So you’ve made the decision to get high speed Internet. Congratulations! You’ll love the enhanced online abilities you’ll gain from faster browsing speeds. But how do you know which high speed Internet service to get?
For most, the choice boils down to three things:
- Availability – Which high speed Internet providers are in your area?
- Speed – How fast is fast? And how fast is too fast?
- Cost – Is high speed really that much more than dial-up Internet?
If you can nail down an acceptable service that meets the usual criteria, you’ve pretty much settled on your high speed Internet provider. If you want to get started looking, you can compare providers and plans right now with the “Find Savings” widget at the top of the page. Just enter your address and we’ll show you what’s available.
In the mean time, let’s breakdown the usual criteria.
Availability – In some areas, there may only be one provider. Maybe you can only get high speed cable Internet (also known as “broadband”) from your local cable provider. Maybe your only option is DSL high speed Internet from the local telephone company. Of course, you may have multiple choices from several differnet providers. In that case, compare speed and cost to see what ets you the most bang for your buck.
Of course, even if you live in a more rural area you can still get high speed Internet. Just because there isn’t a cable line or DSL wire that runs to yor house doesn’t mean you can’t have high speed Internet. Look into satellite Internet. You’d need a dish, but no wires. The cost and speeds are both comparable to cable and DSL, so satellite Internet is totally acceptable option for getting high speed Internet in rural areas.
Speed – So let’s talk about speed. If you’re used to dial-up, high speed Internet will definitely be a welcomed change of pace. Pages that used to take several minutes to fully display will pop up almost instantly. That new picture of your neice that your sister sent over will download right away. If you choose fiber optic Internet, like Verizon FiOS, the speed will simply amaze you. You’ll truly wonder why you didn’t switch before now.
But how fast is fast? This chart should help you understand the different speeds and how they apply to you.
||150 kbps to 5 mbps
|DSL High Speed Internet
||768 kbps to 7 mbps
||4 mbps to 15 mbps
|Fiber Optic Internet
||5 mbps to 50+ mbps
So how do those speeds apply to you? Well, the faster your Internet the faster you can download that picture of your neice. At 50 mbps, you could also watch HD movies online and feel like you’re at the theater!
Cost – You’ll also consider cost. The good news is that high speed Internet is priced for a variety of needs. If you have no interest in playing the latest online games or watching feature films over the Internet, than you probably don’t need to pay for the best of the best. Most of us will do just fine with a basic high speed service. The best idea for you is to find out what providers actually offer high speed Internet at your house. From there, you can determine how much you’re willing to spend. Having a price in mind will help you decide if you want high speed Internet or ultra fast high speed Internet.