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Sparklight Internet Review

Each of Sparklight’s internet plans come with painfully restrictive data caps. Data caps aren’t an unusual practice—many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) use them to discourage users from downloading super huge files that will eat up bandwidth and slow download speeds for their neighbors.

The thing is, most ISPs have 1,000 GB data caps. That’s enough data for you to stream 10 hours of TV every day, and then some.

But Sparklight’s Lite 15 Plus comes with only enough data for you to stream an hour of TV every day, with no room left over for Instagram scrolling—or anything else.

So if you use the internet like it’s 2020 and not 1998, you’ll probably run into overage fees. That’s $10 for every 100 GB you go over your data plan, with a price cap of $50 per month.

Go over your data allowance too many times, and Sparklight reserves the right to bump you up to a more expensive plan whenever it sees fit. It’s not nice, and it’s not fair, but it is in the user agreement, so you agree to it (in the most technical sense) when you sign up.

If you don’t want a pricey high-speed plan that comes with more data, you can bow to Sparklight’s data caps by carefully monitoring your internet usage. You can check the numbers on your online customer portal, but that will, ironically, cost data to do. And you’ll definitely need to start depriving yourself of binge-watching Netflix Originals.

Or you can spring for the unlimited data add-on for another $40 per month. It’s a costly solution, but it’s the best one Sparklight offers to avoid a problem it created.

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OFFER: $35 Standard Cable, $35 Starter Plan, $35 Standard Phone for 6 months TERMS: Promotional rate quoted good for the first six months when New Customers subscribe to our Standard Cable, Starter Plan and Standard Phone services’ 6-month promotional bundle. After 6 months the rate increases to the then current bundle rate, which is presently $150/month and is subject to change at any time. Subscription to Cable ONE’s Phone service is subject to the terms and limitations as detailed in the Cable ONE Phone Agreement. Full discounted installation could require enrolling in our Cable One Easy Pay program. ELIGIBILITY New Customers are those individuals who have not had Cable, Internet, and Phone service with Cable One in the past 12 months. FEES Equipment, taxes and Cable One broadcast TV surcharge based on market (varies by location) and Cable One sports programming surcharge of $5.00 are in addition to the monthly rate. These surcharges are designed to partially offset the rapidly escalating rates Cable One is charged for carriage of TV stations and sports programming. Please see https://support.cableone.net/hc/en-us/articles/115012028888-Cable-TV-Surcharges- for more information. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT AND MODEM RENTAL FEE Customers are required to lease or purchase from an approved 3rd party an approved eMTA capable of DOCSIS 3.0 in order to receive the internet and phone services listed. CONSUMER REPORT REQUIREMENT In order to receive any promotional rate, you will be required to authorize and agree that Cable ONE may obtain a consumer report about you in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act from a consumer reporting agency in order to verify your eligibility to receive this and other offers as well as determining deposits and install fees required, if any. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE May only be used within the first 30 days of new service and only once for a particular service by any customer. Refunds will consist of the money paid for the service(s) cancelled as well as applicable taxes and fees but does not include long distance phone charges. NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND DATA PLANS Cable ONE manages bandwidth consumption of Internet services to provide the best experience for all customers. Actual internet speeds will vary by customer based upon time of day, network congestion, customer equipment and other factors. Please visit http://www.cableone.net/legal/internet-aup for Internet plan specifics by reading our Acceptable Use Policy. 300GB Data Plan is included with service, and if exceeded three times customer may be required to upgrade to an appropriate plan for data usage – see http://www.cableone.net/legal/open-internet for details. OFFER EXPIRATION DATE: Limited time offer that can expire at any time. OTHER In order to receive an HD channel the customer is required to subscribe to the channel in standard definition. Some HD programming requires leasing an HD receiver or Cable Card. All services are not available in all areas and some services may require a digital tuner to receive video channels Call for details. Restrictions apply.

