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Find out if CenturyLink is available in your area and learn about their different plans.
Cord cutting means getting rid of cable, but it doesn't have to mean losing all of the TV content that you crave. As we show you all the time here at Cordcutting.com, it is possible to replace lots of your favorite TV shows, sports, movies, and more with over-the-air and streaming solutions. But if you're going to use streaming solutions to make cable unnecessary, you'll still need a different sort of cord: the cord that connects you to the internet! That's why we sometimes aim our spotlight at internet service providers (or “ISPs”). On this page, we're focusing entirely on CenturyLink. Let's talk all thinks CenturyLink: CenturyLink internet speeds, CenturyLink plans and prices, CenturyLink contracts and cancellation policies, and more.
An internet connection is a necessity in this day and age, but not all internet packages are created equal. If you want to stream video — especially high-definition video and live video — then you're going to want to invest in internet service that is fast enough to meet those needs.
Not sure what that means? No problem — just check out our post on how fast your internet needs to be for streaming video as a cord cutter. Then apply that knowledge to the list below, which includes the major internet speeds that CenturyLink offers.
That's a big range, so keep it in mind as you evaluate your own needs. Will you have a lot of internet-connected devices active at once? Will you stream video in high definition? Do you want to watch a lot of live streaming video?
It's also important to note that access to the fastest speeds that CenturyLink has available will depend on the broadband infrastructure in your area. And that brings us to our next section: where is CenturyLink available?
CenturyLink, like other internet service providers, offers service in some regions but not in others. On top of that, CenturyLink's offers and different price tiers may or may not be available within regions that it serves. It can get a little complicated, but the good news is that CenturyLink services have a pretty broad range.
There's a very good chance that CenturyLink offers internet service in your area. CenturyLink offers coverage in at least parts of 36 states! For the exact details, though, you're going to have to go to the source: head to CenturyLink's website and enter your address to find out what services (and what deals) are available in your particular region.
Cord cutting is about watching whatever you want whenever you want and on whatever device you want, but that's not all that it's about. It's also about saving money! If cord cutting is going to work for you, you're going to have to be able to save money by switching from cable or satellite service to streaming services — and that, in turn, means that you're going to have to get fairly affordable internet service that can give you the speed you need to stream the content you crave.
CenturyLink may be able to help some cord cutters with this little budgeting calculation. CenturyLink offers pretty attractive prices on its internet-only plans.
To check out those offers, just click on the links.
Internet service can be pricey, but savvy shoppers know that there are always ways to save. Internet service providers compete with each other by offering limited-time offers and promotional prices.
Right now, though, CenturyLink is running some promotions that work a little differently — and they're very intriguing offers. Instead of offering temporary discounts, CenturyLink is offering permanent ones: customers who switch can lock in low rates for as long as they choose to stick with CenturyLink as their ISP. Here are some of those offers:
You can also bundle CenturyLink's internet service with its other telecom offerings. Like most ISPs, CenturyLink offers phone service and TV service (CenturyLink's TV service isn't available everywhere, but the company partners with AT&T's DirecTV in regions where its own TV service is not available).
Most internet service providers will lock you into a long-term contract when you first sign up for them, often as part of a promotional price deal. So how does CenturyLink work? Are there CenturyLink contracts?
CenturyLink offers both contract and non-contract plans. Contract plans will, of course, lock you in with cancellation fees and the like. But if you choose a non-contract plan, you can cancel at any time. Some of CenturyLink's most popular discount offers involve no contract commitment whatsoever.
We touched a bit on this in the last section, but let's focus on it here: what is CenturyLink's cancellation policy? Does it cost anything to cancel CenturyLink?
That all depends on whether or not your CenturyLink deal includes a contract. Many of CenturyLink's most popular offers don't include any kind of contract. Canceling those services, then, is as simple as doing so online or calling customer service. (Remember, as always, to return any equipment you may be renting in order to avoid fees.)
If you do have a contract as part of your service agreement with CenturyLink, then cancellation fees may apply. The amount varies (DirecTV fees may apply, for instance, since some CenturyLink contract agreements are for the TV bundles that rely on CenturyLink's partnership with DirecTV).
Whatever the nature of your deal with CenturyLink, look over the agreement for other fees. There aren't too many surprises, but it's always good to pay attention. Installation fees can run as high as $99.
CenturyLink is just one of many internet service providers that you can choose from, of course. Check out our other ISP brand pages to read up on CenturyLink's competition, and check out our reviews (including our review of CenturyLink) and our other coverage to see which ISP is the right fit for you. If you make your decisions wisely, you'll find that you can enjoy fast internet and save a bundle when you cut the cable cord or cancel satellite TV.