CenturyLink Internet speeds and plans
|Simply Unlimited Internet||Up to 100 Mbps||$50.00/mo.*||Shop CenturyLink Plans|
|CenturyLink Fiber Internet 200 Mbps||Up to 200 Mbps||$30.00/mo.†||Shop CenturyLink Plans|
|CenturyLink Fiber Internet||940 Mbps||$70.00/mo.‡||Shop CenturyLink Plans|
*Speed may not be available in your area. Paperless billing or prepay required. Additional taxes, fees, and surcharges apply. Get the fastest internet speed available at your location (max speed is up to 100 Mbps).
†Speed may not be available in your area. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Offer Details. Online ONLY. Free Modem.
‡Speed may not be available in your area. Maximum download/upload speed of up to 940 Mbps via a wired connection. Paperless billing required. Taxes and fees apply. Offer Details Online ONLY: Free Modem Free Install.
CenturyLink average internet speed test results:
Average download speed: 66.39 Mbps
Average upload speed: 64.98 Mbps
Average latency: 31.54 ms
Total speed tests: 69,804
Why is my CenturyLink internet speed slower than advertised?
Your CenturyLink internet speeds are likely slower than advertised because a ton of factors can affect your connection’s performance, including issues with your equipment and the number of devices on your network.
Internet providers often advertise speeds “up to” a certain speed, but it’s rare to see your internet connection hit the actual top speed of your plan, especially over Wi-Fi. Consider upgrading to a new plan or switching providers if your internet speeds are far below the speeds advertised in your plan.
How do CenturyLink advertised internet speeds compare to competitors?
|75–1,200 Mbps||$30.00–$80.00/mo.*||Shop Xfinity Plans|
|100–1,000 Mbps||$49.99–$99.99/mo.†||Shop Cox Plans|
|Up to 1,000 Mbps||$49.99–$89.99/mo.‡||Shop Spectrum Plans|
*For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement. Taxes and equipment not included. Regional price differences may apply.
†for 12 months with 1-yr. term agreement
‡Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum Internet® Gig promotion price is $89.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra.
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What is a good internet speed?
|Internet speed||How fast is this?||What you can do|
|0–5 Mbps||Very slow||Send emails, search on Google, stream video in SD on one device|
|5–40 Mbps||Slow to moderate||Stream video in HD on three or four devices, play online games|
|40–100 Mbps||Moderate to fast||Stream easily on multiple devices in HD or 4K, download big files quickly, run several smart devices|
|100–500 Mbps||Very fast||Stream in 4K on more than five devices simultaneously, download massive files quickly, host a livestream|
|500–1,000+ Mbps||Extremely fast||Stream in 4K on 10+ devices, run 10+ smart-home devices at a time, do basically anything on lots of devices|
|1,200–5,000 Mbps||Faster than you need||Operate a bitcoin-mining farm with two dozen computers, watch Frozen in 4K on 100 devices at the same time|
About our CenturyLink internet speed test
The CenturyLink internet speed measures three things:
Download speed: The speed at which your device pulls data from the internet. Usually measured in Mbps or Gbps.
Upload speed: The speed at which your device sends data to the internet. Usually measured in Mbps or Gbps.
Latency (Ping): The time (measured in milliseconds) it takes for a signal to travel from your device to an internet server and back. Lower latency means your connection has a better response time for activities like gaming and livestreams.
How does the CenturyLink internet speed test work?
Our CenturyLink speed test works by sending a signal to a nearby test server and measuring how long it takes for the server to respond. The test also opens multiple simultaneous connections to the server to download and upload small pieces of data. Through that process, the test is able to determine how long it takes to collect and deliver the data and the amount of network bandwidth used in the process.