Windstream is less expensive than almost any of its national competitors, and offers some of the fastest speeds around in both its fiber internet and DSL internet areas. We don’t love the second-year price hike of $30 per month, but its internet equipment fees are about average, and it's nice that you can use your own equipment if you want to skip the monthly fee.
We do love that Kinetic doesn’t have annual commitments and reaches rural areas that other providers don’t service.
Kinetic by Windstream vs. AT&T: Kinetic fiber internet competes with AT&T fiber internet in a few areas in the South, including Sugarland, TX, neighborhoods north of Atlanta, and parts of Winston-Salem, NC. Windstream's DSL internet overlaps with AT&T’s DSL network in more spots, particularly the Jackson, MI, area and parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kentucky, and Florida. AT&T is more expensive than Kinetic for both fiber and DSL, but doesn’t come with the second-year price hikes and equipment costs you’ll see with Kinetic.
Kinetic by Windstream vs. Mediacom: Customers in Iowa, parts of Kentucky, and parts of Georgia may have a choice between Kinetic and Mediacom. Both companies have low initial prices that go up after a certain period of time, but the biggest difference is internet tech type. Mediacom uses coaxial cable to serve up internet connections, where Kinetic uses either fiber or DSL. In most cases, we recommend fiber first, cable second, and DSL last. If the fastest plan you can get from Kinetic is just 50 Mbps, Mediacom might be the better choice.
Kinetic by Windstream vs. T-Mobile: Windstream’s DSL and fiber internet plans are available in several states, but the company can’t compete with mobile phone giant T-Mobile for availability. Windstream can’t compete with T-mobile on prices for home internet, either. If your address is eligible for 5G or 4G LTE internet from T-Mobile, you could see a bill as low as $25 per month with no equipment costs and no cancellation fees, and your speeds may be faster than what Windstream’s DSL network can deliver. If you can get fiber internet from Windstream, though, your speeds will be many times faster and more reliable than you’d see with T-Mobile.
Windstream is available in many parts of the Midwest and the South, with concentrations in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. It’s DSL network has a wider reach than its fiber-optic network, but fiber is more common in more heavily populated areas.
The HughesNet Gen5 service plans are designed to deliver download speeds of 25 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps, but individual customers may experience different speeds at different times of the day. Speeds and uninterrupted use are not guaranteed and may vary based on a variety of factors including: the configuration of your computer, the number of concurrent users, network or Internet congestion, the capabilities and content of the websites you are accessing, network management practices as deemed necessary, and other factors. When you connect to the HughesNet service using Wi-Fi, your experience will vary based on your proximity to the Wi-Fi source and the strength of the signal.
Disclaimer: Availability and pricing are subject to location. Conditions apply. For offer details, visit the provider's website.