While there are only a few satellite ISPs, you’ve got a handful of choices when it comes to a Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) connection. Two standouts in this area are CenturyLink and AT&T, though EarthLink, Frontier, and Windstream also offer DSL.
We chose CenturyLink as your best bet, mostly due to its contract-free plans and unlimited data caps. You won’t have to pay early termination fees (ETFs) if you choose to switch providers at any point during your subscription.
Plus, its unlimited data plans mean you can skip out on overage charges at the end of the month—regardless of how much data you use.
Compared to other ISPs that tie you into contracts with a plethora of hidden fees, CenturyLink’s approach is a breath of fresh air.
You can get CenturyLink home internet in parts of 36 states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. CenturyLink isn’t available in California, Oklahoma, the New England states, Hawaii, or Alaska.
AT&T is another great option for rural internet, offering DSL internet speeds up to 100 Mbps in some areas (although your available speed will vary based on your location). Some rural areas are still stuck with much lower speeds, however (10 Mbps or less in some locations). That might not be fast enough for high-speed gaming on multiple devices, but luckily we’re not all Fortnite gaming champions.
AT&T home internet is available in 21 states: California, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
Like CenturyLink, AT&T gives you oodles of data—1,000 GB (or 1 TB) per month. Compare that with satellite internet data thresholds of 12–300 GB per month and you can see why people often pick DSL over satellite if it’s available, especially if they like video streaming.
With either CenturyLink or AT&T Internet, you will have a data cap. But it’s huge—it’ll take you some serious streaming, downloading, and uploading to hit that 1 TB limit.
If you don’t want that data cap hanging over your head, both Frontier and Windstream don’t have one. Free at last!