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Compare internet connection types

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Selecting your home internet service

Depending on your browsing habits, a certain type of internet connection may work best for the needs of you and your family.

Cable

  • Best for moderate users
  • Web browsing
  • Stream movies and music
  • Great for gaming and video chats
  • Largest providers include Xfinity by comcast and Charter Spectrum

Dial-Up

  • Best for occasional users
  • Budget-friendly
  • Casual browsing
  • Check email, social media and news updates
  • Largest provider is AOL

Satellite

  • Best for light to moderate internet surfers
  • Stream movies and music
  • Largest providers include HughesNet and Exede Internet

Fiber-Optic

  • Best for avid users
  • Great for streaming, gaming, video chats and downloading large files
  • Largest provider is Verizon Fios Internet

DSL

  • Best for moderate users
  • Great for streaming, gaming and video chats
  • Largest providers include AT&T Internet and CenturyLink

Explore internet service features

When it comes to choosing the right internet connection for your household, price, data speeds, availability in your area and propensity for disruptions in service all come into play. Consider how these features will fit with your browsing habits to select the connection that will give you the best performance.

Internet Connection Price* Speed* Availability Service Disruptions
Dial-Up $ 56 Kbps Offered in remote, rural, underserved areas Moderate likelihood of service disruptions
Cable $$-$$$$ 1.5 Mbps+ Offered by your cable television provider Low to moderate likelihood of service disruptions
Satellite $$-$$$$ 500 Kbps Offered in remote, rural, under-served areas High likelihood of service disruptions
Fiber-Optic $$$-$$$$ 1 Gbps+ Limited availability--Offered where fiber-optic networks are established Low likelihood of service disruptions
DSL $ - $$$$ 128 Kbps to 8 Mbps Offered everywhere in the continental U.S. Low likelihood of service disruptions

*Price and speed varies based on internet service provider and selected plan