Sours: https://internetnearme.com/providers/sparklight-internet-packages/
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$115 Elite 3 Pack Bundle with 200Mbps plus

$168 Elite 3 Pack Bundle with 200Mbps plus

Promotional rate is good for the first 6 months when new customers subscribe to our Elite 3 Pack Bundle with 200Mbps plus Internet, Cable, and Phone service. After 6 months the rate increases to the then current bundle rate and is subject to change at any time. Cannot be combined with any other offer. New customers are individuals who have not had Internet, Cable, and Phone service with Sparklight in the past 6 months.

All services are not available in all areas.

Equipment, taxes, and a broadcast TV surcharges that vary by market are not included in above rate. Click here for more information.

Subscription to Sparklight's Phone service is subject to the terms and limitations as detailed in the Sparklight Phone Agreement. In order to receive an HD channel the customer is required to subscribe to the channel in standard definition. Some HD programming requires leasing an HD receiver or Cable Card. Call for details.

Customers must lease an approved eMTA modem capable of DOCSIS 3.0 from Sparklight in order to receive the Internet and Phone services listed. Modem lease required with WiFi ONE. Some HD programming requires an HD receiver or Cable Card. A digital tuner may be required to receive video channels.

In order to receive any promotional rate, or to determine deposits or install fees, you will be required to authorize that Sparklight may obtain a consumer report about you in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Full discounted installation could require enrolling in our Sparklight Easy Pay program.

May only be used within the first 30 days of new service and only once for a particular service by any customer. Refunds will consist of the money paid for the service(s) cancelled as well as applicable taxes and fees but does not include long distance phone charges.

$10 CHARGE FOR EACH ADDITIONAL 100GB; UP TO $50/MO. Sparklight manages bandwidth consumption of Internet services to provide the best experience for all customers. Actual Internet speeds will vary by customer based upon time of day, network congestion, customer equipment and other factors. 700GB Data Plan is included with service. Click here to read our Acceptable Use Policy.

Our home phone service utilizes equipment that is connected to your home’s power. If there is power interruption to your home, your service will not work. Backup batteries or Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) can be purchased from brick-and-mortar or online retailers and can provide up to 24 hours of power for our equipment should a power outage occur. We’ve identified and tested two products manufactured by APC that offer a 2-year warranty, can operate between 5*F and 113*F, have lights to monitor the power source, and include an easy test button. These two products can be found on our support site by visiting support.sparklight.com and searching “battery backup”.

Customers who wish to have an alternative battery backup or an extended battery backup period can purchase a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) by clicking here, or from any other retailer that supplies a replacement battery compatible with the eMTA.

A battery indicator LED on the front of the eMTA will indicate whether the included battery is functioning properly. Sparklight leased eMTA's include an option for battery replacement should it fail during the subscription term - please call technical support if you believe your battery is not functioning properly. Batteries supplied by Sparklight should be stored in the eMTA battery compartment and between -4℉ and 140℉.

Call for details. Restrictions apply.

Sours: https://www.sparklight.com/packages
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Joe Supan Last updated: October 7, 2021

Sparklight (formerly Cable ONE) internet plans deliver reliable speeds without contracts, but you’ll have to watch how much data you use each month.

  • Starter 100 Plus

    100 Mbps starting at:

    $45/mo.

    *Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. Speeds may vary. As of 07/02/21.

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Sparklight Review: Plans, Pricing, and More

After the fiasco that is Sparklight internet data caps, Sparklight TV packages are refreshingly straightforward, if overpriced.

Ignore the Economy package ($42.00 a month, up to 20 channels). It’s not worth paying monthly for all the same local channels (and their subchannels) that you can get with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna, which costs as little as $30.00 and is easy to install by yourself.

Standard Cable TV ($94.50 a month) has up to 100 channels—the basic channels you’d expect, minus Viacom channels like MTV and Nickelodeon. And it’s overall slimness doesn’t warrant the price tag, considering you can get 290+ channels (including Viacom channels) from DISH for just $0.49 more per month.

