Windstream is an internet provider that uses DSL and fiber networks to operate in parts of 18 states in the US including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas. The company is the 6th largest residential provider of DSL in the U.S. by coverage area.

Windstream is known for DSL internet service in rural areas but in selected markets it is now also providing Kinetic fiber optic internet service with very high speeds. Windstream also offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice, and digital TV.

Windstream's plans range from 100 Mbps to 8 Gigabytes (8,000 Mbps) where available. The Windstream Kinetic GIG plan is up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) and is ideal for serious gamers and the ultra-connected home. The Kinetic 500 plan is up to 500 Mbps and is best for multiple streamers, multi-device households, and downloading large media files. The 8 Gig plan can handle a massive number of devices that are gaming, streaming, and uploading large media files. There are no data caps or long-term contracts. Windstream's average download speed is 90.77 Mbps, and the average latency on Windstream Internet speed tests is 39.14ms.

Fiber optic plans are not available in all areas, but DSL service from Windstream can provide reliable internet coverage for average users.


In 2020, CenturyLink changed its name to Lumen Technologies, Inc. and after a 2010 merger with Quest and subsequent acquisitions became known as one of the largest fiber-optic internet and voice providers for enterprise businesses. Lumen offers network services, security and cloud solutions and managed services for large businesses. The company also offers fiber Internet service for residential customers and small businesses through Lumen’s Quantum Fiber internet solutions. Lumen is based in Monroe, LA.

Fiber internet for business is delivered via a direct fiber connection to the building. Fiber optic cable offers symmetrical upload and download speeds.

Business customers like the 99.99% service availability making the internet connection reliable and consistent. Fiber internet service is tailored to the needs of small and medium offices and supports cloud data operations. It’s a good choice for those operating within an SD-WAN environment because it can be easily integrated with existing SD-WAN equipment to further enhance network capabilities.

Residential plans include speeds up to 1 Gig in select areas starting at $79.95 for a 12-month commitment bundled with other qualifying services. Depending on your location the company has other plan options. Other fees may apply and taxes are not included.

Lumen Technologies operates in parts of California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as in Latin America. Check with the company to see if fiber optic service is available in your area.

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