the same, speeds vary
- Looking at the CenturyLink internet pricing table above, you may have noticed that some speed tiers are the same price.
- That’s because CenturyLink aims to get you the fastest available speed in your area at the lowest price they offer.
- You can choose a lower speed for the same price, but really, why would you want to?
CenturyLink contracts, fees and data caps
Contracts: CenturyLink does not require any long-term contracts, which means you don’t have to worry about early termination fees.
Additional fees: CenturyLink charges up to $15/mo. in equipment fees. You have the option, however, to purchase your own equipment if you want to save money. You may also have to pay a one-time installation fee of either $129 or $149 based on the internet technology at the address.
Data caps: CenturyLink offers unlimited data.
Choosing the right CenturyLink internet plan
CenturyLink allows customers to choose between speeds in areas where more than one speed is available. Choose the fastest available speed in your area and opt for free self-installation (where available) to get the most value in the long run.
Simply Unlimited: Up to 100 Mbps*
A 100 Mbps plan is best for up to 6 people online simultaneously. Less than that will decrease how many people can be connected at once.
Good for streaming and similar use on up to 8 devices at a time.
Good for powering a smart-enabled house of 5 to 8 internet gamers and work-from-home internet users.
Best for 10+ devices with heavy use. If CenturyLink Fiber is available in your area, it will come with speeds up to 940 Mbps, perfect for any home internet use on a virtually unlimited number of devices.**
*Speed may not be available in your area.
**Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection. Updated 8/22/22.
3.95 / 5
Compare CenturyLink internet to other providers
In areas serviceable for CenturyLink fiber or DSL internet, a cable provider may also be available. You may also have access to competing DSL or fiber optic internet providers. Find out how CenturyLink compares to other internet service providers in terms of price, speeds and more below:
|Categories||Allconnect rating||Price range||Download speeds||Upload speeds|
|CenturyLink DSL||2.96/5||$50/mo.||Up to 100 Mbps||1.5-10 Mbps|
|CenturyLink fiber||3.95/5||$70/mo.||Up to 940 Mbps||940 Mbps|
|Cox||3.13/5||$49.99-99.99/mo.||100-1,000 Mbps||3-940 Mbps|
|Spectrum||3.50/5||$49.99-89.99/mo.||300 – 1,000 Mbps||10-35 Mbps*|
|Optimum||3.34/5||$30-70/mo.||300-940 Mbps||20-35 Mbps|
|Xfinity||3.53/5||$39.99-299.95/mo.||25-2,000 Mbps||3-2,000 Mbps|
*Wireless speeds may vary. Updated 8/22/22.
Want to learn more? Click the links below to see how CenturyLink compares to each cable provider.
How to bundle CenturyLink internet with TV
CenturyLink doesn’t have its own TV service, but it does partner with DISH, DIRECTV and DIRECTV Stream so that you can still bundle your internet and TV service. You won’t receive any discounts bundling your CenturyLink internet service with any of the listed TV providers, but it will simplify your monthly bill.
So, which TV service should you choose?
- DISH: DISH offers between 190 and 290+ channels and is best known for its advanced DVR where you can record up to 16 channels at once.
- DIRECTV: DIRECTV offers between 165 and 340+ channels and is best known for its sports packages.
- DIRECTV STREAM: Stream offers between 65 and 140+ channels.
CenturyLink internet customer satisfaction ratings
How satisfied are CenturyLink customers compared to other providers? The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) gives the largest internet providers annual customer satisfaction scores based on feedback from actual customers.
CenturyLink 2022 American Customer Satisfaction Index rating: 60/100
- In 2022, CenturyLink received a 60/100, a two-point decline from their 2021 score.
- Compared to other providers, CenturyLink ties with Mediacom and is ahead of Optimum (59).
- The average ISP score was 65/100.
CenturyLink internet FAQs
CenturyLink has fiber and DSL internet plans. Available connection type and home Wi-Fi speeds vary by region.
Yes. You can use your own modem with CenturyLink. CenturyLink has a list of tested modems you can consider using with your internet service.
CenturyLink offers unlimited data with all of its plans.
Yes. Netflix recommends a speed of at least 3 Mbps for standard-definition (SD) quality streaming and at least 25 Mbps for Ultra HD quality. If you are planning on streaming on more than one device at a time, faster speeds may be necessary.
The name CenturyLink and the pathways logo are trademarks of CenturyLink.
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Written by:Ari Howard
Associate Writer, Broadband & Wireless Content
Ari is an Associate Writer for the Allconnect team. She primarily writes about broadband news and studies, particularly relating to internet access, digital safety, broadband-related technology and the digital d… Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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Although our fiber service usually means 100% fiber-optic network to your location, in limited circumstances CenturyLink may need to deploy alternative technologies coupled with a non-fiber connection from a certain point (usually the curb) to your location in order to provide the advertised download speeds.
Customer speed experiences will vary, particularly when accessing the Internet wirelessly from various devices. Download speeds are via a wired connection. Internet speeds are not guaranteed due to conditions outside of network control, including customer location, devices, equipment, and access through a wired or wireless connection; see www.centurylink.com/InternetPolicy for more information.
Service is not available everywhere. Offer available to qualifying customers only. Limited time offers. Monthly service rate, leased equipment rates, and taxes, fees, and surcharges, are subject to change and, if any changes are made to existing CenturyLink accounts in any manner, all prior discounts will be void. Modem: A CenturyLink-provided modem is included in the service. Installation: Offer includes professional installation at customer’s eligible location. Construction: For certain, new Internet installations, construction charges may apply (“Construction Charges”). CenturyLink will absorb the first $1,500 of the Construction Charges; customer will be responsible for Construction Charges to the extent they exceed $1,500, usually no more than an additional $2,000. Customer will be contacted prior to install for approval to proceed with order if Construction Charges apply. Month to month (referred to as “no contract”) service means no term commitment and may be cancelled at any time without an early termination fee but customer must accept High-Speed Internet Subscriber Agreement prior to using service (see www.centurylink.com/eula). To receive advertised rate, all customers must enroll in paperless billing and agree to not receive a paper invoice from CenturyLink. If paperless billing is cancelled or not activated in a timely manner, the then-current standard rate will apply. Customer may access their monthly invoice in My CenturyLink online account. Service will begin on the date your order is completed and full payment is processed through your choice of debit card, credit card, or other prepay service available with your subscription. Each month following, a recurring e-commerce transaction for your service will be processed as service automatically renews monthly until cancelled by customer. CenturyLink may change, cancel, or substitute offers and services, or vary them by service area, at its sole discretion without notice. All products and services listed are governed by tariffs, terms of service, or terms and conditions posted at www.centurylink.com/terms. See www.centurylink.com/feesandtaxes for applicable taxes, fees and surcharges. Additional restrictions apply. Secure WiFi: If your modem includes the Secure WiFi feature, it should begin working within 72 hours of activating as long as you fully install it and leave it plugged in. Altering modem settings may disable Secure WiFi, as will Internet connection issues. If you are unsure whether Secure WiFi is working, contact us. Restrictions apply. Updated 8/22/22.