If you want more channels, Sparklight has the Digital Value Pack add-on ($16 a month), which has 24 more channels including NFL Network, Game Show Network, CBS Sports, Discovery Life, Science Channel, and Lifetime Movie Network.

For more help choosing the best Sparklight TV plan for you, head over to our Sparklight TV review. We’ve got some helpful tips on DVRs that you won’t want to miss.

Sours: https://www.cabletv.com/sparklight
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First things first: You may not have heard of Sparklight, because it used to be called Cable One. The corporate parent company is still Cable One, but the residential internet service was rebranded as Sparklight in 2019. 

Sparklight features a hybrid fiber-coax cable internet connection and offers plans with download speeds up to 940 megabits per second. 

Like

  • Straightforward pricing with no contracts or cancellation fees
  • 30-day money-back guarantee provides an opportunity to try the service without a binding commitment
  • Brings faster speeds to many communities where DSL and satellite are the only other options

Don't Like

  • Data caps on all plans, but especially tight on the lower tiers
  • Monthly price increase on the starter plan after just six months

Two things stand out right away with Sparklight. First, its prices are competitive among internet service providers and are easy to understand. There's very little fine print surrounding the monthly price. Second, there are no contracts, so you don't have to fear a long-term commitment. There's a lot to like. 

But -- I mean, we are talking about an ISP here, so there's always a but -- Sparklight also includes data caps on all its plans. If you want unlimited data, you'll have to pay extra. So, there's that. But overall, Sparklight is a viable cable internet provider and an especially compelling option if you live in some of the more rural and suburban areas it services. 

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Here's where you can get Sparklight home internet service

Sparklight Internet is available in 21 different states across the country. The list includes Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. 

Among those states, the largest markets among Sparklight's serviceable areas include Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Decatur, Illinois; Evansville, Indiana; Fargo, North Dakota; Fort Worth, Texas; Gulfport, Mississippi; Shreveport, Louisiana; Sioux City, Iowa and Springfield, Missouri.

Sparklight internet plans

Sparklight Internet boasts throughout its site about "fiber-rich" plans, but don't be fooled. Much like other cable internet providers we've covered, their internet infrastructure is a hybrid fiber-coaxial cable connection, not a 100% fiber network. 

What does this mean in practical terms? It means your download speeds will be much higher than your upload speeds, just like with any other cable internet hookup. Most of us have long given this little thought, as download speeds cover most of our streaming and surfing needs. Once the pandemic hit and we needed to work or do our schooling from home, however, upload speeds -- which are necessary for tasks like uploading large files or hopping on video classes and meetings -- became more pertinent, as well. 

When comparing Sparklight Internet upload speeds to other cable ISPs, it fares better than most we've seen, with its uploads topping out at 50 megabits per second on the gigabit plan. The upload speeds on similar plans from Comcast, Cox, Spectrum and Optimum all max out at 35Mbps -- only Mediacom and WideOpenWest match Sparklight with top upload speeds of 50Mbps.

Here's the full chart of what you'll find with Sparklight internet plans:

Sparklight internet plans and pricing

PlanMax speedsStarting price per monthPrice after 6 monthsMonthly equipment costsData cap
Starter 100 Plus 100Mbps download, 10Mbps upload $39 $55 $11 for modem rental (optional) 350GB
Streamer & Gamer 200 Plus 200Mbps download, 20Mbps upload $65 $65 $11 for modem rental (optional) 700GB
Turbo 300 Plus 300Mbps download, 30Mbps upload $80 $80 $11 for modem rental (optional) 1,200GB (1.2TB)
GigaOne 940Mbps download, 50Mbps upload $125 $125 $11 for modem rental (optional) 1,500GB (1.5TB)

Pricing is competitive and free of gimmicks

First of all, let me say I was actually thrown off a bit when examining the Sparklight internet prices. It's unusual to see an ISP with so few bells and whistles, promos and exceptions to decipher. So, for the most part, what you see now is what you'll pay later. Sadly, that kind of clarity around your internet bill is usually hard to come by. 

