CenturyLink Wholesale Broadband (CWB) Overview

CenturyLink offers Wholesale broadband (CWB) for is wholesale customers who desire to purchase standalone data at good rates and then distribute this to residential end users. The service does not come with an underlying voice line.

You purchase the CWB via CenturyLink General Exchange Tariff (GET). The GET allows for the purchase of all CenturyLink telecommunication products and services. You will find here price lists as well as information for commercial offerings. CWB is not available in all areas where CenturyLink has centers and you may not get the speeds advertised.

The speed and availability of CWB is not guaranteed and may depend on factors like phone line qualifications, location of service, network/internet congestion and performance/configuration. The service is offered to commercial consumers on a per line basis and actual throughput. The connection speed will depend on distance of premises from CenturyLink central office, internet traffic, server speed of websites to which the end user connects, congestion or bandwidth. It can also be affected by Windows PC settings or congestion in the end user premises. You should also note that should the end user move (even in the same building) then the broadband service is not guaranteed in the new location.

Terms and conditions for upstream data connection

Once you have determined that you want to get CWB account you will then need to furnish CenturyLink with a quarter volume estimate for allocation and resource planning. The orders are accepted from customer of record but the end-user with credentials will still be able to process requests for certain changes like Static IP requests that are made via the internet.

When your order is approved you will get CenturyLink installation kits like internet access credentials and CenturyLink Quick connect CD. The kits will be distributed to you or end-user as you designate your order.

Customers to the service should also ensure their customers have computers and modems that are compatible with CenturyLink internet. They also must meet various system requirements. You can view from the CenturyLink website the various modems that are approved for use. When you get an equipment that is not approved then you are going to be experiencing sluggish internet connection.

Note that at times IP broadband services may use VDSL2 technology, which may require special equipment. Note that you can purchase additional equipment from CenturyLink.

CenturyLink for Business End-users

Standalone office Basic

(no voice line required/available

Connection speeds up to

1.5Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

3Mbps downstream/640kbps upstream

5Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

7Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

7Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream

12Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

12Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream

20Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

20Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream

40Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream

CWB for residential End users

(no voice line required/available

Connection speeds of 1.5Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream
CenturyLink platinum
3Mbps downstream/640kbps upstream

5Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

7Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

7Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream

CenturyLink Titanium
12Mbps downstream/896kbps upstream

12Mbps downstream/5Mbps upstream

 
 

CenturyLink Normal Internet Plans

CenturyLink home internet allows you to choose from DSL, cable and fiber. Its DSL reaches over 40 states while its fiber is found in over 25 states. You will need to confirm on the company’s website whether your state is covered or not. One of CenturyLink best known deals is its Price for Life deal. This is an introductory price that is given to new customers to enable them join the company. The company also has a list of bundled packages that combine TV, voice and internet. The company serves over 50 million customers from across the US.

CenturyLink is available in States like Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Louisiana, Ohio, North Dakota, North Carolina, Iowa, Mexico, Oregon, Ohio, Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, and Texas.

CenturyLink home network offers internet plans from 20Mbps to 940Mbps.

Plan
Max Speeds
Monthly cost
Equipment fees
Simply Unlimited 20
20Mbps download

2Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Simply Unlimited 40
40Mbps download

5Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Simply unlimited 60
60Mbps download

7Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Simply unlimited 80
80Mbps download

10Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Simply unlimited 100
100Mbps download

12Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Simply unlimited 120
120Mbps download

30Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Simply unlimited 140
140Mbps download

40Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Fiber Internet 200
200Mbps download

200Mbps upload

$50
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)
Fiber Gigabit
940Mbps download

940Mbps upload

$65
$15 for modem/router rental (optional)

CenturyLink internet plans can vary depending on your area. In some areas you will find only DSL while in others you find DSL and fiber. The speeds will also vary depending on region and you may not get the advertised speeds. When compared to other ISP in the market you will find that CenturyLink is quite affordable and with fast internet connections. The company also offers for rental and purchase modems. You can rent a modem for $15 or purchase one for $200. The decision to rent or purchase will largely be dependent on how long you intend to be with the service provider. For periods of more than 12 months than purchasing your own router will make sense while if you do not intend to be with the service provider than purchasing one will be better.

Conclusion

CenturyLink has been an internet service provider for decades. Its DSL services are one of the best in the country. Part of its internet plans is its CenturyLink Wholesale Broadband (CWB) that allows consumers to purchase bandwidth on wholesale prices and distribute the same to residential end-users. Its home internet plans are engineered for use by individuals and offer you fast internet via DSL, cable and fiber.

FAQ

How can I purchase Wholesale bandwidth for distribution to residential end-users?

You can do this via CenturyLink Wholesale Broadband (CWB) solution. With this you can provide data services but not voice

Does CenturyLink have data caps?

In the past they did impose a data cap of 1 TB but this has being scrapped in recent days

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