How to Choose an Internet Provider
Computers and the Internet have
become an indispensable part of our lives
over the past decade. Unfortunately, a
computer without the Internet is like a
man with two broken legs. He's alive, but
he's not going to be able to get anywhere
Luckily, there are many options for
connecting to the Internet these days.
The way to do this is to choose an Internet
Service Provider (ISP). Let's review some
of the things you should think about
when deciding which ISP to choose.
BROADBAND VS. DIALUP
The most basic consideration is
whether you want broadband Internet or
dialup Internet. Basically, dialup Internet
access is cheap and slow, while broadband
is faster and more expensive. In the old
days, dialup was the only option we had.
With dialup, you connect to the
Internet through your existing land line
telephone wire. Dialup service is as little
as $10 per month and is a great option if
you just want to check email and browse
your favorite Web sites from time to time.
If you'd like to do other things on
the Internet, like play games, watch videos or listen to music, a broadband connection is recommended. Further, many
Web sites nowadays are designed with
the assumption that users will have a fast
If you are using dialup and you visit
one of these sites, your Internet experience can be frustrating. Also, many people nowadays are eschewing land line
telephones in favor of cellphones. If this
applies to you, then broadband may be
your only option.
Many people get confused when it
comes to DSL vs. cable vs. satellite
Internet. While there are a lot of opinions
out there, the reality is that they are all
DSL Internet is provided through your
telephone landline, so a telephone number is often required.
Cable Internet is served via the
coaxial cable system that is usually used
to bring you cable television. Satellite
Internet requires a satellite dish, and is
usually provided by companies that sell
satellite TV services.
Which one you choose is largely an
individual choice. Depending on the area
in which you live, one or more of these
option may not be available. People who
live in rural areas may only have the
choice of satellite service.
You might need some help setting
up your Internet service. Sometimes there
can be a glitch in your Internet service
and it stops working. When these things
happen, you want to make sure you have
an Internet service provider that responds
well to customer problems and difficulties.
You don't want to have to wait on
hold for hours while you try to talk to a
representative. The best way to find out
which companies have the best customer
service is to do a little research.
Talk to your neighbors to see if
they are happy with the service they are
getting. Read some reviews and customer
reports of the companies you are thinking
Sometimes you can get a discount
on your Internet service by buying it in a
package with other services. For example,
your cable company probably offers a discount if you buy both cable TV and cable
Internet from them.
Your phone company probably
offers a discount if you buy both phone
service and DSL Internet from them. The
same is true of your satellite TV service.
If you already use one of these services, this could influence who you choose
to deliver your Internet as well. Keep an
eye on local ads to see who is offering
special deals and packages.
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Choosing an Internet service provider can seem like a confusing and daunting task. But by educating yourself on the
basics and asking around, you'll find that
it is no big deal, and soon you'll be surfing the information superhighway with
the rest of us.