Now, you could quibble that the one promo Sparklight does offer -- a $16 discount on the Starter 100 Plus plan -- lasts for just six months. Many of Sparklight's cable competitors offer discounted rates that carry through for a full year. This is true.

But when you look at the average cost per Mbps -- which is 32 cents across all four plans -- Sparklight is cheaper than Cox and Xfinity and more affordable than Mediacom's, Optimum's and Spectrum's standard rates, too. Of the cable providers we've reviewed, only WOW can boast lower standard rates across all plan tiers. That's pretty good. However...

Let's have a word about the data caps

Data caps are not a necessary evil. While many ISPs have them -- including HughesNet, Viasat and cable competitors Cox, Mediacom and Xfinity -- others do not, including cable internet provider Spectrum. So it's not a given that, just because you're a cable internet provider, you have to have a data cap. 

That said, not all data caps are the same. As you can see in the plans and pricing chart, the 100Mbps plan features a 350GB data cap, which is actually a little tight. The Wall Street Journal reported that the average home used about 400GB of data per month in 2020, so customers on that plan might feel the crunch.

On the other hand, the 200Mbps offering doubles that data cap to 700GB, the 300Mbps plan bumps it up to 1.2 terabytes, and the gigabit plan has a data cap of 1.5TB. These are all much more reasonable based on that 400GB number, and closer to what you'll find with other cable internet providers. 

Customers can expect to be charged $10 for every 100GB of additional data used over the cap, up to a maximum of $50 per month or billing cycle. Also, tucked within the details of Sparklight's data policy is mention that customers that exceed their data plan three or more times in a rolling 12-month period will be required to upgrade to a higher internet plan -- and must maintain that new service for a minimum of three months.

So, if you think you might be bumping up against your data plan with any level of frequency, you might want to consider going with an unlimited data plan, which will cost an additional $40 per month. That's $10 less than the max fee for going over any given data plan and keeps you away from any penalty that would require you to upgrade to a higher speed plan. 

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Oh, and I should mention there's some small print here too -- if you have the unlimited option, you could still have your speed slowed... but only after you've hit 5TB of data usage within the month. To put that in perspective, you could stream 4K versions of all four Indiana Jones movies, watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy, binge all Harry Potter flicks, download every Marvel Cinematic Universe entry and geek out to each Star Trek film (from William Shatner and Patrick Stewart to Chris Pine) and still be less than a quarter of the way to your limit. So, I'd say that's pretty fair.

Now, a bit of better news

While the data caps aren't a deal-breaker, it's a bit of a bummer that Sparklight has them at all. Still, on the positive side, Sparklight breaks from some of its rivals by offering plans with no contracts or term limits. This means you're under no obligation to stick with a plan that isn't working for you, and you don't have to fear any early termination fees if you decide to move elsewhere.

Another positive aspect that leaps off the page (and isn't always common among ISPs) is Sparklight's money-back guarantee, which covers the first 30 days of new service. If Sparklight isn't right for your home, you can request a full refund, including money paid for the internet service and applicable taxes and fees. That's even better than the 30-day guarantee offered by WOW, which doesn't extend to taxes and fees. 

Other charges to expect from Sparklight

WiFi One whole-home coverage is available from Sparklight for $11 a month. This is slightly cheaper than the typical charge of $14 to $15 a month most ISPs charge to rent their modems. Also, like many other providers, customers have the option of using their own equipment and avoiding this monthly charge altogether. The only requirement is that customers use a DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and refer to Sparklight's list of supported cable modems.

Self-installation is an option from Sparklight, too, but it's not available in all service areas, and it depends upon a credit check. Customers may bypass the credit check if they wish, but Sparklight notes you may be charged a higher deposit and/or installation fee for skipping it. 

Finally, due to the enduring impact of COVID-19, some installation options may not be available in all areas. For the latest information on revised procedures, reference the Sparklight support page or contact customer service at 877-692-2253.

