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Sparklight (formerly Cable ONE) internet plans deliver reliable speeds without contracts, but you’ll have to watch how much data you use each month.
Why choose Sparklight internet?
Joe Supan Last updated: July 2, 2021
Sparklight internet is fairly middle-of-the-road in almost every category. It’s a cable internet provider — not as fast as fiber, but much better than satellite or DSL — so most people will get as much speed as they need to stream, game and work from home. Its prices are almost exactly average for the industry, too.
But unlike most providers, Sparklight internet has data caps on all of its plans, and they’re low enough that you might actually hit them. It’s 100 Mbps plan gets you just 350GB of data each month — enough to stream around four hours of Netflix per day and nothing else.
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.Learn more about our methodology
Sparklight internet plans and pricing
One of the bright spots of Sparklight internet is that it has a wide range of plans to choose from. No matter what your needs are, you should be able to find something that works for you.
Sparklight internet plans and pricing
|Sparklight plan||Allconnect score||Price*||Max download speed||Max upload speed||Data cap|
|Starter 100 Plus||3.35/5||$45.00/mo. ($55.00/mo. after six months)||100 Mbps||10 Mbps||350GB|
|Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus||3.63/5||$65.00/mo.||200 Mbps||20 Mbps||700GB|
|Turbo 300 Plus||3.69/5||$80.00/mo.||300 Mbps||30 Mbps||1200GB|
|Gigaone Plus||3.80/5||$125.00/mo.||1000 Mbps||50 Mbps||1500GB|
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 07/02/21.
Which Sparklight plan is the best for you?
While 100 Mbps of download speed is plenty for most households, 350GB of data is not. That’s enough to stream around four hours of Netflix per day, which might sound like a high number, but it doesn’t account for scrolling social media, checking email or any of the other things we use the internet for.
Most households use around 400GB of data each month, so the 700GB that comes with the Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus plan gives you some nice breathing room. With 200 Mbps download speed and 20 Mbps upload speed, you’ll also get plenty of bandwidth to stream, game or work on multiple devices at once.
If you do a lot of gaming or uploading files, it might be worth upgrading to the Turbo 300 Plus plan. It comes with 30 Mbps of upload speed, which is helpful for things like video conferencing and live gaming. It also gets you 1200GB of data each month, which is plenty for all but the most connected households.
We’ll be honest, most people don’t need 1000 Mbps speeds. But for households that are connecting more than 10 devices at once and do frequent binge-watching, gaming, streaming and video-chatting, the extra bandwidth over the 300 Mbps plan might be worth the steep price. It also gets you 1500GB of data, so you shouldn’t have to worry about watching how much you’re using.
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Equipment, installation, contracts and data caps
The price that’s advertised to you when you’re shopping for internet is rarely what you’ll end up seeing on your monthly bill. There are several other fees and stipulations that you’ll want to look out for when comparing internet providers. In general, Sparklight internet plans are pretty reasonable when it comes to these extra considerations.
Sparklight’s WiFi ONE 2-in-1 router will add $10.50/mo. to your internet bill, which is actually on the cheap end — most companies charge closer to $15/mo. for equipment. Sparklight internet will also include up to two Wi-Fi extenders at no extra cost. These are pretty much what they sound like: a way to spread your internet connection to every corner of your house.
Sparklight is currently waiving its $90 installation fee, but you will still have to pay a $30 activation fee. This isn’t ideal, but most providers charge a similar amount when you first set up service.
There are no contracts with Sparklight internet plans, and the company actually offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you’re not happy with your service.
Sparklight’s low data caps are probably the biggest drawback to its internet service. With just 350GB on its cheapest plan, households who regularly stream TV and connect more than a few devices at once will almost certainly hit their limit. If you go over your data cap, Sparklight will charge you $10 and provide another 100GB for the rest of the month. Each additional 100GB you use will cost another $10, with a maximum of $50/mo.
You do have the option of getting unlimited data for an extra $40/mo., but this is a lot of money to pay for something most internet providers include for free.
Compare Sparklight internet to other providers
When shopping for an internet plan, it’s important to compare it to other providers. See how Sparklight internet stacks up to competitors when it comes to prices, speeds, data caps and contracts.
|Provider||Allconnect score||Starting prices||Download speeds||Upload speeds|
|Sparklight||3.62/5||$45.00-125.00/mo.||100-1000 Mbps||10-50 Mbps|
|AT&T Fiber||4.05/5||$35.00-60.00/mo.||300-940 Mbps||300-940 Mbps|
|AT&T Internet (DSL)||2.80/5||$45.00/mo.||10-100 Mbps||1-20 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Fiber||3.95/5||$49.00-65.00/mo.||100-940 Mbps||100-940 Mbps|
|CenturyLink DSL||2.96/5||$49.00/mo.||10-140 Mbps||1-20 Mbps|
*Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 07/02/21.
For most people, the best internet provider will come down to what kind of connection is available at your address. If you can get fiber internet from a provider like AT&T or CenturyLink, it’s almost always the best option. Fiber provides a faster, more reliable connection than cable, and you won’t have to worry about the data caps that come with Sparklight internet.
But if you’re choosing between Sparklight and a DSL service — any plan that’s not explicitly called “fiber” from AT&T or CenturyLink — you’re probably better off with Sparklight’s cable internet. DSL speeds often top out below 25 Mbps, so it can be difficult to do things like streaming, gaming or working from home.
Bundling Sparklight internet with cable TV
As a cable internet provider, Sparklight also offers cable TV. You can add three TV plans to any of its internet packages, but the savings are modest. The standard TV package (100 channels) with the Starter 100 Plus internet plan costs $95/mo. for the first six months and $144.50/mo. every month after. That means you’ll end up paying nearly $90/mo. for 100 TV channels — a much steeper price than you’d find through other providers, where bundling usually saves you money.
If there aren’t any other good bundle options available in your area, you can consider adding a satellite TV service like DIRECTV or DISH, or a live TV streaming service like YouTube TV or Hulu + Live TV. Satellite is usually expensive, but gets you a ton of channels, while streaming services are cheaper and require less of a commitment.
In general, Sparklight internet has received above average customer satisfaction scores relative to the industry as a whole. Consumer Reports readers gave it a 70/100 score, which was actually the fourth highest of the 26 providers they evaluated. It earned a “good” grade for technical support, reliability and speed, but a “poor” grade for value.
J.D. Power was a little more lukewarm on Sparklight. It was only included in scores for the South region, but it received a 711/1000 — directly in the middle of the nine providers in the area.
Sparklight internet FAQs
Sparklight uses a combination of coaxial cable and fiber-optic lines to deliver the internet.
To take advantage of Sparklight’s whole-home WiFi ONE service, you must lease your modem through Sparklight. Otherwise, you are able to use a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem for most speeds. Find a full list of compatible modems here.
Yes. Any Plus Plan can be upgraded to unlimited data. However, after 5 TB of data usage, speed may be slowed for network management.
Yes. Sparklight plans allow for self-installation as long as you have the modem that supports them. Be sure to confirm the type of modem you need when you place your order.
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Written by:Joe Supan
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
Joe oversees all things broadband for Allconnect. His work has been referenced by Yahoo!, Lifehacker and more. He has utilized thousands of data points to build a library of metrics to help users navigate these … Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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