Sparklight gets mixed ratings on customer satisfaction

When you look at the most recent J.D. Power US Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study, Sparklight shows up in two of the four regions the organization tracks. Over in the West, Sparklight received a score of 700 on a 1,000-point scale. That's a drop from the 730 it earned in 2020 and also places it below the regional average of 710.

On the flip side, Sparklight did better in the South region, earning a 716 score, which is an increase from last year. However, it was still below the South's average score of 727 and is squarely in the middle of the pack among 11 ISPs in the area. 

Among other organizations, the 2021 ISP report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index did not highlight Sparklight for an individual score. But among Ookla's stats for the second quarter of 2021, Sparklight was the fastest provider in New Mexico and North Dakota and the fastest ISP in Boise, Idaho, as well.

Finally, Sparklight also fared well in PCMag's 2021 Readers' Choice awards. For overall satisfaction, Sparklight scored in seventh place among 24 listed providers and earned a score of 7.7, above the poll average of 7.1. 

Here's the bottom line

Sparklight makes a compelling case for being included as one of the top cable internet providers in the country. Fiber will almost always trump cable connections, so for customers in markets like Fort Worth, Texas, for example, you might be able to find fiber plans more to your liking. But for customers in Ada, Oklahoma, to use a smaller market, you'll find Sparklight competing with DSL and satellite plans -- and those are simply no match for what Sparklight can offer for speed and price.

Sparklight Internet FAQs

Is Sparklight the same as Cable One?

Yes. Cable One is the corporate parent company and was initially the name of the ISP as well. That changed in 2019 when Cable One announced it was rebranding its residential internet service -- as well as TV and phone offerings -- to Sparklight. 

What type of internet is Sparklight?

Sparklight likes to talk about its "fiber-rich" broadband infrastructure, but most of its connections are hybrid fiber-coaxial cable. This means you'll have asymmetrical download and upload speeds.

That said, a Sparklight spokesperson said that Sparklight is investing in all-fiber networks, including a June announcement that it will be building a symmetrical fiber broadband infrastructure for the Kilgore, Texas market. 

Is Sparklight participating in the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

Yes. Sparklight is making the FCC's Emergency Broadband Benefit Program available to new and current internet customers. The EBB is a temporary initiative to help keep households connected during the pandemic. It includes a discount of up to $50 a month (and up to $75 in tribal lands) for eligible households.

Sours: https://www.cnet.com/home/internet/sparklight-cable-one-internet-review/

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Internet Plans & WiFi Services

$39 Starter 100 Plus for 6 months

Limited time offer may expire at any time. Promotional rate quoted good for 6 months when new customers subscribe to our Starter 100 Plus Internet service; afterwards the rate increases to the current rate, which is presently $55 and is subject to change at any time. Cannot be combined with any other offer. New customers are those who have not had service with Sparklight in the past 12 months.

All services are not available in all areas.

Equipment, taxes, surcharges and fees are not included in above rate.

Customers must have an approved cable modem capable of DOCSIS 3.0 in order to receive the Internet services listed. Modem lease required with WiFi ONE.

In order to receive any promotional rate, or to determine deposits or install fees, you will be required to authorize that Sparklight may obtain a consumer report about you in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Full discounted installation could require enrolling in our Sparklight Easy Pay program.

May only be used within the first 30 days of new service and only once for a particular service by any customer. Refunds will consist of the money paid for the service(s) canceled as well as applicable taxes and fees but does not include long distance phone charges. Restrictions apply.

$10 CHARGE FOR EACH ADDITIONAL 100GB; UP TO $50/MO. Sparklight manages bandwidth consumption of Internet services to provide the best experience for all customers. Actual Internet speeds will vary by customer based upon time of day, network congestion, customer equipment and other factors. 350GB Data Plan is included with service. Click here to read our Acceptable Use Policy.

Call for details. Restrictions apply.

Sours: https://www.sparklight.com/internet


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